Branch Secretary: Eileen Finlayson edinburghsrporguk (edinburghsrporguk)
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, MEETINGS OF THE EDINBURGH BRANCH OF THE SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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. The 2019-20 season resumes after the Christmas break on Monday 6 January 2020.
Please note that due to the forthcoming redevelopment work at the branch’s usual venue, the Greyfriars Charteris Centre, expected to begin in mid September and to take 12 months, the 2019-2020 season of Edinburgh Branch meetings will take place 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 is on Saturday 22 February 2020, 10.30-5.30 at St. Columba’s by the Castle, 14 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW. The visiting conductor will be Michael Graham, Edinburgh-based conductor, composer and arranger. For further details and an application form click here.
Ensemble Evening. Monday 6 April – an opportunity for one-to-a-part groups to play informally to other members of the branch.
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 The next course will take place from 30 August to 1 September 2019 at Police Scotland College, Tulliallan, Kincardineshire.
Early Music Forum of Scotland Instrumental Weekend with Tom Beets and Joris van Goethem. October 19/20 2019. Venue TBC.
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.