Recorder Orchestras



Large groups of recorders playing together probably go back to the 16th Century, but the modern development started in Germany in the 1950s, and in the UK in the 1970s. The 1990s saw an expansion but the real explosion has been during the first decade of this century. More detail about the development of the recorder orchestra can be found here.

Affiliate Membership of the Society is available to Recorder Orchestras, the current annual cost being £47. This overs the Society’s year from 1 September to 31 August: if you affiliate for the first time after January 1st, you may pay half the full cost for the remainder of the year.

For this you receive two copies of the Recorder Magazine, and also the benefit of the Society’s public liability insurance (only for England, Scotland and Wales). In addition you can if you wish have web pages on this site and and an SRP email address. To join or to renew your affiliate membership please complete this application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Country & Overseas Branch Secretary (cosatsrpdotorgdotuk).

This page lists all the recorder orchestras that we know about. Affiliated orchestras are marked with an asterisk. For more details see their websites (click the orchestra name if it is highlighted) or contact those listed below. If you would like your orchestra listed, please contact the web editor  (webeditatsrpdotorgdotuk)  .

Recorder Orchestra Courses and Playing Days are also included on the Courses Page

*Aberdeen Chamber Recorder Orchestra Contact: Ed Friday
e-mail: Recorder_1atHotmaildotcom

Recorder Orchestra

Conductor Caroline Jones

ARO aims to give advanced recorder players more opportunity to perform together.

Meetings held near Rugby in Warwickshire. Minimum standard is diploma level.

contact: Caroline Jones 01788 812223,
e-mail carolinejonesrecordersathotmaildotcom

*Dunorlan Recorders

Peter Bowman

Meets in Tonbridge, Kent, on Monday evenings in term time.
contact : Ursula Burchette 01732 354763,
e-mail ullidotburchetteatgmaildotcom  (ullidotburchetteatgmaildotcom)  

Recorder Orchestra

Moira Usher

For players of at least Grade 6 or equivalent ability. We play challenging music from all genres and ages, with a concert in June. Meetings in Bentley near Ipswich.
contact: Chris Blanch 01449 612156
e-mail chrisblanchattiscalidotcodotuk  (chrisblanchattiscalidotcodotuk)  

Recorder Orchestra

The orchestra was formed in 2004 to play larger scale and more adventurous works specifically arranged or composed for the orchestral format.
contact: 01392 275653 or 01392 491425

Recorder Sinfonia

Musical Director
Christopher Burgess

HRS members are as diverse and versatile as their instruments – with professional musicians, gifted students and enthusiastic and talented amateurs. Their common aim…the pursuit of excellence and the enjoyment of good music.
contact: Christopher Burgess 01489 891873 or Penny Smith 01329 834297

*Heart of England
Recorder Orchestra

Chris Orton

An expanding group of enthusiastic and experienced players of all ages, meeting in Coventry, from as far afield as Yorkshire and Bedfordshire.

contact: Beryl Craven 01455 553703
e-mail sabacravenatuwclubdotnet  (sabacravenatuwclubdotnet)  

*Hersom Consort

This is an evening class, meeting on Tuesdays from 7:45 – 9:45 at St. John’s Church Annexe, Lemsford. Reasonably confident players are very welcome – come and try us out.
 Contact: Jim Grant: jgrantbassatgmaildotcom

*Jerrome Recorders

Debbie Nicholas

Jerrome Recorders is based in Bath and plays all sizes of instrument, from sopranino to contrabass. Our repertoire includes music from the fifteenth century to the present day.
contact: Debbie Nicholas 01453 845328
e-mail: infoatjerromedotorgdotuk

*London Recorder Orchestra

The LRO has 30-40 members and welcomes new players with a good standard of playing and sight-reading. Meetings in Clapham, London SW4.
contact: Carla Hales 01206 579516 carladotbrown303atbtinternetdotcom
e-mail: Carladothalesatbtinternetdotcom

*The Manchester
Recorder Orchestra

The MRO has given concerts at the Royal Northern College of Music since soon after its formation in 1982. It also plays by invitation at other venues, which have included concerts in Bradford, Buxton, Coventry, Stretford and Manchester Cathedral.
contact: Ian Chesters 0161 483 5719
e-mail: joinatmro-onlinedotcodotuk  (joinatmro-onlinedotcodotuk)  

*The North East
Recorder Orchestra

John Hawkes

NERCO was formed in 2004 to enable recorder players in North East England to play some of the large repertoire available for recorder orchestras. At present it has some 30+ members playing the full range of recorders from sopranino to contrabass.
contact: John Hawkes 01661 822909
e-mail johnhawkesattiscalidotcodotuk

Orchestra on the Hill

Conductor Steve Marshall

The Orchestra on the Hill was established in 2008 to provide a recorder orchestra experience for players of modest technical ability. What started as a tentative experiment has blossomed into a regular and friendly ensemble of about 30 players, which has a great time producing music that benefits from a firm foundation of great basses and contrabasses. The orchestra is conducted by Steve Marshall (and Helen Hooker has been a guest conductor twice). The orchestra plays once a month on Sunday afternoon, not far from Gloucester. We are always keen to welcome new players, of any instrument. You will be able to enjoy the music as long as you can read music a little, but if you are unsure come along anyway – we are very nice and unthreatening!
Contact: Steve or Ann Marshall
e-mail: steveandannmarshallathotmaildotcom  (steveandannmarshallathotmaildotcom)  .

Recorder Orchestra

Musical Director
Ian Farquhar

The Peregrine Recorder Orchestra is a friendly group of some 20 recorder players. Meetings held every 2 weeks on Thursday evenings at Ickwell Village Hall, Bedfordshire.
contact: Ian Farquhar 01767 627665
e-mail: ian-2010atperegrine-recorder-orchestradotorgdotuk

*Phoenix Recorder Orchestra

Conductor Pam Smith


The Phoenix Recorder Orchestra was formed in 2003 and mostly consists of players from the South West. Our conductor is Pam Smith and our resident composer/arranger is Steve Marshall.

We now also have a chamber orchestra of 10-14 players which meets in the morning before main orchestra rehearsals; it performs with the full orchestra but also gives separate performances.

Both groups play a wide range of repertoire on the full range of recorders, from the tiny garklein to our three Sub-great bass recorders, which blend to give a beautiful, rich sound.

Membership of the orchestra is by invitation, but if you would like to find out more about it please contact infoatphoenixrecorderorchestradotorgdotuk

Recorders Incorporated

Eileen Silcocks

Recorders Incorporated are part of the relatively recent phenomenon of
recorder orchestras that have sprung up throughout Europe. They are a chamber orchestra of twenty or so advanced players from around the UK.
Contact: Eileen Silcocks
e-mail: infoateileensilcocksdotcodotuk
Rugby Recorder Ensemble contact : Caroline Jones 01788 812223
e-mail carolinejonesrecordersathotmaildotcom

Recorder Orchestra

Eileen Silcocks

SRO was founded in 2002 and has about 60 members from all parts of Scotland. We rehearse once a month in Stirling, and perform concerts around Scotland and elsewhere.
contact: Jill Taylor 01360 310154
e-mail: treasureratsrodotorgdotuk  (treasureratsrodotorgdotuk)  

*Thames Valley
Recorder Orchestra

Musical Director
Helen Hooker

TVRO is always keen to welcome new players at grade 6 level or above. Rehearsals one Sunday afternoon per month near Reading, Berkshire.
contact: Helen Hooker 01243 537398
e-mail: infoattvrodotorgdotuk

Recorder Orchestra

Grace Barton

WRO was founded in 1998 to encourage recorder players from all over the North West to play in an orchestral setting. Rehearsals on one Saturday each month in Birkenhead.
contact: Diane Barton
e-mail: dianebartonmusicattalktalkdotnet

*Zero Gravity
Recorder Orchestra

Musical Director
Evelyn Nallen

Zero Gravity is a Cambridge-based music group directed by Evelyn Nallen. Consisting primarily of recorder players, the group has a unique sound and performs a variety of music, from baroque to modern. Guest performers help to create a thrilling sound.
contact: Evelyn Nallen 01223 561331
e-mail: evelynatevelyn-nallendotcom


Last updated September 17, 2015