Course Tutors and Contributors
Woodhouse Recorder Week’s panel of tutors, accompanists and other contributors is truly world-class. Between them they have specialist knowledge and expertise ranging from Medieval and Renaissance repertoire through to cutting-edge contemporary music with electronics, and a huge amount of teaching, performing and recording experience.
Annabel Knight (course director) is one of the UK's best-known recorder and baroque flute players. She has performed, recorded and toured in Europe and the USA with the chamber ensembles Passacaglia and Fontanella, and is recorder tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, James Allen’s Girls School and for Surrey Arts.
Dan Laurin is professor of recorder at Stockholm's Royal University College of Music. In recent years he has performed in most parts of the world; tours to the USA, Japan and Australia as well as appearances in the major European musical centres have confirmed his reputation as one of the most outstanding (and sometimes controversial) performers on his instrument.
Rebecca Austen-Brown has built a reputation not only as a recorder player, but also as a versatile multi-instrumentalist. A disciple of music from medieval through to baroque, she frequently also delves into the world of improvisation and world traditions, as well as experimenting with electronics in her performances. She teaches in the Royal College of Music Junior Department.
Katriina Boosey is recorder tutor at the Royal Academy of Music and Wells Cathedral School, and is an experienced soloist and chamber music artist. She performs early and late Baroque with her ensemble Bergamasca and has a contemporary music duo with the Finnish pianist Kristiina Junttu.
Louise Bradbury has performed and broadcast extensively, both as a solo artist and with ensembles including Passacaglia and Fontanella. She is recorder teacher at Christ’s Hospital School and was recently elected an Associate member of the Royal Academy of Music, in recognition of her work as a performer and educationalist.
Sarah Humphrys studied at the RCM and in Switzerland at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She performs and records throughout Europe on recorders, baroque oboes and shawms and is also a member of Meridiana and The Oboe Band. She teaches recorder at The Royal College of Music Junior Department.
Robin Bigwood is an experienced piano and harpsichord accompanist, and plays continuo in Passacaglia and Feinstein Ensemble. Other interests include music technology and recording - he is a regular author for Sound on Sound magazine.
Arngeir Hauksson is one of the UK's busiest lute and baroque guitar players. He has recorded and performed with many leading ensembles including the New London Consort and Mediva.
Andrew Mayes edited The Recorder Magazine for twelve years (1993-2005) and is a former chairman of the North West Early Music Forum. His book, Carl Dolmetsch and the Recorder Repertoire of the 20th Century was published in 2003. Andrew undertook further research of Dolmetsch’s performing material for a doctoral thesis, and was awarded a PhD by Birmingham Conservatoire in 2009.
Anna Paradiso Laurin was born in Bari (Italy). She is an expert in classical culture, holding a PhD in Greek and Latin Philology, but is also an experienced harpsichordist and pianist. She works regularly with her husband Dan Laurin in both a piano/recorder duo and in the ensemble ‘Paradiso Musicale’.
Philippa Waite is well known as a performer and teacher of Baroque dance. She is currently guest teacher of Period Movement and Dance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She also teaches, performs and gives lecture-demonstrations throughout the UK and abroad.
James Risdon studied recorder with Alan Davis and Rebecca Miles, and has performed with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, London Musici and Devon Baroque. As a blind musician he has developed a wealth of strategies and techniques for learning and memorising music, and has written about them in The Recorder Magazine. James is the Music Officer at the RNIB.