Kathryn Bennetts has a portfolio career as a performer and teacher of the recorder working with students of all ages. Her performances include music of all periods and with a particular passion for the contemporary repertoire she has, with her partner Peter Bowman, created an entirely new repertoire for the genre of recorder duo. Together they have recorded several CD’s, given regular performances and radio broadcasts enabling their work to be heard throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. As a recorder consultant for the ABRSM Kathryn has selected music for the grade and diploma syllabuses and is an editor of ABRSM’s Time Pieces for Recorder.

Peter Bowman founded the European Recorder Teachers’ Association (ERTA) (UK) in 1992 and was active in establishing the umbrella organization ERTA (International) to which he was elected chairman in 2009. As a performer, Peter is equally at home working with both early and contemporary music. He performs regularly with Kathryn Bennetts in the UK and abroad and together they have commissioned, premiered and recorded many new works for recorder duo. Peter has been teaching recorder at Canterbury Christ Church since 1992. He gained his doctorate in 2014 with his thesis “Microtonality and the Recorder 1961-2013: Repertoire, Tone Colour, and Performance.”

Together they have established themselves as the UK’s leading recorder duo. They have commissioned and given first performances of many works creating an entirely new repertoire for the genre of recorder duo. Composers who have written for them include Gavin Bryars, Nicola Lefanu, Roderick Watkins and Hans-Martin Linde.

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). 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, as extensively used in the compositions of Michael Wolters.

Regular performances and radio broadcasts have enabled their work to be heard throughout the UK, Europe and the USA.


Our teaching activities are very important to us and represent an opportunity for us to assist players of all ages and abilities to engage in life enhancing music-making.

We both teach recorder, music theory, composition, and the development of aural skills.

We offer workshops, ensemble coaching, and consultations prior to examinations and auditions.

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