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.
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.
New Album: January 2016
Our latest album Woods So Wild is due for imminent release on the Barn Cottage Records label, featuring beautiful Medieval and Renaissance Consort Music by Lassus, Janequin, Byrd, Monteverdi and many others. You can listen to taster tracks on our Recordings page and pre-order this beautiful new release from BCR, with an early bird discount available until the end of February 2016.
Our launch concerts are taking place on Saturday 30th January 2016 (London, RCM) and Saturday 6th February 2016 (Horsham, West Sussex). For more details, do check out our Concerts page.