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: Moira Usher, 01473 310322
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 trainingsrporguk who must be contacted before any workshop is organised.
If there are other topics you would like to see included, please contact the Training Co-ordinator trainingsrporguk.
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.
It is assumed that anyone applying to conduct on the level 1 day, reads music and has experience of playing/singing in an ensemble.
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
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
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: Philip Thorby, Andrew Collis
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
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
An opportunity to try the dances that you may have been playing, such as the Pavan, Galliard, Almain, Canaries, and Branles. There would be the possibility of playing for the dancing, but please discuss this with the tutor first.
Tutors: Chris and Jo Saunders
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.