Our tutors are all experienced professional artists and teachers.
Annabel Knight (Course Director)
Annabel studied recorder and flute at the Royal College of Music where she developed a strong interest in early music. She has since established a successful performing and teaching career as a recorder player and historical flautist, which has taken her across the UK, Europe and America, notably with the baroque ensemble Passacaglia, and the recorder quintet Fontanella. She has made a number of CD recordings, including solo albums of music by Gordon Jacob (with the Maggini String Quartet, Naxos), and GP Telemann (BCR). She has also had the privilege of performing on a number of film soundtracks including Fantastic Mr Fox and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. Annabel is a committed and experienced teacher, having taught for over twenty years in a large variety of school and education settings. She has been involved with both the ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall examinations boards as a syllabus consultant and was appointed head of the recorder department at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012. She has been running the Woodhouse Recorder Week summer schools since 2004.
Rebecca Austen-Brown (Junior Day)
Since studying the recorder at the Royal Academy of Music, Rebecca has become known as a multi-instrumentalist, adding medieval fiddles, baroque violin and viola, renaissance flute, psaltery, and bagpipes to her collection of instruments. As well as being a founding member of Fontanella and her medieval ensemble Bardos Band, she performs and records with The Sixteen, I Fagiolini, The City Musick, and the Dufay Collective, as well as having appeared as a soloist with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Britten Sinfonia, The Feinstein Ensemble, La Nuove Musica, and The Orchestra of the Swan. As a session musician, she can be heard on such films as The Hobbit, Les Miserables, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Rebecca toured with the Globe Theatre’s production, Eternal Love throughout the UK in 2014. She has given lectures and lessons in recorder playing and teaching, medieval music and fiddle at the Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham University, and Oxford University and is in demand as an adjudicator and syllabus writer.
Robin Bigwood (accompaniment)
Robin Bigwood is one of the UK’s busiest harpsichordists, performing regularly as a soloist and as a continuo player with Passacaglia, Feinstein Ensemble, London Baroque, The Sixteen, Florilegium and Britten Sinfonia. Robin was brought up near Bristol in the UK, studied harpsichord and piano at the Royal College of Music and won the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition in 1995. In 2009 he became a regular member of the Feinstein Ensemble, and plays with them in their busy series at St Martin in the Fields, London, and recently at the Purcell Room as part of the South Bank Centre’s Bach Weekend. Outside of performing, Robin is passionate about recording technology. He has produced and engineered many successful CDs, and writes regularly for the respected recording magazine, Sound on Sound. He also runs the independent record label, BCR.
Amy Whittlesea (Junior Day)
Amy graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 1998, where she was a prizewinner in the William Blake Woodwind Competition, and twice a prizewinner in the Croft Early Music Competition. For many years Amy performed regularly as a member of Trio Tagarela, giving recitals in this country and abroad, including the Aldeburgh Festival, the Cheltenham International Festival, and recitals at the Purcell Room, the Wigmore Hall, and live broadcasts for Radio 3 and Spain’s Radio and TV Catalunia. The trio also gave many educational concerts and workshops for Yehudi Menuhin’s ‘Live Music Now’ scheme, and wrote a Tudor musical ‘Trouble at the Tudor Banquet’ published by Starshine Music. Amy is the recorder teacher and Baroque ensemble coach at Wells Cathedral School, Latymer Upper School and Leweston School.