Devon Branch Programme

 

2014

 
13th September

Andrew Curtis
is very well-known locally. He is a teacher, pianist and organist. He has been substantially involved in choral music and was for several years the Musical Director of the Exeter Recorder Orchestra

11th October

Chris Holliman
was a founder member of Stockport Recorder College, taught by Dennis Bamforth and Colin Martin, and this was where she first began conducting recorder groups. From 1976-79 she studied Music at Cardiff University, followed by a year at a Goldsmith’s College, during which she played with the London Recorder Orchestra and became joint Director with Dennis Bloodworth. She was a tutor at the NRC on several occasions. Then came a child, a move to Cornwall, more children, teaching English at secondary school and very little time for recorders! However, she played when she could and joined ERO and then Phoenix several years later, finally picking up her baton again a few years ago when she was asked to conduct the Truro branch, Recorders@Plymouth and to tutor at the Cheltenham Recorder Festival. Please note: the branch AGM will be held after lunch

8th November

Playing Day with Steve and Ann Marshall
Ann Marshall has a social sciences degree and worked as a bilingual bursar and administrator. Other than having a thorough grounding in listening to pop and rock, Ann was a late developer in music. She took up the saxophone twenty years ago, but it was not until 2005 that she took up the recorder, and soon after discovered a previously-unknown talent for composition. She obtained a diploma in music, and has put that to good use as a prolific composer and arranger, specialising in writing good and interesting music for less able players. Her work is very popular, and is published under the banner of May Hill Edition, which she runs with Steve. Ann studies the recorder with Helen Hooker.
Steve Marshall is a mathematics graduate and worked as a Chartered Accountant for 25 years. He has written music since his teenage years, studying music theory and composition with a diverse selection of teachers. His instrument was the saxophone, which he played in a variety of bands, but everything changed in 2001, when he took early retirement on returning from ten years in France. He immediately discovered the recorder, and since then he has produced many compositions and arrangements for the instrument (publishing many of them under the banner of May Hill Edition). He conducts widely, and has finally formalised his musical education by obtaining a postgraduate diploma in music. Steve is on the SRP’s visiting conductors’ list and is the U3A’s national advisor for recorders.

Playing Day timings: The morning session runs from 10 am to 12.15 with a 15 min. break. Lunch is from 12.15 to 13.05. The afternoon session runs from 13.05 to 15.20 with a 15 min. break.

Playing Day fees: £12 for non SRP members. £10 for members of other SRP branches. £5 for Devon SRP members. (£6/ £5/ £2.50 for half day attendance.) Half price for students.

13th December Sylvia Davies
is a member of the Bristol Branch of SRP and is a regular and welcome visitor to the Devon Branch. Sylvia plays with the Phoenix Recorder Orchestra.
Please note: lunch will be a bring and share Christmas lunch

2015

10th January

Chris Holliman conducts us again.

14th February

Joyce Rudall
conducts the Mendip Consort, and is a teacher of recorder, violin, viola and piano. She last conducted at Devon branch in 2014. She is also a regular conductor at Somerset SRP and has guested at other local SRPs. She is principal 2nd violin in Mid Somerset orchestra and guest for other local orchestras.

14th March

Richard Little
is a retired agricultural scientist who has spent much of his working life in East, Central and Southern Africa and Central Asia He has played the recorder from an early age, and is the Musical Director of the Bristol Branch of SRP. he is also conductor of the Blockflute Band (an offshoot of Bristol SRP Branch which performs in aid of various charities) and of the Bristowe Consort, a sextet that performs regularly in the Bristol area. We are delighted to welcome him here for the second time as a guest conductor.
9th May Ginnie Cox
is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and of London University’s Institute of Education. Her career in music has taken a scenic route through mainstream school teaching as Head of Department in several local schools, singing and recording with Farm St Singers, the BBC Singers and Exeter Festival Chorus. Early recorder playing included directing the Ravensbourne Renaissance Consort with concerts on the South Bank. She now runs an active studio at home as well as teaching one to one at Torquay Girls’ Grammar School. Holidays usually include the Cheltenham Recorder Festival and master classes with Jill Kemp at Dartington – plus a bit of mountain walking and vegetable gardening!
13th June

Playing day with Helen Hooker
Helen Hooker
studied at Trinity College under Philip Thorby. She is extremely wellknown as a superb performer and teacher. She regularly teaches on residential courses for players of all ages and is the Musical Director of the Thames Valley Recorder Orchestra and Assistant Musical Director of the Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia. She is Musical Advisor to the SRP.

Playing Day timings: The morning session runs from 10 am to 12.15 with a 15 min. break. Lunch is from 12.15 to 13.05. The afternoon session runs from 13.05 to 15.20 with a 15 min. break.

Playing Day fees: £12 for non SRP members. £10 for members of other SRP branches. £5 for Devon SRP members. (£6/ £5/ £2.50 for half day attendance.) Half price for students.

11th July

Robin Powell
has been Musical Director for both the Bournemouth Recorder Society and the Poole Chamber Orchestra and has been responsible for setting the Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival Recorder syllabus. In addition to private teaching he has been a part-time lecturer at Bournemouth and Poole College, directed recorder workshops and arranged and performed recorder music for open-air Shakespeare plays. He now regularly conducts SRP branches in the South West.

Last updated August 13, 2014