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.
graduated from the RCM having been the recipient of the coveted Queen Elizabeth
Rose Bowl, and has won many awards including the Mobil Song Quest, the
McDonalds Aria Scholarship and the Royal Overseas League Vocal Competition. She
made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden aged just 24, and her
roles there have included Tamiri/Il Re Pastore, Musetta/La Boheme,
Michaela/Carmen, Erste Dame/Die Zauberflote and Echo/Ariadne auf Naxos. She has
also appeared in principal roles with Opera Koln, Canadian Opera, Opera New
Zealand, Vlaamse Opera and Opera Holland Park. She is a prolific concert and
recital artist, and her appearances have included the BBC Proms, concerts with
most of the UKs major orchestras and tours with Andrea Bocelli and Jose
studied at Cambridge University and the RCM, is a BBC New Generation Artist and
the winner of multiple awards, including Second Prize in the Montserrat Caballe
Competition. She has appeared in opera at the Salzburg Festival, Bayerische
Staatsoper, Opera de Lille, Edinburgh International Festival, Aldeburgh
Festival, Scottish Opera and Opera North, in roles including Fricka, Waltraute,
Suzuki, Dido, Hansel, Mrs Herring, Giovanna Seymour, Lucretia and Agrippina.
She has peformed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras conducted by
Haitink, Van Zweden, Nagano, Bicket, Spano, Slatkin, Dausgaard and De La Parra.
She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and her
solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall broadcast live on Radio 3.
Staples studied at Cambridge University and the RCM. He made his Royal
Opera House debut as Jacquino/Fidelio, returning for First Armed Man/Die
Zauberflote, Artabenes/Artaxerxes, and Narraboth/Salome. He has sung with major
companies at home and abroad, including La Monnaie, and the National Theatre
Prague. In concert he has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under
Rattle, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under Manze, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
and the London Symphony Orchestra under Harding, the Deutsche
Kammerphilharmonie under Pinnock, the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Nezet
Seguin, the Accademia Santa Cecilia under Bychkov, and the Gavle Symphony under
Ticciati. He is the artistic director of Vignette Productions, and as one of
the founders of Opera for Change will take Mozart’s Die Zauberflote across the
African continent in an articulated lorry.
Tim Mead studied at
Cambridge University and the RCM, where he studied with Robin Blaze. He made
his professional debut as Ottone/L’incoronazione di Poppea at Opera de Lyon
under William Christie, and he has since appeared at the Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, ENO, Opera North, Scottish Opera,
Bayerische Staatsoper, De Nederlandse Opera, Den Norske Opera, Opera de Lille,
and Opera de Dijon amongst others. In concert and recital, he has appeared at
Carnegie Hall, all of Europe’s major concert hall, the BBC Proms, the Wigmore
Hall and the Edinburgh International Festival working with conductors including
Bolton, Christie, Cummings, Curnyn, Curtis, Goodwin, Haim, Hengelbrock,
Jurowski, Minkowski and Suzuki.
Imbrailo studied at the RCM and then joined the Jette Parker Young Artists
Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. At the ROH he has sung a
huge range of roles, including Count Almaviva/Le Nozze di Figaro, Malatesta/Don
Pasquale and Schaunard/La Boheme. Elsewhere, he has appeared as Billy/Billy
Budd (Glyndebourne, De Nederlandse Opera), Pelleas/Pelleas et Melisande
(Essen), Tarquinius/The Rape of Lucretia (Houston Grand Opera), Figaro/The
Barber of Seville (WNO), Count Almaviva (Opera de Lille, WNO), and
Guglielmo/Cosi Fan Tutte (Opera Colorado, Glyndebourne Touring, Opera North).
His concert appearances have included engagements with the Halle (Elder), BBC
Proms, Verbier Festival, Royal Albert Hall and New York Philharmonic (de
Burgos), and he has given solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square,
and at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.
Alisdair Hogarth made
his concerto debut at the age of 15 with the LPO broadcast on Classic FM, and
studied at the RCM where he won all of the major prizes for piano
accompaniment. He regularly broacasts for BBC TV, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM,
and has appeared at Wigmore Hall, QEH, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater
Hall, Philharmonic Hall and many national and international festivals, accompanying
Barbara Bonney, Sir Thomas Allen, Rosemary Joshua, Lillian Watson, Donald
Maxwell and a number of his generation’s finest young singers. He also makes
regular appearances as a solo pianist, recently performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody
in Blue with the National Symphony Orchestra in New York.