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. 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.

May 2016 | June 2016 | July 2016 | August 2016 | September 2016 | October 2016 | November 2016

May 2016


14th May 2016 10 – 5

Recorder Orchestra Workshop



Quedgeley Community Centre, Gloucester

Recorder Orchestra Workshop with Dietrich Schnabel, conductor of the Blockflötenconsort Dortmund
Applications are welcome from current orchestral players, especially bass, great and contra players.
More details and application forms from infoatphoenixrecorderorchestradotorgdotuk

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


25th June – 1st July
and until 11th September

Spanish Renaissance Music

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 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 the 25th of June and the 11th of September.
Groups of max. 4 persons.

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


25th July

Woodhouse Junior Day

woodhouse junior

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

Participation Ages 18 and under, from beginner to Grade 8 (organised into small groups according to age and ability)

Tutors Annabel Knight, Rebecca Austen-Brown and Katriina Boosey. Accompanist Robin Bigwood.

Cost £15/£30/£45 (Beginner/Level 1/Level 2 & 3).
Full details

30th July to 6th August

The Recorder Summer School

recorder summer school

Bishop Burton College, Bishop Burton, near Beverley, Yorkshire

Tutors: Tom Beets, Sandra Foxall, Joris Van Goethem, Helen Hooker, Laura Justice, Stieneke Kamp, Annemarie Klein, Marion Scott and Eileen Silcocks
There are still a few places left on this popular recorder course, welcoming players of all abilities.  There are daily technique classes, along with lots of other exciting sessions.  These include two recorder orchestras, French Baroque music, light music & swing, multichoir playing, Baroque dancing, unbarred music, ensemble playing, massed playing and much more – truly something for everyone
For more information please visit where you can find the brochure, along with music lists for this year’s course.  If you have any questions please contact our Administrator, Josée Beeson at adminatrecordersummerschooldotorgdotuk

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
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.
Contact: Mrs P Flanagan, 110 Kincora Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3 Tel 00 353 85 288 0389

14 – 19 August

Strange, Rare & Peculiar


Moulin de Cajarc, France

Tutor: Evelyn Nallen
Strange, Rare & Peculiar repertoire from the baroque to the present day:
we’ll look at music that was never published, was ahead of its time or is just different!
It may be quirky, unusual or just eccentric but it’s all fun to play!
Contact: Jane Ebel on:UK Tel: +44 (0) 1722 333272 UK Mobile: +44 (0) 7515 822479

15th – 18th August

Woodhouse Advanced Course


Owlpen Manor, nr Uley, Gloucestershire, GL11 5BZ

Participation Suitable for advanced players of approximately Grade 8+. Minimum age 16. No upper age limit. Maximum 7/8 participants
Tutors Annabel Knight (recorders) with Robin Bigwood (keyboard)
Accommodation Ages 16-25: fully-catered in the beautiful c18th Grist Mill, Owlpen Manor.
Mature students: Non-residential, but B&B accommodation close by
Cost £320 (ages 16-25 full board). Non-residential rate £250 (includes lunch and dinner)
Early bird discounts apply if booked before 30th April 2016.
Full details

26 – 28 August

Summer Recorder Festival

Dean Close School, Cheltenham GL51 6HE

Tutors Ruth Burbidge, John Hawkes, Helen Hooker, Alyson Lewin, Ann and Steve Marshall, Andrew Melville, Pam Smith, Sarah Whomersley
Contact: Jan Epps 01752 481193 jandotepps57atgmaildotcom

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

24 September

Intermediate Recorder Orchestra Day

Village Hall, Church Lawford, near Rugby CV23 9EE

Good music, good fun, good company!
: Caroline Jones
Contact: Caroline Jones 07789 845855 carolinejonesrecordersathotmaildotcom

October 2016


23 – 29th October

Autumn Recorder Course

Moulin de Cajarc

Moulin de Cajarc, Cordes, France
Tutor: Ian Wilson
The mornings are spent as a large single group, playing a range of music from the Renaissance period to present day. Students are encouraged to try instruments that they might not necessarily have tried before, such as the bass, great bass and contra bass. In the afternoons, the students divide into smaller ensembles and work on duets and trios. Individual coaching is also available.

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 April 24, 2016