The Flautadors

Recorder Quartet

Catherine Fleming • Merlin Harrison • Celia Ireland • Ian Wilson

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The Flautadors


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Concerts • Master classes • Lecture Recitals • Ensemble coaching

We formed The Flautadors in 1997 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. From the outset our repertoire has been diverse, covering 900 years and thereby including many styles and forms. As our repertoire has grown, so has our collection of recorders, now totalling over 80. This seems a good time to reflect upon our professional life as a recorder quartet.

Our versatile programmes have featured in many festivals including York, Beverley, Greenwich, Oundle and Cork. We have relished the opportunity to play in prestigious concert halls such as Barbican’s Milton Court, Wigmore Hall, Holywell Music Room in Oxford and the Purcell Room on London’s Southbank. Churches, chapels, and cathedrals from medieval to modern have been frequent concert venues over the years: Southwark Cathedral, Stydd Chapel in Lancashire and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London to name just a few. Much of our music finds a fitting place in the historic homes in which we have played, such as the Handel House Museum, Ingatestone Manor, Essex and Duff House, Aberdeenshire.

An interest in multiple art forms has led to performances in the National Portrait Gallery, the Olivier Theatre and the English National Opera’s production of Charpentier’s Medea. We have collaborated with various artists including soprano Emma Kirkby and actor Christopher Simpson, as well as appearing alongside singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan at the Union Chapel, London. We have also played at the outdoor festivals of Niasvizh, Belarus and Carfest South, performing on a vast stage to over 30,000 people. Additionally we have commissioned and premièred new works from composers of our own generation that have challenged us, and stretched the technical boundaries of our instruments.

Through our performing, teaching and recording, we demonstrate the fascinating possibilities of the recorder. We have worked with schools, universities and music colleges such as Hertfordshire Music Service, the Centre for Young Musicians, the National Centre for Early Music in York and Leeds University. Our previous recordings have reached an international audience and have featured on Germany’s WDR, Ireland’s Lyric FM, Australia’s ABC network, Classic FM, Russian and Belarusian radio and television. We have played live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, and the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2, reaching millions of listeners.

We have many projects pending with much repertoire to explore, new works to commission and more compelling musical adventures together.

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Concert schedule

Sunday 26th October, 2017, 7:30pm
’20th Anniversary Concert & CD launch’
Milton Court Concert Hall
Silk Street

Sunday 27th August, 2017, 5pm
Main Stage, BBC Children in Need CarFest (Chris Evans’ festival)
Laverstoke Park Farm

Saturday 14th January, 2017, 3pm
Hoddesdon Music Club

Pipes a-plenty
A family concert featuring the Flautadors’ most popular repertoire. Spanning eight centuries this programme includes a bit of jazz, folk, medieval, and Tudor tunes as well as featuring famous composers such as Byrd, Purcell and Bach. They will play on the full range of recorders from every era, totalling over 30 instruments from the huge contra bass to the tiny garklein.

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29 May, time tbc, “Pipes a-plenty” – EARLY MUSIC CENTRE, YORK *

30 May, 1PM, “Royal Rivals” – BEVERLEY EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL (St Mary’s Church, North Bar Within, Beverley) *
with Leo Chadburn, recorder *

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6 June 2015, 7:00pm – St Andrew’s Church, Biggleswade
Reflections on recorder music through the centuries from medieval to modern with famous melodies, music from royal courts & works by Bach, Dowland & Part. Over 30 instruments of many shapes & sizes performed by critically acclaimed quartet The Flautadors.
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8 May 2015, 7:30pm – St. Mary & All Saints Church, Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire PE8 5HZ:
Music for the Queen of Scots – A programme illustrating the dramatic life in music of Mary, Queen of Scots demonstrating the important connection between France and Scotland in the 16th century with exquisite gems from the Scottish Wode Part books contrasted with lively French dances from publications by Attaignant. The music is interspersed with the poetry and words of the ill-fated queen, her cousin Elizabeth I and other characters from 16th Century Scotland.

15 November 2014, 7.45pmGeorgian Concert Society, St Andrew’s & St George’s West, 13 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PA

28 September 2014, 4pm – Crown Court Church of Scotland, Russell Street, Covent Garden London WC2B 5EZ

Crown Court gig(click pic for details)