The Group

It all began in a coffee shop in Lanchester (overseen by a rather critical bust of Mozart!)


When the opportunity came about for the five of us to join together and sing some Christmas music in KaffeeHaus Amadeus (Lanchester), it all just fell into place. All keen for the quintet to continue, we met a few more times and Quintessential Voices was born.

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What we do


As a flexible quintet, we are able to offer a variety of performance types, including:

  • Full concerts. A wonderful mix of music across the ages and genres.

  • Short sets. A perfect complement to your concert, packages can be tailored to meet your needs

  • Functions. You may just want some background music to give that something extra to your event. Again, packages can be tailored to meet your needs.



Every member of the group has significant experience (over 90 years combined!) of teaching and delivering workshops and educational programmes to all ages. If you just want a workshop for your choir or have something more in mind, please get in touch to find out what we can offer.

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Mark Anyan - Tenor

Mark is General Manager of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Musical Director of Newcastle Choral Society and the Quay Lasses, Sage Gateshead. His involvement in the choral programme at Sage Gateshead also includes assisting in the rehearsing of the Quay Voices, delivering workshops and more recently rehearsing the Chorus of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Mark is in demand as a workshop leader, adjudicator and singer, making regular appearances as a tenor.