Harmonia Consort provides women in classical music with a distinctive platform for their creativity. We champion the works of women past and present, as well as perform standard and contemporary chamber music repertoire.

Brain-child of Eulalie Charland and her partners Gabriella Swallow, Jill Valentine and Rosie Moon, Harmonia Consort emerged from a zeitgeist coloured by the 2018 UK centenary of universal suffrage and the #MeToo campaign. As women working in music, the awareness of the lingering gender divide in the profession (more acute amongst composers and conductors) led to a desire to be part of a movement that empowers creative women.

 

We look forward to commissioning new works from young female composers to help secure the place of talented women in the chamber music canon.
A typical programme involves anything from three to thirteen players and includes repertoire from the Baroque period to the present day. The ensemble also proposes concerts for children.

 

 

 

Programme Samples

 

Programme 1

Green for String Orchestra by Thea Musgrave

New commission by Karl Fiorini

– Interval –

Death and the Maiden for String Orchestra by Franz Schubert (arr. Gustav Mahler)

Programme 2

String Quartet in E-flat Major by Fanny Mendelssohn

Interlude (string sextet) by Charlotte Harding

Fantasia (nonet) by Cheryl Frances-Hoad

– Interval –

Serenade for Strings by Herbert Howells

Programme 3

3 Lieder (voice and piano) by Clara Schumann

Sad Steps (piano and string sextet) by Huw Watkins

String Quintet in G Major, op.111 by Johannes Brahms

– Interval –

Into the Faded Air (sextet) by Helen Grime

Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op.44 by Robert Schumann

 

Children’s Concerts

The Carnival of the Animals with narrator by Camille Saint-Saëns

– or –

The Soldier’s Tale with narrator by Igor Stravinsky

 

 

 

For more information, contact us.