Concert Series "quintessence & friends"
In 2011 quintessence
started the concert series "quintessence & friends" in cooperation with the Wilhelm13:
once a year we will invite an external a cappella ensemble for a shared concert.
With this concert series we would like to establish a new platform to show that you can find excellent
vocal music besides the "big ones" of the German a cappella scene.
Guest 2024 are Die Randgruppe
Die Randgruppe lives on the edge of the Hildesheim and Peine districts in the vastness of the Hildesheim Börde.
6 genuine amateurs with plenty of experience in choral singing are full to the brim with a desire for a cappella, POP, jazz, soul and classic, latently with a little northward pull.
They bring to the stage what is most important to them in music: commitment and fun, finesse and humor, lightness and class...and it has to groove! Whether loud and shrill or intimate and quiet...
Countable successes include prizes at the Lower Saxony Choir Competition and multiple victories at the German Acappella Contest Lower Saxony/Bremen/Hamburg, but more important is always the crackling between stage and audience.
Show "Best of"
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of quintessence
, the "Best of Program" celebrated its premiere in 2019.
A wild ride through the previous shows with favourite songs of the ensemble and "indispensable" evergreens from the three
shows awaits the audience.
Classics such as "You've got a friend" are given new life, "I was brought to my senses" by Sting from "3D" is included, but the legendary excursions into classical music are not to be missed either!
The ensemble's typically diverse repertoire also ensures that all old and new fans of quintessence
get their money's worth in the "best-of" program - and of course there is no shortage of entertainment,
not least because one or two brand-new pieces always find their way into the program!
The third show will hit the satge in the summer of 2017. quintessence
to the concept of songs from different genres in extraordinary arrangements: from classical, to jazz or pop,
from Gioachino Rossini to Duke Ellington or Jamie Cullum - nothing is safe from beeing adapted by
The program "3D" combines songs beyond the "often-heard" but still contains
the effect of the recognition of familiar songs in an amazing arrangements.
Thus a firework of vocal music awaits the audience with plenty of opportunity for smirking, melting and wondering
- "A cappella in perfection" (Nordwestzeitung
Just in time for the 10th anniversary quintessence
celebrated the premiere
of the new show "five".
Again the ensemble has selected exceptional songs from different musical genres.
Besides the "essential" Beatles and some selected pop songs the show contains
excursions to chanson and German hits. The second - more "jazzy" - show
again contains something for those who love the comical aspects
of a cappella music.
Additionally the ensemble breaks new ground by realizing a classical orchestra
suite with five voices!
Show "voices only"
The appeal of the show "voices only" lies in the diversity of the repertoire: with a selection of songs from the different
genres and styles in unusual arrangements quintessence
time and time again.
Besides fresh German songs - from the thirties up to now -
the show contains Beatles songs in outstanding arrangements, jazz, close-harmonies,
pop songs of high recognition value and even madrigals sung in italian/spanish vocal tradition.