President Jonathan Dove

Recorder Courses


See also the Regular Classes page for classes that run over a period and the Playing Days page for SRP branch playing days, and the Training page for one-day workshops run by the SRP. 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 below 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.

September 2017 | October 2017 | November 2017 | January 2018 | February 2018 | April 2018 | All Year

September 2017

Saturday 9th September  12-1.30

Performance Workshop

Bolton Castle and Redmire Castle Bolton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4ET
Tutor: Emily Baines of Blondel
A Musical Crossroads – exploring the fascinating rhythmic interplay found in much 15th-century music. With the opportunity also for groups and individuals to sign up for a short informal masterclass with Emily. Suitable for players with some experience, all recorders welcome.
Information: Gill Page medievalmusicinthedalesatgmaildotcom 07931357618 
Booking website

Friday 15th – Monday 18th September

Benslow Music


Benslow Music, Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB

In association with The Society of Recorder Players
Tutors: Alyson Lewin, Anne Martin, Jean McCreery, Caroline Radcliffe, Rae Strong
Standard: Elementary, Lower/Upper Intermediate, Advanced
Again our experienced and enthusiastic team of recorder tutors welcome you the ever popular RecorderFest. In this wide-ability course, the tutors will ensure you are placed in a group of an appropriate level, and there may be movement between groups as the course progresses. Those of elementary standard, reasonably proficient at reading music, will benefit from a patient and sympathetic approach. More experienced players will enjoy being stretched in ensemble sessions with an option to explore one-to-a-part work benefiting from relaxed and friendly guidance. Participants at this level should offer at least two instruments. The most advanced players, who must be strong sight readers with good rhythmic skills, have the confidence to work solely on one-to-a-part repertoire, offer all four different instruments (and be able to swap between them with ease) and produce ensemble sound of consistently high quality, will benefit from exacting and highly skilled musical and technical guidance, as always delivered in a supportive manner.
2 Night Option: Fri 15 – Sun 17 Resident: £280 Non-Resident: £205 Details & booking
3 Night Option: Fri 15 – Mon 18 Resident: £400 Non-Resident: £305 Detail & booking

Saturday 16th September
Easier Eight-Foot Saturday
Eaight Foot Playing Day

Aston Village Hall, New Park Lane, Aston, Hertfordshire, SG2 7DY

Tutors: Ann & Steve Marshall
Following hugely successful such days in the last couple of years, Ann and Steve will lead another day of music where the smallest instrument is the tenor (so-called eight-foot ensemble). They will bring the gorgeousness of eight-foot playing within the reach of U3A-standard players by careful choice of music. These days also attract strong players, who want to bask in that eight-sound – those players are equally welcome!
Full details as well as online booking on the website.

Sunday 17th September
All That JazzAll that Jazz

Aston Village Hall, New Park Lane, Aston, Hertfordshire, SG2 7DY

Tutors: Helen Hooker and Steve Marshall
Helen is quite simply one of the UK’s best-respected and best-liked recorder conductors, and a frequent purveyor of jazz. Steve grew up playing jazz and related music, and is on a mission to make recorder ensembles swing like mad! This day is aimed primarily at SRP players, although anyone of moderate playing standard is very welcome. Helen and Steve intend that some learning takes place during the day, but that considerable fun is also involved! By the way, don’t worry – improvisation will not  be required.
Full details, as well as online booking on the website

30th September

Symphony Day

Methodist Church Hall, Higham Lane, Tonbridge

Study Stephen Watkin’s 2nd Symphony with the composer: experience the sounds of Mahler in an original composition for recorders.
Cost: £12 (students £5)
Contact: ullidotburchetteatgmaildotcom

30th September

Intermediate Recorder Orchestra Day

Church Lawford Village Hall,  Church Lawford, nr Rugby, CV23 9EE
(Lifts can be provided from Rugby railway station)

Conductor: Caroline Jones

10.30am to 5.00pm

A relaxed introduction to the recorder orchestra. Good music, good fun and good company.

Fee: £18,

Details and application form

Further information: 07789 845 855 Carolinejonesrecordersathotmaildotcom

October 2017

Sunday 1st October 10am-5pm
Workshops and Tuition
Flanders Recorder Quartet

The Early Music Shop, Salts Mill, Victoria Road Saltaire, West Yorkshire BD18 3LA

The Flanders Recorder Quartet will be sharing their wisdom and magic with you during a full day of workshops, masterclasses, ensemble lessons and individual tuition.
Intermediate – Pieces covered will include:
Tielman Susato, Suite from ‘Danserye’ a 5
J. Dowland, Lachrimae a 5
G. Haverkate, Sound Crime a 6
Trad., Joshua fit the battle of Jericho a 5 (swing)
Advanced – Pieces covered will include:
Glen Shannon, Suspicion a 7
Pieter Campo, Kardos a 6
J. S. Bach,  The art of  Fuge a 4
All – Strategies for Practising • Tutti
In addition there will be the opportunity for individual private lessons.
Cost: £50 for full workshop day. Individual Lessons supplement £20.
Further details and booking

2nd – 7th October
Afternoon playing sessions

The Flanders Recorder Quartet are holding playing sessions before their concerts in Bristol, Wokiing, Ipswich and London. See the Concerts page for more information.

Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd October

Autumn Recorder Orchestra Weekend

High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG

Tutors: Helen Hooker, Ruth Burbidge, Ann Marshall & Steve Marshall
The weekend is entirely devoted to playing in recorder orchestras. In six of the ten sessions you will have a choice of playing in an ‘easier’ or ‘harder’ orchestra, and in the other four we will all play together, to experience the thrilling sound of a large band of recorders.
Full details and online booking

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th October
October Recorder Festival

Culford School

Culford School, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TX

Presented by Recorders East
Tutors include Adam Dopadlik, Andrew Challinger, Helen Hooker, Moira Usher, Pam Smith, Paul Richards and Ruth Burbidge
9 playing sessions each with a choice of 5 tutors, with a range of genres and levels from easy to very difficult.
5 massed-playing sessions
A feature of ORF is a composer in residence who will conduct mainly their own compositions or arrangements. This year it is Paul Richards – find out more about Paul and the other tutors via our website
Enquiries: infoatrecorderseastdotorgdotuk or phone Moira Usher on 01473 310322
Details and application form

November 2017

3rd – 5th November

Recorder Weekend

Anna Stegman

Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome BA11 3NY

Tutor: Anna Stegman
This course offers an exciting opportunity for recorder players to work with one of the foremost teachers and performers on their instrument. Explore the vibrant and varied world of the recorder; solo and consort, ancient and modern. The weekend will include a stimulating combination of masterclass and ensemble sessions. Repertoire suggestions can be made on request.
Fee: £210
Booking and further details

January 2018

7th-12th January

Orpheus Recorder Boutique

Orpheus Recorder Boutique

Armidale NSW Australia

An intensive and intimate recorder course for intermediate and advanced players Six days of technique classes, two ensembles classes daily, along with Large Ensemble. Each group will be a balanced and fully functional small ensemble that caters to each individual’s needs.  Each group will work with a variety of tutors throughout the week. There is a separate Youth Section for players under 18 as well as on campus options for players from age 11. Full board available on campus  – also available for unaccompanied minors.
Tutors: Petri Arvo, Kamala Bain, Alexandra Bailliet-Joly, Alana Blackburn, María Martínez Ayerza, Daniel Murphy, Ruth Wilkinson
and for the Youth Stream: Daniel Murphy, Alexandra Bailliet-Joly
Poster and Why Not Come to Australia

February 2018

3rd February 2018

Intermediate Recorder Orchestra Day

Church Lawford Village Hall,  Church Lawford, nr Rugby, CV23 9EE
(Lifts can be provided from Rugby railway station)

Conductor: Caroline Jones

10.30am to 5.00pm

A relaxed introduction to the recorder orchestra. Good music, good fun and good company.

Fee: £18,

Details and application form

Further information: 07789 845 855 Carolinejonesrecordersathotmaildotcom

April 2018

13th – 15th April
Recorder Weekend
Knuston Hall

Knuston Hall, Irchester, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN29 7EU

Tutors: Grace Barton, Michael Piraner, Simone Reid (Polyphonica Trio)
Prices: Sharing a room £264.00, With a single room £299.00, No overnight stay £198.00
Further details will be available on the website

All Year


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 September 6, 2017