The Royal Wind Music

Performing ensemble music of 16th and 17th century Italy

Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 3 pm


$20 General Admission / $15 Students/Seniors at


The Royal Wind Music
Paul Leenhouts, Artistic Director


Angeli, zingare & pastori (Angels, gypsies and shepherds), featuring masterworks by Italian composers from Venice, Naples, Milan and Rome

ATTP is pleased  to present the unique award winning Netherlands based ensemble, The Royal Wind Music,  an international consort of 13 musicians who specialize in performing Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian and English music from 1520-1640 on a collection of 45 select Renaissance recorders. Founded in 1997 by the Dutch Early Music expert Paul Leenhouts, The Royal Wind Music has captivated a worldwide audience with remarkable performances that celebrate not only this genre of music but also the Renaissance recorder instrument which first achieved popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Royal Wind Music includes some of today’s most talented recorder players, who all have studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, the epicenter for the study of period recorder music. Their collection of instruments are exquistitely modeled after those in the Collection of  Historic Music Instruments at Vienna’s renowned Art History Museum (‘Kunsthistorisches Museum’). The ensemble’s Renaissance recorders vary from a 12-inch small sopranino to a 10-feet long sub-contrabass recorder.

The Royal Wind Music has performed in major concert halls all over Europe and in the United States as well as major festivals including the internationally acclaimed Boston Early Music Festival.

During the past two years, The Royal Wind Music has developed a wide-ranging program of educational activities aimed at children, adults and future recorder professionals. In September 2011, the ensemble began a partnership with the Amsterdam Conservatory, ‘The Royal Wind Music Academy’, consisting of a series of workshops about the performance of Renaissance music on consort recorders. The ensemble has also collaborated with several music schools in The Netherlands, offering workshops and educational concerts.

The Royal Wind Music has released five CDs on the Spanish label Lindoro. Their most recent CD release is En er Mundo, an album of classical and popular encores from all over the world. Upcoming CD releases, planned for 2013, include compilations of Italian and English Renaissance Music.


This performance is made possible through funding from the Performing Arts Fund NL  and The Netherland-America Foundation.