The exceptionally talented five (Rebecca Austen-Brown, Katriina Boosey, Louise Bradbury, Sarah Humphrys and Annabel Knight) gave us an evening to remember. One had to marvel at fingerwork, complicated rhythms and timing, and breath control that could make a phrase last beyond belief’

All the members of Fontanella are highly experienced chamber musicians who continue to enjoy successful careers in both performance and educational work. Over the past decade, they have each performed in concerts, festivals and recordings across the world in many different guises, bringing a valuable collective experience to the ensemble.

Rebecca Austen-Brown

As a specialist in performance on recorder and early strings, Rebecca has performed throughout the UK festival network, Europe and the US, as well as recording for BBC Radio 3 and 4. She is the driving force behind the medieval ensemble Bardos Band, and has performed and recorded with such ensembles as I Fagiolini, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, La Nuove Musica, Britten Sinfonia and The Orchestra of the Swan. Her interest in both improvisation and traditional music from around the world is fuelled by electronic duo Wyrewood and collaborations with Horses Brawl. Rebecca teaches recorder at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, London College of Music, and Surrey University. She has given classes at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Birmingham Conservatoire, and is regularly invited as an adjudicator in the UK and in Hong Kong. Rebecca Austen-Brown

Katriina Boosey

Katriina Boosey was born in Finland and gained her MMus degree at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in 1993. She studied the recorder further with Han Tol at the Akademie fur Alte Musik in Bremen and with Peter Holtslag and Anneke Boeke at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Katriina has an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. She performs with Fontanella Quintet, Baroque Ensemble Bergamasca and explores contemporary music with her Finnish colleague, pianist Kristiina Junttu. Katriina is passionate about her teaching and enjoys working with all ages of recorder players. She holds recorder teacher’s posts at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Wells Cathedral School in Somerset. Katriina Boosey

Louise Bradbury

Louise Bradbury enjoys a rich and varied career as a performer and educationalist, for which she has been elected an associate member of the Royal Academy of Music. With Fontanella and Passacaglia, Louise has enjoyed the privilege of performing, broadcasting and recording in some of the UK and Europe’s leading venues and festivals. Louise’s desire to encourage young recorder players has led to her teaching at the Birmingham Conservatoire, several universities and the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She currently teaches at Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex and is in demand as an adjudicator and examiner.With her husband, Louise is a director of Little Notes Music, an award-winning education programme for young families. She is also the proud mother of three daughters. Louise Bradbury

Sarah Humphrys

Sarah Humphrys studied recorder, baroque oboe and shawm at the Royal College of Music and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland. Sarah freelances throughout Europe and has performed and recorded with leading period instrument ensembles, such as Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the European Union Baroque Orchestra, the Hanover Band. the King’s Consort, the Gabrieli Consort, St James’ Baroque, Florilegium and the Dufay Collective. She has also made radio and TV broadcasts and recordings for films. Sarah has also worked at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where she was musical director of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” in 2007.Apart from Fontanella, Sarah is a member of Ensemble Meridiana, winners of the Göttinger Reihe Handel Festival Historical Music Competition 2011, the York International Young Artists Competition 2009, and the 4th International Telemann Competition 2007 and The Oboe Band. Sarah teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Sarah Humphrys

Annabel Knight

Annabel Knight has established a successful performing and teaching career as a recorder player and historical flautist, which has taken her across the UK, Europe and America. She has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall and South Bank and many radio broadcasts and CD recordings, notably with baroque ensemble Passacaglia and with Fontanella. In 2010 she released a solo disc of music by Gordon Jacob on the Naxos label, in collaboration with the Maggini String Quartet, Fontanella and harpsichordist/pianist Robin Bigwood. Annabel enjoys teaching at all levels and has been a syllabus consultant for both the ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall examinations boards. She is the founder and director of the popular Woodhouse Recorder Week and currently teaches at Birmingham Conservatoire and a number of schools in the South East. Annabel can also be heard playing on film soundtracks including ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Part 1, and ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. Annabel Knight