Recorders: from the contrabass to the descant (that’s the one you played at school)

20 April 2017, 16:22

Sophie Westbrooke recorder

By Lizzie Davis

Most people are content to specialise in just one instrument but for young recorder player Sophie Westbrooke, playing the recorder means specialising in a whole handful of different instruments. We asked her to bring her recorders in and talk us through each of them

Sophie will be performing the world premiere of a Recorder Concerto by Graham Fitkin at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival next month.

Ahead of that concert, she popped in to the Classic FM studio to talk us through the range of recorders she plays, from the enormous contrabass recorder to the tiny descant.

Recorders: from the contrabass to the descant

Recorders: from the contrabass to the descant

Sophie Westbrooke guides us through the recorder family



She also showed us what some of the instruments can do. 

Here's a fanfare by Bob Margolis

Fanfare by Bob Margolis

Sophie Westbrooke plays a flashy fanfare for descant recorder


And here's a piece called Big Baboon 

By Dutch composer Paul Leenhouts – and it involves playing two of the recorders *at the same time*

Big baboon by Paul Leenhouts

Sophie Westbrook plays part of a work by the Dutch composer for recorder


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