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.

Ann and Steve Marshall also run several recorder courses, advertised here and on their website described below.

April 2015 | May 2015 | June 2015 | July 2015 | August 2015 | September 2015 | October 2015

April 2015


7th to 11th 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.
Fees £295 (£205 day rate)
To apply, please see

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

May 2015


Saturday 16th May
10.30 am – 4.30 pm

Open 8ft Playing Day

Central Junior School, Orchard Street, Chichester PO19 1DQ

Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia hosts an 8ft open Playing Day
HRS Plumbs the Depths with Christopher Burgess and Helen Hooker
Flyer and application form

June 2015


Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th June

U3A Recorder Course

Llanerchindda Farm, Cynghordy, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire SA20 0NB

Tutors: Ann and Steve Marshall
This is a small course, aimed at players of average U3A standard. It will not be some elite diploma-level affair, but a friendly and relaxed ‘house party’ rather than a stressful course. Nevertheless we hope that a modest amount of improvement may take place!
There will be a huge variety of music – we will try to include pieces from every century and in most styles (probably including a bit of jazz). Everything will be playable by those who inhabit the zone between moderate U3A and moderate SRP; in other words it will be interesting music, not just exercises.
The prices, to include all meals, will be either £190 or £220, depending of what sort of room you would like. This information is merely to whet your appetite, because it is still too early to take bookings. But if you are interested, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask Ann, at annatsteveandanndotfsworlddotcodotuk.

July 2015


First week of July

26th June to 14th September

B&B and Consort 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 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 26th June and 14th September.
Groups of max. 4 persons.
There is still room for individual registrations (average level) for a course planned for the first week of July.
Further information:

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th July

Rural Recorder Course

Llanerchindda Farm, Cynghordy, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire SA20 0NB

Tutors: Helen Hooker, Ann and Steve Marshall
A small course, aimed at good moderate players. This was the first course we put on at this venue, and we achieved the friendly and relaxed ‘house party’ feel we had aimed for. We have now had three such ‘Rural Recorder Courses’, all great fun and musically interesting, and so we are confident that this fourth will be as successful as the others.
As always, the conducting team is Helen Hooker, Ann Marshall and Steve Marshall, who share the conducting honours pretty equally. The tutors compare notes carefully to ensure that there is a very wide variety of music played.
The exact prices have not yet been set, but we pride ourselves on offering excellent value for money. It is still too early to take bookings, but if you are interested, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask Ann, at annatsteveandanndotfsworlddotcodotuk. We don’t want to appear pushy, but the venue is small and everyone who has come previously seems to want to come again, so if you have not been before, it might be a good idea to register your interest with Ann as soon as possible.

26th July – 1st August

NYRO Summer Course

Ages 10-25, Grade 5 to Diploma
Our week-long, flagship summer course 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 2015 course are taking place at our Recorder Days around the country and also on the Easter Course in Rugby.
Fees – £495
For further information regarding auditions and an application form, please see

August 2015


Sunday 2nd to Saturday 8th August

CoMA Allcomers Contemporary Music Summer School

Emily Bloom

High Melton, near Doncaster, Yorkshire

Contemporary Music for All enables performers of all abilities to actively participate in contemporary music. For the last 21 years we have run a Summer School and this year’s innovation is a recorder strand led by Emily Bloom. Details of the recorder options in this document and information about the rest of the Summer School is at
Tutored by some of the UK’s leading performers and composers, the Summer School provides an exhilarating and supportive environment for exploring new repertoires, developing music-making skills and forging new and enduring friendships.
Options include:
Extended techniques in contemporary recorder music
Contemporary recorder ensemble
Recorder masterclass
Early Music Recorder Ensemble: The In Nomine by Christopher Tye
Contact: infoatcomadotorg
Booking details:

15-22 August 2015

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 3 Ireland
Tel. 00 353 85 2880389

16th August 2015

Recorder Playing Day

Redbourn Village Hall, 63 High St, Redbourn, St Albans, Herts AL3 7LW

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, and costs just £12.
Redbourn is only a mile from the M1, and 6 miles from the M25. It is hence convenient for a huge number of recorder players!
Booking form
If you have any questions, please contact Ann Marshall, at annatsteveandanndotfsworlddotcodotuk

16th – 22nd August

Recorder Summer School


Moulin de Cajarc, Cordes-Sur-Ciel, France

Tutor: Evelyn Nallen
Tucked under the beautiful medieval hilltop town of Cordes-Sur-Ciel, the secluded old mill of Cajarc offers spacious rooms with excellent acoustics for group and individual practice, several sitting rooms for reading and relaxing, a dining room for lunches and dinners and a lovely terrace with gardens overlooking the river Cerou, providing enchanting views of Cordes and the surrounding hills.  The area offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities such as walking, cycling, kayaking, horse-riding, wine-tasting and visits to fascinating medieval towns and chateaux.
The Recorder  Summer School comprises 5 days of tuition with a concert at the end of the week in a local church.  Most guests choose to stay in the Mill.  All meals, wine and beverages are provided.
Music and Dance –  will explore music for dancing and music inspired by dancing from 14th century to the present day, for solos, consorts and ensembles.  There will also be a Daily Clinic to which you can bring queries about style, technique and repertoire – of any period.
This course is for advanced-level students who will be expected to play both recorders in C and in F and to sight-read in treble and bass clefs.

Prices start at £325 (with reduced prices for non-playing guests)
Please apply to Jane Ebel for further details and a booking form:
Tel: 01722 333272 or Mobile: 07515 822479

28th – 30th August

Summer Recorder Festival

Dean Close School, Cheltenham

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

September 2015


25th – 28th September



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

Tutors: Alison Lewin, Sandra Foxall, Jean McCreary, Caroline Radclieffe, Rae Strong
Standard Range: Elementary, 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 Caroline 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
Resident: £270 Non-resident: £195 Code: 15/281
25% discount for Under 27s: Resident: £202.50 Non-resident: £146.25
3 Night Option
Resident: £380 Non-resident: £290 Code: 15/343
25% discount for Under 27s: Resident: £285 Non-resident: £217.50
Further Information: 0044 (0)1462 459446 •

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September

May Hill Double-Header

Easier EIGHT-FOOT Saturday and Moderate MULTICHOIR Sunday


May Hill Village Hall, May Hill, Longhope, Gloucestershire, GL17 0NL

Tutors: Ann and Steve Marshall (Saturday) and Helen Hooker (Sunday)
In 2014 we had the idea of two separate playing days over a weekend, using the village hall at May Hill. We called it the May Hill Double-Header, and it was a big success, with both days selling out many weeks in advance. We therefore decided to repeat the formula in 2015!
On Saturday Ann and Steve will lead a day of music where the smallest instrument is the tenor (so-called eight-foot ensemble). This is a gorgeous sound, and Ann and Steve will bring it within the reach of U3A standard players by careful choice of music. Sorry – no descants or trebles on this day!
On Sunday Helen Hooker, one of our best-respected and best-liked recorder conductors, will conduct a multichoir day. For those who are not sure, multichoir is cunningly-written music where the group is split into two or more bands, who trade musical ideas across the room. This day is aimed primarily at SRP players, although anyone of moderate playing standard is very welcome to attend.

Attendance at each day costs £12 (or only £20 for both days).

Booking form

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Ann, at annatsteveandanndotfsworlddotcodotuk

October 2015


12th – 15th October

Recorders for All

Halsway Manor Somerset

Intermediate Players Consort Course
Conductor Pam Smith
Need to be able to play tenor or bass
Further details and application form please contact Jan Epps
janeppsattiscalidotcodotuk or telephone 01752 481193

23rd – 25th October

Biggleswade Recorder Orchestra Weekend

The Mansion House, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade SG18 9DX

Tutors: Helen Hooker, Ruth Burbidge, Ann Marshall and Steve Marshall

This new course runs from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon, 23-25 October 2015. It is to be held at the impressive Mansion House, surrounded by Old Warden Park, a location that makes this course unusually convenient for those in the south and east of the country. The structure of the course is similar to previous recorder orchestra courses, in that each time slot will feature orchestras of both greater and lesser difficulty. The tutors are Helen Hooker, Ruth Burbidge, Ann Marshall and Steve Marshall, who all have a great interest in and much experience of recorder orchestras.

There are three residential packages, depending on the type of room, ranging from £220 to £260, and non-residential is possible too. We hope that the website will answer most of your questions but, if not and if you need anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact Ann Marshall (01452 831654, annatsteveandanndotfsworlddotcodotuk).
Brochure including booking form

Ann and Steve’s Recorder Courses

Steve writes:

Over the last few years Ann and I have organised quite a few recorder events, and it is an aspect of recorder playing that we enjoy very much. We have noticed that one of the most difficult parts of running events is simply to bring these events to the attention of the people who are probably interested in them – we very often hear “that sounds fantastic, what I pity I didn’t know about it”. To improve communication, we have therefore created a website called Ann and Steve’s Recorder Events (‘ASRE’ for short).

In addition, we have a distribution list of people who have gone to recorder events in the past, and who are happy to hear about future ASRE events. These people will receive a brief email every couple of months or so, to tell them either that there is a new event on the ASRE website, or to highlight an event that is (for example) nearly full. They can then look on the ASRE website for more details. If you would like to be on our distribution list, please email Ann at annatsteveandanndotfsworlddotcodotuk. You can quickly unsubscribe from the list at any time.

Last updated March 17, 2015