LIFEM | 8-11 November 2023

Charlotte Schneider

Winner of the 2021 SRP/Moeck Solo Recorder Competition

Friday 11th November 2022, 12.00pm

St. Michael & All Angels, Pond Road, Blackheath SE3 9JL

The Swiss recorder and flute player Charlotte Schneider (1997) is active as a soloist and chamber musician in Switzerland and in Europe.

She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in performance on the baroque flute with Marc Hantaï at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where in 2019 she received her Bachelor’s degree on the recorder in the class of Conrad Steinmann, and in 2021, her master’s degree in pedagogy in the class of Han Tol with honours.

Charlotte has been awarded several prizes in national and international competitions such as the Moeck solo recorder competition, Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb or the International Van Wassenaer Competition. She has performed at numerous festivals, including Festival for Early Music Utrecht / MA Festival Brugge (Fringe), Entre ciel & garrigue (Lussan, FR).

Fascinated by chamber music and scenic arts, Charlotte plays regularly with companies and ensembles as Duo Aeoline (recorder/flute and organ), Duo Schneider-Letort (recorder/flute and lute/romantic guitar), Hortus Amoris (early music), Echo Temporis Consort (Renaissance recorder consort), Ensemble Phaedrus (Renaissance flute consort), Compagnie l’Avant-Scène Opéra. She is the founder and director of the association for early music Barocc’opéra in her hometown (Neuchâtel).


Alice Letort is a French guitarist and lutenist, who was born in 1996. She studied classical guitar with Michel Grizard in Nantes, her hometown, before joining Judicaël Perroy's class at the École Supérieure Musique et Danse in Lille, and then Pablo Márquez's class at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel (Switzerland). In this city, she obtained in 2020 a Master's degree in classical guitar with a specialization in romantic guitar. Passionate about early music, she is now pursuing her studies in lute and early guitar at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Peter Croton's class. Alice Letort regularly performs as a soloist and in several chamber music ensembles, among them a romantic guitar duo (Duo Odelia), a guitar quartet (Quatuor Tacet) and a lute consort (Casulana Lute Consort).


Irene González Roldán (Spain, 1997) began playing harpsichord when she was seven years old. After her studies in Sevilla and Salamanca, she moved to the Netherlands to study in The Hague and Amsterdam with teachers Jacques Ogg, Patrick Ayrton, Menno van Delft and Kris Verhelst. Irene is currently a Master student at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) in the class of Andrea Marcon and Jörg-Andreas Bötticher.

Irene was recently awarded the first prize and audience prize in the 3rd International Harpsichord Competition of Milan (2021). In Spain, she has been twice awarded with the AAOBS scholarship (Sevilla) to support her early music studies abroad. She has performed in various festivals in Spain and The Netherlands, such as the Early Music Festival of Sevilla (FEMÁS), Musae, Utrecht Early Music Festival Fabulous Fringe, FEMUBA, etc. Irene has also played as a soloist together with musicians such as Jacques Ogg, Alfredo Bernardini and Eduardo López Banzo, and has collaborated with ensembles and orchestras such as Sponte Sua, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Seconda Pratica, New Collegium, etc.


Programme - Friday 11th November 2022, 12.00pm


In this concert, the musicians present three different periods of the early music style through five recorders/flutes along with lute, guitar, harpsichord and organ.

Beginning in the renaissance style with a madrigal by Palestrina, the lute and tenor recorder bring the simplicity and the richness of the text together with the polyphony in an intimate atmosphere.

Moving into the baroque with Bach, the A major flute sonata with harpsichord is in concerto form with three movements. Owing to a large missing section in the first movement, in this performance you will hear the reconstruction proposed by Barthold Kuijken. The harpsichord and the flute are in constant dialogue in this shiny tonality.

Next follows a later and lighter style with the csakan and the romantic guitar. This ‘house’ music was played a lot in Vienna and its environs in the first half of the 19th century. The csakan is very often combined with guitar as well as with the fortepiano. The instrument you will hear has eight keys and explores possibilities of fingering, dynamic and sound.

Once again visiting the baroque, is a Trio Sonata from Telemann for recorder, harpsichord and continuo that has been arranged for recorder and harpsichord. Here, the harpsichord and reorder are once again in close dialogue, but different textually to Bach.

The concert will close with another madrigal from Palestrina, this time with the renaissance traverso, lute and organ and with diminutions from our hands.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)     
Pulchra es amica mea
Diminutions from Francesco Rognoni (around 1700)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)                                         
Sonata in A Major BWV 1032
Vivace – Largo e dolce – Allegro
Joseph Gelinek (1758-1825)                                                     
Rondo for csakan and guitar
Carl Scheindienst (around 1800)                                               
Variations on the Air ‘Gestern Abend war Vetter Michel da’
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)                                       
Sonata in B Flat Major TWV 42:B4
Dolce –Vivace – Siciliana – Vivace
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)                              
Queste saranno ben lagrime

Diminutions from Charlotte Schneider


Charlotte Schneider, recorders

Alice Letort, lute and romantic guitar

Irene González Roldán, harpsichord


Approx. finish time 1.00pm (no interval).