Biographies, photos and videos of Passacaglia’s regular core members are on this page.
Annabel Knight (recorders, flutes) has established a successful performing and teaching career as a recorder player and historical flautist, which has taken her across the UK, Europe and America. She has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall and South Bank and many radio broadcasts and CD recordings, notably with Passacaglia, and the recorder quintet Fontanella. In 2010 she released a solo disc of music by Gordon Jacob on the Naxos label, in collaboration with the Maggini String Quartet, Fontanella and harpsichordist/pianist Robin Bigwood. Annabel enjoys teaching at all levels and has been a syllabus consultant for both the ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall examinations boards. She is the founder and director of the popular Woodhouse Recorder Week and is currently head of recorder at Birmingham Conservatoire. Annabel can also be heard playing on film soundtracks including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and Fantastic Mr Fox.
Louise Bradbury enjoys a rich and varied career as a performer and educationalist, for which she has been elected an associate member of the Royal Academy of Music. With Fontanella and Passacaglia, Louise has enjoyed the privilege of performing, broadcasting and recording in some of the UK and Europe’s leading venues and festivals. Louise’s desire to encourage young recorder players has led to her teaching at the Birmingham Conservatoire, several universities and the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She currently teaches at Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex and is in demand as an adjudicator and examiner. With her husband, Louise is a director of Little Notes Music, an award-winning education programme for young families. She is also the proud mother of three daughters.
Born in Tokyo, Reiko Ichise (viola da gamba) came to England to study at the Royal College of Music in 1991. Whilst there, she won the concerto prize and completed her post graduate study with distinction. She is now one of the country’s leading gamba players, working and recording regularly across the world with many prestigious ensembles including Fretwork, The Purcell Quartet, Florilegium, the Gabrieli Consort, English Chamber Orchestra, Concordia and The Royal Ballet.
Oliver Webber (violin) has established a reputation as one of the country’s leading interpreters of period music, from Renaissance improvisation to Romantic string quartets. He is the director of the Monteverdi String Band and is the leader of Ludus Baroque. He has appeared as a soloist at major London venues and as guest leader with the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the Hanover Band and the London Handel Orchestra. Oliver makes his own gut strings, and has acted as “string consultant” for many individuals and orchestras, in particular the Gabrieli Consort & Players. Oliver is a professor at the Guildhall school of Music & Drama.
Robin Bigwood (harpsichord, organ) won the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition in 1995 and has since developed a successful freelance career combining solo recitals, chamber music and accompaniment. Robin is a member of Feinstein Ensemble, and also recently worked with The Sixteen, London Baroque, Florilegium and Britten Sinfonia. He plays with harpsichordist Carolyn Gibley in the duo Cembalo Doppio. In addition to his interest in early music, Robin is an experienced sound engineer and producer – he writes a monthly column in Europe’s premier recording magazine, Sound on Sound, and founded the record label BCR.