© 2006 Mark Venn

Rachel has been playing recorders and the oboe since primary school, and

first tried the crumhorn in her teens.  

Many years later she was persuaded

by Simon to try the curtal, shawm and sordune as well, and now thinks the

sordune is the best thing since sliced bread. She also enjoys singing,

and volunteering at the Holst Museum.

Barbara trained as a teacher and worked for most of her career in PrimaryEducation, eventually serving as headteacher in Berkshire and then in


She is an enthusiastic amateur musician, and played and

called at folk dances for many years throughout Berkshire and

Worcestershire. She plays recorders and flute with the Gloucester Waites.