Passacaglia - Early music ensemble

For many years the baroque ensemble Passacaglia has been acclaimed for its engaging and charismatic performances of seventeenth and eighteenth century chamber music, featuring the unique sound of recorders, flutes, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord. Featuring some of the UK’s leading period instrument players, the ensemble has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank and has toured in Scotland, Scandinavia, Ireland and America. The ensemble has featured on numerous BBC and worldwide radio broadcasts and has so far recorded six albums, for Linn Records, Naxos and most recently, BCR (the ensemble’s own in-house label). Their most recent album, Vivaldi Undercover, features the music of Antonio Vivaldi in various unusual guises, and was released at the Greenwich International Early Music Festival in 2017.

‘A performance of irrepressible joy’ – Gramophone

‘Finely crafted performances from a star line-up’ Early Music Review

‘Each a superb Musician, they form a tight, sensitive ensemble that plays with great passion...Passacaglia played the seven musical vignettes like seasoned storytellers recounting a good yarn’ - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘Clarity, crispness and enthusiasm that perfectly match the spirit of the music’ Daily Telegraph

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, as well as other ensembles including the Maggini String Quartet, with whom she collaborated on an album of Gordon Jacob’s recorder music for the Naxos label. Annabel enjoys teaching at all levels; she is the founder and director of the popular Woodhouse Recorder Courses and is currently head of recorder at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Annabel can also be heard playing on film soundtracks including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and Fantastic Mr Fox.

Robin Bigwood (harpsichord) won the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition in 1995 and nowadays enjoys a career combining solo recitals, chamber music and orchestral continuo. Robin is a member of Feinstein Ensemble and has also worked with London Baroque, The Sixteen, King's Consort, Florilegium and Northern Sinfonia. He is visiting teacher of harpsichord at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Also active in the field of recording and music technology, Robin works regularly as a producer, writes for Sound on Sound magazine, and founded the label Barn Cottage Records. He also directs the ensemble Art of Moog, formed in 2018, which performs Bach live on multiple synthesizers.