If you told me seven years ago that I would play Byrd’s Fantasia 2 in a Renaissance recorder consort, I wouldn’t believe you. But that’s what I did last Monday night!
I recently got a Renaissance alto recorder in F, and as it was with my other recorders, it was a group effort to make it playable.
Thomas Prescott is a fine recorder maker in New Hampshire. He makes Renaissance instruments, and for mine, he drilled the seventh hole directly in line with the sixth.
Then my recorder travelled across the Atlantic to Peter Worrell. Once again, Peter created beautiful, high-quality keys on holes 4 and 5 for my left pinky.
I ordered a brass thumb rest from Lazar’s Early Music and made an adjustable neckstrap out of parachute cord and a cord stopper.
Finally, I needed a brace. My husband is an aspiring bagpipe maker, and he is excited about any opportunity to create something beautiful out of wood. I am proud to show off my new recorder brace, courtesy of Stephen Thomforde! He turned a brace, created a tenon wrapped with hemp, and made a piece to hold brass tubing which he attached to the recorder with epoxy. The wood was a little slippery, so I dipped it in liquid rubber. Ta-da!
I am so grateful for people who use their skills to make music possible for me. What a lucky musician I am!