Ashley Allerton is the Branch Chairman and Secretary.If you would like any further information, please contact him by email () or phone (01392 462655).

Our programme is now complete (though we may add one more meeting during the year). We will not be meeting every month but hope that our half-day (morning) meetings and Playing Days with visiting conductors will attract you. Do please come along and support the branch.

Please see here for details of our Venue.

Half-day meetings will be from 10am to 1pm, with a break for coffee mid-morning.

Playing Days are from 10am to 4pm, with breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and a break for lunch from 1pm – 1.45pm. We will serve tea and coffee during breaks, and maybe cake !

Saturday 30th September 2023

Morning only. 10am – 1pm

Fee: £5 Visitors, Branch Members Free of charge.

Venue: St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd, EXETER, EX4 7AH

Playing conducted by members of the branch.

The AGM (hopefully short) will be held at 11.30am

Saturday 25th November 2023

Morning only: 10am – 1pm

Fee: £10 Visitors, Branch Members Free of charge.

Venue: St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd, EXETER, EX4 7AH

Steve and Ann Marshall

Steve and Ann met an eternity ago (1976 to be precise). The couple then followed broadly similar paths – they were pretty good hockey players, they worked in Finance, they played in jazz and rock bands, they got degrees (Steve in Mathematics and Ann in Social Sciences), and they achieved postgraduate qualifications in music. They did differ in that Steve composed music from an early age, while Ann didn’t catch the composition bug until the early 2000’s. That was a significant time for both of them, because (1) they took early retirement and (2) they discovered the world of recorders!

As well as playing recorders, they became interested in how to compose for this somewhat quirky instrument, and before too long they had set up their May Hill Edition publishing enterprise. They now boast more than 500 titles, and therefore have a huge selection of music available. They are always able to bring fresh and interesting pieces to conducting engagements, such as attending on recorder courses and visiting SRP branches.

For their visit to Devon SRP, the Marshalls write “We will be including Steve’s 2003 Four Pieces for Miss Dickinson, and Ann’s 2021 Three Fantasies.  We (almost) guarantee that players will not have played these before – the former because we unwisely published the piece just when everyone wanted Christmas music, and the latter when Covid was just beginning to raise its head.”



Saturday 13th January 2024

Playing Day: 10am – 4pm

Fee: £15 Visitors, Branch Members £5.

Venue: St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd, EXETER, EX4 7AH

Harriet Oliver
Harriet is an experienced recorder player, teacher and conductor in Surrey and Wiltshire, to where she moved last year. She leads a thriving U3A ensemble in Woking and has set up two U3A ensembles near Marlborough – smaller but growing fast! She conducts an ensemble in Bookham, Surrey, tutors a quartet in Woking, gives individual lessons, is chair of Guildford Society of Recorder Players and regularly conducts the branch sessions as well as conducting at other SRP branches, and runs weekly sessions on Zoom.

Harriet will include:

When Daisies Pied/Under the Greenwood Tree Thomas Arne: the most popular and successful native English composer of the 18th C: he was theatre composer at Drury Lane and both these songs were written for a production of As You Like It by Shakespeare.

Fantasia rockica and Heavy Wood are both modern pieces, with a nod to rock and heavy metal music – not a genre usually associated with recorders – rhythmic and full of energy!

Plus more …

Saturday 13th April 2024

Playing Day: 10am – 4pm

Fee: £15 Visitors, Branch Members £5.

Venue: St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd, EXETER, EX4 7AH


Naomi Wellings
Naomi is a classically trained musician with a varied portfolio career. A keen advocate for the recorder as an instrument for life, Naomi has over 20 years’ experience of teaching flute and recorder to children and adults, individuals and groups. She studied recorder with Ross Winters and Annabel Knight at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire before undertaking a Masters in Baroque Performance Practice at The University of Birmingham. Naomi was NYRO Administrator for many years and has served as both a local SRP Branch committee member and at national level. She has played with NYRO, Recorders Incorporated and Arden Recorder Orchestra and loves conducting Birmingham’s Friday Recorders, an adult amateur group of recorder players who meet weekly and learn a variety of ensemble and solo music each term. Her musical interests are varied and she enjoys introducing others to some of the wonderful arrangements and original music available for recorder.
Naomi is passionate about enabling high quality, accessible and inclusive music-making opportunities for children and young people. She spends her working week teaching flute and recorder, as a project manager for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the national charity Awards for Young Musicians, as well as a coach and mentor supporting professionals in the arts, culture and charity sectors.

Saturday 8th June 2024

Recorder Orchestra Playing Day: 10am – 4pm

Fee: £15 (no half-day fee – £5 branch members)

Venue: St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd, EXETER, EX4 7AH


This event is likely to be popular, so please let us know if you will be coming. There isn’t any need to pay at this stage. Contact Ashley Allerton (), or 01392 462655

Anna Stegmann

Anna is a passionate performer and educator of early and contemporary recorder music. She is recorder professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she teaches an enthusiastic, selected group of next-generation recorder professionals. She is also a regular guest teacher at Wells Cathedral School and Jackdaws Music Educational Trust.

Anna enjoys conducting and leading groups of all abilities and enjoys working with adult amateurs. In this capacity, she has led workshops, masterclasses, and conducted recorder groups for Recorder Courses Lyme, Airforce UK, Recorder Summer School, Easter Early Music School, LIFEM, Blokfluitdagen Mechelen, Orpheus Recorder Boutique and many more.

Since 2013 she has co-organised ORDA, Open Recorder Days Amsterdam; a biennial recorder festival which has quickly grown into one of the biggest recorder events worldwide and brings together both amateurs and professionals, from all over the world.

Anna has performed in concert halls from Europe to Australia and recorded several CDs with her own groups Ensemble Odyssee and The Royal Wind Music, as well as performing as guest soloist with La Risonanza, The New Dutch Academy, and others.

In 2020 Anna established her own digital recital series, and so far has completed two seasons of recorder solo and chamber music. These professionally filmed music videos aim to make performances accessible to audiences that are unable to attend live concerts and to bring the listener closer to the performer than is possible in a conventional live-stream.

Saturday 13th July2024

Morning only: 10am – 1pm

Fee: £10 Visitors, Branch Members Free of charge.

Venue: St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd, EXETER, EX4 7AH

Robin 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.





Last updated 3 January 2024