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Joanne SAUNDERS

Year of Award: 2009 Award State: Victoria Arts - Performing > Instrument Making
To research original tenor recorders to design and make new instruments based on historical models - UK, Denmark, Netherlands, France, USA
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My Churchill Fellowship comprised visiting five museums and one private collection of original recorders. I organised appointments at museums to look at instruments in Paris, Oxford, Copenhagen, Washington DC, New York and the private collection of Frans Bruggen in Amsterdam. My intention was to measure specific tenor recorders with a view to developing a design based on one or more of these instruments.

It is important to examine and measure each instrument in detail, including, where possible, the tuning. Only by studying and comparing detailed information can I choose the best and most useful instrument design to develop an instrument suitable for today’s recorder players.

As is often the case, my Churchill Fellowship experience was not only about researching the chosen topic but the benefits that flowed around it. It was the most incredible privilege to handle these 300 – 400 year old recorders and have the time and space to process the experience on a number of levels. Spending time with these beautiful instruments has enabled me to further develop my creative thinking and I will pass it on to others by creating recorders for Australian and international musicians. I feel a deep appreciation of the Churchill Trust to have given me this important opportunity, the results of which I know will be far reaching. 

 

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