Kathryn Bennetts and Peter Bowman


Welcome to our web pages

This site contains information about all our recorder-based activities, including current publishing and recording projects, performances, research, writings, and teaching.

Please contact Kathryn or Peter if you would like more information

Our recordings of Michael Wolters' music are now available from NMC Recordings - see the 'News' page for more details and some great reviews.



20th September 7.30pm

The Flute Tree, Leichhardt, Sydney

Works by Donald Bousted, Peter Bowman, Larry Polanski, and Peter Thoegersen
Performers: Michael Dixon and Gergely Mályusz - horns
Kathryn Bennetts - recorder


22nd September 3.00pm

Wollongong Conservatorium of Music
A further performance of the earlier concert in Leichhardt

13th October 3.00pm

St Saviour's Church, Dry Hill Park Crescent, Tonbridge

Kathryn presents a recital of contemporary music for recorder and fixed media
with works by
Donald Bousted, Desmond Clarke and Aaron Stepp
Entry free with retiring collection

16th October 1.10pm

St Gregory's Centre for Music,
North Holmes Road


A lunchtime recital of Fantasias and Sonatas by Georg Philipp Telemann
Kathryn Bennetts - Recorder
Yeo Yat-Soon - Harpsichord

Entry free with retiring collection for CCCU music student fund


Cantatasfor Good Friday

19th April - 7.30pm

at Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare, Hampton, TW12 2EJ

The Lovekyn Consort perform cantatas by Charpentier and his contemporaries

Patricia Hammond - Mezzo Soprano
Kathryn Bennetts and William Summers - Recorders
Stephen Carpenter - Archlute

Tickets £12 at the door, or from Will Summers at www.lokimusic.co.uk/

EUROMicroFest 2019

24th May - 25th May

On Saturday 25th Kathryn will give a short presentation on the Quarter-Tone Recorder Manual followed by performances of Study in Transforming Curves (1997) and Telemann Raven Claw (2017) by Donald Bousted

The full programme will soon be available at www.microtonalprojects.com

EUROMicroFest 2019: Das Stimmt!! (Engl: ‘In Tune’)

Early and New Music

Artistic Director: Donald Bousted

Microtonal Projects in Collaboration with un-sound.e.V

Museum für Stadtgeschichte

Supported by Stadt Freiburg im Breisgau Kulturamt , Strandkorbstiftung/Freiburger Bürgerstiftung, Carl-Schurz-Haus Freiburg, Stiftung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Music Gillhaus, Weinschlösschen Freiburg, Sparkasse Freiburg in nördl. Breisgau, Regierungspräsidium Freiburg.


7th April 2019

St. Saviour’s Church

Dry Hill Park Crescent, Tonbridge


Elin Harries - Soprano

Kathryn Bennetts – Recorder

Yeo Yat-Soon – Harpsichord

present a programme of music for Easter


Bach's Aria, Seele, deine Spezereien


Cantatas by Telemann


23 March 2019

7.30pm Tudeley Church


A programme

to celebrate the music


Georg Philipp Telemann



Kathryn Bennetts - Recorder
Yeo Yat-Soon - Harpsichord
Ibrahim Aziz - Viola da gamba

Tickets £15 at the door
£12.50 booked in advance from Kathryn via the contact link above


8th March 2019

International Women’s Day

St Peter and St Paul Tonbridge at 1.00pm

Kathryn presented a programme of music composed by women

Works by Ana Lara, Betty Beath, Anne Gregson, Margery Smith, Barbara Polacchi


Concerts in 2018

Sunday 16th December

St. Saviour’s Church

Dry Hill Park Crescent, Tonbridge


Elin Harries - Soprano

Kathryn Bennetts – Recorder

Yeo Yat-Soon – Harpsichord


an afternoon recital of music
to celebrate the festive season including
cantatas for Advent by Telemann (1681-1767)

Tickets: £10 at the door

For more information contact Kathryn on 01580 895177

Wednesday 12th December

St Gregory's Centre for Music, Canterbury


Sunday October 14th, 3.00pm

at St Saviour's Church, Dry Hill Park Crescent, Tonbridge

Kathryn presented a programme of new music for recorder with first performances of works by

Lauren Redhead, Robert McCauley and Robert Strobel.

The programme also included works by

Juan Manuel Abras, Betty Beath, Andrea Keller,

Carleton Macy, Elis Pehkonen, and Francois Rossé.


Sunday September 16th, 3pm

at St Saviour's Church, Dry Hill Park Crescent, Tonbridge

'Of Love and Desire’

A programme of songs and instrumental pieces

with works by Copland, Debussy and Ibert

Elin Harries - soprano,

Kathryn Bennetts - recorder

William Summers - flute and recorder.


A Baroque Bouquet

A Baroque

June 17th 2018 at 7.00pm

St Dunstan’s Church, Cranbrook

A concert of chamber music to include works by

Telemann, Handel, Couperin and CPE Bach

Kathryn Bennetts – Recorder

Yeo Yat-Soon – Harpsichord

Ibrahim Aziz – Viola da Gamba

Tickets: £12.50 (£5 for students)

Available from Baldwin’s Travel Agents, Carrier Road, Cranbrook,

by phoning 01580 895177

and at the door on the night

Saturday 7th April 8pm

Garrick's Temple, Hampton
'Love and Desire' - a programme of mostly French music by Philidor, Debussy, Pessard, Ibert and Copland with:
Elin Harries - Soprano
William Summers - Flute, Recorder
Kathryn Bennetts - Recorder


Thursday 8th March 1.00pm

Tonbridge Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul

A recital of music by women to celebrate International Women's Day

The programme included works by Fumiko Hyachi, Liza Lim, Eleni Ralli,
Nicola Termöhlen and Calliope Tsoupaki

Kathryn's recital for the Durham Society of Recorder Players has been reviewed as a 'recital of contemporary music played with impressive virtuosity' The Recorder Magazine, Summer 2017. Works performed included Gerhard Braun's 3 Albumblätter and Calliope Tsoupaki's Charavgi.

Concerts in 2017

22nd October 2017 at 3.00pm at.St Saviour's Church, Dry Hill Park Crescent, Tonbridge

Kathryn presented a programme of Telemann Fantasias, together with the premieres of Andreja Andric's Interleaved Sequence (2017) and Donald Bousted's Telemann Raven Claw (2017)

Saturday 24 June 2017 at 7.30pm atAll Saint's Church, Tudeley, Tonbridge, Kent

Kathryn Bennetts (Recorder) and Yeo Yat-Soon (Harpsichord)

A concert of Fantasias and Sonatas to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann held in this rural church in the heart of Kent made famous throughout the world for its exceptional stained glass windows by Marc Chagall, which were designed and installed over a period of nearly 20 years between 1967 and 1985.

19th March 2017 at 3.00pm at St Saviour's Church, Dry Hill Park Crescent, Tonbridge

Kathryn presented a recital of Fantasies by Telemann interspersed withYun's Chinese Pictures



We had a fantastic review in a recent edition of the online music journal 'Tempo' (April 2015). Here are some of the highlights - you can download the whole review by clicking here

General comments about the Michael Wolter's CD Kathryn and Peter Play the Recorder:

“Kathryn and Peter Play the Recorder” offers a lovely sound-world in which to get lost."

"utterly beguiling"

"teasing, characterful works."

About She Stays and My Own Step-song:

"She Stays is a kaleidoscopic pas de deux, the two recorders curling around each other serpent-like, whilst My Own Step-song is a tense, expostulatory recital spotlighting Purkis that uses harpsichord and recorders, again exploiting the fruitful contrast of diatonic sequences and curving, sighing microtones above them, to frame and qualify the singer’s anxious verses.

About "Kathryn und Peter durchqueren die Antarktis":

"austere and still"; "Bennetts and Bowman’s playing is delicate and mesmerizing throughout.”

The CD Kathryn and Peter Play the Recorderis available from either of us, cost £10. Individual tracks can be purchased online from the Birmingham Record Company by clicking here

"The recorder-playing throughout the evening displayed musicianship and virtuosity of the highest order along with the adventurous and challenging programming we have learned to expect from this outstanding duo. I came away with a sense of privilege at having been present at the first performance of (Gavin Bryars') Two Lines"

The Recorder Magazine, Autumn 2007

In performance

Kathryn Bennetts and Peter Bowman are the UK’s leading recorder duo. Together they have commissioned and given first performances of many works creating an entirely new repertoire for the genre of recorder duo. A particular focus of the duo has been the use of microtonality and projects to extend this work have included ‘The Quarter-tone Recorder Manual’ (Moeck Ed. 2084), a CD of Donald Bousted’s quarter-tonal tour de force ‘Journey Among Travellers’ (1998) and a DVD of the radio opera from 2005, Kathryn und Peter Durchqueren die Antarktis (‘Kathryn and Peter Cross Antarctica’) by Michael Wolters and Marcus Dross.The initial work to develop dedicated fingerings for quarter-tones on the recorder has been adapted over the last fifteen years for other microtonal possibilities: third-, sixth- and eighth-tones. Regular performances and radio broadcasts have enabled their work to be heard throughout the UK, Europe and the USA.

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Kathryn and Peter in Performance

The Quarter-Tone Recorder Manual, written in 1997 in collaboration with composer Donald Bousted, is now

22 years old!

It was published by Moeck in 1998

André Luck
Photo by André Luck

Detail from Church window by Marc Chagall

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