This page describes courses that are run by The Society of Recorder Players.

These courses are open to all, members and non-members.


List of courses

Training Calendar

16th April 2016 French Baroque
Organised by Durham Branch

11th June 2016 Gabrieli Canzonas
Organised by Manchester Branch
Details and application form

12th November 2016 Tudor Day
Organised by Leicester Branch

SRP Workshops

The SRP will underwrite the following workshops to the extent of guaranteeing the tutor’s fee and travelling expenses. However, it is expected that any branch running a workshop would aim to cover the costs. All monies collected, after local costs have been paid, should be sent to the National Treasurer who will reimburse the tutor. The course fee is £12 for all except the Intermediate Conducting, which is £17 because of restricted numbers.

The course must be posted on the SRP website and be open to anyone in the SRP who wishes to attend.

Listed below are the current workshops on offer. If you would like to run one in your branch or on your own, you should decide on the topic, some dates, a venue and the tutor you wish to approach.  It is assumed that each workshop will have about 5 hours teaching plus breaks for lunch and drinks.  The hosting branch should provide general refreshments during the day, but lunch is not usually included.

The workshops are overseen by the Training Co-ordinator who must be contacted before any workshop is organised.
Currently this is :
April Munday
62 Lumsden Avenue, Shirley, Southampton SO15 5EN
Tel: 02380 781173
trainingatsrpdotorgdotuk  (trainingatsrpdotorgdotuk)  

Tudor/Stuart Dance

An opportunity to try the dances that you may have been playing, such as the Pavan, Galliard, Almain, Canaries, and Branles. There would be the possibility of playing for the dancing, but please discus this with the tutor first.

Tutors – Chris and Jo Saunders


Baroque Dance

We’ll be looking at the character of all the main dances in the suite – Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue, Gavotte, Minuet, Chaconne & Pasacaille.  Not only will we play a little of each of these, we will learn the basic steps of some of them and watch on video a couple of super-star dancers.   All music is provided – just bring a treble recorder and some soft-soled shoes.  If you think you can’t dance, just get involved in some rhythmic walking!

Tutor – Evelyn Nallen

Gabrieli Canzonas

Gabrieli’s  2 and 3 choir canzonas are masterpieces of polychoral music full of light and shade, grandeur, dancing rhythms and singing melodies. During the course of the day, we will study, in depth, some of the finest of these.  As well as conducting, Philip will give some historical and musical background to this fascinating repertoire.

Tutor – Philip Thorby

French Baroque

The art of playing French Baroque music as it was intended, with all the frills and furbelows that a composer of that period would have expected from players of their music. This is an opportunity to learn about French style and ornamentation, in music by composers such as Boismortier and Hotteterre.

Tutor – Eileen Silcocks

English Baroque (yes,that includes Handel)

Let’s demystify ornamentation. Consider how tastes in recorder-playing have changed in the last 50 years; what were they like 300 years ago?  How much ornamentation do we think Mr Handel would have expected to hear from his recorder players?  Was it really in the Italian style?  (Were there any Italian recorder players in England at this time?) According to one very thorough and reliable source, we only need to know 2 ornaments to decorate all this repertoire.  Music will be provided, including some from said original source.  Ornamentation can be easy and enjoyable – honest!

Tutor – Evelyn Nallen 


For those who learned to play but never had the lessons!  Have you ever wondered : What does the conductor mean when they talk about the key change?  Why do those notes have a 3 above them?  What is a chord?  Come to a theory workshop and find out.

The day will cover rhythm, pitch and basic harmony.

Tutors – Moira Usher, Sandra Foxall

Unbarred Renaissance music

Explore the art of playing Renaissance music written without bar lines.  Feel the freedom this brings when playing music not originally constrained by this modern invention! The workshop will involve learning to play Renaissance music (e.g. Fantasias) from a modern, unbarred edition. By doing this, you will hear how the phrases are shaped and how they fit together in a way quite unlike music from later periods.

Tutor – Eileen Silcocks 


Brush up on your technique (or acquire one!)  The importance of breathing, how to practice –   the list is endless.  Have access to an expert who will take you through the basics of playing your recorder well.  Ask the questions you have always wanted to ask.

Tutors – Helen Hooker, Eileen Silcocks


There are two levels of course offered.  Beginner for those who have never conducted and would like to know what it is all about and Intermediate for those who have some experience but would like to improve.


It is assumed that anyone applying to join the beginner class is able to play the recorder, even at a very basic level, reads music and has attended some SRP meetings.


This course needs 10 (max 12) people to allow for two quartets plus conductor. (Players only are welcome to make up numbers). It is assumed that anyone applying to join the intermediate class is comfortable with the following :

  • can conduct 2, 3, 4 in a bar.
  • can follow a score
  • has an understanding of the basic SRP repertoire
  • has an understanding of the ranges of the recorders

Tutors – Moira Usher, Colin Touchin, Eileen Silcocks

Tudor Day – the English scene

A chance to play, sing and dance music from the 1500s followingEngland’s transition from a Catholic to a Protestant state, from Henry toElizabeth.  We will follow the strands of church music, madrigals and basic dance steps through this century.

Tutor – Moira Usher

Bass clef workshop

This is designed both for beginners and more experienced players to have a day playing with just bass instruments.  The day will be split into 4 x 1¼ hour sessions.  First session – beginners only to learn basic technique and the bass clef.  Session 2 onwards –  more experienced players to join and play pieces especially arranged for bass instruments, with beginners playing a simple part in the ensemble.

NB During term time, Janice can only run these days on a Sunday

Tutor – Janice Ormerod

If there are other topics you would like to see included, please contact the Training Co-ordinator trainingatsrpdotorgdotuk

Last updated March 28, 2016