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Professor Ian Wilson and students from the Guildhall School on tour in Southern France

Launch of the Turners’ Consort

Concert and Reception

Where: Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DT. (location)

When: Friday 29 March 2019 at 7.00 pm, with a reception for members only from 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm at Milton Court

Concert and Reception

Featuring the Turners’ Consort of eight medieval-style recorders, this one-hour concert will showcase recorder music, instruments and performance from the 1400s to the present day. The concert will include works by Machaut, Byrd and Brade.

Then enjoy a short reception (8-9pm) at Milton Court across the road to meet the maker, players and tutors.


Tim Cranmore and assistant Jack Darach, The Turners’ Company QEST Scholar (2016)

The Maker

Commissioned by the Turners’ Company from Tim Cranmore, one of the UK’s leading instrument makers, the Turners’ Consort is the first set of medieval-style, wood-turned instruments to be played and used for teaching at a UK conservatoire.

The Consort provides a unique resource for students of woodwind and historical performance.

During the concert Tim will explain how he re-created the Consort to match those made in the 15th century.

Professor Ian Wilson, principal recorder professor, will discuss the pieces played by the students of the School to show the progression of recorder repertoire from medieval to modern.


The concert is free to all and will last one hour (7-8pm). Tickets will be issued from 6.30pm outside the Music Hall in the Silk Street entrance of Guildhall School.

The reception in Milton Court is for members of the Turners’ Company and their guests (who will be guided for the two minute walk to the venue).

To book Reception tickets (£20), including a reserved seat at the concert, please email:

About the Turners’ Consort

The Turners’ Consort comprises eight instruments in two different keys, to maximise the repertoire that can be played. The instruments are made from European pear wood giving the Consort a very warm sound. Professor Ian Wilson has described the Consort as:

An exciting tool for education, a vital aid to those at Guildhall School working in historical performance and an asset the School will be proud to show off through regular performances and its outreach activities.

A long history between the Turners’ Company and Musical Instruments The Worshipful Company of Turners has long links with the tradition of music making going back to 1604, when both the Turners’ Company and the Worshipful Company of Musicians received their Royal Charters from James I. Over the following 150 years of the Baroque period, Masters of the Turners’ Company included leading makers such as William Shaw (1635), William Whitehill (1687) and Thomas Stanesbury Junior (1739). In the Classical period (1750-1830) Richard Potter created the famous Potter Flute and was Master of the Company in 1782.

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