SRP Festival 2019 Feedback

A lot of us from East Anglia made the pilgrimage up to Durham for this year’s SRP Festival and the following report is a medley of comments received:

It was a wonderful Festival and the venue alone was worth the journey …

An assault on the senses – the sound of the recorder soared through a variety or architecture and acoustics …

This is the first Festival I have attended but was very impressed with the organisation and selection of music, conductors and levels of ability …

Good idea to have the conference on a separate afternoon so that nobody had to miss any playing sessions …

Great having so many tea and coffee stations around for thirsty players …

Let’s draw a veil over the food …

The chapel was a splendid location – but cold!

I go to play but so wanted to hear the composer’s competition and some of the concerts. Hard to choose …

Check-in was very efficient and the plastic folder meant it was all in one place so I couldn’t easily lose it …

Massed playing piece was brilliant – just the right level of a bit of a challenge and playable …

Great to have young student players with us …

Too much going on – I just didn’t know what to choose!

I would like to have had an idea about the period of the pieces – I ended up doing modern which I didn’t want to do …

Festival Fringe showcased talent from players just starting on their careers and showed that the future is secure for recorder playing and performing …

Having been to this one, I‘m really looking forward to next year’s festival …

Thank you to those who sent me their thoughts – I hope this is a fair representation!  I love the Festivals because there is such a variety of pieces on offer to play and personally, I love the massed playing, although I know it is not everyone’s cup-of-tea, for the sheer glory of the sound of 200 plus recorders playing together.  It’s also a chance to meet old friends and hopefully make new ones.

We are looking forward to organising next year’s Festival for you and to welcoming you on the weekend of April 17 – 19, 2020 in Ipswich.  Details will be provided shortly but there will be lots of playing at all levels from “I can just about play an octave” to “ I passed my grade 8 – now give me something challenging”.  Of course, our usual shops are invited for you to peruse their wares. See you here!

Moira Usher


Further details about the 2019 Festival are on the SRP Festivals Page.

Details about the 2020 Festival will be added soon.

2 Responses

  • I agree about the food. It is just not good enough to give vegetarians the dish everyone else is having without the meat/fish. There was no protein content to either nights dish. The meat/fish dishes were adequate, but the banquet took far too long and the food was cold by the time it got to us. The gallery we were in was cold too. The music was god though.

    Apart from this, as a first timer, I was happy with the event. The playing sessions were welcoming and enjoyable, the concerts were great and the venue memorable.

  • The catering for the evening meals was awful. I was vegetarian and not only the portion size but the food was terrible. Are you offering any refunds for the ‘banquet’? I went back to my hotel hungry and scoffed biscuits. It has certainly put me off attending anything catered for by SRP again. What on earth was going on??

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