Secretary: Daryll Bailey macclesfieldsrporguk
Joint Musical Directors: Janet Seltzer and Julia Harding
Publicity: Rachel Mortishire-Smith
Macclesfield Branch was founded by local instrumental teacher Jane Duff in March 2013; in September 2019 we were all very sorry to have to say farewell to Jane, who now lives in Oxfordshire. Jane herself writes “I feel really privileged to have been your musical director for the past six years, and appreciate the musical memories we have made together along the way”. There is no doubt that we, in turn, have all benefited enormously from Jane’s gentle encouragement.
We are now directed jointly by two other local instrumental teachers, Janet Seltzer and Julia Harding. As Director of the King Edward Musical Society of Macclesfield (KEMS) Concert Band and of the Newcastle-under-Lyme String Orchestra, Julia has extensive experience of working with adults, as does Janet who – in addition to being a peripatetic teacher of recorder in local schools, also takes adult students. Both have a keen sense of humour and an interest in recorder music of all periods, so a varied and enjoyable time is assured at our meetings.
We warmly welcome new members. Currently the Branch has around 15 active players, typically playing 4+ part music on descant, treble, tenor and bass recorders.
If you’re thinking of joining us, more information can be found on our Prospective Members’ page.
Almost from our first year, some of us have been involved in public performance.
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 – most recently on 6 May 2019.
Our most recent performances have been a programme of arrangements of Christmas carols at Christchurch, Macclesfield in December 2019, and three contributions to Macclesfield’s concert for Contemporary Music for All in March 2020, for which we played “Ballad Blues and Riffs” by Andrew Challenger, “Sunflowers” by Sophie Pope, and “River Song” by Rosemary Robinson.
We normally have an Annual Playing Day in the Spring, with a visiting conductor. These days enable us to experience new repertoire and interpretation. In 2019 we welcomed Michael Copley from Cambridge. Unfortunately coronavirus has caused the 2020 event to be cancelled.
You can hear the standard to which we aspire (and – on a good day – attain!) in these audio clips:
Subscriptions 2019 – 2020
SRP Full members £49 for the year
Household members £72.50 for the year
Student members £18.50 for the year
All visitors £5.00 per meeting.
These rates cover local and national membership and subscription to “The Recorder Magazine”
Meetings are at 2pm-4pm:
Prestbury Methodist Church, Macclesfield Road, Prestbury, Macclesfield.
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