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Sackbutt & Cornett Ensemble

Early Music

Richard Thomas - Cornett, Natural Trumpet, Fiona Russel - Cornett, Philip Dale - Sackbutt, Adam Woolf - Sackbutt, Adrian France - Sackbutt, Kathryn Cok - Organ, Continuo

"QuintEssential are well-balanced and lively, with glowingly true intonation and an irresistible willingness to take risks" -- Andrew Robinson, Early Music Organisation of Ireland

QuintEssential is six young musicians with a dazzling array of musical talent. Specialising in early music with an original and unusual repertoire, they ensure that period brass instruments speak to a contemporary audience in an exciting and innovative voice. Listen to this unique ensemble and be transported back to another age through a musical programme with a fresh and vibrant insight into Renaissance brass.

Formed in 1993 by an organist and five wind players, members of QuintEssential have performed with some of the leading British period instrument groups, while QuintEssential has collaborated with vocal ensembles such as the Oxford Camerata, Concertare, the Choir of the Brompton Oratory and the Choir of the Chapel Royal at the Tower of London.

Participation in various early music festivals such as those in York, Beverley, Warwick & Leamington and Norfolk & Norwich, Spitalfields Festival, London and tours throughout Europe have ensured a growing and dedicated following for the group. In 2002 the ensemble appeared at the Lufthansa Baroque Music Festival in London, the Brezice Early Music Festival, Slovenia, The Landshuter Hofmusiktage, Germany as well as performing in Italy. In September 2002 the ensemble undertook an extensive concert tour of Colombia. In May 2003, the ensemble appeared at the Aranjuez Early Music Festival in Spain This season sees the ensemble making festival appearances in Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Italy and Spain

Their debut CD "In Venetia" was released to critical acclaim in 1998, and undoubtedly enhanced QuintEssential's growing reputation as an inventive and expressive young period instrument ensemble.  In August 2002 a CD of Elizabethan music, marking the 400th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I. Death in 2003 was released on the Chandos label.

In keeping with their philosophy to bring early music to as wide an audience as possible QuintEssential have been highly active in an educational capacity. Their rich and extensive knowledge of the historical and social importance of their unusual instruments adds a stimulating dimension to their programme and a high level of audience participation ensures an unforgettable experience.  The ensemble has made regular appearances on BBC and commercial radio & television.

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