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Rachel Brown

Professorial Staff - Flute


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

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A leading exponent 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 and Ex Cathedra, she has recorded extensively and performed throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, China and Australia.

Her acclaimed solo recordings include the Telemann Fantasias, sonatas and concertos by JS, CPE and JC Bach, Handel, Quantz and Leclair. Her rendition of virtuosic works by Schubert and Boehm on simple-system, ring-keyed and Boehm alto flutes has been described as ‘a revelation’ (Pan) and her recording of the CPE Bach D minor concerto was voted best by Polish radio.

Rachel appears on many Telemann discs with Collegium Musicum 90 and her recording of the complete Handel flute and recorder sonatas op.1 with the Academy of Ancient Music has been described as “heart-rending” (BBC Music Magazine) and “enchanting” (The Independent). Rachel is a founder member and soloist with the London Handel Players with whom she has recorded Geminiani sonatas op.1 and three discs of Handel’s chamber music, described as ‘perfection itself ’ (Pan). Her recording of Vivaldi Concertos and Arias for flute and recorder is due for release.

Rachel’s publications include The Early Flute, A Practical Guide (CUP), cadenzas for the Mozart Concertos (Bärenreiter) , two volumes of Quantz Flute Sonatas and her own completion of the Bach A major flute sonata (Uppernote).

Deeply committed to teaching, Rachel is a Professor at the Royal College of Music in London. A practice book for the flute is in preparation and she is collaborating with dancer, Mary Collins and violinist, Adrian Butterfield on a guide to baroque dances for musicians.