Recognised as one of the leading exponents of historical flutes, Rachel Brown is in great demand worldwide, as a soloist, orchestral player and teacher. As principal flute and recorder player with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Hanover Band, the Brandenburg Consort, Collegium Musicum 90, Ex Cathedra and, more recently, Arcangelo, she has recorded extensively and performed throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, China and Australia. She is author of The Early Flute, A Practical Guide (Cambridge University Press) and has published cadenzas for the Mozart Concertos (Bärenreiter) and two volumes of Quantz Flute Sonatas (Uppernote). She teaches on annual summer schools in Brazil (Officinal), Croatia (Aestas Musica) and the UK (Pro Corda) and has a thriving flute class at the Royal College of Music.

Yet it is with her ‘dream-team’ London Handel Players, that Rachel has immersed herself in the rich chamber repertoire. Their performance at the 2013 Göttingen Handel Festival was reviewed:

“What was at once captured was the pure, silky smooth and wonderfully expressive flute sound of Rachel Brown. It  is not impossible that even Orpheus, in his time, considered - whoever plays the flute like this, might almost soften stones”.

Göttinger Tageblatt

Rachel’s recording of Bach Flute Sonatas and Arias with Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Players is due for release shortly.


Rachel Brown  flute and recorder


Adrian Butterfield  violin


Oliver Webber  violin


Clare Salaman  violin and hurdy-gurdy


Rachel Byrt  viola


Katherine Sharman  cello and gamba


Cecelia Bruggemeyer  double bass


Peter Buckoke double bass


Silas Wollston  harpsichord and organ


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