Recorder Courses


See also 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. Courses and Workshops about recorder making and repair are listed on the Instrument Suppliers page.

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.

March 2017 | April 2017 | May 2017 | June 2017 | July 2017 | August 2017 | September 2017 | October 2017

March 2017


Mon 13th – Thu 16th March
Springtime Recorders

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

Tutors: Alyson Lewin, Caroline Jones
Standard: Lower/Upper Intermediate
Alyson Lewin returns to Benslow Music together with colleague Caroline Jones for 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.
Code: 17/313
Cost: Resident: £400 Non-Resident: £305
Details and booking

23rd – 26th March


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

Recorder players are welcome to help with lute songs, broken consorts and four-voice ayres with lutes
Details of two-night or three-night options

24th – 31st March

Recorders for All Easter Course

The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU

Tutors Pam Smith, Andrew Collis, Janice Ormerod, Andrew Melville, Josef Manser, Ann Marshall, Steve Marshall, Brian Blood, Ruth Burbidge and Rosemary Robinson.
Further details Jan Epps jandotepps57atgmaildotcom tel:01752 481193

31st March – 2nd April
Recorder Weekend
Knuston Hall

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

Tutors: Polyphonica Trio: Simone Reid, Grace Barton, Michael Piraner
This course is a must for all recorder lovers!
There will be the opportunity to work in ensembles of various sizes and also to further develop technique. There will also be the option to take individual coaching with a member of Polyphonica and hear them perform a recital on Saturday afternoon.
This course is not for complete beginners and participants are encouraged to bring recorders of different sizes.
Enquiries: 01604 362200 enquiriesatknustonhalldotorgdotuk

May 2017


Sunday 14th – Tuesday 16th May

Dillington House Recorder Weekend


Dillington House, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 9DT

Tutor: Helen Hooker
This is an ensemble course for upper intermediate level recorder players. We shall play as a large conducted ensemble, exploring music in many different styles and from all periods of music from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. The music to be studied will utilise all sizes of recorder, from descant to contrabass. Students are required to have the ability to play in F and C fingerings. The repertoire will include some Renaissance multi-choir pieces along with music by Gabrieli, Purcell, Challinger and others. All music will be provided.
Cost: £214 (non-residential) £317 (residential)
Full details and online booking

April 2017


1st – 7th April

Easter Early Music Course

Easter Early Music Course

St George’s Ascot SL5 7DZ

Tutors: Philip Thorby, Alison Kinder, David Hatcher, Emma Murphy, Barabara Law, Tom Beets, Asako Morikawa
Application Form

June 2017


24th June to 10th September

El Flautotel recorder summer course

El Flautotel

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 workshop ?
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 the 24th of June and the 10th of September.
Groups of max. 4 persons.

July 2017


29th July – 5th August



College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham, DH1 1SZ

Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School – NORVIS

Recorder tutors: Alan Davis, Jane Rumney, Oonagh Lee and Mary Tyers
Other tutors: Elizabeth Dodd, Andrew Fowler, Alison Kinder, Susanna Pell and Jacqui Robertson-Wade (viols), Clare Griffel (singing), Michael Williamson (baroque strings), Martin Eastwell and Steward McCoy (lutes) and John Treherne (harpsichord)
We welcome players and singers of all ages and abilities. Plenty of variety with a wide range of activities and repertoire spanning early renaissance to late baroque. Lavishly staffed with inspirational tutors. Generous bursaries available.
Contact Harriet Gilfillan 07736 108771 enquiriesatnorvisdotorgdotuk

30th July to 6th August

Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools

Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools

Girton College Cambridge

The Monteverdi Legacy: Venetian Music from Monteverdi to Vivaldi
The Parley of Instruments
Peter Holman (course director & continuo), Judy Tarling (upper strings), Mark Caudle (lower strings), Gail Hennessy (woodwind), Philip Thorby (voices)
To mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, the 2017 Cambridge Early Music Baroque course will be devoted to Venetian music, and in particular to exploring Monteverdi’s legacy throughout the Baroque period.
Each day we will offer technique workshops, choral and orchestral sessions for large-scale works, and one-to-a-part chamber music sessions exploring unusual repertoire in various combinations, not necessarily restricted to the Venetian theme.
Contact Call 0844 808 2412 or email infoatCambridgeEarlyMusicdotorg

August 2017

6th – 12th August

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Girton College Cambridge

Made in Venice: Willaert, de Rore, Ganassi and Bassano, masters of the 16th century
Philip Thorby (course director & voices), David Hatcher (viols), Emma Murphy (recorders), Lynda Sayce (lutes), Frances Eustace & Jeremy West (loud winds)
Throughout the sixteenth century Venice was, of course, a major centre of music and culture in its own right.
We will explore not only the magnificence of multi-choir motets, but also the intimacy and intensity of the “Venetian” madrigals of Adriaan Willaert and Cypriano de Rore, combining voices and instruments. As well as working with our singers, instrumentalists will also be able to follow in the footsteps of Venetian masters from Sylvestro Ganassi to Giovanni Bassano, those masters of virtuosity and sensitivity to text and rhetoric, as well as exploring the more ceremonial (and foot-tapping) repertoire of the piffari.
Contact Call 0844 808 2412 or email infoatCambridgeEarlyMusicdotorg

7th – 10th August
Woodhouse Advanced Course


Owlpen Manor, nr Uley, Gloucestershire, GL11 5BZ

Suitable for advanced players of approximately Grade 8+. Minimum age 16. No upper age limit.
Tutors Annabel Knight (recorders) with Robin Bigwood (keyboard)
The course aims to provide and relaxed and friendly environment in which to study both solo and ensemble repertoire from all periods, with the emphasis of the course on personal achievement and acquiring new skills, knowledge and techniques.
Cost £390 (ages 16-25 full board). Non-residential rate £300 (includes lunch and dinner) Early bird discounts apply if booked by 30th April 2017

12-19 August 2017

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 3Ireland
Tel. 00 353 85 2880389 infoatirishrecorderandviolcoursedotorg

Monday 14 to Friday 18 August

Historically Informed Summer School

Bishop Burton College, Beverley, HU17 8QG, East Yorkshire,

Recorder Tutors: Rebecca Austen-Brown, Mary Tyers
A residential summer school for singers and players of wind, bowed or plucked strings & continuo instruments (folk, period & modern). Open to all student, amateur, young and early career professional musicians from early, folk and classical traditions.
The course is a creative meeting of music and musicians from folk, early, traditional and classical backgrounds, exploring the common ground and connections between them. If you like any of these types of music, you will join the growing family of musicians from 4 continents who have already enjoyed the unique flexibility & informality of this course. You will have the opportunity to explore and learn a wide range of music from a team of renowned expert tutors in a wholly inclusive, encouraging and supportive environment
Cost: £495-£520

Tuesday 22nd August

Woodhouse Junior Day

woodhouse junior

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

Tutors Annabel Knight, Rebecca Austen-Brown and Katriina Boosey.
Ages 18 and under, from beginner to Grade 8 (organised into small groups according to age and ability)
Cost £35/£50 (Level 1/Level 2 & 3).

25th – 27th August

Summer Recorder Festival

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Dean Close School, Hatherley Rd, Cheltenham GL51 6EP

Tutors: Alyson Lewin,  Annemarie Klein, Annabel Knight, Dietrich Schnabel, Helen Hooker, John Hawkes, Moira Usher, Pam Smith, Ruth Burbidge and Sarah Whomersley.
All music for the weekend will be provided but you will need to bring your recorder(s), a music stand and a pencil to mark your music.
Places are limited to 120 so early booking is advised. Priority booking – until 18 March 2017 –  is open to those who attended last year.
The festival is not suitable for beginners. Players need to be at least grade 3 standard and preferably able to play 2 sizes of recorder one of which should ideally be tenor or bass.
Brochure and booking form
Contact:  jandotepps57atgmaildotcom 01752 481193

September 2017


Friday 15th – Monday 18th September

Benslow Music


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

In association with The Society of Recorder Players
Tutors: Alyson Lewin, Anne Martin, Jean McCreery, Caroline Radcliffe, Rae Strong
Standard: Elementary, Lower/Upper Intermediate, Advanced
Again our experienced and enthusiastic team of recorder tutors welcome you the ever popular RecorderFest. In this wide-ability course, the tutors will ensure you are placed in a group of an appropriate level, and there may be movement between groups as the course progresses. Those of elementary standard, reasonably proficient at reading music, will benefit from a patient and sympathetic approach. More experienced players will enjoy being stretched in ensemble sessions with an option to explore one-to-a-part work benefiting from relaxed and friendly guidance. Participants at this level should offer at least two instruments. The most advanced players, who must be strong sight readers with good rhythmic skills, have the confidence to work solely on one-to-a-part repertoire, offer all four different instruments (and be able to swap between them with ease) and produce ensemble sound of consistently high quality, will benefit from exacting and highly skilled musical and technical guidance, as always delivered in a supportive manner.
2 Night Option: Fri 15 – Sun 17 Resident: £280 Non-Resident: £205 Details & booking
3 Night Option: Fri 15 – Mon 18 Resident: £400 Non-Resident: £305 Detail & booking

October 2017


Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd October

Autumn Recorder Orchestra Weekend

High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG

Tutors: Helen Hooker, Ruth Burbidge, Ann Marshall & Steve Marshall
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.
Full details and online booking


Last updated February 16, 2017