October 2020


Welcome to The Arts Society Isle of Man
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 11:30

The social context and development of instruments; hear what they sounded like as Sophie Mathews plays replica instruments.

Many of our historical references for musical instruments can be found in works of art.    The works of great painters including Brueghel, Hogarth and Rigaud feature woodwind instruments and allow us to see what they looked like.  As well as explaining the social context and the development of the instruments, Sophie Matthews lets us hear what they sounded like as she plays her replica instruments.


Miss Sophie Matthews

Sophie is a musician well-known for her prowess on the English border bagpipes and has become one of the foremost players of the instrument in the UK. She also plays a variety of early woodwind instruments such as shawm, rauschpfeife, crumhorm and recorder. She’s also one of a handful of British players of the baroque musette, an 18th century French bagpipe similar to the Northumbrian smallpipes.

When not touring with GreenMatthews, Sophie also makes instruments (she made her own baroque oboe) and works with respected luthier Tony Millyard on his flutes. Sophie is self-taught on all of her instruments.