Quintessence is a wind ensemble of experienced chamber musicians who have worked together for over a decade.
Between them, these freelance musicians have performed with many of the country’s leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Britten-Pears Orchestra, the D’Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra and Virtuosi 2000.
Since taking part in the first ever wind chamber music course at the Britten-Pears School for advanced musical studies (the only course of its kind in the country), they have appeared in concerts and festivals throughout the country, including performing in The Maltings as part of the Snape Proms.
Quintessence have toured in England, Scotland and abroad, playing at different festivals, music clubs and venues. They were supported by the British Council for a three week tour in Taiwan. They have made two recordings: their first, disc one, has much of the standard quintet repertoire, and their second, untold, is a selection of new works which the group has commissioned from young British composers.
Quintessence perform energetic and enlightening programmes, often including trios, quartets and sextets. They are available for concerts, corporate events, weddings, receptions and workshops.
- Susie Hodder-Williams (flute)
- Emma Feilding (oboe)
- Stuart King (clarinet)
- Jo Turner (bassoon)
- Jose Lluna (horn)
"intelligently varied programming....most sensitively and effectively executed" Nicholas Daniel
"Expect to be moved, thrilled, enchanted and entertained by these fine performers" Nicholas Daniel