7th September 2019


Recorder Orchestra Playing Day with Stephen Watkins, working on his Symphony No 8 and Overture ‘Eduardo e Carmella’. Full details and application form here (PDF)

14th September 2019

Members conducting – Ashley Allerton and Peter Macklin will conduct. Fee £2 for everyone, including visitors.

12th October 2019

Steve Marshall is a mathematics graduate and worked as a Chartered Accountant for 25 years. He has written music since his teenage years, studying music theory and composition with various teachers. As a saxophonist he played in a variety of band, but everything changed in 2001 when he discovered the recorder. He has since produced and published many compositions and arrangements for the instrument. He conducts widely, and has finally formalised his musical education by obtaining a post-graduate diploma in music.

16th November 2019



Chris Holliman has lived in Cornwall for nearly 30 years but is originally from Stockport where she was a founder member and later tutor at Stockport Recorder College. Chris studied music at Cardiff University and prior to having her family was conductor of London Recorder Orchestra and tutor at the Northern Recorder Course. The family are now grown up and having retired from teaching, Chris is now able to spend more time conducting and playing recorder.


7th December 2019

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this meeting due to the unavailability of our venue. We hope to arrange an extra meeting in April to take its place.



11th January 2020

Ginnie Cox is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and of London University’s Institute of Education. Her career in music has taken a scenic route through main-stream teaching as Head of Department in several local schools, and singing and recording with Farm St. Singers, the BBC Singers and Exeter Festival Chorus.

8th February 2020

Members conducting – Peter Macklin and Ashley Allerton will conduct. Fee £2 for everyone, including visitors.

21st March 2020

Robin Powell has been Musical Director for both the Bournemouth Recorder Society and the Poole Chamber Orchestra and has been responsible for setting the Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival Recorder syllabus. In addition to private teaching he has been a part-time lecturer at Bournemouth and Poole College, directed recorder workshops and arranged and performed recorder music for open-air Shakespeare plays. He now regularly conducts SRP branches in the South West.

18th April 2020

Members conducting – Heather Brooke and Peter Macklin will conduct. Fee £2 for everyone, including visitors.

2nd May 2020

Joyce Rudall – is Secretary and Musical Director of the Somerset SRP branch, she has conducted other local branches including Bath and Dorset, and has also visited Exeter on several occasions. She has conducted groups in four of the recent SRP festivals, and is permanent conductor of the Mendip Consort, which performs in such venues as Wells Cathedral, Bath Abbey and stately homes. She plays all sizes of recorder and also violin, viola and piano, and is a playing member of many groups and orchestras in Somerset.

13th June 2020

Robin Powell conducts us again.

11th July 2020

Members conducting – Heather Brooke and Peter Macklin will conduct. Fee £2 for everyone, including visitors.

August 2020

No meeting

12th September 2020

To be confirmed

10th October 2020

Playing Day with Sophie Middleditch (10am – 4pm)

After graduating from Lancaster University in 1995, Sophie went on to study recorder, modern and baroque flute at Trinity College of Music. Since then she has gained a reputation as a friendly, enthusiastic, professional recorder player with a wealth of teaching and performing experience.

Her professional playing includes chamber, orchestral and solo engagements as well as
work with her own baroque period chamber group, the Parnassian Ensemble.

She has also worked with small and large recorder groups, including conducting sessions with the SRP Wessex Branch and the Easter Recorder Course, coaching sessions at Exeter University, South West Early Music Forum and Chichester University (where she has been the recorder tutor since 1997), and work with younger players at Lancing College and the Prebendal Cathedral School in Chichester.

Sophie also runs both the recorder and woodwind sections in the Chichester Festival for Music, Dance and Speech.

Sophie loves all areas of repertoire, including eighteenth century pieces (with the questions of
historically informed performance practice this raises) and contemporary music. Sophie’s playing can be heard on:

  • A Noble Entertainment – Music from Queen Anne’s London 1702-1714 ( Avie – AV2094) New
  • London Chamber Ensemble’s recording Carl Nielsen – Music for Wind and Piano (Meridian Records)


Last updated 26 February 2020