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The Prince Consort

Vocal Ensemble

  • potently seductive… Stylistically and tonally, the blend was sensational… A vivid, compelling performance, and one that betrayed more of the composer’s character than he could have planned.
    Anna Picard, The Independent on Sunday
  • These performances, cannily sequenced, are a model of how these songs should be sung… Rorem’s piano writing … demands artistry and technical skill. Hogarth supplies it unstintingly.
    Raymond S. Tuttle, International Record Review, 'Outstanding' Award February 2010
  • The five singers are a vocally attractive lot and truly sensitive both to the texts and to the ways in which Rorem’s music illuminates those texts
    Raymond S. Tuttle, International Record Review, 'Outstanding' Award February 2010
  • The Prince Consort is a versatile, award-winning voice and piano collective. Directed by pianist Alisdair Hogarth, the group brings together the leading young singers of its generation to perform the very finest piano-accompanied song. Its founding members - renowned baritone Jacques Imbrailo, mezzo Jennifer Johnston, soprano Anna Leese, countertenor Tim Mead and tenor Andrew Staples - feature regularly in the group’s recitals alongside other exceptional voices. Now in its tenth year, The Prince Consort champions classic repertoire whilst proudly commissioning new works by composers including Ned Rorem, Stephen Hough and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

    Other singers who perform regularly as part of the group include Nicholas Mulroy, Rowan Hellier, Philip Smith and Nicky Spence.

    It was whilst studying at the Royal College of Music in London, that its founding members became friends and began to perform together as an ensemble, making their debut at the Purcell Room in 2004. Since then, they have garnered outstanding reviews for their work, appearing regularly at the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre and the Aldeburgh, Oxford Lieder, Cheltenham, Brighton and Perth Festivals.

    They have recorded two very successful albums for LINN Records: in 2010, On an Echoing Road (songs by Ned Rorem) was Gramophone Editor’s Choice and won an International Record Review Outstanding Award. In the same year, the group was named in The Observer’s Best Classical Music of the Year. Released in 2012, their second album Other Love Songs features both sets of Brahms’ Liebeslieder alongside a new commission by pianist and composer Stephen Hough; Alisdair Hogarth is joined at the piano by both Philip Fowke and Stephen Hough for this disc.

    Performances have included – at the Wigmore Hall – Brahms’s Liebeslieder with Graham Johnson, world premieres of works by Stephen Hough and Ned Rorem, a three-concert American series, and a recital of Schumann with Malcolm Martineau broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 in late 2014. They have given the European premiere of Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Brahms’s Liebeslieder at the Cheltenham Festival, an American Song residency and recital at the Aldeburgh Festival and featured on BBC Radio 3 programmes In Tune and The Choir. They recently made a very successful debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, broadcast live on Netherlands 4. The group is also strongly committed to helping the next generation of singers and pianists and has recently established a new partnership mentoring music students.

    • Wigmore Hall
      November 2013

      Frances-Hoad's setting of Invoke Now the Angels, by the Jamaican poet Kei Miller, brought together three voices – those of the vibrant soprano Anna Leese, dramatic mezzo Jennifer Johnston and mellifluous countertenor Tim Mead – in a direct, if occasionally strident, response to Britten's first two canticles, the cutting edge of the vocal lines increased by their density and the bold gestures of the piano writing, here forcefully presented by Alisdair Hogarth.
      George Hall, The Guardian
    • Other Love Songs (Brahms, Stephen Hough),
      Linn Records CKD 382, June 2011

      The Prince Consort, a flexible group of five singers and pianist Alisdair Hogarth (here joined by pianist Philip Fowke), deliver a performance of sparkle and precision, restoring muscularity to Brahms's charming part-songs. In addition they perform Stephen Hough's cycle Other Love Songs, commissioned by the Consort as a touching companion to the Brahms. Using texts by Claude McKay, Julian of Norwich, AE Housman and others, Hough celebrates other kinds of love, religious, gay and in the broadest sense fraternal. The piano writing, not surprisingly given Hough's day job, is original and beguiling, the performances first rate.
      Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
      ...such fresh-toned performances by the five singers of the Prince Consort, with Philip Fowke and the group's usual pianist Alisdair Hogarth the duet accompanists
      Andrew Clements, The Guardian
    • Other Love Songs (Stephen Hough) - World première -
      Wigmore Hall, London, June 2011

      Other Love Songs is a thrilling addition to its genre...the Prince Consort are already giving it dedicated advocacy, and their recording of the available now. On the basis of tonight’s performance, I heartily recommend it.
      Adrian Horsewood, Music OMH
    • Oxford Lieder Festival
      October 2010

      The Prince Consort’s premiere of Stephen Hough’s Herbstlieder was intimate and memorable.
      Fiona Maddocks, The Observer – ‘The Best Classical Music of 2010’
      It was a substantial new song cycle which grabbed attention[...]in a stimulating concert by the Prince Consort.
      Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
      Rorem’s setting of Shakespeare’s Sonnet No 147 (My Love is as a Fever) was a world premiere, a duet of tense, obsessing motifs shared eloquently by the voices of Imbrailo and the tenor Andrew Staples. They were joined by the soprano Anna Leese and the fine mezzo Jennifer Johnston for the Schumann that framed the evening so rewardingly.
      Hilary Finch, The Times
    • Rorem “On an Echoing Road”

      …an outstanding recording…
      Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine
      …this is a most attractive disc… clear and intelligent way with words.
      John Steane, The Gramophone, Editor’s Choice
      Another surprise – and a really rather wonderful one, too… The Prince Consort makes a brilliant case for this sometimes elusive composer on a CD which combines thought and belief, consistently enchanting the ear.
      Classic FM
      The fine singers of the Prince Consort and pianist Alisdair Hogarth have just released a lovely selection of Rorem's songs… It's partly the variety of voices, timbres and combinations that they bring to bear in their selection of Rorem's songs that makes this such a delight… Deceptively simple pleasures, 29 songs only 2 of which break the 3 minute barrier, and it's an excellent recording.
      Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 - CD Review
      The performances catch every drop of that naturalness… it crystallises its essence perfectly.
      Andrew Clements, The Guardian
  • The Prince Consort: Example programme for the 2010-2011 season.

    • This programme explores the world of the love song. At the beginning and end of the programme are the ever popular Brahms Liebeslieder, for SATB and piano duet. Although all are waltzes, variety is provided by the rich contrapuntal and melodic detail as well as the varying deployment of voices. The Prince Consort have this season commissioned composer and pianist Stephen Hough to write them a new set of love songs as a companion piece to the Brahms. In contrast to the Liebeslieder, the new cycle entitled Other Love Songs explores love that is not romantic love between man and woman, and to represent this the piano part is scored for three rather than two hands at the keyboard. The programme is completed by Schumann's beautifully constructed Spanische Liebeslieder op.138, often cited as the prototype for Brahms's Liebeslieder. The Spanish influence can be detected not only in the remarkable translations of Spanish texts, but in the musical treatment too which unlike the Brahms, are not all waltzes; the opening piano duet is a bolero, the Intermezzo is a national dance and the piano imitates the guitar in 'Flutenreicher Ebro'.
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