The players

Introducing our core group of players. We have plenty of contacts to call on when we need more players or different instruments, so do ask if you have a special requirement.

Amy Harding

Sackbut & Recorder

Amy Harding photo

After beginning to learn the trombone at an early age and working her way up through the National Children’s and Youth orchestras, Amy began learning the sackbut with Emily White during her studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Since graduating she has enjoyed a varied freelance career on both the modern and historical trombones, performing both at home and abroad at many distinguished venues, with major orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Welsh National Opera.

Early music has become a passion that Amy wishes to develop further in her career as a specialism through her work with the Favonius Collective.

Eleanor Carr

Dulcian (bass curtal) & Shawm

Having completed a degree in Music at Bath Spa University, Eleanor is now studying for her Masters in Performance. Eleanor started playing the bassoon at age 10 and has been a part of numerous ensembles including Dorset Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since beginning her studies at Bath Spa, alongside performing on the bassoon, Eleanor has also found a passion for Renaissance music and regularly plays the dulcian, recorder and shawm. She is a member of SWEMF, has attended several workshops and courses, and hopes to continue with her studies and specialise in early music.

Ellie Carr

Lyn Harradine


Lyn Harradine photo

Lyn Harradine has been playing her Sackbut regularly in Venice over several years and is a member of SWEMF.

She also plays trombone in several orchestras in Bristol.

Richard Fitzsimmons

Cornett, Shawm & Recorder

Rick developed a taste for early music as a singer, and after a chance conversation with a cornettist after a concert decided he had to learn to play that too. Since then he's been playing as much as possible, and now also plays shawms whenever the opportunity arises!

He is an active member of SWEMF, and has taken part in numerous workshops and courses around the country, but his love of performance has led to involvement with this exciting new venture.

Rick headshot photo

Stephen Mounsey

Cornett, Sackbut & Recorder

Stephen fell in love with the sound of the cornett in the mid 1980s but didn’t start playing until 2004, with encouragement from Jeremy West. He has attended a number of early winds courses run by Jamie Savan and Adam Woolf. He has taken part in workshops studying large scale works by Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Rogier, Biber and others.

Stephen is a former member of the City of Ely Waits and has performed in concerts with Hampstead Chamber Choir and the UCL Music Society. He also plays sackbut and trombone (with a particular interest in jazz). He has never played in Venice but has played in Solihull.

Kira Thomas

Shawm & Recorder

Originally from South-East London, Kira grew up in the Lake District studying the recorder, oboe and singing before undertaking her undergraduate degree in Music and Psychology at Bath Spa University. Whilst studying, she achieved a DipABRSM in recorder performance and later graduated with the university solo performance award. 

During her degree, Kira found a love for early music and took up the shawm, as well as experimenting with other early instruments. She regularly performs with Sirinu, and is a member of SWEMF and the SRP. She is currently studying for an MA in music performance with a focus on the recorder and early music. 

chevron-circle-up linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram