The Biber Recorder Duo – Lunchtime Recital

The Biber Recorder Duo are a Bristol based duo playing virtuosic repertoire for one and two recorders who take their name from the Bohemian-Austrian composer and violinist Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber.  Jen Mackerras and Tim Lanfear will be returning to the New Room for another lunchtime recital.

Lunchtime recitals are free, with a retiring collection.

Tim Lanfear

Tim Lanfear from Biber Recorder Duo

Jen Mackerras

Jen Mackerras from Biber Recorder Duo

Jen Mackerras

Jen first picked up a recorder when she was six. What started off as a great way to avoid having to sit in class for the last lesson of the afternoon turned into a lifelong passion for the instrument and its music, especially the modern repertoire. She studied with Miggs Coggan, composer Mike Irik and composer/player Zana Clarke (of early music group Cantigas and head of Australian publishers Orpheus Music), and attained her Associate Diploma in 1990.

Jen teaches Alexander Technique privately, and is Alexander Technique tutor at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.

Tim Lanfear

Tim started playing the recorder as a child when he was given a recorder and tutor to keep him occupied for an afternoon. He was taught by Malcolm Davies. He also has served as chair of the Bristol Branch of the Society of Recorder players.

Tim works in high-performance computing, currently for NVIDIA.Why Jen and Tim formed the Biber Duo

Jen and Tim met as founder members of the Pink Noise Recorder Quintet. After playing together for a number of years, they decided to explore the wealth of repertoire for two recorders, and to enjoy the discipline and depth of communication the duet music requires. They love playing together, and can’t wait to bring audiences into the sound world and dialogue of recorder duet music.

John Wesley's New Room

John Wesley’s New Room is a heritage site in the heart of Bristol. It houses a museum, library, café, events and hire space. It is home to the original 18th century chapel that started the Methodist movement.

It also houses an award-winning Café and a vast reference Library. John Wesley’s New Room hosts a range of art, music and family events and is also available to hire.

Explore the Museum of John & Charles Wesley’s life and work in Bristol.

John Wesley’s New Room is the oldest Methodist building in the world, located right in the heart of Bristol city centre. Founded in 1739 by John Wesley, the New Room became the cradle of the worldwide Methodist movement.

This is the place that completes the story of Bristol. This is the Room that changed the World.

It is a place where everyone is welcome to explore, step back, take time, reconnect and recharge.

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