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.

November 2014 | January2015 | February 2015 | March 2015 | April 2015 | June 2015 | July 2015 | August 2015 | September 2015 | October 2015

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

2nd November

NYRO Taster Session


Birmingham, as part of the BREMF

National Youth Recorder Orchestra Taster Session

NYRO is a unique organisation offering aspiring recorder players the chance to work with professional tutors of the highest calibre, developing technique, performance and ensemble skills amongst like-minded friends. Our taster session, scheduled on Sunday afternoon, is a perfect chance to dip your toe in the water and discover what this superb organisation has to offer you. Catering for all levels from Grade 3 upwards the session will include ensemble playing and general musicianship work including some Dalcroze Eurhythmics with our experienced tutors Chris Orton and Michelle Holloway
This is too good an opportunity to miss!
There is also an chance to audition for next year’s courses during the afternoon.

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

28th – 30th November 2014

Eight-Foot Weekend

 Llanerchindda Farm, Cynghordy, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire SA20 0NB
Tutor: Pam Smith, with a session each by Ann and Steve Marshall
This is a small course (about 14 players) at which we will be immersed in a weekend of playing ‘at eight foot’ – in other words where the smallest instrument will be a tenor. Pam Smith is highly experienced at leading eight-foot ensembles, and we are certain to have not just an entertaining weekend, but one at which the music-making is beautiful, satisfying and challenging. Players must be experienced in playing big instruments (bass and bigger), and be of a fairly advanced standard.
This course is now full, but if you would like to put your name on the waiting list, in case we have a cancellation, please email Ann at 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


6th – 8th March

Weekend for Recorder Players

Knuston Hall, Irchester, Wellingborough, Northants NN29 7EU

Tutor: Polyphonica Trio
In ensembles of varying sizes you will have the opportunity to explore a vast range of repertoire from medieval through to contemporary. Some of our music making will be conducted and others coached by a member of the inspirational Polyphonica Recorder Trio. There will be the option to play in small groups, one to a part or in larger ensembles if you would prefer. There is even the chance to share what you have worked on with the other students and join a technique class to further develop your skills. Polyphonica will pass on their expert knowledge and there will be the opportunity for one-to-one coaching if desired where individual questions can be asked. Polyphonica will also be performing a short recital for you to relax and enjoy. Polyphonica will provide the music, challenge, stimulus and advice, all you need to bring is your recorders and music stand for a weekend of enjoyable music making and excellent food and accommodation
Cost: £228 (shared), £260 (single) £175 (non-resident)
Details and application form

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

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


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.

August 2015


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

28th – 30th August

Summer Recorder Festival

Dean Close School, Cheltenham

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

September 2015


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


23rd-25th October

Mansion House Recorder Orchestra Course

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

Tutors: Helen Hooker, Ruth Burbidge, Ann Marshall and 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, early in 2014, the 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. 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. The location also makes this course unusually convenient for those in the south and east of the country.
It is 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.

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 November 20, 2014