Rachel Brown

A leading exponent of historical flutes, Rachel Brown is in great demand worldwide, 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.

Her acclaimed solo recordings include the Telemann Fantasias, sonatas and concertos by JS, CPE and JC Bach, Handel, Quantz and Leclair.

With her ‘dream-team’ London Handel Players, Rachel has immersed herself in the rich repertoire of baroque chamber  music. Their performance at the 2013 Göttingen Handel Festival was reviewed:

“What was at once captured was the pure, silky smooth and wonderfully expressive flute sound of Rachel Brown. It  is not impossible that even Orpheus, in his time, considered - whoever plays the flute like this, might almost soften stones”.

Göttinger Tageblatt

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 a new baroque chamber music course in the UK (Pro Corda) for modern and baroque instrumentalists and teaches on annual summer schools in Brazil and Croatia. She leads a thriving flute class at the Royal College of Music.

Rachel’s recording of Bach Flute Sonatas and Arias with Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Players is due for release in January 2016.

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Two Summer schools in 2018:


Tafelmusik Baroque Summer,

Institute, Toronto, Canada June 10 - 23


Pro Corda Baroque

August 24 - 28


All Uppernote recordings now available as digital downlods


New: Quantz 2 Flute Sonatas



YouTube film: Quantz: The Man & his Music


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with Laurence Cummings, harpsichord, the London Handel Players and singers Elizabeth Cragg, Charles Daniels and Peter Harvey.

"So beautiful...If you want a flautist's guide to Bach, I don't think it comes much better than this".

Record Review, BBC Radio 3, 2nd April, 2016

"the range of tone colours conjured up by a mere wind instrument…was amazing…In fact, the Sarabande alone was so bewitchingly improvisatory that, the first time I heard it, I had to listen to it three times. Such effortlessly organic ornamentation, the sense at times mournful, at times utterly spiritual, and all from a single flute!"

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