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.

February 2016 | March 2016 | April 2016 | May 2016 | June 2016 | July 2016 | August 2016 | September 2016 | November 2016

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.

4th – 7th 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. Thisis 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.
Cost: Resident: £390 Non-Resident: £300 Code: 16/301
Information: +44 (0)1462 459446  infoatbenslowmusicdotorg

23rd January

NYRO Kent Recorder Day


Tutors: Ross Winters and Annabel Knight

For further details, contact the NYRO Administrator on 0121 249 0490 or via adminatnyrodotorgdotuk

NYRO website

31st January

Trio Sonata Day : Grade 8

Penrhos House, Lawrence Sheriff School, Clifton Road, Rugby CV21 3AG

Tutors: Caroline Jones, Alison Crum and Charles Matthews

Contact: Caroline Jones 07789 845855 carolinejonesrecordersathotmaildotcom

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

Saturday 6th February
10.30 am to 5.00 pm

Intermediate Recorder Orchestra Day

Church Lawford Village Hall, Church Lawford, nr. Rugby, CV23 9EE

Tutor: Caroline Jones
A relaxed introduction to the recorder orchestra. We will play Renaissance to 21st C pieces with an emphasis on creating a really beautiful tone. Everyone is encouraged to try less familiar recorders once or twice during the day. Good music, good fun and good company.
Fee: £18
Enrolment form
Contact carolinejonesrecordersathotmaildotcom

15th – 18th February

London Youth Recorder Orchestra

Morley College, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT

For all players aged 10 – 20 of grade 5+
Chamber Orchestra for advanced players

Contact: Marion Scott 07947 131125 infoatlyrodotorgdotuk

March 2016


11th – 13th March

Recorder Consort Weekend

West Dean College, near Chichester, West Sussex
Tutor: Helen Hooker
For more information please visit (course reference number WE5977) or telephone 01243 811301

11th – 13th March

Recorder Players’ Weekend

Knuston Hall

Knuston Hall, 260 Station Road, Irchester, Northamptonshire NN29 7EU

Tutors: Simone Reid, Grace Barton and Michael Piraner
Experience music making in ensembles of varying size. Provide the opportunity to further develop your recorder playing and technique. Enjoy making music with others. Play a wide variety of music learning features of different styles
Contact: Tel: 01604-362200 enquiriesatknustonhalldotorgdotuk
Details and application form

13th March
NYRO Recorder Day



Tutors: Rebecca Austen-Brown and David Lawrence

For further details, contact the NYRO Administrator on 0121 249 0490 or via adminatnyrodotorgdotuk

NYRO website

14th – 17th March

Springtime Recorders

Benslow Music

Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB

Tutors: Sandra Foxall, Alyson Lewin
Standard : Lower/Upper Intermediate
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. There will be an opportunity for one-to-a-part playing, please feel free to bring music for these sessions, and all other music will be provided.
Cost: Resident: £390 Non-Resident: £300 Code: 16/315
Information: +44 (0)1462 459446  infoatbenslowmusicdotorg

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

Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th April

NYRO Easter Course


Rugby School

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.
Fee: £295 (£205 day rate)
NYRO Course Brochure
To apply please see

May 2016


16-18 May 2016

Recorder Ensemble Short Course

Dillington House, near Ilminster, Somerset
Tutor: Helen Hooker
For more information please visit or telephone 01460 258648

June 2016


26th June

NYRO Recorder Day



Tutors: Colin Touchin and Joris van Goethem

For further details, contact the NYRO Administrator on 0121 249 0490 or via adminatnyrodotorgdotuk

NYRO website

July 2016


31st July – 6th August

NYRO Summer Course


Weil der Stadt – Germany
Ages 12-25, Grade 5 to Diploma
Our week-long flagship summer course, which is usually held in York, 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 2016 course are taking place at our Recorder Days around the country and also on the Easter Course in Rugby
NYRO Course Brochure.
Further information regarding auditions and an application form, please visit
Fee: £695

August 2016


13th – 20th August

Irish Recorder and Viol Course

An Grianán, Termonfechin, Ireland

Tutors: Ibi Aziz, Marion Doherty, Pamela Flanagan, Emma Murphy, Marion Scott and Philip Thorby
Contact: Mrs P Flanagan, 110 Kincora Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3 00 353 85 288 0389

September 2016


23rd – 26th September


Benslow Music

Benslow Music, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
In Association with The Society of Recorder Players

Tutors: Andrew Collis, Sandra Foxall, Alyson Lewin, Jean McCreary, Rae Strong
Standard: elementary, lower/upper 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 Andrew 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 Fri 23 – Sun 25 September Resident: £275 Non-Resident: £200 Code: 16/285

3 night option Fri 23 – Mon 26 September Resident: £390 Non-Resident: £300 Code: 16/347
Information: +44 (0)1462 459446  infoatbenslowmusicdotorg

November 2016


Friday 25 – Sunday 27 November

Autumn Recorder Orchestra Weekend

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High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG

Tutors: Helen Hooker, Ruth Burbidge, Ann Marshall and Steve Marshall
The 2015 Autumn Recorder Orchestra Weekend, held at Biggleswade, was a big success. Ann and Steve Marshall have therefore set up a second such course (this time near Hertford), with the same successful team of tutors. The weekend is entirely devoted to playing in recorder orchestras – in six of the ten sessions you will have a choice of playing in an ‘easier’ or ‘harder’ orchestra, and in the other four we will all play together, to experience the thrilling sound of a large band of recorders. As in 2015, Rosemary Robinson and her spinet will be a very special guest.
‘Easier’ orchestra will be suitable for most SRP players, and stronger U3A players. ‘Harder’ orchestra is aimed at people who play in regular recorder orchestras, or at strong SRP players. We again intend to have one session of ‘eight-foot orchestra’ (tenors and bigger only), and one session of ‘Genuinely Easy Orchestra’, the latter giving every single course participant something they can enjoy without undue difficulty.
Prices are £280 (accommodation in an en suite room), £240 (accommodation in a room without en suite) or £150 (non-residential)
Despite this course being towards the end of 2016, some people wanted to book early and so bookings are already open.
Booking form
Contact: Ann Marshall on 01452 831654 or at annatmayhilldotcodotuk
Further information

Last updated December 1, 2015