Professional recorder player Laoise O’Brien has spent 20 years championing an instrument often unfairly perceived as an instrument of torture. The particular sonority of a mass of small plastic recorders has left an unfortunate legacy for an instrument once known as the ‘sweet flute’.
Join Laoise as she embarks on a journey to tell the story of the recorder and its development through the ages. Part historical account, part personal voyage, For the Record introduces the sizes and styles of recorder, the vast repertoire spanning nine centuries, and explores the many different uses to which the instrument was put, from dances on the village green to music composed by kings.
This interactive performance includes audio and visual elements, delivered in Laoise’s inimitable style and suitable for all ages.