Message from the Committee with Regard to Future Meetings and the AGM

Although we shall not be meeting face to face until after Xmas (and then only if restrictions with regard to Covid 19 permit) we are hoping to meet thereafter. Christine Stapleton will be contacting you about an AGM in early November and will be canvassing your thoughts on restarting playing at Chesterton. A temporary committee is in place until the AGM, when we shall need a new chairman and ex officio committee member.

At the moment we are evaluating what we must do to meet Risk Assessments for both Chesterton Community College and the SRP. We shall do our best to keep you safe and happy in your playing. We look forward to playing together again and hope that when/if you return you feel able to join in under somewhat restrictive circumstances. It is understood of course that some members will not wish to return in the New Year, but we shall keep in touch so that you can play with us again when the time is right for you. 

It is hoped that a Zoom Christmas party (with carols) might be just the thing to end what has been a very curious year. Christine Stapleton will be in touch about this and will react positively to requests for other Zoom recorder playing. If anyone is feeling left out and bypassed in these long months, Christine Stapleton may be able to put you in touch with another like-minded player.

An AGM notice with a Zoom invitation will be sent to members of the branch in due course

Very best wishes for a safe Autumn and for future recorder playing. 

Christine Gibbons

Anthony Rowland-Jones (1926-2020)

Members will be saddened at the news of the death of Anthony Rowland-Jones, a Vice-President of the Society and Honorary President of the Cambridge Branch. He first joined the SRP as a member of the Oxford Branch while he was at New College in the late 1940s, and founded the West-Yorkshire Branch of SRP during his time as an Assistant Registrar at the University of Leeds. Though he pursued a distinguished career in university administration, he will be especially remembered in the recorder world for his series of books Recorder Technique, A Practice Book for the Treble Recorder and Introduction to the Recorder published by the Oxford University Press. These were followed by Playing Recorder Sonatas, also published by OUP. Perhaps some of Anthony’s most significant work was his ground-breaking research into recorder iconography, which resulted in a series of fascinating lectures and many important articles in a number of journals including The Recorder Magazine. An obituary will be posted on the SRP website and included in a future edition of The Recorder Magazine. Our sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Christina and his sons, Charles and Matt. 

20th October 2019.

A great day was spent with Moira Usher in Hemingford Abbots learning some secrets about the art of conducting. Even those who came along as guinea pigs were able to benefit. Here we all are with our batons.

Last updated 6 October 2020