REMA is proud to present the ensembles that were selected for the 2020 Young Ensembles Showcase. On the occasion of the European Early Music Summit (20-22 November), a broader selection of 5 ensembles was made:
Artem Belogurov, Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde and Aysha Wills met in 2014 during their studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Postscript was formed in 2018, when they were joined by David Westcombe, and won the first prize at the international Brothers Graun Competition in 2018. In June 2019 they recorded their first CD, INTRODVCTIO (TRPTK), which has been very well-received by traditional and new media. They share a passion for experimenting new ways to approach old music, and for engaging the audience to feel at ease and close to the action.
A Bohemian Serenade
Formed at the Royal College of Music in London, the Consone Quartet (Agata Daraskaite, Magdalena Loth-Hill, Elitsa Bogdanova, George Ross) were rewarded by several prizes and schemes: including the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize, and the EUBO Development Trust Prize and a place in ‘EEEmerging’ during the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition ; they are BBC New Generation Artists for the 2019-2021 season.
They released their debut CD, featuring Haydn and Mendelssohn, in 2018 (Ambronay).
LA PETITE ECURIE
Le Grand Tour de la Petite Ecurie
La Petite Écurie met during the Festival Musica Antica in Urbino in 2018. After playing together with great enthusiasm at the baroque music course of Alfredo Bernardini, Miriam Jorde Hompanera, Valerie Colen, Marc Bonastre Riu, Giovanni Battista Graziadio and Philipp Lamprecht decided to form together an oboe-band in it smallest form, which consists of two oboe’s, one taille, one bassoon and percussion. Since then, they have been asked to perform together all over Europe.
The secrets of Andalusia
Roberta Diamond, Daniel Thomson, Sophie Creaner, Mirjam-Luise Münzel, Harry Buckoke, Aileen Henry and Toby Carr formed Lux Musicae London in 2014 to explore the musical transition from the Renaissance to the Early Baroque. With a diverse instrumentation (harp, lute, recorders, voices and viol), they approach text and melody through expressivity and rhetorics, to connect the visual arts, poetry and philosophy with the music of the turbulent sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In 2016 they were finalists in the Concours international des Journées de Musiques Anciennes in Paris and participated in the BREMF Live! Scheme 2016/17. For this programme they collaborate with virtuosos Ignacio Lusardi (flamenco guitar) and Julian Harris (oud).
Using both modern and period instruments, Rosie Bowker, Eleanor Corr, Thomas Isaac and Emil Duncumb founded Pocket Sinfonia to recreate the atmosphere of 19th-century living room parties, where the intimacy of a chamber music performance could be applied to orchestral-scale pieces, via 19th century transcriptions, and their own arrangements.
For this, the ensemble has been awarded the Audience Prize at the 2019 St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, were a 2018 London International Festival of Early Music’s Young Ensemble Competition finalist, and were in the BREMF Live! Scheme in 2018-2019.