In addition to the regular events, we are also holding a special Recorder Orchestra Playing Day with Stephen Watkins on 7th Sept 2019


8th September 2018

Fiona Tatchell has been a keen recorder player since she began learning at the age of 8. De-spite trying a wide variety of other instruments, none of them ever spoke to her like the re-corder. She wanted to study music and perform from very early on, and by the age of 14, she had her performance diploma and had played in over 50 concerts. In 1999, she began her stud-ies at Birmingham Conservatoire with Ross Winters, and began to discover a love of composi-tion as well as a broader musical education. She has played in various music groups, some-times leading them, and has also performed as a soloist many times, and has also written re-views of music for the Recorder Magazine. A period of health problems, international travel, a degree in philosophy, a diploma in psycho-therapy and working as a sales representative in Cheltenham, meant that music took a back seat, but she then gradually returned to playing and composing music. Fiona has returned to her home town of Exmouth, where she is raising her 2 young girls, both of whom are very mu-sical. Fiona’s other passions include poetry and literature. She has had poetry published, and has several writing projects underway, plus some composition and recorder arrangements in the pipeline.

13th October 2018

Andrew Curtis is very well-known locally. He is a teacher, pianist and organist. He has been substantially involved in choral music and was for several years the Musical Director of the Exeter Recorder Orchestra

Please note: the branch AGM will be held during the lunch interval

10th November 2018

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 Com-petitions 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.

8th December 2018

Andrew Curtis conducts us once again.

Please note: lunch will be a bring and share Christmas lunch


12th January 2019

Members conducting – more information to follow

9th February 2019


Playing Day

10am – 4.30pm

Playing Day with Helen Hooker
Helen Hooker studied the recorder at Trinity College of Music under Philip Thorby, graduating in 1993 with a first class degree and the Post-Graduate Certificate in performance with distinction. She enjoys a varied career, involving a mixture of performing, teaching, conducting and writing for the recorder.
Helen regularly teaches on residential courses for players of all ages, including The Recorder Summer School, of which she is Chairperson. She also runs weekend recorder courses at West Dean College and Dillington House. Helen is a visiting conductor and Musical Advisor to the Society of Recorder Players and has conducted over forty of the SRP’s branches. Helen enjoys introducing SRP groups to a wide variety of repertoire and her playing sessions always include music in a mixture of different styles, from Renaissance polyphony right through to contemporary (but user-friendly!) works and lighter arrangements.
Helen has performed widely on the recorder, both as a soloist and chamber musician, giving regular recitals throughout the UK with The Parnassian Ensemble. Her debut CD, Helen and Friends, was released in 2009. Helen is musical director of the Thames Valley Recorder Orchestra and the Mellow Tones Recorder Orchestras, the UK’s first regularly rehearsing eight foot recorder orchestra. In 2015 Helen published her first book, Recorder Technique: A guide to the basics and beyond, which is available from her website at

Flyer and Application Form are here

Tea and coffee will be served during the breaks; please bring a packed lunch.

9th March 2019



Joyce Rudall is Secretary and Musical Director of the Somerset SRP branch, she has conduct-ed at other local branches including Bath and Dorset, and has also visited Exeter on a few pre-vious occasions. She has conducted groups at four of the recent SRP festivals, and is perma-nent conductor of the Mendip Consort, who perform 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.

April 2019

No meeting

11th May 2019

Dick Little is a retired agricultural scientist who spent much of his working life in Africa. He has played the recorder throughout his life since the age of 5 when his parents gave him a re-corder for his birthday! He is currently the Musical Director of the Bristol Branch of the SRP and has conducted on many occasions at other SRP branches.

8th June 2019

Robin Powell conducts us once again

13th July 2019

Members conducting – more information nearer the time

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)


Last updated 13 June 2019