Devon Branch Programme



12th September

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 again as a guest conductor

10th October

Ginnie Cox 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 teaching studio at home. “Every spare moment is spent in watching, documenting and photographing wildlife”

Please note: the branch AGM will be held during the lunch interval

14th November

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

12th December

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

Please note: lunch will be a bring and share Christmas lunch


9th January

Andrew Curtis conducts us once again.

13th February

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 Exeter Recorder Orchestra and then Phoenix Recorder Orchestra 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.


12th March

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.

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.

14th May

Playing Day with Emma Murphy

Emma Murphy graduated from Birmingham University with a First Class (Hons) degree in Music, and was awarded the Roland Gregory Prize for the highest degree mark.  She then won scholarships from Trinity College of Music and the Countess of Munster Music Trust to study for an MMus degree & Postgraduate Certificate, in which she gained a Distinction.  She studied recorder with Philip Thorby and Ashley Solomon.

Emma plays and has recorded with some of the UK’s leading period groups, including The King’s Consort, Gabrieli Consort & Players and Ex Cathedra, as well as with the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Orchestra. She plays in many chamber groups, in particular with the baroque trio Da Camera, and renaissance group Philomel.  Emma has performed frequently with chamber groups in Japan and as a soloist with Trinity Baroque in Atlanta, USA.  As well as early music, Emma has a keen interest in contemporary music and has taken part numerous times in the acclaimed Park Lane Group New Year Series at the Southbank.  She has performed with the marimba player, Daniella Ganeva, the guitarist, Eleftheria Kotzia, and she has worked with the pop singer, Kate Bush.  Emma has appeared many times on the BBC both as a performer and as an occasional broadcaster for the Early Music Show.  Emma has played with the CBSO under the directorships of Emmanuelle Haim and Giovanni Antonini.

Emma has taught at ‘Dartington International Summer School’, and teaches on the ‘Irish Recorder & Viol Course’, at the ‘Ascot Early Music Week’ and on the renaissance week at the ‘Cambridge Early Music Summer School’.

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 June

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.

9th July

Joyce Rudall conducts us once more


Last updated October 11, 2015