In addition to the regular events below, we are also hoping to arrange an additional special Recorder Orchestra Playing Day, to which we will have to limit attendance, so be on your starting blocks when we announce details later this year !


9th September

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.

14th October

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

11th November

Sylvia Davies is a member of the Bristol Branch of SRP and is a regular and welcome visitor to the Devon Branch. Sylvia plays with the Phoenix Recorder Orchestra.

9th December

Sarah whomersley 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 on 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 the Head of Music in Cornwall’s largest secondary school arranging music and rehearsing 5 Choirs, Jazz Band, Recorder groups and a mixed Renaissance consort with cornamuse, loriman pipes, cornetts, strings, brass and recorders (a little unusual in a secondary school perhaps!) – all of which regularly perform in concerts and music festivals.

Sarah teaches recorder to children and adults (beginners to Grade 8) including preparation for music college entrance exams. She also supports local primary schools with recorders and choral singing. Sarah is the MD of the Cornish branch of the SRP and enjoys ‘stretching’ the players with a variety of music – some of which has been written for her by a local Cornish composer and other pieces which she arranges herself. In her ‘spare’ time Sarah enjoys baking and swimming.

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


13th January

Chris Holliman – Chris 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 the London Recorder Orchestra and tutor at the NRC. The family are now grown up and having retired from teaching Chris is now able to spend more time conducting and playing recorder.

10th February

Andrew Curtis conducts us once again

10th March


Playing Day

10am – 4.00pm

Playing Day with Marg Hall, who 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 Jen-ny 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 she 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. She loves to conduct a wide range of music and usually includes 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.

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

This will be a popular day so please apply soon – application form available here (PDF).

12th May

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 mainstream school teaching as Head of Department in several local schools, singing and recording with Farm St Singers, the BBC Singers and Exeter Festival Chorus. Early recorder playing included directing the Ravensbourne Renaissance Consort with concerts on the South Bank. She still teaches in her studio at home. “Every spare moment is spent in watching, documenting and photographing wildlife”

9th June

Robin Powell conducts us once again

10th June

Advanced Recorder Orchestra Workshop and Performance in Sidmouth, conducted by Stephen Watkins. Details will be available in due course. Please contact Ashley Allerton (devdotchairatsrpdotorgdotuk) if you are interested.

14th July

Playing Day with Steve and Ann Marshall

Ann Marshall has a social sciences degree and worked as a bilingual bursar and administrator. Other than having a thorough grounding in listening to pop and rock, Ann was a late developer in music. She took up the saxophone twenty years ago, but it was not until 2005 that she took up the recorder, and soon after discovered a previously-unknown talent for composition. She obtained a diploma in music, and has put that to good use as a prolific composer and arranger, specialising in writing good and interesting music for less able players. Her work is very popular, and is published under the banner of May Hill Edition, which she runs with Steve. Ann studies the recorder with Helen Hooker.

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 a diverse selection of teachers. His instrument was the saxophone, which he played in a variety of bands, but everything changed in 2001, when he took early retirement on returning from ten years in France. He immediately discovered the recorder, and since then he has produced many compositions and arrangements for the instrument (publishing many of them under the banner of May Hill Edition). He conducts widely, and has finally formalised his musical education by obtaining a postgraduate diploma in music.


Last updated 1 August 2018