Online workshop

Annabel Knight will be leading a workshop Online Ensemble Playing on 5th June 2021.

The music chosen is When Daisies Pied by Thomas Arne. You don’t need to buy the music, as it will be on screen for players to follow. If you prefer to have a printed part you can buy the music from

If you would like to join us for this workshop, please send a mail to

cjbutteryataoldotcom  (cjbutteryataoldotcom)  

before 28th May

Chris Buttery

(Chair, Birmingham SRP)

Meetings 2.30 to 5.30 pm divided into three sessions, see our programme.

Visitors always welcome.

Branch Secretary:
Mrs Mavis Meadows
33 Hazelhurst Road 
Birmingham B14 7PH 
Phone: 0121-443 1981
EmailBranch Secretary  (birminghamatsrpdotorgdotuk)  

Obituary: Peter Cooke (1930 – 2021)

Peter was a member of the Birmingham Branch from 1996 to 2016. He was our Musical Director from 2001 to 2014.
Many of our members remember his kindly and welcoming manner, especially towards newcomers and players of modest ability. Their recollections speak of
“His gentle wisdom and twinkling eye” and “gentle hints concerning technique and musicianship.” Another member’s comment “Peter was “a great person, always kind and understanding” “He was very supportive when I first joined.”

Peter had a wide knowledge of many kinds of music, and had done distinguished work in ethnomusicology. His wide understanding of different musical traditions allowed him to advise us on suitable interpretations which would bring our playing up to the high standards he aimed for.

Peter was always encouraging to younger players. For some meetings he invited students from Birmingham Conservatoire to come and conduct at some of our regular Saturday afternoon meetings. He was also an enthusiastic adjudicator of the compositions submitted by Birmingham students for The Erika Beckett Prize.

Peter and a group of Birmingham SRP players at the Dolmetsch Centenary Weekend at Birmingham Conservatoire.When Peter stepped down from his position as Musical Director the Branch made a small presentation to express our gratitude for what he had done. Peter’s reply was very typical of him. There was no need for thanks, he said, because he had enjoyed his work with us so much.

Peter improved our playing, widened our knowledge, and gave us a great deal of enjoyment.

Birmingham Branch was very lucky to have Peter.

He will be greatly missed.

Chris Buttery
(Chair, Birmingham Branch)

Members of the Birmingham Branch playing at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, December 2016:

Last updated 21 May 2021