Antara is a flute and harp duo that play for weddings, receptions and events in the south of England.
Formed in 2007, both Thomas and Rachel were instrumental and academic scholars at the University of Oxford (St Peter’s College), before graduating with double-firsts.
Recital work has covered the United Kingdom and also taken them to France. Weddings and functions have included work at Buckingham Palace, Mansion House, Spencer House, Blenheim Palace, and Penshurst Place.
Rachel Wick – Harp has learnt the harp from the age of six, originally studying with Thelma Owen and now with Sioned Williams.
She was, for several years, the principal harp of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, playing under some of the world’s most respected conductors in some of the most prestigious concert venues. She has also played with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, and the Salomon Orchestra.
Thomas Hancox – Flute is a busy freelance flautist, currently combining studies with Patrick Gallois in Paris, along with regular concert engagements throughout the country. He has recently performed with the Allegri and Sacconi String Quartets and Trevor Pinnock.
Thomas is on the editorial board for Flute, the Journal of the British Flute Society, and works as Ambassadors’ Co-ordinator for CAVATINA, The Chamber Music Trust.
The combination of flute and harp is a perfect complement for your wedding, function, or event. The ensemble’s gentle blend provides a soothing and unobtrusive sound of refinement and class.
Typically the repertoire is ‘light’ music, often favourite classical works or songs from shows. The duo are always willing to discuss particular arrangements though to meet your requirements.
Wedding services have a few particular considerations, namely the music for the arrival of the bride, during the signing of the register, and then for the exit of the bridal couple. Again, this can all be finely arranged well in advance of the day itself.
The advantage of both flute and harp is that they are acoustic instruments; in short, they need no additional amplification and, as such, are relatively portable. The only consideration is that, if theyare to play outside, the harp needs to be protected from the elements and a flat surface to be positioned on.