Mrs Audrey Evans
104 Lincoln Rd
Peterborough PE6 9BA
Tel: 01778 380791 Email Address (peterboroughsrporguk)
We are a small and enthusiastic group of recorder players with members from Peterborough and surrounding counties. We meet twice a month on a Saturday afternoon and a Wednesday evening. Usually one of our Saturday meetings will be an extended playing day with a visiting conductor from the SRP panel.
Our branch has gone through a period of transition during the 2016/17 playing year, following the retirement to the West Country of our former Musical Director and founder member, Jan Theedom (pictured). We are very grateful to Jan for all her hard work over the years.
Following our 2017 AGM, we were delighted to confirm Charles Paterson as our Music Director, assisted by Charlie Kisby. Between them they promoted a return to more focused playing, with occasional informal performance. Having said that, we did not lose sight of our main purposes, the enjoyment of playing and promoting the recorder, in the community. Sadly, our time with Charles ended just before Easter 2018, due to his unavoidable relocation. In his short time with us he achieved great things, and we will miss his knowledge, patience and humour. This does of course mean that we are now seeking a replacement Saturday Music Director, but in the meantime we are filling the programme with visiting conductors, so every cloud has a silver lining! Thankfully, Charlie Kisby continues as our Wednesday Director. If there is anybody out there who is looking for a development opportunity, or wishing to strengthen their CV with such a role, please do get in touch.
We have also decided to change the pattern of our regular playing dates. From the New Year (2018) we will be playing at St Jude’s on the 1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of most months (previously 2nd Saturday and last Wednesday). This is mainly to avoid clashes with neighbouring Branches, in particular Leicester (some players belong to both, and this change will enable our players to attend special events put on by other Branches, and vice-versa). We anticipate that the new pattern will not be fully established until after March 2018, so in the meantime members and intending visitors should check our programme page carefully.
While we are no longer members of the local “umbrella” organisation, Peterborough Music Making (link below), we welcome suitable invitations to perform jointly with other consorts or choirs.
Videos of the group playing at Ringstead Church, Northamptonshire
Our membership fees have been reduced for 2017/18;
Members joining or renewing, £40 (concessions and instalment payment negotiable). New members joining from January 2018 may be offered a reduced rate subscription. NB We are unable to offer this concession to re-joining members. Members renewing should do so in September if at all possible, and it would be very helpful if members would sign a gift aid declaration if appropriate. This helps us keep the subscription down.
Regular players who are paying a full subscription to another Branch may be offered associate membership of Peterborough Branch at a reduced subscription.
Visitors fees are: SRP members £2, others £5 per session. We will credit visitor fees paid by new or previous members in the playing year, should they decide to join. The first session for potential new members is free.