Recorder Courses


See also the Other Courses page for courses that include recorders and other instruments, the Regular Classes page for classes that run over a period and the Playing Days page for SRP branch playing days, and the Training page for one-day workshops run by the SRP.

Throughout the year Recorder Courses Lyme holds recorder courses at all levels from beginners to Diploma for around 10 – 12 players with some of the best tutors. See their website for more information.

Manor Farm Music Frivolities runs free recorder sessions for adult beginners. See their website for details and dates.

Ann and Steve Marshall also run several recorder courses, advertised here and on their website described below.

August 2015 | September 2015 | October 2015 | January 2016 | February 2016 | April 2016

August 2015


Saturday 1st to Tuesday 4th August

Woodhouse Advanced Course


Okewood Hill Village Hall (RH5 5PY), near Dorking in Surrey

Tutors: Annabel Knight and Robin Bigwood
The advanced course is aimed at players of a standard equivalent to Grade 8 of the UK examination boards or higher, and aged 16 or over. There is no upper age limit. The course is ideal for those preparing for auditions, examinations or diplomas, including college and university students, or those simply wishing to develop performance skills and enhance existing knowledge.
Cost: £320 (includes all meals and free camping); Single days each: £110 (includes lunch and supper)
For further details see the website

Sunday 2nd to Saturday 8th August

CoMA Allcomers Contemporary Music Summer School

Emily Bloom

High Melton, near Doncaster, Yorkshire

Contemporary Music for All enables performers of all abilities to actively participate in contemporary music. For the last 21 years we have run a Summer School and this year’s innovation is a recorder strand led by Emily Bloom. Details of the recorder options in this document and information about the rest of the Summer School is at
Tutored by some of the UK’s leading performers and composers, the Summer School provides an exhilarating and supportive environment for exploring new repertoires, developing music-making skills and forging new and enduring friendships.
Options include:
Extended techniques in contemporary recorder music
Contemporary recorder ensemble
Recorder masterclass
Early Music Recorder Ensemble: The In Nomine by Christopher Tye
Contact: infoatcomadotorg
Booking details:

15-22 August 2015

Irish Recorder and Viol Course


An Grianán, Termonfechin, Ireland

Established in 1971 by Theo Wyatt, the Irish Recorder and Viol course is designed for players of recorders, viols and other early instruments, and covers a wide repertoire from ancient to modern. Sessions include one-to-a-part groups, workshops, technique classes, consort songs, trio sonatas, choir, large and small ensembles.
Tutors: Ibi Aziz, Marion Doherty, Pamela Flanagan, Emma Murphy, Marion Scott, Philip Thorby.

Further information from:
Mrs Patricia Flanagan, 110 Kincora Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3 Ireland
Tel. 00 353 85 2880389

16th August 2015

Recorder Playing Day

Redbourn Village Hall, 63 High St, Redbourn, St Albans, Herts AL3 7LW

Tutor: Helen Hooker
Helen is quite simply one of the UK’s best-respected and best-liked conductors. She is Musical Director of the Thames Valley Recorder Orchestra and Assistant Musical Director of the Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia. Helen also conducts on several recorder orchestra courses. This day is aimed at players of moderate playing standard, and costs just £12.
Redbourn is only a mile from the M1, and 6 miles from the M25. It is hence convenient for a huge number of recorder players!
Booking form
If you have any questions, please contact Ann Marshall, at annatsteveandanndotfsworlddotcodotuk

16th – 22nd August

Recorder Summer School


Moulin de Cajarc, Cordes-Sur-Ciel, France

Tutor: Evelyn Nallen
Tucked under the beautiful medieval hilltop town of Cordes-Sur-Ciel, the secluded old mill of Cajarc offers spacious rooms with excellent acoustics for group and individual practice, several sitting rooms for reading and relaxing, a dining room for lunches and dinners and a lovely terrace with gardens overlooking the river Cerou, providing enchanting views of Cordes and the surrounding hills.  The area offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities such as walking, cycling, kayaking, horse-riding, wine-tasting and visits to fascinating medieval towns and chateaux.
The Recorder  Summer School comprises 5 days of tuition with a concert at the end of the week in a local church.  Most guests choose to stay in the Mill.  All meals, wine and beverages are provided.
Tap your feet! –  will explore music for dancing and music inspired by dancing from 14th century to the present day, for solos, consorts and ensembles.  There will also be a Daily Clinic to which you can bring queries about style, technique and repertoire – of any period. 
This course is for students of approximately Grade 5+.

Prices start at £325 (with reduced prices for non-playing guests)
Please apply to Jane Ebel for further details and a booking form:
Tel: 01722 333272 or Mobile: 07515 822479

28th – 30th August

Summer Recorder Festival

Dean Close School, Cheltenham

Organised by Recorders for All
Contact:Jan Epps janeppsattiscalidotcodotuk or telephone 01752 481193

September 2015


25th – 28th September



Benslow Music, Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB

Tutors: Alison Lewin, Sandra Foxall, Jean McCreary, Caroline Radclieffe, Rae Strong
Standard Range: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced
Once again our experienced and enthusiastic team of recorder tutors welcomes you to Benslow’s Recorderfest. The elementary strand will be led by Rae. Players of grades 1-3 standard will benefit from Rae’s patient and sympathetic approach. For players of grades 4-6, Alyson and Sandra offer ensemble sessions with an option to explore one-to-a-part work. Their relaxed and friendly approach will be suitable for all. Ideally participants should offer at least two instruments. Jean and Caroline will work with the players of grades 7+ ability. These participants should be strong sight-readers with good rhythmic skills and the confidence to work solely on one-to-a-part repertoire. They should offer at least three different instruments and be able to swap between them with ease.
2 Night Option
Resident: £270 Non-resident: £195 Code: 15/281
25% discount for Under 27s: Resident: £202.50 Non-resident: £146.25
3 Night Option
Resident: £380 Non-resident: £290 Code: 15/343
25% discount for Under 27s: Resident: £285 Non-resident: £217.50
Further Information: 0044 (0)1462 459446 •

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September

May Hill Double-Header

Easier EIGHT-FOOT Saturday and Moderate MULTICHOIR Sunday


May Hill Village Hall, May Hill, Longhope, Gloucestershire, GL17 0NL

Tutors: Ann and Steve Marshall (Saturday) and Helen Hooker (Sunday)
In 2014 we had the idea of two separate playing days over a weekend, using the village hall at May Hill. We called it the May Hill Double-Header, and it was a big success, with both days selling out many weeks in advance. We therefore decided to repeat the formula in 2015!
On Saturday Ann and Steve will lead a day of music where the smallest instrument is the tenor (so-called eight-foot ensemble). This is a gorgeous sound, and Ann and Steve will bring it within the reach of U3A standard players by careful choice of music. Sorry – no descants or trebles on this day!
On Sunday Helen Hooker, one of our best-respected and best-liked recorder conductors, will conduct a multichoir day. For those who are not sure, multichoir is cunningly-written music where the group is split into two or more bands, who trade musical ideas across the room. This day is aimed primarily at SRP players, although anyone of moderate playing standard is very welcome to attend.

Attendance at each day costs £12 (or only £20 for both days).

Booking form

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Ann, at annatsteveandanndotfsworlddotcodotuk

October 2015


12th – 15th October

Recorders for All

Halsway Manor Somerset

Intermediate Players Consort Course
Conductor Pam Smith
Need to be able to play tenor or bass
Further details and application form please contact Jan Epps
janeppsattiscalidotcodotuk or telephone 01752 481193

23rd – 25th October

Biggleswade Recorder Orchestra Weekend

The Mansion House, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade SG18 9DX

Tutors: Helen Hooker, Ruth Burbidge, Ann Marshall and Steve Marshall

This new course runs from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon, 23-25 October 2015. It is to be held at the impressive Mansion House, surrounded by Old Warden Park, a location that makes this course unusually convenient for those in the south and east of the country. The structure of the course is similar to previous recorder orchestra courses, in that each time slot will feature orchestras of both greater and lesser difficulty. The tutors are Helen Hooker, Ruth Burbidge, Ann Marshall and Steve Marshall, who all have a great interest in and much experience of recorder orchestras.

There are two residential packages, depending on the type of room, at either £220 or £240, and non-residential is possible too. We hope that the website will answer most of your questions but, if not and if you need anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact Ann Marshall (01452 831654, annatsteveandanndotfsworlddotcodotuk).
Brochure including booking form

January 2016


3rd – 8th January

Orpheus Recorder Boutique

Armidale, Australia

An intensive and intimate recorder course for intermediate and advanced recorder players.
This year there will be a special Youth Stream with an on-campus option for unaccompanied minors.
Enrolments open now
More information available on the web site.

February 2016


Friday 5 – Sunday 7 February

Orchestra Weekend

Halsway Manor Somerset

Recorders at Plymouth orchestra weekend with Helen Hooker and Steve Marshall.
Further information Jan Epps janeppsattiscalidotcodotuk telephone 01752 481193

April 2016


Thursday 31st March – Thurs 7th April

Easter Recorder Course

The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire

Recorders For All Easter Recorder Course

Tutors Brian Blood, Ruth Burbidge, Josef Manser, Ann Marshall, Steve Marshall, Andrew Melville, Janice Ormerod, James Risden, Rosemary Robinson, Pam Smith
Further information Jan Epps janeppsattiscalidotcodotuk telephone 01752 481193

Ann and Steve’s Recorder Courses

Steve writes:

Over the last few years Ann and I have organised quite a few recorder events, and it is an aspect of recorder playing that we enjoy very much. We have noticed that one of the most difficult parts of running events is simply to bring these events to the attention of the people who are probably interested in them – we very often hear “that sounds fantastic, what I pity I didn’t know about it”. To improve communication, we have therefore created a website called Ann and Steve’s Recorder Events (‘ASRE’ for short).

In addition, we have a distribution list of people who have gone to recorder events in the past, and who are happy to hear about future ASRE events. These people will receive a brief email every couple of months or so, to tell them either that there is a new event on the ASRE website, or to highlight an event that is (for example) nearly full. They can then look on the ASRE website for more details. If you would like to be on our distribution list, please email Ann at annatsteveandanndotfsworlddotcodotuk. You can quickly unsubscribe from the list at any time.

Last updated August 2, 2015