Recorder Courses

 
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.

July 2014 | August 2014 | September 2014 | November 2014 | January2015 | March 2015 | 2015 Orchestra Weekend

July 2014

 

Sunday 13th July 2- 5:30pm

HERO Open Rehearsal

Owing to unforeseen circumstances this event has had to be re-scheduled and will now be held on 14th September 2014

26th July – 2nd August

Recorder Summer SchoolRecorder Summer School

Bishop Burton College, near Beverley, East Yorkshire

Technique classes and ensemble playing for all levels
Tutors Tom Beets, Louise Bradbury, Sandra Foxall, Helen Hooker, Laura Justice, Maria Martinez Ayerza, Marion Scott, Eileen Silcocks and Moira Usher
Daily option classes to include:
One-to-a-part, Renaissance Polyphony, Dances through the Ages, Choir, Light music and Swing and 2 Recorder orchestras
Contact Josée Beeson
Email: adminatrecordersummerschooldotorgdotuk
Address: Flat 3 Astwick Manor, Coopers Green Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9BP
Web: www.recordersummerschool.org.uk

Tue 29th July

Woodhouse Recorder Week Junior Day

St John’s Centre, Merrow, Guildford GU4 7AA

Ensemble activities and mini-masterclasses across different levels, for keen younger players aged 18 and under, from beginner to Grade 8+
Tutors: Rebecca Austen-Brown (Junior RCM), Annabel Knight (Guildford Recorder Ensembles, Birmingham Conservatoire) and Amy Whittlesea (Wells Cathedral School)
Cost: £45/£30
Information: Woodhouse Recorder Week

Thu 31st July – Sun 3rd August

Woodhouse Recorder Week Advanced Recorder Course

Okewood Hill Village Hall, nr Dorking, Surrey

Tutors: Dan Laurin (31st July and 1st August), Annabel Knight (full course) Robin Bigwood Harpsichord/piano accompaniment (full course)
Level approx Grade 8+.
Minimum age 16; no upper age limit.
Masterclasses, ensemble playing, workshops, tutor concert
Cost: £390 (full course); other single and multiple day rates also available from £110 Discounts available for students in full time education and for pre-formed ensembles who wish to study together.
Accommodation is in local B&Bs at own cost, or camping on site for free. Breakfast and lunch included, and some evening meals.
Information: Woodhouse Recorder Week

August 2014

 

Mon 11th -
Fri 15th August

Recorder Making

The Champion Workshop at Bury Farm, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BP

Tutor: Tim Cranmore
Make your own professional wooden recorder with expert recorder maker, Tim Cranmore. During this 5 day course you will be involved in making the tools required for the bore, turning the profile from drawings, drilling the tone holes, making the head-joint and cutting the windway, block fitting, and tuning and voicing the recorder.
Cost: £1,000
Web: http://www.cambridgewoodwindmakers.org/info/courses/recorder-making+99.html

Wed 13th August

Watch@Work Recorders

The Champion Workshop at Bury Farm, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BP

Drop in and watch recorders being made by hand. Tim Cranmore, internationally respected recorder maker, will show you the work in progress on our week-long recorder making course. (Other times by appointment). The event is free and organised school parties are very welcome (call Daniel Bangham on 01223 713101 to arrange). This is especially of interest to people considering attending any future courses.

Please email us if you would like to visit (informationatcambridgewoodwindmakersdotorg).
Cost: Free
Web
: http://www.cambridgewoodwindmakers.org/info/watch-@-work-series/watch-@-work-|-recorder-making+174.html

16-23 August

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 the 15th to the 21st centuries. Sessions include one-to-a-part groups, lectures, 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 (0) 1 8337869
infoatirishrecorderandviolcoursedotorg
www.irishrecorderandviolcourse.org

Sun 17th -
Thu 21st August

Recorder Making

The Champion Workshop at Bury Farm, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BP

Tutor: Tim Cranmore
Make your own professional wooden recorder with expert recorder maker, Tim Cranmore. During this 5 day course you will be involved in making the tools required for the bore, turning the profile from drawings, drilling the tone holes, making the head-joint and cutting the windway, block fitting, and tuning and voicing the recorder.
Cost: £1,000
Web: http://www.cambridgewoodwindmakers.org/info/courses/recorder-making+99.html

Wed 20th August

Watch@Work Recorders

The Champion Workshop at Bury Farm, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BP

Drop in and watch recorders being made by hand. Tim Cranmore, internationally respected recorder maker, will show you the work in progress on our week-long recorder making course. (Other times by appointment). The event is free and organised school parties are very welcome (call Daniel Bangham on 01223 713101 to arrange). This is especially of interest to people considering attending any future courses.

Please email us if you would like to visit (informationatcambridgewoodwindmakersdotorg).
Cost: Free
Web
: http://www.cambridgewoodwindmakers.org/info/watch-@-work-series/watch-@-work-|-recorder-making+174.html

Sat 23rd & Sun 24th August

Back-to-back Playing Days

May Hill Village Hall (a few miles west of Gloucester)

Ann and Steve Marshall are hosting two back-to-back playing days.
The Saturday playing is conducted by Ann and Steve, and will comprise easier music, suitable for everyone except complete beginners.
On Sunday Helen Hooker will lead the day, and the music will be moderate, so that most people at a typical SRP branch will be able to enjoy it. There may well be people on the border, who will want to attend both days, and they are very welcome to do so.
Attendance at each playing day costs just £10 (or £18 for both).
Information and booking form

Sun 24th – Sat 30th August

Recorder Course in South of France

Moulin de Carjarc, Cordes-Sur-Ciel, Tarn Valley

Five days of music-making in gorgeous surroundings in the South of France for advanced recorder players
Tutor: Evelyn Nallen
We will explore recent English music for consorts as well as looking at how musicians, from all over Europe, working in London at the beginning of the 18th century actually ornamented their music.
There will also be a Daily Clinic to which you can bring queries about style, technique and repertoire – of any period.
Cost: £325 – £525
Further details: see poster or contact
Vic Morris +44 1223 242506 vmorris1atbtinternetdotcom or
Jane Ebel +44 7515 822479 penskiatbtinternetdotcom

September 2014

 

Fri 5th – Sun 7th September

Scottish Recorder Course

Tulliallan

Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine, FK10 4BE

Tutors: Stuart Forrester, Lynne Hope and Mary Bonsor
The Scottish Recorder Course (formerly the National Recorder School of Scotland) was formed, under the direction of Brian Bonsor, in 1980 and attracts players of all recorders from sopranino to contra bass. This enables the course to offer a wide variety of ensemble playing at intermediate and advanced levels. The groups are carefully planned to consist of players of matching standard. Some instruction in technique will also be provided.
Web: http://scottishrecordercourse.org.uk/index.html
Details and application form

Sunday 14th July 2- 5:30pm

HERO Open Rehearsal

Church Hall, St James Styvechale, Knoll Drive, Coventry, CV3 5BT

Heart of England Recorder Orchestra open rehearsal.
There will be a tea break midway through for rehearsal with refreshments provided for which there will be a very small nominal fee. The rehearsal itself is free to attend. All that is required is to bring recorders and a music stand.
For more information, please see our website or contact our secretary Beryl Craven on 01455 553703.

Sunday 21st – Saturday 27th September

Recorder Course in Tuscanytuscany

Our ensemble in residence is fontanella, renowned for their wood house Recorder Week in the UK.  The Tuscany course,  ”Poesia per musica”, will offer many opportunities to form small groups with other recorder players to explore the wealth of beautiful renaissance consort repertoire from Italian and English composers such as Weelkes, Byrd, Willaert, Marenzio and Agostini.
There will also be relaxed opportunities to receive coaching on solo repertoire, with an emphasis on Italian and English music from any genre. Fontanella will also give recitals during the week, using their beautiful 15-piece consort by Adrian Brown.
Cost:£1650 including flights (with British Airways), taxes and transfers; accommodation and all meals
Further information
Contact: Eton Place Music 0203 478 8645 infoatetonplacemusicdotcodotuk

26th – 29th September

RecorderFest

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

Tutors: Colin Touchin, Alyson Lewin, Sandra Foxall, Jean McCreary, Caroline Radcliffe
Standard Range: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced
The Benslow RecorderFest, organised in association with The Society of Recorder Players, offers opportunities to enhance skills and confidence in both recorder playing techniques and (optional) conducting skills. Players of almost all levels (beginners not included) are catered for with four graded strands of one-to-a-part and larger ensembles (Elementary, Intermediate A&B, Advanced).
The repertoire will include music of 5 centuries and tutors will coach on playing techniques for each period as well as interpretation and style. Players can choose to play mostly in small ensemble (both ad hoc and tutor-led) but will also have opportunities to share in large and full ensemble sessions to explore the richer and deeper sonorities of massed playing. Those who wish to develop skills as conductors or directors of recorder ensembles can follow a strand of sessions tackling techniques of conducting and ensemble management, with some “podium time” in front of willing and sympathetic players on the course.
The RecorderFest will equip all players to become better ensemble members with enhanced listening and awareness.
Price: £199 – £255
Brochure and application form

November 2014

 

23rd November

Recorder Orchestra Playing Day

Gambier Parry Hall, Highnam Community Centre, Newent Road, Highnam, Glos, GL2 8DG

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.
Cost : £10
Brochure
Contact: Ann Marshall 01452-831654 annatsteveandanndotfsworlddotcodotuk

January 2015

 

4th – 9th January 2015

Orpheus Recorder Boutique

orpheus

PLC Armidale Crest Road Armidale, NSW 2350, Australia

An intensive and intimate recorder course for intermediate and advanced players.
Tutors include: Maria Martinez Ayerza (Spain), Kamala Bain (New Zealand) Hannah Coleman (Australia) Barbara Jerjen (Australia) Robyn Mellor (Australia) Hans-Dieter Michatz Australia) Ruth Wilkinson (Australia)
Register on line
Contact: zanaatorpheusmusicdotcomdotau www.orpheusmusic.com.au Phone +61 2 6772 2205

Mon 5 – Thu 8 January

Late Starter Recorders

Benslow Music

Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB

Tutor: Evelyn Nallen
Standard: Elementary
This popular course focuses on taking participants from the early stages of recorder playing and guiding you through technical and musical matters. This is not a course designed for absolute beginners but will enable participants to develop their skills from the most basic level, giving you the knowledge and impetus to progress with your playing. Please note that you must bring your own instrument(s) and know the essentials of how to read music.
Tutor website
Cost: Resident: £375 Non-Resident: £285 Code: 15/302
+44 (0)1462 459446 • infoatbenslowmusicdotorg  (infoatbenslowmusicdotorg)    •  www.benslowmusic.org

March 2015

 

Mon 9 – Thu 12 March

Spring Recorders

Benslow Music

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 • infoatbenslowmusicdotorg  (infoatbenslowmusicdotorg)    •  www.benslowmusic.org

2015 Recorder Orchestra Weekend – a note from 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, a few weeks ago, the 2014 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.

Our Mansion House Recorder Orchestra course will take place on the weekend of 23-25 October 2015, and the tutoring team is Helen Hooker, Ruth Burbidge, Ann Marshall and myself. 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. Also, as I said in the previous update, the location makes this course unusually convenient for those in the south and east of the country.

It is far too early to produce a brochure, but if you would like to email Ann (at annatsteveandanndotfsworlddotcodotuk) to express an interest, she can make sure that you are included on our mailing list. There are always a few super-enthusiasts, who want to register as soon as course is announced. If you are one such, we can accommodate your wishes! Please email Ann.

In the last update I also said that we would be providing some other recorder orchestra playing opportunities before late 2015. I announced a pair of playing days (one easier, one moderate) at May Hill on the weekend of 23 and 24 August 2014. To use what is nowadays an overworked word, I am excited to say that with two months to go, both of these days have sold out. No doubt we will repeat this idea soon.

In the meantime, we have also organised another orchestra playing day on Sunday 23 November 2014. Helen Hooker will be taking this day, which we rate as ‘moderate’. The venue is at Highnam Community Centre, which is near Gloucester, and less than ten minutes from the M5. We are now taking bookings for this (at the ludicrously good-value price of only £10), and the booking form and directions to the hall are here. Some people have already signed up for this day, which bodes very well. We intend to do more days like this elsewhere in the country; more details will follow.

Best wishes,

Helen, Ann and Steve

Last updated July 7, 2014