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Prince Consort, The
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The Prince Consort

Founded by British pianist Alisdair Hogarth, The Prince Consort is a versatile ensemble that presents wide-ranging programmes for different combinations of voice and piano. The six founding members of The Prince Consort met whilst studying at the Royal College of Music (located on Prince Consort Road, behind the Royal Albert Hall) in London. Following their debut in the Fresh series at the Southbank Centre in London – performing two of Britten’s canticles along with songs and duets by Strauss, Schubert and Schumann at the Purcell Room – The Prince Consort hit the musical headlines when a recital was auctioned for charity for £14,000.

Soprano Anna Leese has appeared in leading roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, including Musetta (La bohème) and Micaëla (Carmen), and at the Last Night of the Proms in 2008; she recently sang the role of Antonia (Les contes d’Hoffmann) in Cologne. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston has sung at the Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence Festivals and with Scottish Opera in roles including Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly); recent appearances include an Aldeburgh Festival recital with Malcolm Martineau which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Countertenor Tim Mead made his Royal Opera debut in the world première of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur and his Glyndebourne debut in the title role of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Tenor Andrew Staples won the song prizes at both the Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber Awards in 2005 and has appeared as a soloist at the Royal Opera House and with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Simon Rattle. Baritone Jacques Imbrailo won the Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2007 and has made many appearances at the Royal Opera House; he recently sang the title role in Billy Budd at the opening of the 2010 Glyndebourne Festival. Pianist Alisdair Hogarth regularly partners with many of his generation’s finest singers; he made his concerto debut at the age of 15 and has appeared in a number of films including The Young Victoria (co-produced by Martin Scorsese) and The Duchess, and recently toured Korea with Barbara Bonney.

Recent performances of The Prince Consort have included Brahms’s Liebeslieder with Graham Johnson at Wigmore Hall and the European première of Ned Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen at the Oxford Lieder Festival, as well as recitals and several residencies in Aldeburgh and appearances on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and The Choir. Their first album, On an Echoing Road (songs by Ned Rorem), was released in 2009 on Linn Records (Linn CKD342) and was Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice in addition to being named ‘Outstanding’ by International Record Review. In 2010 the group returned to Wigmore Hall for a recital that included a world première of a setting of Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 144’ composed for them by Ned Rorem. They were named in The Observer’s Best Classical Music of 2010.


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