Journey to the New World. A programme that is centred on the theme of Renaissance exploration and discovery. Palisander prides itself on presenting imaginative, historical programmes with a wide range of repertoire, often performing on recorders up to 6 feet tall. The quartet’s performance at the 2015 Brighton Early Music Festival was described as “outstanding” and “thrilling”. Their programme for us centres on themes of Renaissance exploration and discovery, with musical illustrations of European journeys to the New World. The repertoire balances music of the explorers’ native courts with pieces inspired by the sea, explorations into the music of the indigenous peoples of the Americas and pieces inspired by Anglo-Spanish conflict in the period. The music is not restricted to a single century, as the programme features repertoire spanning more than 500 years, from Tallis to Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams. Alongside pieces that were originally conceived for recorders and pipes, much of the repertoire has been specially arranged, written or reconstructed by Palisander for recorder quartet. The ensemble will showcase a large range of recorders both Renaissance and Baroque in design.