Recorder Workshop

with i Flautisti

i Flautisti


An important aspect of Sherborne Abbey Festival is to encourage a love of music in young people, and there is no better way of doing this than experiencing the ‘high’ of performing before an appreciative audience.  To this end, a Saturday morning workshop, aimed primarily at those between 8 and 18 years old (but also often available to adults on a space-available basis), has been part of the Festival almost since its inception.  Workshop attendees spend the morning working with professional musicians and then have the unique opportunity to join them for one or more numbers in the afternoon concert in Sherborne Abbey.  A wide range of workshop themes have been covered over the years, allowing as many people as possible to participate.  Previous workshops have included jazz, percussion, opera, violin and guitar, recorder and double bass.

All about the 2015 workshop

This year you are invited to join i Flautisti. Working in small groups the workshop is best suited to those over 14 so, while younger musicians are welcome, they might find it more challenging.  Participants must also be able to read music.

Learn about the history and various types of recorders and explore contemporary playing techniques with i Flautisti. Attendees will also be invited to participate in the afternoon concert later that day at 2pm, to which they have free entry.

*Accessibility* The Abbey Festival workshops take place in the Stuart Centre (Music Department), Sherborne Girls.  This building has a flat ground level entrance and performance hall, and all fire exits have ramps fitted for wheelchair accessibility.  All teaching staff have disability awareness training.

Sound Clouds: i Flautisti
Saturday 2nd May at 2.00pm Sherborne Abbey
i Flautisti will perform a programme that will carry the audience through centuries of recorder music, from the renaissance period up until music that was only recently written for the group. Workshop attendees will also participate. Each adult ticket also admits 2 children.

About i Flautisti

i Flautisti – The London Recorder Quartet – are making a name for themselves by challenging preconceptions of recorder playing and delivering inspirational repertoire with imagination and creativity. Founded at the Royal College of Music in London in 2009, the group shares a common interest in performing early music as well as supporting the creation and production of new music for recorder quartet. Listen to some of their sounds here.

Over the years i Flautisti have premiered a variety of pieces written for the ensemble. The latest premieres took place at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival in Wales in 2014 where i Flautisti performed Virelai: Douce Dame Jolie by Tarik O´Regan and Suite Flautisti by Nathan Theodoulou. i Flautisti have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and The Early Music Show and in 2014 on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. The ensemble has performed at many acclaimed festivals in the UK, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Among these were the Brighton Early Music Festival, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Summer School of Early Music in Prachatice CZ and the Festival Mitte Europa. 2013 i Flautisti was ensemble in residence at the Leamington Music Festival, offering workshops and concerts for children.

Since 2009 the group has been giving yearly workshops and concerts for children through Arts First in Islington, London. In 2011 the group gave the World Premiere of Karel Janovicky’s composition Quartet for Recorders No.1 at The Embassy of the Czech Republic in London, now published as part of the Contemporary Recorder Series.

i Flautisti’s debut album Sound Clouds was recorded in 2012 and is available via the group’s website and all major distribution channels.  Enjoy a little video of them at work below…

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The Festival is run on behalf of Sherborne Abbey Parochial Church Council (PCC) : Registered Charity No.1130082, to support its charitable activities in the field of music.

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