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Recorder player and flautist Alison Melville hosts This Is My Music

Cathy Irving

Alison Melville has been a crusader for the recorder, an instrument that some people associate with children's music. Melville is constantly searching out new music for the instrument and she resurrects older music from periods in the past when the instrument was taken more seriously.

Melville is recognized as one of North America's leading performers on recorder and historical flutes. She also plays a Norwegian folk instrument called the seljefloyte. Melville is a founding member of both the Toronto Consort and Ensemble Polaris. She appears regularly with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and she performed on their Juno Award-winning recordings of great works by J.S. Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau. Throughout her career, Melville has played on more than 50 CDs with a variety of ensembles as well as solo. When she's not performing, Melville is co-founder and co-director of the long-running Toronto chamber music series, Baroque Music Beside The Grange.

Melville was born in Toronto but began playing the recorder at school in London, England. She studied flute and recorder in London, Toronto and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland. These days, Melville shares her knowledge as a member of the music faculty at the University of Toronto.

On this edition of This Is My Music, Melville shares some of her favourite music and the stories behind her selections.

Recorder player and flautist Alison Melville hosts This Is My Music

Alison Melville shares her favourite music on This Is My Music


This Is My Music is heard Saturdays on Radio 2 at 10:00 am.