Described as ‘Early Music’s very own Spice Girls’, the vibrant recorder quartet Palisander will present its ‘Double, Double, Toil & Trouble’ programme.

A programme exploring the theme ‘magic and music’, with repertoire spanning 900 years performed on recorders ranging from 6 inches to 6 feet tall. Palisander employ its signature blend of spoken word, poetry and singing, with movement and choreography for a unique concert presentation.

The intrinsic links between music and magic have been recognised throughout time, with Plato, Galileo & Pythagoras all writing on this subject. This programme includes music reflecting the Renaissance concept of the Three Magics; songs used to spread word of witchcraft; melodies sent through dreams by supernatural beings; new compositions inspired by the ancient concept of Music and the Spheres; and music inspired by humanity’s fascination with the mystical and magical.

Composers include: J.S. Bach, Tartini, Sweelinck, Hildegard von Bingen and new commissions based on historical mathematical calculations.

Tabea Debus recorder
Caoimhe de Paor recorder
Miriam Monaghan recorder
Lydia Gosnell recorder

About Palisander
Palisander prides itself on presenting imaginative, historical programmes with a wide range of repertoire; performing largely from memory, on recorders up to 6 feet tall. Devising its own choreography, as well as writing new compositions and unique arrangements for the ensemble, the group’s members are keen ambassadors for the recorder’s versatility. This is brought to life in the exciting theatrical concerts for which Palisander is known.

Palisander – making recorders phenomenally interesting and exciting

Katie Derham, BBC Radio 3

Friday Lunchtime Concerts
Each Friday from January to March we invite you to our Friday Lunchtime Concerts on the Suffolk Coast. We offer musical delight and respite from the winter winds in the shape of performances by brilliant young ensembles from the UK and abroad. All ensembles in this series are Britten Pears Young Artists for 2023-24, and are on a Chamber Music Residency as part of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme.

The Britten Pears Young Artist Programme is made possible with the generous support of our Trusts & Foundations and individual supporters.

General booking opens Saturday 25 November at 10am.

Advance booking for members begins on Tuesday 7 November. Find out how becoming a member both supports our work and enables you to enjoy priority booking.