‘It was a joy to be present at this concert and it will live long in the memory….we were treated to some exquisite music making of the highest quality’

The ensemble utilises an array of over fifty different instruments of all shapes and sizes to dazzle and inspire our audiences! We are proud of our reputation as a friendly and engaging ensemble and are very happy to chat to the audience about our instruments and music.

The following list of programmes gives just a taste of what we can offer concert organisers; and we are always willing to accommodate special requests!

The Delightful Companion

Drawing on a vast array of recorders from the tiny garklein to the great sub-contra bass (including a 15-piece renaissance consort), the recorder quartet Fontanella present a programme aptly named after Robert Carr’s popular music book, published in London in 1686.

From a virtuosic concerto by John Baston, to divisions on the famous Greensleeves, Henry Purcell’s Chaconne 3 Parts Upon a Ground and hits from The Catch Club, this concert promises to paint a colourful musical landscape of a country regaining its rich musical identity after the austerity years of Cromwell’s rule, the great plague and fire of London.

With additional repertoire by Locke, Campion, Banister, tunes from the Division Flute and Playford’s Dancing Master.

The Woods So Wild

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Inspired by the sights, senses and sounds of nature, William Byrd’s famous setting of this favourite song of Henry VIII forms a backdrop to a feast of frottole, virelai, songs and chansons featuring the swan, lark, nightingale and the pleasures of the “oken wood”. Music from the thirteenth to the twenty first centuries, including Baldwin, Janequin, Marenzio, Purcell and Vivaldi, plus contemporary music by Tim Coker and Tomi Räisänen.

‘The ensemble had an amazing coordination and chemistry between each other, with which they captured the hearts of the audience. They played different songs as if they were painting a picture’

‘A highly impressive concert!’

‘Marvellous. That should be compulsory listening for those who think recorders are children’s toys that screech!’