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Finn Collinson is a recorder player and multi-instrumentalist from East Anglia. Heralded by The Recorder Magazine as a “folk recorder pioneer”, Finn has rapidly been gaining a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the recorder on the English folk scene, performing at major folk clubs and festivals including The Sidmouth Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and FolkEast, and being shortlisted for the BBC Young Folk Award in 2018.
Finn’s debut solo album, “Call To Mind”, was released in September 2019. Featuring guest appearances from top folk musicians including Archie Churchill-Moss and Katriona Gilmore, the album has received widespread critical acclaim and extensive airplay in the UK and US. Self-produced and engineered, released on Finn’s own Old School Music label, and featuring no less than eight original tunes, the album was described by Spiral Earth as “exceptionally well executed folk rock”. Together with his band of Emma Beach, Tom Leader and Jonno Gaze, Finn completed his first national headline tour in 2019, with visits to several highly-regarded venues including Cambridge’s Portland Arms and the Plough Arts Centre in Devon. The Finn Collinson Band will be touring again in 2021 with an extensive venue and festival tour covering most of England.
Aside from his solo work, Finn is a founder member of recorder quartet Aurai (winners of the Royal Wind Music Prize at the Open Recorder Days Amsterdam competition in 2019) and London-based ceilidh/tunes band Stroma. He also regularly guests with Emily Askew’s Ceilidh Factor and has previously toured the UK with Tilly Moses and Shorelark. Finn’s diverse performance credits include a solo performance with the London International Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, and being invited to play in a one-off Baroque ensemble alongside Dame Emma Kirkby, Richard Edgar Wilson and Gail Hennessey. In the folk world, Finn has shared stages with multi-award-winning groups Bellowhead and The Young’uns, and has supported an enviable list of artists including Talisk, Faustus, Ashley Hutchings, Gilmore & Roberts, Jackie Oates, and countless others. Finn also performed in the orchestra for the English National Opera’s Olivier-winning production of Noye’s Fludde in July 2019.
As an educator Finn has worked extensively for the English Folk Dance & Song Society (notably as a tutor with the London Youth Folk Ensemble 2017-18) as well as being a recorder and whistle tutor at several of the biggest folk festivals in England. With his ensembles Aurai and Stroma, Finn has created and delivered a range of educational residencies across England for young people aged between 3 and 18.
As well as recorder, Finn plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and whistle and he has appeared as a guest musician on a number of acclaimed recordings. He is a graduate of the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he studied with Ian Wilson, Robert Ehrlich and Catherine Fleming. Finn is an alumnus of innovative education programme Aldeburgh Young Musicians and has participated in masterclasses with Piers Adams, Dorothee Oberlinger and Julian Lloyd Webber, amongst others.