Flutes & Frets Duo

London-based duo Flutes & Frets present intimate, magnetic performances that exploit the fragility and versatility of their ensemble. Their concerts feature a variety of instruments that enable them to express the colours, gesture and emotions of repertoire from the medieval era through to contemporary.

Enthusiastic about developing in knowledge, they are devoted to keeping primary sources at the core of their historically-informed approach to performance practice. Through researching and arranging music for their combination, they push the boundaries of repertoire creating imaginative and innovative programmes.

Flutes & Frets have had the pleasure of performing all over the UK and Europe. Their radio debut with WDR 3 took place in 2023 and they have been featured in world-class festivals including Misteria Paschalia, York Early Music Festival, Alpen Classica Festival, Flanders Festival Antwerp, and the International Early Music Festival of Sierra Espuña. They were chosen as an ECOS Ensemble 2023 and an “IYAP Selected Promising Ensemble 2022” for the International Young Artist Presentation, enabling them to perform in the Early Music Festival, “Laus Polyphoniae” at AMUZ, Antwerp, Belgium. This led to being selected for an award from the European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists (EFFEA) arranged by the European Festivals Association.

They have won numerous international competition awards including the 2023 International H.I.F. Biber Competition; 2022 “22nd LAMS Matera Award”; 2021 La Follia Nuova International Chamber Music Competition; and the International Music Competition (IMC) of Association Les Musicales Du Centre. They were selected for the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist (PDGYA) Award Scheme which celebrates top young musical talent and offers them performance and workshop prospects. In 2022/23, they were a Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) Live! Ensemble and DEBUT Horizon Artists and can be found frequently performing at events.

Known for their onstage chemistry and interaction, they cultivate a special sound-world taking audiences on a journey through time.

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