Adults playing recorder shocker

MOST people's experience of the recorder is playing a squeaky version of Three Blind Mice to an audience of adoring parents.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 12th February 2016, 2:00 pm
Recorder quartet Palisander including Hannah Fisher, 24, from Fulwood. (Second from right)
Recorder quartet Palisander including Hannah Fisher, 24, from Fulwood. (Second from right)

But Prestonian Hannah Fisher not only carried on playing when all her friends gave up, she is now playing the instrument at a top London music school.

And now Hannah is preparing to play for 24 hours to raise £4,500 to buy a six foot recorder for the Palisander group.

Explaining why she carried on when others stopped, she said: “Like most people I started playing when I 
was seven but just never stopped.

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Memeber of Palisander with the six foot recorder

“You can do all your grades like with other instruments and I’m really passionate about playing the recorder.

“Then I went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London which is where I met the other three girls.”

The 24-year-old from Fulwood now lives in the capital and says despite having more than 40 recorders, the 6 foot tall sub-contrabass recorder, is vital to the group. Hannah said: “It is huge and most people usually think it’s a bassoon.

“We rent one at the moment but it’s important we have our own because it’s essential for playing different types of music and performing 900 years worth of repertoire available to recorder players.

Hannah Fisher, Lydia Gosnell, Miriam Nerval and Caoimhe de Paor Members of Palisander

“So we’ve raised more than £2,000 so far and have £2,400 left to raise before May or we’ll lose our funding.”

The group who have won a variety of awards, will now perform for a continuous 24 hours on February 20 at Chromacode Studios, London, in a bid to raise the remainder of the cash.

“It’s just a bit of fun really,” said Hannah. “There’ll be lots of things for people to do when they’re watching and we love playing the recorder and push it as a professional instrument. It’s a great full-time job to have, being a freelance recorder player.”

l To help the quartet achieve their six-foot dream go to - www.gofundme.com/palisander24

Memeber of Palisander with the six foot recorder
Hannah Fisher, Lydia Gosnell, Miriam Nerval and Caoimhe de Paor Members of Palisander