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.

September 2014 | November 2014 | January2015 | February 2015 | March 2015 | April 2015 | August 2015 | 2015 Orchestra Weekend

September 2014


Sunday 14th September
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


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


1st – 2nd November

Birmingham Recorder and Early Music Festival


Includes Masterclasses for all levels with Annabel Knight and Michelle Holloway
See Poster and website for details

Fri 21 – Sun 23 November

Recorder Weekend

Jackdaws Music Education Trust Great Elm, Frome BA11 3NY

Tutors: Pamela Thorby & Anna Stegmann
Level: Advanced
Ensemble Course – total of 12 places Led by Pamela Thorby, Recorder Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and Anna Stegmann, the visiting specialist in contemporary recorder repertoire at the RAM. This course represents and exciting and vibrant opportunity for players to work with two of the foremost teachers and performers in the field. Participants can bring any repertoire, and are encouraged to bring both solo and consort repertoire (suggestions can be given).
Course No. 3117
: £200 B&B available from £35 per night
Please call 01373 812383 or email musicatjackdawsdotorg to book your place, or register on our website

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
Contact: Ann Marshall 01452-831654 annatsteveandanndotfsworlddotcodotuk

January 2015


4th – 9th January 2015

Orpheus Recorder Boutique


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 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)    •

February 2015


6th – 8th February

Recorder Orchestra Weekend

Halsway Manor, Crewkerne Somerset

Conductors: Steve Marshall and Andrew Melville
Details:Jan Epps janeppsattiscalidotcodotuk or telephone 01752 481193

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)    •

April 2015


9th – 16th April

Easter Recorder Course

The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire

Organised by Recorders for All
:Pam Smith, Sophie Middleditch, Josef Manser, Rosemary Robinson, Andrew Melville, Steve and Ann Marshall, Janice Ormerod, Ruth Burbidge and Brian Blood
Details:Jan Epps janeppsattiscalidotcodotuk or telephone 01752 481193

August 2015


28th – 30th August

Summer Recorder Festival

Dean Close School, Cheltenham

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

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 September 9, 2014