A leading exponent of historical flutes, Rachel Brown is in great demand world- wide, as a soloist, orchestral player and teacher. As principal flute and recorder player with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Hanover Band, the Brandenburg Consort, Collegium Musicum 90, Ex Cathedra and, more recently, Arcangelo, she has recorded extensively and performed throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, China and Australia.
She has given many performances of the newly discovered Handel Flute Concerto and her championing of the works of the Berlin School has reawakened interest in the largely unknown masterpieces by Quantz. Her dazzling recordings of the Quantz and C.P.E. Bach Concertos have won international acclaim. Most recently, her recording of the C.P.E Bach D minor concerto was voted best by Polish radio.
Rachel’s acclaimed solo recordings include the Telemann Fantasias, sonatas and concertos by JS, CPE and JC Bach, Handel, Quantz and Leclair. Her recording, A Tribute to Bach: Bach Flute Sonatas and Arias with Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Players was described on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review programme as “SO beautiful... if you want a flautist’s guide to Bach, I don’t think it comes much better than this”. A new double disc, Revolutionary Flute Quartets: Mozart, Mannheim & Paris was released last summer and her research on baroque dance with be published next year.
Rachel’s publications include The Early Flute, A Practical Guide, cadenzas for the Mozart Concertos, two volumes of Quantz Flute Sonatas and her own completion of the Bach A major flute sonata. She has pioneered new flute and baroque chamber music courses in the UK (London Baroque Flute Days and Pro Corda) for modern and baroque instrumentalists and she leads a thriving flute class at the Royal College of Music.