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.
Ann and Steve Marshall also run several recorder courses, advertised here and on their website described below.
Tutor: Polyphonica Trio In ensembles of varying sizes you will have the opportunity to explore a vast range of repertoire from medieval through to contemporary. Some of our music making will be conducted and others coached by a member of the inspirational Polyphonica Recorder Trio. There will be the option to play in small groups, one to a part or in larger ensembles if you would prefer. There is even the chance to share what you have worked on with the other students and join a technique class to further develop your skills. Polyphonica will pass on their expert knowledge and there will be the opportunity for one-to-one coaching if desired where individual questions can be asked. Polyphonica will also be performing a short recital for you to relax and enjoy. Polyphonica will provide the music, challenge, stimulus and advice, all you need to bring is your recorders and music stand for a weekend of enjoyable music making and excellent food and accommodation Cost: £228 (shared), £260 (single) £175 (non-resident) Details and application form
Mon 9 – Thu 12 March
Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
Tutors: Sandra Foxall, Alyson Lewin Standard: Intermediate, Advanced Sandra and Alyson return to Benslow Music with another confidence building course designed to offer sympathetic and helpful teaching across the broad-range of recorder repertoire. You should be of intermediate standard and above, a reasonable sight reader and competent at playing at least two sizes of recorder. Please let us know which when you book. A repertoire list will be sent out prior to the course. Cost: Resident: £375 Non-Resident: £285 Code: 15/313 +44 (0)1462 459446 • infobenslowmusicorg (infobenslowmusicorg) • www.benslowmusic.org
7th to 11th April
NYRO Easter Course
Ages 10 to 21, Grade 4 to Diploma This relaxed and informal course includes technique and beginner bass classes as well as chamber music and recorder orchestra sessions. No audition is required, so it is the perfect starting point for younger and less experienced players as well as providing playing challenges for the more advanced. Players will work in smaller groups according to their playing level. There will also be sessions when everyone plays together. The course will culminate with a concert at Rugby School on the Saturday afternoon for families and friends. For players who live locally or have less experience of residential courses, we have provided a day student option at a lower cost. Players wishing to take this option will arrive in time for the first morning session and return to their families after the evening playing. Lunch and an evening meal are included in the day rate. Fees £295 (£205 day rate) To apply, please see www.nyro.org.uk
9th – 16th April
Easter Recorder Course
The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire
Organised by Recorders for All Ttutors:Pam Smith, Sophie Middleditch, Josef Manser, Rosemary Robinson, Andrew Melville, Steve and Ann Marshall, Janice Ormerod, Ruth Burbidge and Brian Blood Details:Jan Epps janeppstiscalicouk or telephone 01752 481193
Saturday 16th May 10.30 am – 4.30 pm
Open 8ft Playing Day
Central Junior School, Orchard Street, Chichester PO19 1DQ
Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia hosts an 8ft open Playing Day HRS Plumbs the Depths with Christopher Burgess and Helen Hooker Flyer and application form
Tutors: Ann and Steve Marshall This is a small course, aimed at players of average U3A standard. It will not be some elite diploma-level affair, but a friendly and relaxed ‘house party’ rather than a stressful course. Nevertheless we hope that a modest amount of improvement may take place! There will be a huge variety of music – we will try to include pieces from every century and in most styles (probably including a bit of jazz). Everything will be playable by those who inhabit the zone between moderate U3A and moderate SRP; in other words it will be interesting music, not just exercises. The prices, to include all meals, will be either £190 or £220, depending of what sort of room you would like. This information is merely to whet your appetite, because it is still too early to take bookings. But if you are interested, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask Ann, at annsteveandannfsworldcouk.
First week of July
26th June to 14th September
B&B and Consort Course
El Flautotel in Guadarrama, Spain
Would you like to spend this summer a week’s holiday along with three other recorder friends and follow a recorder consort course ? Stay 7 days with half board in the cottage El Flautotel, and enjoy five days of classes with Trudy Grimbergen, a very experienced teacher. The course provides an introduction to the Spanish Renaissance music, although the content can be fully adapted to the level and needs of the participants. Existing groups and individuals can apply. Of course there is also time to explore the area during guided excursions to El Escorial and Segovia. Periods of one week between 26th June and 14th September. Groups of max. 4 persons. There is still room for individual registrations (average level) for a course planned for the first week of July. Further information: http://trudygrim2.wix.com/elflautotel
Tutors: Helen Hooker, Ann and Steve Marshall A small course, aimed at good moderate players. This was the first course we put on at this venue, and we achieved the friendly and relaxed ‘house party’ feel we had aimed for. We have now had three such ‘Rural Recorder Courses’, all great fun and musically interesting, and so we are confident that this fourth will be as successful as the others. As always, the conducting team is Helen Hooker, Ann Marshall and Steve Marshall, who share the conducting honours pretty equally. The tutors compare notes carefully to ensure that there is a very wide variety of music played. The exact prices have not yet been set, but we pride ourselves on offering excellent value for money. It is still too early to take bookings, but if you are interested, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask Ann, at annsteveandannfsworldcouk. We don’t want to appear pushy, but the venue is small and everyone who has come previously seems to want to come again, so if you have not been before, it might be a good idea to register your interest with Ann as soon as possible.
26th July – 1st August
NYRO Summer Course
Ages 10-25, Grade 5 to Diploma Our week-long, flagship summer course gives young players the opportunity to experience massed orchestral playing as well as chamber music. Players are allocated places in the various ensembles following auditions: National Youth Training Recorder Orchestra (NYTRO) for those of a good grade 5 standard and aged 10 – 16. National Youth Recorder Orchestra (NYRO) for those aged 11 – 25 and a minimum grade 8 standard. BlockWork is a one-to-a-part ensemble by invitation only Auditions for 2015 course are taking place at our Recorder Days around the country and also on the Easter Course in Rugby. Fees – £495 For further information regarding auditions and an application form, please see www.nyro.org.uk
Sunday 2nd to Saturday 8th August
CoMA Allcomers Contemporary Music Summer School
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 www.coma.org/summermusic. 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: infocomaorg Booking details: www.coma.org/summermusic
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 infoirishrecorderandviolcourseorg www.irishrecorderandviolcourse.org
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 annsteveandannfsworldcouk
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. Music and Dance – 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 advanced-level students who will be expected to play both recorders in C and in F and to sight-read in treble and bass clefs.
Prices start at £325 (with reduced prices for non-playing guests) Please apply to Jane Ebel for further details and a booking form: Email – penskibtinternetcom Tel: 01722 333272 or Mobile: 07515 822479 www.moulindecajarc.com
28th – 30th August
Summer Recorder Festival
Dean Close School, Cheltenham
Organised by Recorders for All Brochure Contact:Jan Epps janeppstiscalicouk or telephone 01752 481193
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 Brochure Further Information: 0044 (0)1462 459446 • infobenslowmusicorg • www.benslowmusic.org
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).
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Ann, at annsteveandannfsworldcouk
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 janeppstiscalicouk or telephone 01752 481193
Mansion House Recorder Orchestra Course
The Mansion House, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade SG18 9DX
Tutors: Helen Hooker, Ruth Burbidge, Ann Marshall and Steve Marshall For the last five years there has been a Recorder Orchestra weekend course held at Hothorpe Hall towards the end of the year. This very enjoyable and interesting course grew every year, and it became an important date in the diaries of many players. When, early in 2014, the Recorder Orchestra course was cancelled, Helen Hooker, Ann and myself started to think about whether we could resurrect it. We are delighted to tell you that we have now set up a successor to the Hothorpe Hall Recorder Orchestra courses, and that the first of these new events will take place in 2015. As in previous courses, each time slot will feature orchestras of both greater and lesser difficulty. The venue we have chosen is the Mansion House, Biggleswade. Obviously it is the playing which is the most important thing for the weekend, but a bonus is that the Mansion House is a very impressive venue, surrounded by the large and beautiful Old Warden Park. The location also makes this course unusually convenient for those in the south and east of the country. It is too early to produce a brochure, but if you would like to email Ann (at annsteveandannfsworldcouk) to express an interest, she can make sure that you are included on our mailing list.
Ann and Steve’s Recorder Courses
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 annsteveandannfsworldcouk. You can quickly unsubscribe from the list at any time.