Joint Musical Directors: Janet Seltzer and Julia Harding
Publicity: Ian Bennett
Macclesfield SRP was founded in 2013 by local instrumental teacher Jane Duff. We aim to enable recorder players to meet together and play a wide range of music of all periods in a warm and supportive atmosphere.
We are now directed by local instrumental teachers Julia Harding and Janet Selzer. Julia has extensive experience as leader of instrumental groups: she also directs Macclesfield Concert Band and the Newcastle Strings. Janet teaches recorder in local schools and also has adult students.
You can hear the standard to which we aspire in the audio clips below.
We are always ready to welcome new members. Currently the Branch has around 15 active players, typically playing 4+ part music on descant, treble, tenor and bass recorders.
We recently celebrated our tenth anniversary with tea, cake, balloons and a playing session of pieces special to the Branch, including an arrangement of folksongs by a former member, the late Richard Foxcroft; Jane’s Waltz, dedicated to Jane Duff; and Ballade in Canon by Colin Touchin, who was remembered by some members as their teacher at Stockport Recorder College, and as conductor of the KEMS Macclesfield Symphony Orchestra.
From almost our first year, members of the Branch have been involved in public performances.
We have performed from time to time at the National Trust’s Little Moreton Hall both at Christmas and to support events such as maypole dancing. In March 2020 we provided three contributions to Macclesfield’s concert for Contemporary Music for All when we played:
- Ballad Blues and Riffs by Andrew Challenger,
- River Song by Rosemary Robinson,
- Sunflowers by Sophie Pope.
On 4 June 2022, we had the first slot in an evening of music at Christ Church in Macclesfield, which included settings of Elizabethan madrigals, four numbers from Peter Warlock’s “Capriol Suite”, the jazzy “Summer Blue” by Paul Richards, and an arrangement of the “Teddy Bears’ Picnic”.
Groups of us have also played programmes of music at the Macclesfield Silk Museum, during their 2022 and 2023 Heritage Days and most recently to support their Festive Special. Each programme was chosen to mirror the Museum’s theme for the day. We have taken audiences on walks through a musical garden, with a variety of birdsong (including William Byrd-song), offered them fireworks courtesy of Mr Handel, and worked our way through musical seasons (not just Vivaldi, but modern ones too).
We normally have a Playing Day with a visiting conductor in the spring or early summer of each year. In 2023 our visitor was Mary Tyers from Durham. On 11 May 2024 we look forward to welcoming as our visiting conductor Alyson Lewin, a highly experienced recorder teacher, player, conductor and composer from South Staffordshire, who now works as a freelance instrumental teacher and publisher of early music.
Subscriptions 2022 – 2023
SRP Full member rate £49 for the (academic) year
Household members £72.50 for the year
Student members £18.50 for the year
All visitors £5 per meeting.
These rates, covering local and national membership and subscription to “The Recorder Magazine”, have again been held at the same levels as last year.
Meetings are from 2.00 to 4.30 pm, usually on the second Saturday of each month (not August), but see below.
- 16 December 2023
- 13 January 2024
- 10 February
- 9 March
- 13 April
- 11 May (2024 Playing Day, all day)
- 8 June
- 13 July