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I Flautisti: Recorder Workshop - Sunday 1 November 2015

I Flautisti: Recorder Workshop
Sunday 1 November 2015
10.00 - 11.00am

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.

On Sunday 1 November, I Flautisti visited the National Centre for Early Music to inspire a new generation of recorder players. As part of their visit, they led an exciting, practical workshop for a 22-strong group of 7-11 year olds. The workshop brought together young people with a wide-range of experience - some were working at Grade 5 level, while others had only been playing for a matter of months - and provided a valuable opportunity for children to learn as part of a group and develop ensemble playing skills. Interspersed with presentations and performances from the vibrant I Flautisti musicians, the session enabled participants to explore new warm-ups, new pieces of music in several parts, and making experimental, improvised sounds on their instruments (as one participant said, "who knew a recorder could sound like a lion?!")

Following this workshop, I Flautisti gave an eye-opening Family Friendly concert, Swinging Safari, which introduced a sizeable array of over 20 different recorders and a diverse repertoire of music that exists for the instrument.

Here's what those involved had to say about the experience:
  • "We enjoyed the the inspirational musicianship and surrounding"
  • "Thoughtful programming and very engaging for the children"
  • "I left feeling inspired"
  • "Great fun - lots of new sounds and ideas to think about"