We are planning to resume our meetings from October 2021, though it is possible that Covid will interfere with this – please look back here before attending any meetings of Devon Branch.

Depending on the situation we may decide to introduce Covid protective measures, eg mask wearing (not during playing!), social distancing and hand gel. We expect those attending to cooperate with these.

For a number of reasons we only plan a limited programme, featuring two half-day (morning) meetings and four Playing Days with visiting conductors.

Printable versions of our programme are available, please contact us (devonatsrpdotorgdotuk) if you would like one sent to you. Or click below:

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Booklet version to be printed double-sided on A4 paper.

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

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 October 2021

10am – 1pm

Fee for all: £7.50

Steve Marshall

Steve is a mathematician and a Chartered Accountant. He played jazz saxophone for many years until he discovered ‘classical’ music in his twenties. This led to studying music theory and composition with Michael Dennison and jazz composer Stan Barker, and to a large number of choral compositions, an opera, and music for shows. In 2001 he took early retirement, in order to write music fulltime. He discovered the recorder, and has become a wellknown composer and arranger for the instrument, with nearly 500 titles, published by his and wife Ann’s May Hill Edition enterprise. He therefore has a huge selection of music available, and he is always able to bring fresh and interesting pieces to his conducting engagements, which include many SRP branches.

Steve is a regular tutor on several recorder courses and also conducts the Orchestra on the Hill. As a player, Steve is a biginstrument specialist, and plays in the Thames Valley Recorder Orchestra and the eightfoot Mellow Tones Recorder Orchestra. Although Steve has broad musical tastes, he is particularly interested in gently introducing the pleasures of jazz and related music to the recorder world.

Saturday 29th January 2022

10am – 1pm

Fee for all: £7.50

Conductor to be announced

Saturday 30th April 2022

Playing Day: 10am – 4pm

Fee for all: £15 (no half-day fee)

Sophie Middleditch

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. Alongside her professional playing, which includes chamber, orchestral and solo engagements as well as her work with her own baroque period chamber group, the Parnassian Ensemble, she has worked with small and large recorder groups and SRP branches throughout the UK, including conducting sessions with Wessex SRP, the Easter Recorder Course and coaching sessions at Exeter University, South West Early Music Forum, Chichester University (where she has been the recorder tutor since 1997) and her work with younger players at Lancing College and the Prebendal Cathedral school in Chichester.

Sophie regularly tutors for the Baroque Buffet course at Benslow Music in Hertfordshire, introducing modern players to the delights of baroque style and recently coached students at the Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway. For several years, Sophie also ran both the recorder and woodwind sections in the Chichester Festival for Music, Dance and Speech.

She 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 17021714 (AV2094) released on the Avie Records label and on the New London Chamber Ensemble’s recording: Carl Nielsen Music for Wind and Piano released on the Meridian records label.

Saturday 28th May 2022

Playing Day: 10am – 4pm

Fee for all: £15 (no half-day fee)

Marg Hall

Marg discovered the recorder with delight as an adult, having earlier learned piano and classical guitar. After lessons with Jim O’Malley, she went to Napier University (recorder with Jenny Hill, and composition with John Macleod). LLCM at Napier University in 1991. Many compositions and arrangements published by Hawthorns Music and by Peacock Press.

In 2005 Marg won the Big Bass competition organized by Steve Marshall to encourage composers to include Great and Contra basses in their pieces. She has taught the recorder in the Edinburgh area for many years, and has been running an adult evening class in Edinburgh since 1992. She has conducted the Edinburgh Branch of the SRP and at the Scottish Recorder Festival on many occasions; also at the National Festivals in Guisborough and Truro.

Marg loves to conduct a wide range of music and usually include a modest few of her own compositions and arrangements. She plays regularly with Solsequium recorder consort, and is a founder member in 1978 of Hadley Court Singers, with whom she still sings.

Saturday 11th June 2022

Playing Day: 10am – 4pm

Fee for all: £15 (no half-day fee)

Helen Hooker

Since graduating from Trinity College of Music in 1993 Helen has spent her working life doing a mixture of performing, conducting, teaching and writing for the recorder.

Helen loves working with adult recorder players of all ability levels, teaching on residential courses and coaching ensembles and orchestras of all sizes. She has worked with the SRP for thirty years (as a  Musical Advisor since 2000) and has conducted all but two of the Society’s branches. Helen enjoys introducing recorder players to a wide variety of repertoire and her sessions always include music in a mixture of different styles, from Renaissance polyphony right through to contemporary (but userfriendly!) works and lighter arrangements.

Helen is Musical Director of the Thames Valley and the Mellow Tones Recorder Orchestras, the UK’s first regularly rehearsing eight foot recorder orchestra. During the Covid19 pandemic Helen launched a project to create playalong videos of recorder consort music to help keep people playing during the restrictions. This project is ongoing, and a large library of music and videos is now available for anyone to use. These resources, along with Helen’s CDs and book, Recorder Technique: a guide to the basics and beyond, are all available via Helen’s website at www.helenhooker.co.uk.

Saturday 9th July 2022

Playing Day: 10am – 4pm

Fee for all: £15 (no half-day fee)

Sarah Whomersley

Sarah studied recorder and cello at the Royal College of Music which was a great place to explore early music and historical performance. She then went to Reading University, from which she graduated with a PGCE in secondary school music teaching. Since then Sarah has worked in London and Cornish secondary schools. She currently works as a music classroom teacher at Truro school and for the Cornwall Music Service Trust.

Sarah runs several ensembles for the County including Carrick Breeze (windband for young players including recorders!), Terpsichore (a mixed early music ensemble) and Recorders Rule! (a county recorder ensemble for students from all schools in Cornwall). Sarah teaches recorder to children and adults, from beginners to Grade 8, including preparation for music college entrance exams. She supports local primary schools with recorders and choral singing as well.

Sarah enjoys conducting a wide range of styles of music and arranges a lot of the music herself. 

Last updated 2 September 2021