Schumann with Consone Quartet & Mary Bevan

Schumann with Consone Quartet & Mary Bevan

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This is Barnstorming! #3 - In this episode of our series we had the pleasure of exploring music by Robert Schumann, captured by the talented audio-visual team of Jessie Rodger and Brett Cox.

Our special guest for this episode was soprano Mary Bevan, with whom we worked on Schumann's intimate song cycle, Frauen-liebe und Leben in a beautiful arrangement by Bill Thorp. 


R. Schumann - Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42, arr. Bill Thorp

R. Schumann - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1

Schedule for the live broadcast

  • 7:15pm UK time: pre-show Q&A with the artists
  • 8:00pm UK time: film screening

Your ticket gives you access to both the pre-show Q&A and the film screening.


Mary Bevan, soprano

Agata Daraškaitė, violin

Magdalena Loth-Hill, violin

Elitsa Bogdanova, viola

George Ross, cello

‘I’m hugely excited to be collaborating with the Consone Quartet on this Barnstorming project. I’ve wanted to perform Schumann’s beautiful song cycle ‘Frauenliebe und -Leben’ for a while and working with these gifted musicians and exploring the text and music of this cycle in depth together has been a wonderful experience. This new arrangement for string quartet brings out colours and textures in the music that I’ve never heard before and I am certain audiences will enjoy hearing this familiar music in a fresh light.’ Mary Bevan

Making the Video

Filmed at Hurlands Barn in Surrey, thanks to Bob and Mia

Recorded/mixed by Brett Cox

Filmed/edited by Jessie Rodger

Special Thanks

to Bill Thorp for his arrangement and to Richard Stokes for the English translations of the songs.

Barnstorming! is supported by a grant from Continuo Foundation, with additional help from friends of the Consone Quartet.

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