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 leading specialist recorder players, the recorder ensemble Fontanella entertains audiences of all ages in a variety of programmes designed to bring the history of this remarkable instrument to life.

At Parham House, West Sussex

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.

Since its formation in 2001, the ensemble has performed for festivals, music clubs and radio and television networks across Britain and Europe including appearances in Italy, Iceland and Finland. In 2012 the ensemble appeared in an episode of the BBC’s flagship music show for children, ZingZillas, which has since been repeated many times both in the UK and across the world. In 2013 the ensemble also had the privilege for performing live for Dame Judi Dench in concert at the Ardingly ArtsFest.

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. A brand new album, The Woods So Wild, is set for release in November 2015. Visit our Recordings page for more information.

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