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Passacaglia Duo


Passacaglia is one of Britain's best-loved baroque chamber ensembles. For many years the group has enjoyed a reputation for its engaging and charismatic performances, featuring the unique sound of recorders, flutes, and harpsichord (sometimes adding other instruments such as violin and viola da gamba). They have received particular acclaim for their insightful interpretations of early French repertoire, as well as the enduringly popular music of Handel and Telemann, which regularly features in their programmes.

As well as critically acclaimed performances at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, Passacaglia has played at most of the UK's biggest festivals, including the Brighton, York and Beverley Early Music Festivals, Norfolk and Norwich Festival and the Three Choirs Festival. They have visited many music societies and clubs across the British Isles, and toured in Scandinavia, Ireland, America and Europe. Passacaglia has featured in many BBC radio programmes and broadcasts, and on worldwide radio networks including WDR Köln Radio, the European Broadcasting Union and WFMT Radio, Chicago. They have also recorded two discs for Linn Records: Telemann: Chamber Music (CKD170) and Boismortier: Suites and Sonatas (CKD 204). Their Boismortier recording was given the full five stars by Classic FM Magazine and hailed as 'an outstanding artistic success' by Music Week Magazine.

Passacaglia regularly work with guest artists Dan Laurin (recorders), Julia Gooding (soprano), Christopher Suckling (cello) and Eligio Quinteiro (lutes) on a wide range of colourful and entertaining programmes.

Annabel Knight (recorders, flutes) studied at the Royal College of Music in London, winning the postgraduate prize for early music research. She has since become one of the UK’s most respected recorder players and chamber music artists and has performed for early music festivals and radio networks across Europe and America, both with Passacaglia and with the recorder quintet Fontanella. Annabel is the founder and director of the Woodhouse Recorder Week summer school for young recorder players, and tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Centre for Young Musicians. She is also education manager for the Brighton Early Music Festival and has been a syllabus consultant to both the ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall graded examinations.

Robin Bigwood (harpsichord, organ) won the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition in 1995 and has since developed a successful freelance career combining solo recitals, chamber music and accompaniment, and is resident keyboard accompanist at London’s Centre for Young Musicians. In addition to his interest in early music, Robin is an experienced sound engineer and producer: his recording of Haydn Symphonies with Sinfonia Classica was recently Editor's choice in Gramophone Magazine. Robin also writes a monthly column in Europe’s premier recording magazine, Sound on Sound.

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'The Age of Elegance'
One of Passacaglia’s most popular and entertaining programmes, the programme
they will recreate the sophistication of the eighteenth century musical salon, with works for flute and harpsichord from across Europe by Bach, Handel, Telemann, Couperin and Leclair.