Passacaglia - Early music ensemble

For many years the husband and wife partnership of Annabel Knight and Robin Bigwood have been performing together as both a duo and core members of the baroque ensemble Passacaglia. They have appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank, toured in the UK, Europe and America and featured on numerous BBC and worldwide radio broadcasts. They have so far recorded six albums, for Linn Records, Naxos and BCR (the ensemble’s own in-house label). Robin and Annabel also perform as a duo with piano; their recording of Gordon Jacob’s recorder works for Naxos received much critical acclaim.

‘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
Recorder player and baroque flautist Annabel Knight has established a successful performing and teaching career, which has taken her across the UK, Europe, America and the Middle East. As a chamber music artist she has recorded and performed extensively with Passacaglia, the recorder quintet Fontanella and also with the Maggini String Quartet with whom she recorded Gordon Jacob’s complete chamber music for recorder for Naxos. She has also played on a number of film soundtracks including Fantastic Mr Fox, Philomena and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Annabel is a committed teacher and is currently head of the recorder department at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She has been a syllabus consultant for the main UK examinations boards, and has recently worked on a series of baroque flute anthology volumes for Schotts. Annabel is also the founder of the popular Woodhouse Recorder Week summer of courses for aspiring young performers.

Robin Bigwood
As a continuo harpsichordist and organist Robin is a core member of Passacaglia and the Feinstein Ensemble, performing at most of the UK’s major festivals, in London’s concert halls, and in Europe. He has also toured widely with London Baroque, Florilegium, The Sixteen, King’s Consort, Scottish Ensemble and Northern Sinfonia.

Alongside his work in the purely classical sphere, Robin is a respected music technologist. He founded the ensemble Art of Moog, which plays ‘21st century Hyper-Bach’ on synthesizers. He also works with major music publishers and record labels as a producer, sound recordist, editor and programmer. His own label, Barn Cottage Records, now has nearly 20 albums in its catalogue, and was set up to give entrepreneurial musicians a platform for specialist projects. Since 2001 Robin has also written extensively – almost 300 techniques articles and equipment reviews – for the industry recording magazine Sound on Sound. Robin teaches harpsichord, fortepiano and continuo at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and has also taught at Trinity Laban and the Yehudi Menuhin School.

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