London, England, GBR

Consortium5 are a dynamic quintet dedicated to performance, recorders and music. We are passionate about taking our music into new situations and adding a contemporary dimension to the historical recorder that concentrates without compromise on both its simplicity and its myriad complexities.


Consortium5 met at the Royal Academy of Music and was founded out of a shared love of consort music and recorders. Described by Daniel Bruggen as embodying ‘the true spirit of consort playing’, Consortium5 are one of the foremost recorder consorts of their generation. Currently signed to the Nonclassical Label, Consortium5 are committed to the performance of historical and contemporary music in equal measure.

Consortium5 have won many prizes and awards for their vision and unrestrained, technically commanding playing, including funding from the Britten Pears Foundation, the RVW Trust and The Performing Rights Society, a residency on the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series, a two year Junior Fellowship at Trinity College of Music, a residency on the Live Music Now scheme and the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award. In 2009 Consortium5 made their Purcell Room debut to critical acclaim. January 2011 will see the launch of their debut album Tangled Pipes on the Nonclassical Label.

Consortium5 are also committed to community performance and have given numerous educational concerts across the UK, reaching over 8000 children since 2006, many of whom had never previously attended a concert.

Consortium5 currently work regularly with composers and have so far commissioned over 20 works since 2007. It has been Consortium5’s great delight to discover the fascination these instruments hold for composers and the richness and variety with which their language speaks through the consort. Consortium5 are particularly interested in the bridges that these compositions build between new and old, creating new consorts from the archaic consort form and new works for historical instruments.

In 2011 Consortium5 will collaborate with the vocal ensemble Juice on a new piece by the composer Luke Styles. This work will draw on vocal and instrumental traditions. The text has been specially written by London poet Jacob Sam la Rose.

For more information on Consortium5, including forthcoming events, reviews and testimonials, photos and audio clips please visit our website


Tangled Pipes (2011)
(Nonclassical Label)

Set List

Five chairs, five stands and five microphones