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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. By 1947 other branches at Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester and Bristol had been started. There are now 52 branches in the U.K. and Eire.
The London Branch is the direct descendant of that very first meeting but is just one of some forty-nine branches covering the entire country.
The music we play is chosen by the 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. Thus players of varied abilities may take part satisfactorily in a single piece. All music is supplied but not music stands. Although one-to-a-part playing is not one of the SRP’s functions, the meetings provide an excellent venue for players to meet and arrange private playing, usually in each other’s homes. 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.
Meetings usually take place on the third Saturday monthly from September to June inclusive, starting at 2.00 for 2.30pm and finishing around 5.30 p.m. There is a tea interval at 4.00 p.m. with refreshments available at a nominal cost (volunteers to help with tea are very welcome). 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, and concert and music reviews, and a copy of the Membership List. Part of the subscription is used to pay for hire of the hall and other branch expenses, part for 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 for anyone already a Full member of another SRP branch (and so excludes the national portion of the subscription). Additionally, there is Temporary membership fee for a single visit which includes tea-time refreshments and is reduced for students. This can be useful for a ‘try-out’ and is refunded if a visitor decides to join the SRP.