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.

August 2016 | September 2016 | October 2016 | November 2016 | February 2017 | March 2017

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.

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

Saturday 17th September

Intermediate Recorder Orchestra Day

Note change of date & venue

Lawrence Sheriff School,  Clifton Road, Rugby CV21 3AG

A relaxed introduction to the recorder orchestra.

Good music, good fun, good company!
: Caroline Jones
Fee: £18
Contact: Caroline Jones 07789 845855 carolinejonesrecordersathotmaildotcom
Details and application form

October 2016


21st – 23rd October

Recorder Weekend with Anna Stegmann


Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3NY

This weekend is an exciting opportunity for recorder players to work with one of the foremost teachers and performers on their instrument. Between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, you will explore the vibrant and varied world of the recorder; solo and consort, ancient and modern, with sessions a fun mixture of masterclass and ensemble. Repertoire suggestions can be made on request.
Anna’s course will be held at Jackdaws in the picturesque village of Great Elm, to the west of Frome in Somerset, roughly 30 minutes drive from Bath. Frome Train station is roughly 2.5 miles from Jackdaws with direct trains from Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and London.
We have a selection of welcoming B&B rooms available in the village and serve meals and snacks at Jackdaws during breaks in teaching.Level: Advanced
Fee: £200
For full information:

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.

24th – 26th October

Concert, Workshop & Recorder Course in Brecon


Gilestone Farm, Talybont on Usk

Tutor: Naomi Okuda
The dates have been arranged to allow participants not only to play music together, but also to attend many or all of the events at the Brecon Baroque Festival. (21-24th Oct, 2016) The Recorder course follows the pattern of the very successful residential Harpsichord course organised by Morley College students last year under the tuition of Pawel Siwczak. The Morley College Harpsichord Course group will also take place this year and there will be many opportunities to socialise and play music together.
Brecon is a beautiful historical town set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park and surrounded on all sides by stunning countryside. My course (and the harpsichord course) take place in a delightful Georgian Farmhouse Gilestone Farm  and the Workshop and Concert will be at Christ’s College Chapel in Brecon.
The focus for this first course will be ‘The English Recorder’ to reflect the overall theme of the Brecon Baroque Festival this year. Participants will have a chance to play in small or larger ensembles and have opportunity for individual tuition.
The course fee is expected to be around £55.00 per day including lunch and refreshments. There is plentiful accommodation available locally, including good B&B’s within walking distance of the course venue, although early booking is recommended.
Places are limited so if you are interested in attending do please let me know. More detailed information will be available shortly, but please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions in the meantime.
Information: Naomi Okuda Wooderson lgsm703atgmaildotcom

28th – 30th October

October Recorder Festival

Culford School, Bury St Edmunds  IP24 6TX

Tutors : Adam Dopadlik, Evelyn Nallen, Helen Hooker, Moira Usher, Pam Smith, Ruth Burbidge, Stephen Watkins
14 playing sessions, 5 choices at each session from easy to seriously hard.
Resident composer : Stephen Watkins
Organised by Moira Usher for Recorders East
Details: musheratcare4freedotnet
Information and booking form

November 2016


14th – 17th November

Recorders for All Autumn Ensemble Course

Halsway Manor Somerset

For intermediate players
Tutor: Pam Smith.
Participants must be able to play tenor or bass.
Further details Jan Epps jandotepps57atgmaildotcom tel:01752 481193

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

February 2017


3rd – 5th February

Recorders at Plymouth Recorder Orchestra Weekend

Halsway Manor Somerset

Tutors: Helen Hooker and Steve Marshall.
Further details Jan Epps email: jandotepps57atgmaildotcom  tel:01752 481193

Saturday 4th February

Intermediate Recorder Orchestra Day

Lawrence Sheriff School,  Clifton Road, Rugby CV21 3AG

A relaxed introduction to the recorder orchestra.

Good music, good fun, good company!
: Caroline Jones
Fee: £18
Contact: Caroline Jones 07789 845855 carolinejonesrecordersathotmaildotcom
Details and application form

March 2017


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


Last updated August 19, 2016