About Us

Polyphonica Recorder Trio


Polyphonica Recorder Trio was formed in 2006. The Trio is committed to historically informed performance as well as advancing the recorder as a modern instrument though collaboration with composers. Commissions include works by Steve Marshall, UK, Robert Allworth, Australia, Steve Yates, Australia, and Jean-Christophe Rosaz, France. The Trio is delighted to present exciting, innovative and informative programmes including collaborations with renowned artists Robert Cross, countertenor, and harpist Robin Ward, and collaborations with composers including Jean-Christophe Rosaz (France), Norm Skipp (UK), Robert Allworth (Australia), and Stephen Yates (Australia). Polyphonica has a blossoming international presence having performed in the Netherlands, a number of times in France and Germany with two further concerts in Germany in October, 2017.

Polyphonica released their self-titled debut album in August 2010, which features music from 14th century monody and music by Henry VIII, Susato, Holborne, Genzmer, Allworth, Matheson and Sieg. Their second CD, Music for Countertenor and Recorders featuring the renowned countertenor, Robert Cross, will be recorded in 2017.

Polyphonica is dedicated to providing workshops on recorder playing and performance practice to people of all ages through festivals, summer schools and other workshops including the annual recorder weekend at Knuston Hall, Northamptonshire. The members of Polyphonica all teach recorder privately and welcome contact from people seeking tuition or workshops.
Polyphonica Members
Grace Barton Grace Barton graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 1998 with a First Class BMus Hons degree and went on to gain a Diploma in Professional Studies in recorder performance. In 2004 she graduated from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she had studied recorder performance with Reine Marie Verhagen and Historical Performance Practice with Peter van Heyghen. Grace has performed as a soloist on various occasions in the UK performing concertos and other solo repertoire. Between 2004 and 2010, Grace taught recorder and gave performance practice workshops at the Birmingham Conservatoire. She has tutored at the Northern Recorder Course, Cheltenham Recorder Festival and North West Early Music Forum Summer School and gives Advanced Recorder Workshops and private music tuition in Birkenhead. Grace was director of the Heart of England Recorder Orchestra and currently directs the Wirral Recorder Orchestra. She is guest conductor at branches of the Society of Recorder Players. Grace teaches recorder to individuals on the Wirral. She also gives workshops to players of all levels, including her popular Advanced and Intermediate Recorder Workshop. Contact Grace for further information and costs.
Simone Reid Simone Reid studied the recorder at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar and the Birmingham Conservatoire and has taken lessons with such prestigious professors as Pamela Thorby, Anneke Boeke, Annabel Knight, Myrian Eichberger and Ross Winters. Simone performs regularly with her various ensembles and as a soloist. She teaches on the Knuston Hall adult education courses and is a conductor of the Northampton Society of Recorder Players. Simone appears regularly in Poland where she tutors and performs as a soloist. Simone teaches recorder to individuals at her home in Northamptonshire. She also gives workshops to players of all levels. Contact Simone for further information and costs.
Michael Piraner Michael Piraner has a Diploma of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied recorder with Owen Watkins and a Master of Arts in Music from the University of Birmingham. He moved to London in 1991 where he studied recorder with Anneke Boeke at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. From 1998-2001 Michael held the position of recorder teacher at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in Australia. He has performed in the UK with Birmingham Baroque, and in the USA and Australia with Watkins Ale. Michael has taken part as a tutor in the international music festival Recorder 2000 in Australia, and has recorded and broadcast with various radio programmes in Australia and the United States. Michael teaches recorder to individuals and small ensembles at his home in East Sussex. He also gives an annual series workshops in Seaford for players of all levels. Contact Michael for further information and costs.