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.
The guests for 2019 are Vocoder
Marie, Lena, Antonia, Lennart, Henning and Patrick: Since 2016, the six young musicians, who have been working together during the
of their joint school music studies at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" Hamburg under the name "Vocoder".
Experienced in a cappella, influenced by Pentatonix and trained by the King's Singers, the vocal ensemble distinguishes itself through its
puren a-cappella sound and its repertoire ranging from pop and jazz to classical music. Due to the close cooperation with
Hamburg composers and arrangers will also be performing many unique arrangements.
After numerous concerts and performances in Hamburg and the surrounding area, they took part in the master class of the renowned King's Singers in July 2018.
She took part in the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Lübeck - one of the highlights of her career so far. Also this year
in August, this time in Cheltenham, England: Under the direction of the former bass of the
King's Singers, Stephen Connolly, the young ensemble will spend a week working intensively on selected pieces and presenting them in the final concert.
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 like "You've got a friend" will be breathed new life into, "I was brought to my senses" by Sting from "3D" will be presented,
but also the Peer Gynt Suite from the program "five" is not missing!
The typical variety of the ensemble's repertoire ensures that all old and new quintessence
fans get their
money's worth in the "Best-of" 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.