‘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
Olwen Foulkes has worked with ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Players, Monteverdi String Band, and La Serenissima. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and played for the Royal Shakespeare Company 2018 season. She is particularly interested in curating performances in partnership with specific collections and has recently collaborated with Handel&Hendrix House, the Foundling Museum, the British Museum and the British Library.
Her debut solo disk ‘Directed by Handel’ was released on Barn Cottage Records in 2018 and her second disk will be released on BCR in late 2019. She graduated from Royal Academy of Music, London with a distinction and DipRam for her postgraduate degree in 2018. Olwen teaches the recorder at the Junior Department of Trinity College of Music and teaches classroom music at the American School in London. She also gives lectures on Eighteenth Century dance and ornamentation at the Royal Academy of Music and on the Marnaves Baroque Summer Course.
Olwen studied with Pamela Thorby, Anna Stegmann and Peter Holtslag at the RAM where her tuition costs were kindly assisted by San Martino and Christopher Hogwood scholarships and a 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 the recording costs of her first CD.