rarescale was formed by Carla Rees in July 2003 to promote the alto flute and its repertoire, following a series of recitals which showcased the instrument in venues such as the Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham, British Music Information Centre at St Cyprian’s Church London, The Warehouse London, Conservatoire de Pantin Paris and The British School Paris. The inaugural rarescale performance took place at the Reid Hall in Edinburgh in August 2003 as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with music for alto flute and piano performed by Carla Rees and Kerry Yong. Since then, the group has expanded to include diverse instrumentation, including electronics, guitar, cello, violin, cor anglais and bass clarinet.
rarescale performs regularly throughout the UK, including at its own Premiere Series in London, recitals in Birmingham, Leeds and Sheffield, and appearances at the British Flute Society’s 5th and 6th International Conventions, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Leeds Contemporary Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School and at the UK Microfest Festival of Microtonal music. The group makes frequent tours to the USA and has performed in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Minneapolis.
A registered charity, rarescale seeks to promote the alto and bass flute through public performances and through educating composers and performers. Members of the group have also given workshops and masterclasses for the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain and First National Flute Choir Day, as well as at universities and music colleges in the UK and USA, including the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, University of Southern California, UCLA and the Royal Academy of Music. An associated ensemble, rarescale Flute Academy, was formed in September 2007 to enable advanced flute students to learn the specific techniques of the alto and bass flute, and to give them arts management experience through the organisation of concerts and events.
Plans for 2008/9 include performances at the Sonic Circuits Festival in Washington DC, Microfest 3 Festival in London, recitals in Sheffield, Nottingham, Surrey and London and a residential masterclass course for alto/bass flute, bass clarinet and electronic composition on the Scottish Island of Raasay. rarescale’s first CD, featuring the music of composer in residence Michael Oliva was released as a digital download in August 2008 and two further discs are scheduled for release in September and November. Members of rarescale