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 their website 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.

April 2017 | May 2017 | June 2017 | July 2017 | August 2017 | September 2017 | October 2017

April 2017


Sunday 30th April

NYRO Oxford Recorder Day NYRO Course

Rye St. Anthony School, Oxford, OX3 7SA

Ages 8-25, Grade 3 to Diploma
Tutors: Kati Boosey and Annabel Knight
Young recorder players and teachers are invited to come and try a day of recorder playing with NYRO.
Players who have not reached Grade 3 standard are invited to come for the afternoon for a fee of £10. Please email adminatnyrodotorgdotuk for further details.
You can audition for the Summer Course 2017 at this event.
There will be massed playing and playing in groups, with players of similar playing standard. You will also receive tips on technique. There will be a play-through at 3.30, so that families and friends can hear what has been achieved during the day.
Fee – £29 Teachers who bring 5 or more pupils can attend free of charge.

May 2017


Saturday 13th May

Open Workshop

Stafford Music Festival Logo

Oddfellows Hall, 17, Greengate Street, Stafford ST16 2HP
Conductor: Alyson Lewin
Society of Recorder Players South Staffs Branch will be holding an open afternoon Doors open at 2.00 p.m., playing from 2.30 – 5.00. This is being run in conjunction with Stafford Music Festival, and is open to players and listeners.
Admission: Free
Part of Stafford Music Festival 2017

Sunday 14th – Tuesday 16th May

Dillington House Recorder Weekend


Dillington House, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 9DT

Tutor: Helen Hooker
This is an ensemble course for upper intermediate level recorder players. We shall play as a large conducted ensemble, exploring music in many different styles and from all periods of music from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. The music to be studied will utilise all sizes of recorder, from descant to contrabass. Students are required to have the ability to play in F and C fingerings. The repertoire will include some Renaissance multi-choir pieces along with music by Gabrieli, Purcell, Challinger and others. All music will be provided.
Cost: £214 (non-residential) £317 (residential)
Full details and online booking

30th May – 1st June

Consorts for the Terrified


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

Tutor: Alyson Lewin
Standard: Lower/Upper Intermediate
Does the thought of playing in a one-to-a-part consort fill you with dread, or make you slightly weak at the knees? Do you already play but want to improve? Then this course is for you! We will work in small groups – trios, quartets, quintets – gaining experience under Alyson’s expert guidance. Various aspects will be covered, from choosing suitable music to taking charge of a session, getting the most out of the music, and any other questions that might surface. We will also have a few ensemble sessions for light relief! Participants should be competent players of at least two sizes of recorder. Please bring one piece which you know well, and be prepared to lead your group in playing it. There will be some music available to borrow. Alyson will provide a list of suggested music beforehand, but please feel free to bring your own favourites too!
Cost: Resident: £280 Non-Resident: £205

June 2017


24th June to 10th September

El Flautotel recorder summer course

El Flautotel

El Flautotel in Guadarrama, Spain

Would you like to spend this summer a week’s holiday along with three other recorder friends and follow a recorder consort workshop ?
Stay 7 days with half board in the cottage El Flautotel, and enjoy five days of classes with Trudy Grimbergen, a very experienced teacher. The course provides an introduction to the Spanish Renaissance music, although the content can be fully adapted to the level and needs of the participants. Existing groups and individuals can apply. Of course there is also time to explore the area during guided excursions to El Escorial and Segovia.
Periods of one week between the 24th of June and the 10th of September.
Groups of max. 4 persons.

July 2017


23rd – 29th July
NYRO Summer Course


Ages 10-25, Grade 5 to Diploma
Our week-long flagship summer course, which will be held in York, gives young players the opportunity to experience massed orchestral playing as well as chamber music. Players are allocated places in the various ensembles following auditions:
National Youth Training Recorder Orchestra (NYTRO) for players of grade 5 standard and upward
National Youth Recorder Orchestra (NYRO) for players of a minimum grade 8 standard and who must be proficient on bass recorder
BlockWork is a one-to-a-part ensemble by invitation only.
Auditions for the Summer 2017 Course are taking place at our Recorder Days around the country and also on the Easter Course in Rugby. For further information regarding auditions and an online application form, please visit Early application is advised.
Fees – £535
NYRO Course Brochure

29th July – 5th August



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

Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School – NORVIS

Recorder tutors: Alan Davis, Jane Rumney, Oonagh Lee 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 Steward McCoy (lutes) and John Treherne (harpsichord)
We welcome players 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 enquiriesatnorvisdotorgdotuk

30th July to 6th August

Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools

Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools

Girton College Cambridge

The Monteverdi Legacy: Venetian Music from Monteverdi to Vivaldi
The Parley of Instruments
Peter Holman (course director & continuo), Judy Tarling (upper strings), Mark Caudle (lower strings), Gail Hennessy (woodwind), Philip Thorby (voices)
To mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, the 2017 Cambridge Early Music Baroque course will be devoted to Venetian music, and in particular to exploring Monteverdi’s legacy throughout the Baroque period.
Each day we will offer technique workshops, choral and orchestral sessions for large-scale works, and one-to-a-part chamber music sessions exploring unusual repertoire in various combinations, not necessarily restricted to the Venetian theme.
Contact Call 0844 808 2412 or email infoatCambridgeEarlyMusicdotorg

August 2017

6th – 12th August

Cambridge Early Music Summer SchoolsCambridge Early Music Summer Schools

Girton College Cambridge

Made in Venice: Willaert, de Rore, Ganassi and Bassano, masters of the 16th century
Philip Thorby (course director & voices), David Hatcher (viols), Emma Murphy (recorders), Lynda Sayce (lutes), Frances Eustace & Jeremy West (loud winds)
Throughout the sixteenth century Venice was, of course, a major centre of music and culture in its own right.
We will explore not only the magnificence of multi-choir motets, but also the intimacy and intensity of the “Venetian” madrigals of Adriaan Willaert and Cypriano de Rore, combining voices and instruments. As well as working with our singers, instrumentalists will also be able to follow in the footsteps of Venetian masters from Sylvestro Ganassi to Giovanni Bassano, those masters of virtuosity and sensitivity to text and rhetoric, as well as exploring the more ceremonial (and foot-tapping) repertoire of the piffari.
Contact Call 0844 808 2412 or email infoatCambridgeEarlyMusicdotorg

7th – 10th August
Woodhouse Advanced Course


Owlpen Manor, nr Uley, Gloucestershire, GL11 5BZ

Suitable for advanced players of approximately Grade 8+. Minimum age 16. No upper age limit.
Tutors Annabel Knight (recorders) with Robin Bigwood (keyboard)
The course aims to provide and relaxed and friendly environment in which to study both solo and ensemble repertoire from all periods, with the emphasis of the course on personal achievement and acquiring new skills, knowledge and techniques.
Cost £390 (ages 16-25 full board). Non-residential rate £300 (includes lunch and dinner) Early bird discounts apply if booked by 30th April 2017

12-19 August

Irish Recorder and Viol Course


An Grianán, Termonfechin, Ireland

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, technique classes, consort songs, trio sonatas, choir, large and small ensembles. Tutors: Ibi Aziz, Marion Doherty, Pamela Flanagan, Emma Murphy, Marion Scott, Philip Thorby.
Further information from: Mrs Patricia Flanagan, 110 Kincora Avenue,Clontarf, Dublin 3Ireland
Tel. 00 353 85 2880389 infoatirishrecorderandviolcoursedotorg

Monday 14 to Friday 18 August

Historically Informed Summer School

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

Recorder Tutors: Rebecca Austen-Brown, Mary Tyers
A residential summer school for singers and players of wind, bowed or plucked strings & continuo instruments (folk, period & modern). Open to all student, amateur, young and early career professional musicians from early, folk and classical traditions.
The course is a creative meeting of music and musicians from folk, early, traditional and classical backgrounds, exploring the common ground and connections between them. If you like any of these types of music, you will join the growing family of musicians from 4 continents who have already enjoyed the unique flexibility & informality of this course. You will have the opportunity to explore and learn a wide range of music from a team of renowned expert tutors in a wholly inclusive, encouraging and supportive environment
Cost: £495-£520

Tuesday 22nd August

Woodhouse Junior Day

woodhouse junior

St John’s Centre, Merrow, Guildford GU4 7AA

Tutors Annabel Knight, Rebecca Austen-Brown and Katriina Boosey.
Ages 18 and under, from beginner to Grade 8 (organised into small groups according to age and ability)
Cost £35/£50 (Level 1/Level 2 & 3).

25th – 27th August

Summer Recorder Festival

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Dean Close School, Hatherley Rd, Cheltenham GL51 6EP

Tutors: Alyson Lewin,  Annemarie Klein, Annabel Knight, Dietrich Schnabel, Helen Hooker, John Hawkes, Moira Usher, Pam Smith, Ruth Burbidge and Sarah Whomersley.
All music for the weekend will be provided but you will need to bring your recorder(s), a music stand and a pencil to mark your music.
Places are limited to 120 so early booking is advised. Priority booking – until 18 March 2017 –  is open to those who attended last year.
The festival is not suitable for beginners. Players need to be at least grade 3 standard and preferably able to play 2 sizes of recorder one of which should ideally be tenor or bass.
Brochure and booking form
Contact:  jandotepps57atgmaildotcom 01752 481193

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

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

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


Last updated April 19, 2017