‘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 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!
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.
Silk Worms and Mulberry Trees
Fontanella’s new programme, currently in preparation, traces the musical fortunes of the remarkable Bassano family, from their earliest origins as pipe players in Italy, to the arrival of the famous five Bassano brothers at the court of Henry VIII and beyond…