Rumours that Mozart didnt much like the flute didnt stop him from writing inspired music for the instrument. His flute concertos, composed in about 1777, are works of uncomplicated beauty. The same applies to Haydn’s string quartet: it is deceptively simple, but very refined and mature. Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792) is sometimes called the ‘Swedish Mozart’. His flute quintet defies all the conventions of the age. Haydn said of him: “I own one of his symphonies, which I keep to remind me of one of the greatest geniuses I have ever met.” Jan De Winne (il Gardellino) is the perfect soloist for this repertoire. Driven by a fascination with early instruments, he has made his own copies of 18th and 19th century traversos. The young Consone Quartet, a finalist in the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition in 2015, has caused a sensation at AMUZ in the past.