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Laoise O’Brien has spent the past twenty-five 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 performance 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


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