Our tutors are all experienced professional players and teachers.
Annabel Knight (Course Director)
Annabel has established a successful performing and teaching career as a freelance recorder player and baroque flautist, which has taken her across the UK, Europe, America and the Middle East. She has performed, recorded and toured for many years with the baroque ensemble Passacaglia, and the recorder quintet Fontanella. She also plays EWI (wind synthesizer) in the band Art of Moog. Solo CD recordings include albums of music by Gordon Jacob, and GP Telemann (BCR). She can also be heard 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 who enjoys working at every level, from complete beginners to emerging young professional players. Annabel is currently head of the recorder department at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and has been running the Woodhouse Recorder Week summer schools since 2004.
Chris Orton (2021 Online Course)
Chris Orton is active as a recorder player, conductor, Dalcroze Eurhythmics practitioner and teacher. He works with the youngest students through to special music schools, conservatoires, and adult amateurs. Chris finds the process of teaching and learning endlessly fascinating, and always enjoys working with different groups of people. He organises the recorder departments at Chethams School of Music, Junior School and Senior College of the RNCM, conducts on NYRO courses and Stockport Youth Orchestra, teaches at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and teaches chamber music and Dalcroze at L´Escola de Música Joan Llongueres in Barcelona.
Helen Herbert (2021 Online Course)
Having graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2020 (BMus, 1st class hons) Helen Herbert is currently studying towards a Musicology Research Master’s degree at Utrecht University. As both an active musician (specialising in recorder, baroque flute and choral singing) and as a researcher, Helen is particularly interested in early-modern music, its relationship with religious, political and technological change, and its use as a medium of persuasion and propaganda. Having recently guest-edited a special insert of Soanyway interdisciplinary magazine, she is also interested in early music’s position in contemporary life, its intersection with other fields of study and its use and portrayal in popular culture.
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, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham University, and Oxford University and is in demand as an adjudicator and syllabus writer.
Louise Bradbury (Junior Day)
Louise enjoys a rich and varied career as a performer and educationalist, for which she has been elected an associate member of the Royal Academy of Music. With the ensembles Fontanella and Passacaglia, Louise has enjoyed the privilege of performing, broadcasting and recording in some of the UK and Europe’s leading venues and festivals. Louise’s desire to encourage young recorder players has led to her teaching at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, several universities and the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. With her husband, Louise is a director of Little Notes, an award-winning education programme for young families.
Katriina Boosey (Junior Day)
Katriina Boosey was born in Finland and gained her MMus degree at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. She studied the recorder further with Han Tol at the Akademie fur Alte Musik in Bremen and with Peter Holtslag and Anneke Boeke at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Katriina has an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. She regularly performs with Fontanella Quintet as well as her Baroque Ensemble Bergamasca. Katriina is passionate about her teaching and enjoys working with all ages of recorder players. For nine years she taught recorder and organised early music concerts at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset and also at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2012 Katriina was awarded the ARAM honour (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for her contribution to musical life in Britain.
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.