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I am a freelance musician living in West London specialising in playing and teaching recorder. On this site you will be able to access information on all my musical activities including details of my recordings "Fusion" and "Exposure" and future recital dates. As a performer I play solo recorder works and duet as "Duo Ricercare" and with "The Stanesby Players", performing with guitar,harpsichord,viola da gamba and triple harp, covering a wide range of music from Medieval to Jazz and Contemporary. My repertoire extends to performing with recorder consorts and chamber groups.

As well as giving individual lessons for recorder,piano,brass,theory,musicianship and G.C.S.E music, I coach recorder consorts,ensembles,lead workshops and take master classes throughout the U.K.and further afield. I teach on recorder courses and conduct the Exeter Recorder Orchestra.I adjudicate a wide range of instruments both here and worldwide and
 am a General/Diploma and Rock and Pop examiner for Trinity.I play Tenor Horn with Regent Brass and am accompanying a Violin/Viola player in a mixed repertoire.

"..how does he do it and how the heck does he make it look so deceptively simple!  I didn't even hear his heart beating in the J.van Eyck and I was sitting in the front row.  Did he steal the show?.."

Judith Sweeney April 2015

"You looked so good today and played so beautifully,and you ooze confidence!"

Gill Dury  October 2014

 


 

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Birmingham in 1967 I studied recorder with Paul Clark before attending Trinity College of Music, London.  I undertook a four year performance course studying with Philip Thorby.  Further studies were with Eve O''Kelly in London and Marijolein van Roon in Amsterdam.  I have been a finalist in the Moeck Solo Recorder Prize on two occasions and perform in both Early and Modern ensembles  playing a wide range of music.  I have appeared on recordings as soloist and in consorts and performed with the harpsichordists Maria Boxall, Helena Brown and Akiko Imai.  My partner in the recorder/guitar duo is the versatile guitarist Graham Roberts. I perform with Akiko Imai and Ibi Aziz in a Baroque Ensemble "The Stanesby Players" and with Robin Ward on triple harp in a recorder/harp duo. My CD recordings include my feature debut album "Exposure"  and the follow up CD "Fusion" for recorder and guitar.I also appear on "Tell Tale Ducks" with Respectable Groove. 




"...an appealing,expressive and fine tone..can give shape and eloquence by sensitive phrasing.."   Paul Clark  Recorder Magazine

 

 VENUES

   Bretton Hall                    Cheltenham Town Hall   

   Royal College of Music               Lauderdale House     

   Warwick ArtsCentre            Burgh House

   RiverHouse Barn                 Prince Michael Hall    

   Midlands Arts Centre                 Tudeley Parish Church 

                 Government House  Canberra

                  St George's Chapel Bristol    St George's Hanover Square


 
 FESTIVAL APPEARANCES

 Brighton Festival    

 Cheltenham International Music Festival

 BrumFest




APPEARANCES WITH

   The Stanesby Players           West London Bach Players  

    Collegium Musicum of London      Camerata da Chiesa           

    The Recorder Smiths      Tempo Primo                   

    Respectable Groove        Duo Ricercare               

                  Trio Ricercare

 

 

 LATEST NEWS:

2017:

Have done successful courses in Aylesford and Alfreton working on muisc from Renaissance to 21st Century.

Recitals with Elin Harris Soprano and Yat-soon Yeo Harpsichord performing in March a German programme by Telemann,Handel and Bach followed in May by Handel and his Contemporaries which were great fun and challenging music.

ERO gave a successful lunchtime Recital in Exeter Cathedral with music by  the likes of Holst,Schnabel,Mozart.

Regent Brass came second in the First Section Area Finals so are off in September to the National Finals in Cheltenham

 

2016:

I did a concert in February in Chipperfield with Robin Ward on Triple Harp in a varied programme with many pieces based on love as it was Valentine's weekend.Also a Recital with The Stanesby Players joined by Crispin Lewis Baritone in a varied programme about Winter with music by Purcell,Vivaldi and Rameau.

In April I tutored on a Recorder Course in Derbyshire which was a busy week but rewarding.I performed with Robin Ward in Prestegne before an Early Music Forum workshop working on music by Shein and Scheidt.

In May I performed at St Georges Hanover Square with The Stanesby Players premiering recently discovered Sonatas and Fantasias by Handel and Telemann to a large and enthusiastic audience.

In June I was in The Hague tutoring a Modern Recorder music workshops with music by Alan Davis,Paul Leenhouts and Peter Warlock.

In July I performed with The Stanesby Players and La Follia in a great concert of Concertos by Bach,Vivaldi and Telemann.I also conducted the Exeter Recorder Orchestra in a concert in Bristol with music by Dvorak,Tchaikovsky,Hawkes and Leenhouts.

September has started with a fun Modern Recorder Course near Maidstone

2015:The Stanesby Players played A Valentine's Day Recital "From Prussia with Love" music by the Bach family,Janitcsh,Telemann and the premiere of "In The Mind of a Butterfly" by Andy Meyers.

In April we were joined by Sam Stalden on Bass Viol for "Knoc'ked on the Head" post-Civil war music by Lawes,Locke,Parcham,Keller.

"To me, the talented beauty of it was that The Stanesby Players looked and spoke and played as if they were friends, just enjoying a gig on a wet Saturday night in Camden Town".

Judith Sweeney April 2015 

In June we did a Tea Party playing concertos by Sammartini,Telemann and Stanley as well as a new piece "Organum and Alleluia" by Charlie Barber.We were joined by some great string players and the concert was a great success.

2014 saw performances of new works written for myself and The Stanesby Players:

29th March "In The Margins" by Paul Burnell

17th May "Dr Dee his Magick Square"by Michael Mullen for Recorder Viol da Gamba and Harpsichord.

"...I so enjoyed The Stanesby Players concert last night.  Thank you for a most enjoyable and horizon-stretching programme.... Judith Sweeney

 

May 31st 2014: A performance with Robin Ward on a variety of Recorders and Harps.Here are a few clips on YouTube:

C.P.E Bach:http://youtu.be/yLlx7c4ivUA

Fontana:http://youtu.be/Ahi6aZOSPfg

Piazzolla:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC6CceXT1dg

Castello:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70JDKk7feVE

Ibert:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5v3nuDfOLc

Dowland/Van Eyck:http://youtu.be/1o0aJgHRUic

"LOVED the concert guys - innovative and fantastically diverse program. I particularly loved the C.P.E. Bach (that was me shouting brava by the way...)"

Jessica Templeton May 2014

 

August 2014 saw Robin and I in the Recording Studio putting together a new album with a variety of pieces from Dowland to Piazzolla.
 

As of September 2014 I started to conduct the Exeter Recorder Orchestra (ERO) which is fun and rewarding venture with rehearsals throughout the year and concerts.

See DIARY for Details.

2013 saw performances in London and Tudeley with music by Bach Telemann Bartok Marais.

Here is a link to see my perform Mamma Mia on TWO Recorders at a Contemporary Gig in May 2012:

http://www.youtube.com/edgemusiclondon.

RECORDING OF A NEW C.D FUSION WITH GRAHAM ROBERTS ON GUITAR....SEE FUSION PAGE FOR INFORMATION.SEE LATEST REVIEWS...

You can see and hear a live performance of some of the tracks featured on FUSION  by clicking on these links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViqyTNm6sxg  Vamo Nessa Machado

http://www.youtube.com/user/corrie1414#p/a/u/1/TngQeHhUmao  Cafe 1930 Piazzolla

 
To hear Sound bites click on:

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FORTHCOMING APPEARANCES

SEE DIARY PAGE FOR INFORMATION.

                                         

                                       

    "..your magnificent solos at the concert.....you opened the eyes of so many to the quality and versatility of the recorder.." Len Grey