This page describes the training workshops that are run by The Society of Recorder Players. These workshops are open to all, members and non-members.

The Training Co-ordinator is currently: Steph Sutherland

Email: trainingatsrpdotorgdotuk

If you would like to run one in your branch or on your own, please see the Guidance section below, which gives details of how to organise a workshop.

The SRP will underwrite the following workshops to the extent of guaranteeing the tutor’s fee and travelling expenses. However, it is expected that anyone running a workshop would aim to cover the costs. All monies collected, after local costs have been paid, should be sent to the National Treasurer who will reimburse the tutor. The course fee is £12.

The course must be posted on the SRP website, fliers sent to local branches and be open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Listed on this page are the current workshops on offer. If you would like to run one in your branch or on your own, you should decide on the topic, some dates, a venue and the tutor you wish to approach. It is assumed that each workshop will have about 5 hours teaching plus breaks for lunch and drinks. The hosting branch should provide general refreshments during the day, but lunch is not included except for the tutor.

The workshops are overseen by the Training Co-ordinator trainingatsrpdotorgdotuk who must be contacted before any workshop is organised.

If you would like to organise an Online (Zoom) Workshop – Choose a topic, contact the tutor and agree on dates and times.

Inform the Training Co-Ordinator of your booking.

The fee for each course is based on £3.00 per hour per head.

The branch organiser should send the money to the National Treasurer after the Workshop is completed.

 

If there are other topics you would like to see included, please contact the Training Co-ordinator trainingatsrpdotorgdotuk.

We’ll be looking at the character of all the main dances in the suite – Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue, Gavotte, Minuet, Chaconne & Pasacaille. Not only will we play a little of each of these, we will learn the basic steps of some of them and watch on video a couple of super-star dancers. All music is provided – just bring a treble recorder and some soft-soled shoes. If you think you can’t dance, just get involved in some rhythmic walking!

Tutor: Evelyn Nallen

There are two levels of course offered. Level 1 for those who have never conducted and would like to know what it is all about and Level 2 for those who have some experience but would like to improve. Players pay £5 to attend.

You need no more than 8 people who want to conduct and preferably 6, plus as many players as possible.

Level 1

It is assumed that anyone applying to conduct on the level 1 day, reads music and has experience of playing/singing in an ensemble.

Level 2

It is assumed that anyone applying to join the level 2 day is comfortable with the following:

  • can conduct 2, 3, 4 in a bar,
  • can follow a score.
Tutor: Moira Usher, Helen Hooker, Michael Graham, Carolyn Jones, Alyson Lewin

The breadth and depth of Byrd’s fantasias represent the pinnacle of English sixteenth century consort music. In this workshop we will explore and play a range of Byrd’s works, particularly the fantasias, and place them in their historical context. All music will be provided.

Tutor: Anne Martin

Let’s demystify ornamentation. Consider how tastes in recorder-playing have changed in the last 50 years; what were they like 300 years ago? How much ornamentation do we think Mr Handel would have expected to hear from his recorder players? Was it really in the Italian style? (Were there any Italian recorder players in England at this time?) According to one very thorough and reliable source, we only need to know 2 ornaments to decorate all this repertoire. Music will be provided, including some from said original source. Ornamentation can be easy and enjoyable – honest!

Tutor: Evelyn Nallen, Emma Murphy

Come and explore folk ornamentation and folk tunes from across the continents. Be prepared to develop your musical skills and give new things a go, including dabbling with odd time signatures and learning by ear in a safe, supportive environment.

Tutor: Michelle Holloway

The art of playing French baroque as it was intended, with all the frills and furbelows that a composer of that period would have expected from players of their music. This is an opportunity to learn about French style and ornamentation, in music by composers such as Boismortier, Lully and Rameau.

Tutor: Annemarie Klein

Gabrieli’s 2 and 3 choir canzonas are masterpieces of polychoral music full of light and shade, grandeur, dancing rhythms and singing melodies. During the course of the day, we will study, in depth, some of the finest of these. As well as conducting, the tutor will give some historical and musical background to this fascinating repertoire.

Tutors: Andrew Collis

The workshop will focus on playing klezmer melodies with attention to details such as, ornamentation, phrasing, use of modes, and structure and variation of the melody. We will listen to historical recordings from the early 1900’s and learn about the history, context and development of klezmer music from the old world of Eastern Europe to New York in the 1950’s. Tuition will include a mixture of playing by ear and reading from sheet music. Materials can be sent in advance for preparation.

Tutor: Susie Evans

Clarinettist Susie Evans is a founder member of She’Koyokh and the London Klezmer Quartet and co-author of the Klezmer Playbook. She is a regular faculty member at KlezFest London and Yiddish Summer Weimar, and tutors an 80 piece klezmer orchestra in Erfurt, Germany.

www.susievans.com

How to look after your recorder.

This presentation is for recorder players players at all levels. It gives detail on what is meant by recorder
‘voicing’, demonstrates how sensitive the windway area is and how to identify changes in the sound that
could be a result of windway changes.

The workshop includes a practical demonstration of the issues by making voicing adjustments to a recorder.

  • Topics covered
  • What is meant by recorder ‘voicing’
  • Inside the recorder windway, description of a typical windway shape
  • Demonstration of the sensitivity/changes to the sound with various adjustments to the windway
  • Typical recorder bore shape and its effect on the tuning of the recorder
  • Typical signs of voicing problems
  • Common causes of voicing problems
  • Picture showing issues inside the windway
  • Cracks, what can cause them and how to minimise the risk of cracks
  • Cork/Thread Joint problems
  • Simple things to do to care for your recorder
  • Question and Answer sessions
  • Oiling recorders, including demonstration
Duration: Approximately 2 – 2.5 hours (excluding a short break in the middle)

It is possible for shop items and instruments for sale to be bought to sessions and can also include a playing session to make a full day event.

Tutors: Julie Dean

During the day we will work on two written arrangements from the swing era. Both arrangements have sections that allow for improvisation but nobody will be required to play solo if they don’t wish to! You will learn some of the simple tricks and structures which make ‘free’ improvisation much easier than in might appear. In both pieces we will try to incorporate some rhythmic patterns which musicians of the swing era would typically use.

Tutor: David Moses

Brush up on your technique (or acquire one!). The importance of breathing, how to practice – the list is endless. Have access to an expert who will take you through the basics of playing your recorder well. Ask the questions you have always wanted to ask.

Tutor: Helen Hooker, Caroline Jones

A chance to play music from the 1500s following England’s transition from a Catholic to a Protestant state, from Henry to Elizabeth. We will follow the strands of church music, madrigals and basic dance steps through this century.

Tutor: Moira Usher

Explore the art of playing Renaissance music written without bar lines. Feel the freedom this brings when playing music not originally constrained by this modern invention! The workshop will involve learning to play Renaissance music (e.g. Fantasias) from a modern, unbarred edition. By doing this, you will hear how the phrases are shaped and how they fit together in a way quite unlike music from later periods.

Tutors: Moira Usher, Alyson Lewin

If there are other topics you would like to see included, please contact the Training Co-ordinator trainingatsrpdotorgdotuk.

This workshop provides a window in to the world of Dalcroze Eurythmics, and how the method and way of thinking and experiencing music can help all musicians of all ages. Many of these activities will be away from the recorder, but can be applied to music played in playing sessions. Find a different way to experience time, space and energy in music.

Duration: 2 x 1 Hr (with a break in between)
Tutor: Chris Orton (chrisdotortonatrncmdotacdotuk)

Chris is active as a recorder player, teacher and conductor throughout Europe. He teaches recorder at The Royal Northern College of Music, senior and junior departments, Chetham’s School of Music and at the Birmingham Conservatoire. As a conductor, he works with Stockport Youth Orchestra, The national Youth Orchestra and Junior RNCM Wind Ensemble. He also teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Escola ‘Joan Llongueres’ in Barcelona.

chrisdotortonatrncmdotacdotuk

Scales and arpeggios are the essential building blocks for all music, but too often they are only thought of as an extra exam requirement at the last minute, then forgotten just as quickly.

These sessions will give you a working understanding of scale theory, knowing how to play them, how to play the variants, how to practice them and how to make them work for you in the pieces we play. We will be also using scales as our basis to expand into other areas of theory, playing and practice technique.

All music is provided. No scale book needed!!

Make scales work for you and learn to love them!

Standard: Open to all levels of playing. Players should be able to comfortably play a 2 octave chromatic scale on the alto recorder.

Prerequisites: Alto recorder. All printed materials will be emailed in advance or during the sessions for printing/viewing at home.

Duration: 5 x 1 Hr
Tutor: Julie Dean

Julie gained her BMus degree at Goldsmith College London. In 2006 after a successful management career in retail and the licensesd trade she returned to music attending the Trinity College of Music.

Julie spent 4 years as a postgraduate, studying the recorder with Rebecca Miles and Philip Thorby, as well as Viola da Gamba with Alison Crum. She performs regularly with the comedy and jazz influenced BRLO ‘British Recorder Light Orchestra’, the Belsizw Baroque Orchestra, as well as many solo and ensemble performances. Julie works actively with children and adult amateur recorder players, directs several weekly groups and conducts for he SRP.

Julie also runs her online shop, and revoices recorders. She regularly gives lessons on how to maintain the recorder, and she regularly attends courses to mend and give recorders some tlc.

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www.RecorderShopLondon.co.uk

The workshop will focus on playing klezmer melodies with attention to details such as, ornamentation, phrasing, use of modes, and structure and variation of the melody. We will listen to historical recordings from the early 1900’s and learn about the history, context and development of klezmer music from the old world of Eastern Europe to New York in the 1950’s. Tuition will include a mixture of playing by ear and reading from sheet music. Materials can be sent in advance for preparation.

Duration: 4 x 1Hr
Tutor: Susie Evans

Clarinettist Susie Evans is a founder member of She’Koyokh and the London Klezmer Quartet and co-author of the Klezmer Playbook. She is a regular faculty member at KlezFest London and Yiddish Summer Weimar, and tutors an 80 piece klezmer orchestra in Erfurt, Germany.

www.susievans.com

Missing the feeling of playing in a bigger group? Participants can take part by studying and playing ‘any or all’ of the individual parts of the chosen ensemble piece. All material will be supplied as live recordings played over Zoom, and will feature demonstration tracks as well as ‘minus one’ versions, allowing players both to focus on the specific elements, and to experience the full ensemble sound. Participants will get to know the chosen music from the differing perspective of each of the individual parts, and try new skills or instrument sizes in the privacy of their own home.

Duration: 1 x 90 mins
Tutor: Annabel Knight

Annabel is currently head of recorder at The Royal Birmingham Conseretoire and teaches every level from complete beginner to young professional artists. Anabel performs with Passacaglia ( Baroquo Chamber Music ), Fontanella Recorder Quintet and the band the Art of Moog.

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Exploring ways to pick up melodies and play confidently by heart. Melodies will be taken from collections such as Playford’s ‘The Dancing Master’ or Van Eyck’s ‘Der Flutyen Lust-hof’. A great way for players to (re)discover and nurture their own innate musicality within the ‘no fear’ zone of their own home.

Duration: 1 x 1 Hr
Tutor: Annabel Knight

Annabel is currently head of recorder at The Royal Birmingham Conseretoire and teaches every level from complete beginner to young professional artists. Anabel performs with Passacaglia ( Baroquo Chamber Music ), Fontanella Recorder Quintet and the band the Art of Moog.

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How to look after your recorder.

This presentation is for recorder players players at all levels. It gives detail on what is meant by recorder
‘voicing’, demonstrates how sensitive the windway area is and how to identify changes in the sound that
could be a result of windway changes.

The workshop includes a practical demonstration of the issues by making voicing adjustments to a recorder.

  • Topics covered
  • What is meant by recorder ‘voicing’
  • Inside the recorder windway, description of a typical windway shape
  • Demonstration of the sensitivity/changes to the sound with various adjustments to the windway
  • Typical recorder bore shape and its effect on the tuning of the recorder
  • Typical signs of voicing problems
  • Common causes of voicing problems
  • Picture showing issues inside the windway
  • Cracks, what can cause them and how to minimise the risk of cracks
  • Cork/Thread Joint problems
  • Simple things to do to care for your recorder
  • Question and Answer sessions
  • Oiling recorders, including demonstration
Duration: Approximately 2 – 2.5 hours (excluding a short break in the middle)

It is possible for shop items and instruments for sale to be bought to sessions and can also include a playing session to make a full day event.

Tutors: Julie Dean

How to improve your technique, posture, breathing, tone, tongueing and fingering. All delivered in easily digestible fun, bite sized pieces using interesting music as examples.

Standard: Any level of player. Beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Extended techniques may be included.

Duration: 1 x1 90 min session
Tutor: Caroline Jones

Caroline studied recorder at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, graduating with distinction. Caroline is a SRP Music Adviser and is a familiar face conducting SRP events, recorder orchestras and recorder festivals throughout the country – “infectious enthusiasm”, “inspirational” (The Recorder Magazine ).

Having taught for Warwick and Birmingham Universities and Warwickshire College, Caroline now enjoys teaching freelance from beginners to advanced students and organises school workshops and adult courses. In 2010 she founded the Arden Recorder Orchestra for advanced and professional players. Caroline was made the Musical Director of Birmingham branch in 2014. She enjoys a wide range of music styles from medieval to 21st Century. Caroline performs internationally with pianist and harpsichordist Charles Matthews.

Caroline says, “I am thrilled that teaching online really works, students are particularly focused and I am looking forward to continuing this format and developing blended courses in the future.”

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The workshop will give you the history of the ‘simple’ round from the Medieval period onwards. There will also be playalong at home examples of various types of rounds/catches/canons, all memorable for their beauty or humour.

Duration: 1 x 1 Hr
Tutor: Julie Dean

Julie gained her BMus degree at Goldsmith College London. In 2006 after a successful management career in retail and the licensesd trade she returned to music attending the Trinity College of Music.

Julie spent 4 years as a postgraduate, studying the recorder with Rebecca Miles and Philip Thorby, as well as Viola da Gamba with Alison Crum. She performs regularly with the comedy and jazz influenced BRLO ‘British Recorder Light Orchestra’, the Belsizw Baroque Orchestra, as well as many solo and ensemble performances. Julie works actively with children and adult amateur recorder players, directs several weekly groups and conducts for he SRP.

Julie also runs her online shop, and revoices recorders. She regularly gives lessons on how to maintain the recorder, and she regularly attends courses to mend and give recorders some tlc.

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www.RecorderShopLondon.co.uk

Music notation is a written language that has evolved through the centuries. On this session we will look at some examples of music notation from the 9th/10th century up to the present day.

All examples will be displayed on the screen so no home printing is required, however a booklet will be available.

Duration: 1 x 1 Hr
Tutor: Julie Dean

Julie gained her BMus degree at Goldsmith College London. In 2006 after a successful management career in retail and the licensesd trade she returned to music attending the Trinity College of Music.

Julie spent 4 years as a postgraduate, studying the recorder with Rebecca Miles and Philip Thorby, as well as Viola da Gamba with Alison Crum. She performs regularly with the comedy and jazz influenced BRLO ‘British Recorder Light Orchestra’, the Belsizw Baroque Orchestra, as well as many solo and ensemble performances. Julie works actively with children and adult amateur recorder players, directs several weekly groups and conducts for he SRP.

Julie also runs her online shop, and revoices recorders. She regularly gives lessons on how to maintain the recorder, and she regularly attends courses to mend and give recorders some tlc.

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www.RecorderShopLondon.co.uk

Varitions over a ground was a well-developed form by the turn of the 18th century. In this workshop, we will explore the two forms of ostinato basses, the foila and passacaglia, through two works by composers Michel Farinel and Gottfried Finger. We will examine how the ground basses are put together and how composers create unique variations over them.

Players will learn how to overcome any technical challenges and how to create variety within the context of a repeated bass line. We will finish with a complete performance of the pieces with Annemarie on the harpsichord.

Players will need a treble at A=440: all music provided as pdf files.

Duration: 2 x 90 mins
Tutor: Annemarie Klein

Annemarie is based in Edinburgh where she completed her undergraduate music degree at the University of Edinburgh in 2013, and her MA in recorder performance at Lemmensininstitut in Leuven, Belgium, in 2015.Although her research and performance has centred around the high baroque Annemarie enjoys performing music from the medieval to the modern. She loves working with children and adults of any level, sharing her love of music and the recorder.

annemariedotpdotkleinatgmaildotcom

April 2021

Mon 26Apr2021
Mon 24May2021

Recorders: Dance & Sing Live (Foundation) Set 2

Three fortnightly workshops, Monday evenings

online via Zoom

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Tue 27Apr2021
Tue 25May2021

Recorders: Dance & Sing Live (Upper Intermediate) Set 2

Three, fortnightly workshops, Tuesday evenings

online via Zoom

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May 2021

Tue 04 - Tue 18May2021

Recorders: Dance & Sing Live (Lower Intermediate) Set 2

Three, fortnightly workshops, Tuesday afternoons

online via Zoom

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Fri 07 - Fri 28May2021

Duets (2) with Marion Scott

A series of 4 weekly sessions; a little more gentle than Duets 1, with relaxed speeds

On-line via Zoom

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Mon 10 - Mon 31May2021

Duets (1) with Marion Scott

A series of 4 weekly sessions for Intermediate to Advanced Players

On-line via Zoom

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Sat 22May2021

Masterclass with Flanders Duo

Masterclass with Tom Beets and Joris van Goethem "Frescobaldi - Tour de Force"

Online

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June 2021

Sat 05 - Sat 05Jun2021

Online Ensemble Playing with Annabel Knight

Join Birmingham SRP in studying and playing Annabel’s arrangement for SATB recorders of Thomas Arne’s When Daisies Pied.

Online via Zoom

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Last updated 5 May 2021