The Kent Branch, which was formed in 1986, meets in Maidstone and has worked with Marion Scott as Musical Director since 2008. We are a small and friendly group and play a variety of music of all styles and periods, from medieval, Renaissance and Baroque to jazz and contemporary, so there is never a dull moment. We meet weekly in the autumn and winter to rehearse and give regular concerts in the spring, although there is no obligation to play in the concerts for those who would prefer not to. Summer is more informal, with guest conductors invited to visit and “do-it-yourself” sessions. The Kent Branch warmly welcomes new adult recorder players of all abilities who are reasonably competent sight-readers and you would be welcome to come to one or two meetings as a visitor before making a commitment to join. Visitors are offered one free trial session after which visitor fees will be £10 per session.
Marion studied recorder, baroque oboe and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She performs and records with all the leading early music specialist orchestras, including English Baroque Soloists with John Eliot Gardner and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has performed across the world, from USA, Mexico and Argentina, to Paris, Madrid and Rome.
Marion also teaches at all levels, from beginner to tertiary level and beyond, having been Professor of Recorder at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity College of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and she is Head of Recorder Department at the Centre for Young Musicians. Marion runs workshops and Master Classes, is a regular tutor on several courses and is also an examiner for Trinity College London.
Meetings usually take place weekly on Wednesday evenings from September to April inclusive, starting at 19.30 and finishing at 21.30. We don’t meet at school half terms. Current dates are available to Kent Branch members in the Newsletter. Please ring any Committee member for confirmation if you are coming for the first time. Contact details can be found on the “Contacts” tab.
The venue is The Vine, Maidstone – see the Venue Page for further details.
A newsletter is produced once a year, giving details of dates of meetings and venue, etc. This is sent to Kent Branch members by email during the summer months.
The current subscription is £55 per term (£30 for full time students) for the Autumn and Spring terms (total of 20 meetings) payable at the first meeting. In addition, the annual subscription to the SRP is £23.50. Membership of the SRP provides four issues of the national Recorder Magazine which has a wide range of articles relating to the recorder, details of playing days, courses, and concert and music reviews, and a copy of the SRP Membership List.The SRP’s Membership List, which is regularly updated, includes details of members of all branches, indicating those who are teachers and those who wish to undertake one-to-a-part playing. This List is provided as part of the subscription and is only available to SRP members.
Our most recent concert took place during April in our rehearsal venue, The Vine, Maidstone. Our repertoire included:
Glen Shannon – Prelude and Fugue No 2. in D minor
Thomas Tomkins – Fantasia No. 3 a 6
Traditional (Irish) – She moved through the Fair
Hans Gal – Divertimento 1 and 11 for three recorders
JS Bach – Prelude from Partita no 3 in E Major BWV 1006
Eileen Silcocks – West Country Suite
Heinrich Isaac – A la battaglia
GF Handel – Passacaille in G Minor, HWV 432
Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto in C minor RV 120
Gustav Holst – I love my love (arranged by Marion Scott)
Paul Richards – Scarborough Finck
A varied programme of choral and recorder pieces throughout the ages, including:
Anonymous – Hanacpachap Cussicuinin (jointly with the Wealden Consort Choir)
Legrenzi – Sonata Fugazzi
Schein – Suite No. 11
Anonymous – Pavane and Variations
Peerson – Fantasia a 6 no.1
Schutz – Jauchzet den Herren (jointly with the Wealden Consort Choir)
Maute – Tanto-Quanto
Gershwin – Embraceable you
Rodgers – Blue Moon
Martin Pearson – Fantasia “Beauty”.
Benjamin Thorn – 3 Cantigas.
John Dowland – Lachrymae Pavan: Amantis.
John Dowland – Sir John Souch his Galliard and Mrs Nichols Almand.
Antonio Lotti – Crucifixus.
Godfried Keller – Trio Sonata in D minor.
Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto in A minor .
Guus Haverkate – Take Four.
Vittorio Monti – Csardas.
Sokoll – A Journey around the World: South America, China, Spain.
Bratton/Kennedy – Teddy Bears’ Picnic.
George Gershwin – Singing in the Rain.
We gave two concerts in 2013: 16th March in St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Headcorn, with the Headcorn School Choir and Headcorn Handbell Ringers; 26th March St. James Church in East Malling, as part of the Malling Concert Society. Soloists were members of the ensemble, with guest artists Jane Jones (soprano) and Rick Jones (lute).
A concert of early music for Broadstairs Music Recital Society, York Street Methodist Church on Sunday 26th February at 3.00pm, with with Duo Toccante – Jo Hardwick and Marion Scott, recorders – and Coastal Voices:
Giovanni Gabrieli – Canzon Prima “La Spiritata”
Henry Purcell – Fantasie in G minor
Schein – Canzona a 6
William Byrd – Earle of Salisbury’s Pavana and Galliardo.
Arcangelo Corelli – Trio in D minor, Sonata da Chiesa op.3 no. 5.
J.S. Bach – Motet “Lobet den Herren”
We also gave a concert on 28 April in Thurnham Church, shared with Baroque Stop! Orchestra and Bearsted Choir, featuring a performance of Gloria in D by Vivaldi, conducted by Marion Scott.
Please contact any of the following people for further information:
Secretary: Helen Embley kentsrporguk (kentsrporguk)
Chair: Maureen Bush 01622 890254 maureenbushbtinternetcom (maureenbushbtinternetcom)
Treasurer: Diane van Wyk 01233 629320 rosiedogbtopenworldcom (rosiedogbtopenworldcom)
Musical Director: Marion Scott 07947 131124 maddyscott8gmailcom (maddyscott8gmailcom)