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The Society of Recorder Players is a nationwide organisation whose purpose is to promote recorder playing, principally by means of regular meetings where music of all periods and styles is played in an ensemble group. The SRP was founded in 1937 by Carl Dolmetsch and Edgar Hunt, and the first meetings took place in London.
London Branch is the direct descendant of that very first meeting, and is one of approximately fifty branches now covering the entire country.
The music we play is chosen by the visiting conductor of the day, who is always an experienced musician, or by our Director of Music, and is generally of intermediate standard, although individual parts may be of a standard lower or higher than this. All music is supplied at each meeting, but players need to bring their own music stands. Although one-to-a-part playing is not one of the SRP’s functions, our meetings provide an excellent venue for players to meet and arrange private playing elsewhere. 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 yearly subscription.
Meetings usually take place on the third Saturday monthly from September to June inclusive, starting at 2.30pm (doors open at 2pm) and finishing at around 5.30pm, with a break at around 4pm. See our programme page for details.
The annual subscription, payable at or before the first meeting, covers the ten meetings and four issues of the national Recorder Magazine, which has a wide range of articles relating to the recorder, details of courses, concerts and music reviews, and a copy of the membership list. Much of the subscription is used to pay for hire of the hall and for visiting conductors, part goes towards the magazine, and the remainder goes to the SRP treasury. Full membership is the norm, but household membership covers all persons living at one address, and student membership is for any young person in full-time education. Associate membership is available for anyone who is already a full member of another SRP branch. We welcome visitors to the branch on payment of £8 per visit if paid in advance by bank transfer, and £10 on the day.