What was remarkable was the quality of their ensemble playing. You can see them constantly communicating, with eye contact and body language, so you can see how it is being done, but it still seems like a bit of magic”
Featuring five of the UK’s finest specialist recorder players (Katriinia Boosey, Rebecca Austen-Brown, Louise Bradbury, Sarah Humphrys and Annabel Knight), the recorder ensemble Fontanella has been surprising and delighting audiences of all ages for the past ten years in programmes designed to bring the history of this remarkable instrument to life.
Their lively concert programmes span six hundred years of music, celebrating the long history of the recorder from the medieval period right up to the present day. The ensemble perform on a specialist array of instruments of every shape and size, from their beautiful 15-piece renaissance consort to their set of Paetzold ‘square’ basses.
The ensemble has appeared in concert and on radio and television networks across Britain and Europe, including recent performances across England and Scotland as well as in Italy, Iceland and Finland. They appeared as guest artists on the BBC’s flagship music show for children, ZingZillas in 2012, in an episode which has since been repeated numerous times in the UK and across the world.
Fontanella also excels at creating special educational projects for children, which has led to large-scale events hosted by venues and festivals across the UK including the Brighton and York Early Music Festivals, the Southampton Turner Sims Hall, and music services in London, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Sussex and Surrey.
Their CD The Fruit of Love on the BCR label features beautiful Elizabethan music by Holborne, Byrd, Simpson and Dowland as well Tim Coker’s modern work, The Leaves be Green.