The Flautadors formed in 1997 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. Their diverse repertoire spans 900 years including arrangements by the group and a number of commissions. They perform on an impressive collection of over 80 recorders.
The quartet’s intriguing and versatile programmes have featured in many festivals including the City of London Festival and the early music festivals of York, Greenwich and Cork. They have performed in the Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Holywell Music Room in Oxford and the Purcell Room on London’s Southbank, as well as chapels, churches and cathedrals across the country.
An interest in multiple art forms has led to performances in the National Portrait Gallery, the Olivier Theatre and the English National Opera’s production of Charpentier’s Medea. Collaborations with various artists include soprano Emma Kirkby, harpsichordist Laurence Cummings and actor Christopher Simpson. Highlights of recent years include performing with singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan for her 2022 retrospective show in London, the premiere of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s Pieces of Light (2021) and playing to a crowd of over 30,000 people at CarFest.
Through their performing, teaching and recording they demonstrate the fascinating possibilities of the recorder. They have devised projects with schools, universities and music colleges such as the Cork School of Music, the Centre for Young Musicians, the National Centre for Early Music in York and Leeds University. Over the last 25 years, The Flautadors have gained a reputation for championing British music reflected in five critically acclaimed albums. These recordings of music both old and new have reached an international audience through radio, television and social media. They have played live on Radio 3’s In Tune and the Chris Evans breakfast show on Radio 2, reaching millions of listeners.