Committee & working groups
Chairman & booking conductors: Alasdair Nisbet
Secretary & conductor liaison: Judith Abbs
Treasurer & membership: Katie Stone
Catering & reception: Liz Newlands, Glynis P Vercoe, Sarah Cawkwell, Jean MacRae and Ti Harries
Risk assessment working group: The committee with Sarah Cawkwell, Jean MacRae & Glynis P Vercoe

Image of Dick Whittington’s cat playing recorder ©John Minnion. Reproduced by kind permission.

We will be renewing subscriptions and publicising our new programme in August 2021. We are hoping to return to face-to-face playing on Saturday 4 September, subject to national guidance at the time. We will send a risk assessment to members in August so they can make an informed decision based on their own circumstances. We do not know whether visitors will be allowed during our first few months, but we will welcome them back as soon as we can do so safely. 

Our virtual programme June 2020 to July 2021
(See 2021/22 programme below – details will be added as they come available.)

06 June 2020 Online recital by:

02 January 2021

Recording making demonstration by:


04 July 2020 Online recital by:
6 February 2021

Online recital by:


01 August 2020 Online talk with music by:
6 March 2021

Virtual playing with Helen Hooker materials:


5 September 2020 Online recital by:
3 April 2021

Online recital by:


03 October 2020

Online recital by:

(Session included a short AGM)

1 May 2021

Virtual playing session:


07 November 2020 Online recital by:
5 June 2021

Online recital by: 


05 December 2020

Online recital by:

3 July 2021

Interactive workshop by:


We have recordings of all these sessions. The recordings are not always perfect (human and computer errors), but there is still plenty to enjoy – whether it is for the first time or a chance to remember a great afternoon. You may not use these recordings for onward distribution, but we are happy to share them with Members, South London Branch and our regular visitors. The Conductor can give permission for you to access them if you do not fall into one of those groups.



We wanted to keep  in contact with our members during the coronavirus isolation regime so we asked all of you to tell us about your lives as recorder players and musicians. The linked file tells your story … North London SRP – what you told us


We meet at Highgate International Church, 272 Archway Road N6 5AU. You can see us on the SRP branch map here; or find detailed directions on our own venue page. NOTE: Please use the cafe entrance (not the main entrance).

Playing sessions

Our sessions are held on the first Saturday of each month from 2.30pm-5.30pm. There are months when we have to vary the date, so do check the programme below. The room is open from 2pm and playing starts at 2.30pm. Please allow time to sign in and set up. Music will be provided. You will need to bring your own music stand.

How it works

We have a different conductor for each session. Some might do more than one in the year (we might have 8 or 9 different people within a year). Plus we have an annual Members’ Day when our own members take the session. The music is selected by the conductor and it is whatever they choose to challenge us with. We work on pieces at that session, but we do not receive the music in advance; nor do we take music away to practise – it is a fresh start each month. The sight reading challenge is eased by having quite a number of others on the same part – anything from 1 or 2 (some bass parts) up to 8 or 9 (tenor or alto). Those on the same part will usually sit together.


We break for refreshments during the afternoon, organised by volunteers from the branch on a rota basis (costs are reimbursed). Refreshments are free as the branch agreed to fund them from September 2018. This decision will be re-visited each year at the AGM based on branch funds.

Visitors and new members

We enjoy welcoming new members and visitors from other branches (or people new to SRP who want to try it out first). If you just want to show up to try it out, you do not need to let us know in advance. However, if you prefer to know that you are expected and to have a name of someone to approach on arrival, then email the Secretary at nlondonatsrpdotorgdotuk and we will ensure we look out for you. Here is a left with all the details you need: Link to New Joiners Leaflet_North London_Sept 2018


Our conductors are a mixture of keen members, active and retired musicians and professional recorder players. Most conductors are not paid fee and are only reimbursed for copying and travel, not their time in preparing and conducting. The branch have agreed to pay £90 to up to four professional recorder players each year from branch funds. This decision will be re-visited each year at the AGM based on branch funds. Guidance for conductors.

Subscriptions 2021-22


Membership renewal will take place during August and September. People who have never been a member of SRP can join in January for half price.

Type of membership Fee 
Full membership (F)
(half price from January if you are totally new to SRP)
£60.00 per year (£25 goes to central SRP)

Reduced fee for full membership (R)

Available once only in January each year for entirely new members. Will be charged the full fee in the following September. 

£30.00 one-off (£12.50 goes to central SRP)
Associate membership (A)
(for full members of another SRP branch)
£35.00 per year
Household membership (Hh)
(where more than one full member lives at the same address)
£90.00 per year (£37.50 goes to central SRP)

Student (S)
(must name institution and be able to supply evidence if asked)

£35.00 per year (£10 goes to central SRP)
Visitor (not a member of another branch) £8.00 per visit
Visitor (member of another SRP branch) £7.00 per visit

Subscriptions should be sent to: Katie Stone, 25a Dagmar Road, London N22 7RT.

North London SRP: Application Form



2021/22 programme – we will add detail as it comes available

4 September 2021   5 March 2022  
2 October 2021 Session will include a short AGM 2 April 2022  
6 November 2021   7 May 2022  
4 December 2021   4 June 2022  

8 January 2022

(NOTE: 2nd Saturday of the month)

  2 July 2022  
5 February 2022   August 2022 No playing session – renewals and accounts


Further information Available from the Secretary at nlondonatsrpdotorgdotuk  (nlondonatsrpdotorgdotuk)  .

Emails from the branch If you are receiving emails from us it is because at some point you have provided your email address. If you no longer wish to receive the mailings, please send an email with the title UNSUBSCRIBE to the Secretary (nlondonatsrpdotorgdotuk). No message is required and you should not receive any further general mailings. If you are receiving emails from the Yahoo group it is because you have joined. You will need to follow the instructions to unsubscribe from that group separately. It is not run by the North London Branch.

Last updated 15 July 2021