Education and Outreach
Following the school presentation, selected pupils from CMS music centre recorder group ‘Wacky Whistlers’ had the opportunity to take part in a workshop with i Flautisti, organised by CMS recorder specialist Caroline Jones.
Caroline said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to put live music in front of children. i Flautisti is an internationally known ensemble playing at the highest standard and we are very privileged to have them in Rugby.”
In March 2013 recorder quartet i Flautisti and composer Nathan Theodoulou worked with young musicians from Southampton to produce a concert at Turner Sims concert hall. The concert featured performances from the quartet and massed performances from the children. The children’s repertoire was taken from the book Recorder Rebels.
i Flautisti joined 150 young musicians to celebrate the book Recorder Rebels at the Union Chapel in the summer of 2011. The concert was in two parts. The first part featured the quartet, described by BBC Radio 3 as “the Girls Aloud of baroque”, where the played a range of music that included the London premier of “Mistura” by composer Nathan Theodoulou. In the second half i Flautisti listened to and shared the stage with the Islington Recorder Rebels.
The ensemble’s energy combined with a wealth of teaching experience enthused young participants as part of the Brighton Early Music Festival 2010 and looks to build on this in 2011 in conjunction with Cambridge Education and Leamington Music.
The ensemble caters for all ages and levels of playing and can tailor days based on specific themes, events and musical styles.
“It’s rare that a public recorder workshop day, where children with such a big age range come together for the first time, goes by without at least one child becoming miserable or isolated or refusing to take part in the activities – and I know that it was very much down to how well you engaged the children and how you made them all feel comfortable and involved that this didn’t happen for a second. You are all natural teachers and the activities were engaging and very well thought out and planned – a really good mix of music-making, active listening and artwork and pitched at the appropriate level, bearing in mind both the age range (7-13) and the ability range (beginners to Grade 6). It is a huge achievement that all the children took something positive away from the day. Above all, your enthusiasm and liveliness are in themselves key to your innate ability to inspire the next generation of recorder players. Thank you so much for devising such a successful day.” – Brighton Early Music Festival