"Evelyn pushes the supposed technical and timbral limitations of the instrument to spine-tingling extremes, with noises that conjure up both birdsong and wing-fluttering. She can swing, and she can play a simple tune sweetly, with little embellishment." John Walters, The Guardian
Recorder-player Evelyn Nallen made her BBC debut at the age of nine, and her remarkable skills span early, baroque and contemporary music. She has had many works written for her and has given concerts all over the world. She has appeared on BBC TV and BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, and 4. When she toured Australia, Melbourne’s Herald described her as glorious. For more details on Evelyn's performing career and current projects, please visit the Projects page.
Evelyn was, for four years, chair of the European Teachers Association, UK, and was a mentor on the Certificate of Teaching Course for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She collaborated with the composer David Gordon on new repertoire for the Music Medal Scheme of the ABRSM. She has taught at Kings College School, Cambridge and has taught students from the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and others from Trinity, Guildhall and London Colleges of Music, and the North East of Scotland Music School.
Currently, Evelyn is commissioning on behalf of the Society of Recorder Players, new recorder consort music from leading UK composers. The first of these commissions (A Family Likeness pub. Schott) was by Gavin Bryars and was first performed in December 2008. Jonathan Dove wrote Lightdance (pub Peters Edition) to celebrate the Society's 75th birthday in 2012. In the pipeline, for the Society’s 80th birthday, is a work by Bob Chilcott.
Evelyn has given lectures on aspects of recorder playing at SRP national festivals, for ERTA conferences and for the Association of Woodwind Teachers. She has written articles on recorder technique in the Recorder Magazine, UK, and Tibia, Germany.
She has been a visiting lecturer and tutor at the Royal College of Music, London, Homerton College, Cambridge, University of Western Australia, University of Iowa City, USA and the Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia.
Summer School teaching includes Victoria, Adelaide and Western Australia Guilds, Recorder Week, Wellington, New Zealand, Colerado Recorder Society, USA, as well as many courses in England and Scotland.
She has given concerts for children in schools and at festivals throughout the UK and Australia.