Useful information about our branch

The Cheltenham and Gloucester (C&G) branch of the Society of Recorder Players (SRP) celebrated its 40th anniversary in April 2022.  The occasion was marked by a celebratory Playing Day led by Helen Hooker with 40 people attending. Our founder, John Thorn, accompanied by Helen, his wife, joined in the fun for the afternoon.

C&G SRP is a large, welcoming and friendly group of players usually meeting in the well ventilated St Luke’s Church Hall, Cheltenham, GL53 7HP.  Our get-togethers are held on the second Saturday of each month (unless otherwise indicated) starting at 2pm and ending at 5pm including a refreshment break of approximately 25 minutes.  We play a wide range of recorders from the Sopranino down to the Contra Bass.  Each month a visiting conductor brings a wide variety of music to maximise our enjoyment.

New players and visitors are always welcome including those who are feeling a little ‘rusty’ or who have limited experience of playing in a group.  If you know how to play your instrument and can follow sheet music we’d be pleased to welcome you for a complimentary session with no obligation. You will need to bring your own music stand.  All music is provided on the day.


Our programme for July to December 2023 

July 8th​​​ – Paul Collacott

August 12th​​​ – Members and friends afternoon

September 9th​​ – Ann Marshall (also our AGM)

October 14th​​​ – Joyce Ruddall*

November 11th​​ – John Thorn

December 9th​​​ – Pam Smith


Unless otherwise stated all meetings will be in Luke’s Church Hall, Cheltenham GL53 7HP.

*October’s meeting will now be held in Matson Baptist Church, Matson Lane, Gloucester GL4 6LA  


Should you require any further information please contact Stephen Ayland via email () or mobile (07751298840).

Chair: Stephen Ayland email: phone 07751 298840

We are a large but friendly group. We usually meet on the second Saturday of each month. Meetings run from 2pm to 5pm and include a short tea/coffee break.

The branch holds a Playing Day most years.  See below for two photos from the 2017 Playing Day with Sheila Richards. Click here to see photos from the 2015 Playing Day with Caroline Jones.

In December 2016 Pam Smith stood down as our Musical Director after many years in the role.  Click here to see photos from Pam’s last session as our MD.

Visitors are always welcome. All music is provided but please bring your own music stand.

Cheltenham & Gloucester Branch enjoys free reciprocal visiting rights with North Cotswold Branch.

Last updated 13 October 2023