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Laoise O’Brien has spent the past twenty years championing an instrument often unfairly perceived as an instrument of torture. The particular sonority of a mass of small plastic recorders has left an unfortunate legacy on an instrument once known as the ‘sweet flute’.


Join Laoise as she embarks on a journey to tell the story of the recorder and its development during the ages. Part historical account, part personal voyage, Laoise will introduce you to the various sizes and styles of recorder, the vast amount of repertoire spanning nine centuries, and the many different uses for which the instrument was employed; from dances on the village green, to music composed by kings.


This interactive presentation will include audio and visual elements, delivered in Laoise’s inimitable style, and suitable for all ages. 

Sweet Flute

A series of vignettes exploring the recorder's history and social context


Schools and Colleges

FOR THE RECORD is designed with everyone in mind and the public performances are suitable for a general audience. Laoise has designed a version of the show for schools from primary and secondary level to third level institutes.
The performance, which includes audio and visual material, also allows an opportunity for students to participate in the performance. Music would be sent in advance. If you would like further information or are interested in the show coming to your school please fill in the submission form.

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Highlights from a performance of For the Record at the Sunday at Noon series at the Hugh Lane Gallery, December 2021. With thanks to Sundays at Noon.

Opposite: Feature from the Irish Times article by Michael Dervan,
December 2021.