‘Olwen Foulkes's playing is excellent, producing a beautifully controlled and mellifluous tone which she combines with an impressive sense of musical detail as well as the longer melodic phrase.’
Early Music Reviews 2018
Recorder player Olwen Foulkes released her debut album ‘Directed by Handel’ on Barn Cottage Records in Winter 2017 and recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London, with a ‘distinction’ and DipRAM award for her MMus degree.
Olwen was selected as a Handel House Talent artist at Handel&Hendrix House in London in 2015 and she particularly enjoys programming chamber recitals for intimate venues such as Handel&Hendrix House, the Foundling Museum, and the Wallace Collection with her regular duo partner, harpsichordist Nathaniel Mander and chamber group Flauti d’echo.
Olwen has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, La Serenissima, Oxford Baroque, and Hampstead Garden Opera and she has recently made appearances as a concerto soloist with London Handel Players, Music for Awhile, Oxford Bach Soloists, Amersham Festival Orchestra, 21st Century Baroque, the Amadé Players, L’instante, and the RAM Baroque Orchestra.
Olwen teaches the recorder for the Junior department at Trinity Laban, is a classroom music teacher at the American School in London, and gives lectures on Eighteenth Century dance and ornamentation at the Royal Academy of Music
Olwen studied with Pamela Thorby, Anna Stegmann and Peter Holtslag at the Royal Academy of Music where her tuition costs were kindly assisted by San Martino and Christopher Hogwood scholarships and a generous bursary from Help Musicians UK. She is greatly indebted to The Walter Bergmann Fund, EMI Sound Foundation, Loan Fund for Musical Instruments, and the Wolfson Fund for their help with instrument purchase. Olwen is also very grateful for a kind donation from the Society of Recorder Players and Craxton Memorial Trust towards her CD recording costs.