The quality of the recorder playing itself was breathtaking… all of the girls are clearly excellent players, but what was remarkable was the quality of their ensemble playing’
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 Woods So Wild
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
In this popular programme, suitable for all the family, Fontanella traces the evolution of the recorder over seven centuries, incorporating medieval tunes, music from the Tudor age, jazz and folk song arrangements, brand new compositions and all sorts of glorious music up to the present day. Delivered with Fontanella’s characteristic enthusiasm and flair, this programme celebrates the enjoyment of music-making in all its forms across the ages, with something for everyone. With music by Henry VIII, Byrd, Vivaldi, Saint-Saens and Henry Mancini and a whole host of others, you will come away feeling inspired and astonished by the huge and exciting repertoire for recorder ensemble! Guaranteed a hit!
This programme is a true musical celebration of England’s rich musical heritage, nature and landscape, past and present. Masterful consort settings of the famous sixteenth century folk tune, ‘The Leaves be Green’ by Tudor composers Byrd, Stonings and Baldwine, are contrasted with modern day classics by Tim Coker and Hans-Martin Linde; our rich folk heritage is also explored with Fontanella’s own inventive arrangements of familiar ancient songs including ‘Sumer is Icumen In’, ‘All in a Garden Green’ and of course, ‘Greensleeves’!
Poesia per Musica
A feast of music inspired by words and poetry from Italy and England, with chansons, canzonas and instrumental versions of vocal works by Monteverdi, Fontanelli, Marenzio, Gastoldi and Byrd, plus works with a contemporary twist on the theme by Caldini, Winters and McGarr.
A highly impressive concert!’
Marvellous. That should be compulsory listening for those who think recorders are children’s toys that screech!’