See also:

Courses and Workshops about recorder making and repair are listed on the Instrument Suppliers page.

Throughout the year Recorder Courses Lyme holds recorder courses at all levels from beginners to Diploma for around 10 – 12 players with some of the best tutors. See the All Year Round tab for more information.

Manor Farm Music Frivolities runs free recorder sessions for adult beginners. See their website for details and dates.

Ann and Steve Marshall also run several recorder courses, advertised here and on their website.

Courses Calendar

9th – 30th July (Mondays): City Lit Recorder Consorts and Ensemble Course

City Lit, 1-10 Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 4BA

Tutor: Isobel Clarke

Learn to play ensemble music for recorders, with repertoire ranging from early to present day. Suitable for recorder players who have been learning for at least a year and can read music.


10th & 12th July: Morley College Recorder Orchestra Taster

Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

Tutor: Peter Wendland

If you have been playing the recorder for at least two years and have some sight reading skills join the Recorders Orchestra and learn to play intermediate tunes with others in an ensemble setting. For more experienced players, this two-day course will provide the opportunity to play different sizes of recorder in an ensemble setting.


28 July-4 August
Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School – NORVIS XLVIII

College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham, DH1 1SZ

Recorder tutors: Alan Davis, Oonagh Lee, Jane Rumney and Mary Tyers.
Other tutors: Elizabeth Dodd, Andrew Fowler, Alison Kinder, Susanna Pell and Jacqui Robertson-Wade (viols), Clare Griffel (singing), Michael Williamson (baroque strings), Martin Eastwell and Richard MacKenzie (lutes), John Treherne (harpsichord).

We welcome instrumentalists and singers of all ages and abilities. Plenty of variety with a wide range of activities and repertoire spanning early renaissance to late baroque. Lavishly staffed with inspirational tutors. Generous bursaries available.

Contact: Harriet Gilfillan 07736 108771

6th–9th August: Woodhouse Recorder Courses Advanced Course

Owlpen Manor, Glos, UK
Ages 16+, Grade 8+

Tutors: Annabel Knight with Robin Bigwood (accomp)

Daily technique, repertoire and ensemble work, plus tutor concerts and home-cooked food in a fabulous countryside location. An ideal opportunity for those preparing for advanced level performances, auditions, exams or college entrance, to gain useful new skills and insights into the world of the professional recorder player. Maximum 7 participants on this intense but very friendly and supportive course.


13th-17th August: Historically Informed Summer School

BHISS Bishop Burtonishop Burton College, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8QG

Recorder Tutors: Rebecca Austen-Brown and Mary Tyers

The Historically Informed Summer School is held annually, usually in mid-August. It is an international residential week open to singers and instrumentalists. The course covers all aspects of early music and folk & traditional music and is suitable for students of all ages and experience from elementary to advanced. 


Enquiries: HISS Administrator hissenquiriesatgmaildotcom 0844 870 6478
or by post to: 258, Frome Road, Trowbridge BA14 0DS

15th August: City Lit Recorder Taster

City Lit, 1-10 Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 4BA

Tutor: Isobel Clarke

Discover or rediscover the joy of this simple but delightful instrument. Learn the basics of fingering and articulation to play new and old tunes, and in ensemble. Please bring your own descant and/or treble.


18th-25th August: Irish Recorder and Viol Course

Aangrianan2n Grianán, Termonfechin, Ireland

Tutors: Ibi Aziz, Marion Doherty, Pamela Flanagan, Emma Murphy, Marion Scott, Philip Thorby.

Established in 1971 by Theo Wyatt, the Irish Recorder and Viol course is designed for players of recorders, viols and other early instruments, and covers a wide repertoire from ancient to modern. Sessions include one-to-a-part groups, workshops, consort songs, trio sonatas, choir, large and small ensembles.

Further information from:
Mrs Patricia Flanagan, 110 Kincora Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3 Ireland
Tel. 00 353 85 2880389

24th-26th August: Summer Recorder Festival – SuRF

DSuRF logoean Close School, Cheltenham, GL51 6EP

The Summer Recorder Festival is run under the banner of ‘Recorders for All’ by Pam Smith and Jan Epps. This year will be the 4th and takes place from 24 – 26 August 2018 at Dean Close School Cheltenham. The tutors are Alyson Lewin, Annemarie Klein, Annabel Knight, Dietrich Schnabel, Helen Hooker, John Hawkes, Moira Usher, Pam Smith, Ruth Burbidge and Sarah Whomersley.

Brochure and Booking

This course is always very popular so early booking is advised.

Further information on the web site or contact Jan Epps jandotepps57atgmaildotcom telephone 01752 481193.

Tuesday 28th August: Woodhouse Recorder Courses Junior Day

SWoodhouse Junior Dayt John’s Centre, Merrow, Guildford GU4 7AA
Ages 18 and under, up to Grade 8

Tutors Annabel Knight, Rebecca Austen-Brown and Katriina Boosey

Junior Days are designed for young recorder players up to the age of 18 to enjoy a day of workshops and playing opportunities, meeting other children at a similar age and level, with a shared enthusiasm for playing the recorder. Participants often travel from far and wide and enjoy making new friends, learning new skills, and hearing and experiencing all kinds of interesting or unfamiliar music and instruments.


29th September: Dunorlan Recorders Symphony Day

Tonbridge Methodist Church, Higham Lane, Tonbridge TN10 4JG

Stephen Watkins’ 8th Symphony
Conductor: Stephen Watkins

Come and play in Stephen Watkins’ recently completed 8th Symphony where he tries to show how the language of Mendelssohn’s larger works translates very readily into the medium of the recorder orchestra. All sizes of recorder will be required: Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Great Bass, Contra Bass and possibly Contra Great Bass (if anyone has one).

Further Details

Contact: Ulli Burchette

29th September: Intermediate Recorder Orchestra Day

Church Lawford Village Hall, Church Lawford, nr Rugby, CV23 9EE

Conductor: Caroline Jones

Further Details

Recorder Courses Lyme RCL

Victoria House, Uplyme Road, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT73LP

Recorder Courses for around 10 Players:
All through the year we organise recorder courses for around 10 players and often a few non-playing other-halves. We attract the best tutors from around the world and so you are guaranteed an engaging course which can be tailored to the needs of the people on the course. Courses vary from a few days to a week and from Beginners to Diploma standard.  Why not have a look at our website to see what tutors and courses we have coming up!  We pride ourselves on our home cooked food and homely atmosphere. Bring your slippers and enjoy having fun whilst learning to play the recorder.

Contact: Josee Beeson enquiriesatrecordercourseslymedotcom  (enquiriesatrecordercourseslymedotcom)   07711 307105

Last updated July 13, 2018