Branch Secretary: Grenville Heath Phone: 01902 850175 sstaffssrporguk
Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of each month, from 2.30pm – 5pm. For venue see top right-hand side of page.
2016/17 meeting dates:- Oct 8th; Nov 12th; Dec 10th; Jan 14th; Feb 11th; Mar 11th; Apr 1st; May 13th; Jun 10th; Jul 8th; Aug 12th; Sep 9th (+AGM).
As is the branch’s annual tradition, the meeting on Aug 12th will take place at Tixall Village Hall ST18 0ST. (See below for more on meetings)
OPEN WORKSHOP – Saturday 13th May 2017 at 2.00 – 5.30pm.
The Society is holding a workshop in the Oddfellows Hall, 17 Greengate Street, Stafford, ST16 2HP. Alyson Lewin will be conducting the workshop to which there is an open invitation to any recorder players who wish to join us for the day.
We will be working on a variety of ensemble pieces from Renaissance fantasias to modern compositions and arrangements – a mixed bag of genres and styles!
Music will be provided but please bring your own instruments (large recorders will be especially welcome) and a labelled music stand.
Listeners are also welcome.
Admission is free! Refreshments provided at a small charge.
South Staffs Playing Day on May 14th 2016 – taken by Helen Hooker.
Well, Helen’s day with us was definitely entertaining as well as informative and instructive. She took us through a good variety of pieces in some detail, coaxed us into playing the finer details, complimented us on our sight-reading, and left us wanting more!
We began with a ‘Sonata a Quattro’ by Schmeizer, which was followed by Arne’s ‘Overture’ to “Thomas and Sally” (some influences on Sullivan were obvious here).
Then we had fun with Helen’s own arrangement of the Dances from Handel’s ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’, which needed everything from sopranino to contrabass.
After lunch we tackled a suite by Steve Marshall with the challenging title ‘Not Too Hard, Really’ – which had its challenging moments from time to time!
Helen then took us through a Bourrée by Parry after which she brought the day to a relaxing close with another of her own arrangements, this time of Eric Coates’ famous ‘By the Sleepy Lagoon’.
From the whole ensemble of players – thank you Helen for a most enjoyable day.
South Staffs meetings are for anyone who can read music and enjoys playing the recorder. The playing of more than one size of recorder is optional. You don’t have to worry about holding a part on your own or playing solos.
We don’t cater for absolute beginners, but can put you in touch with experienced teachers.
The meetings are an ideal way to make contact with other players in the area.
Age is no barrier – we have members from eight to eighty!
New members and visiting players are always welcome.
Membership fee includes an amount payable to the SRP, branch costs and a subscription to the quarterly Recorder Magazine.
Current fees for September 2016 – August 2017 are:
- Individual Member £37.50
- Household £58.50
- Student £17
- Visitor £5 ( free for first two visits) which includes refreshments.
Conference and Festival Weekend:
Our branch hosted the annual SRP Conference and Festival weekend which was held at Wolverhampton Grammar School on April 18/19th 2015.
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