Branch Secretary: Eileen Finlayson edinburghsrporguk (edinburghsrporguk)
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions on playing wind instruments indoors, the Edinburgh Branch of the Society of Recorder Players is currently meeting virtually on Monday evenings to talk about all things recorder, including slots for people to talk about and play music which interests them. The next virtual meeting is on Monday 31 August.
The Edinburgh Branch meets from September to June on Monday evenings, 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m., and also occasionally for a special Saturday event sometimes at another venue, including a “Playing Day” with a visiting conductor from the national Society. Due to ongoing redevelopment work at the branch’s usual venue, the Greyfriars Charteris Centre, Edinburgh Branch meetings were taking place, up until meetings were suspended on 23 March 2020, at the Life Church, just across the road from the Charteris Centre, in West Richmond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9EB.
Playing Day. The 2019/20 season’s Playing Day took place on Saturday 22 February 2020 at St. Columba’s by the Castle, 14 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW. The visiting conductor was Michael Graham, Edinburgh-based conductor, composer and arranger.
Ensemble Evening. Monday 6 April. CANCELLED.
For the full programme of meetings see the Calendar. Visitors from other branches are welcome, and prospective new members can try us out for a few meetings before committing themselves to join. Please bring your instruments and a music stand.
The Branch’s joint Musical Directors are Anne Martin and Peter Wraith.
Music is normally provided for playing at meetings, and can only be borrowed if signed for in the book. Enquiries should be addressed to the Librarian.
One-to-a-part playing is also encouraged. One-to-a-part groups meet separately, usually in each others’ homes. They are invited to perform to the branch, family and friends at the Christmas Evening and Summer Evening concerts.
Accessibility. A ramp to allow wheelchair access to the sanctuary can be provided on request.
Scottish Recorder Orchestra. This orchestra, affiliated to the SRP, rehearses monthly in Stirling and gives public performances. It also has residential weekends and collaborates with the Dortmund Recorder Consort.
The Scottish Recorder Course 4 to 6 September 2020 at Police Scotland College, Tulliallan, Kincardineshire. CANCELLED.
Here is a recording of part of our Christmas Concert, which took place on Monday 14 December 2015 at 7.30 p.m. at the Kirk o’ Field Centre, Edinburgh. The piece is Christmas Crackers: A Christmas Suite (2015) by Michael Graham, conducted by the composer. The movements are: Fanfare Prelude; Intermezzo; Scherzo Breve (A Short Joke); Alla Marcia; Toccata de Noël.