Branch Secretary: Grenville Heath Phone: 01902 850175
Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of each month, (exceptions in red) from 2.30pm – 5pm. For venue see top right-hand side of page.
2023/24 meeting dates:- Sept 9th; Oct 14th; Nov 4th; Dec 9th; Jan 13th; Feb 10th; Mar 9th; Apr 13th; May 11th; Jun 8th; Jul13th; Aug 10th;
We are putting on a whole day of playing Unbarred Renaissance Music led by our MD Alyson Lewin on Saturday 24 February 2024, at the cost of £15.
The venue for the event is: Haling Dene Centre, Cannock Road, Penkridge, ST19 5DT
We shall be learning to play dances and music from other genres written in the Renaissance period before bar lines were used. Feel the freedom this brings when playing music not originally constrained by this modern invention. Come along and give it a try! Visitors are very welcome!
Doors open 9:30am ready for playing sessions 10am – 4:30pm with breaks.
Please contact Grenville Heath to book your place and for details of how to pay.
email: Phone: 01902 850175
40th Anniversary Celebrations
South Staffs Recorder Players was founded by Alyson Lewin in 1983. Alyson is still MD today.
The event was celebrated by holding a special playing day on March 11th 2023 with Alyson conducting. The event took place at the Haling Dene Centre, Penkridge, Staffordshire, which has the facility to accommodate the extra number of players it attracted. Existing and ex members along with invited guests made up the ensemble.
The programme for the day was varied, fun and testing at times but always enjoyable. Alyson was commissioned to write a piece specially to mark the occasion. This she did and, based upon her local knowledge, aptly called it ‘A Staffordshire Ramble’. The piece brought out the full range of instruments.
Alyson had also been nominated for a long service award from the SRP. This was presented to her on the day.
All in all, the event was most enjoyable; and a fitting way to celebrate the branch’s 40 years and, of course, the 40+ years of Alyson’s dedication to recorder playing.
The photos are of the players on the two sides of the room and Wendy presenting Alyson with the Long Service Award.
We put on Open Playing Days and arrange Pastoral Visits from time to time. Recently, we took part in a Stafford Music Festival by putting on an Open Workshop.
Two images taken on Caroline Jones’ enjoyable and successful visit to the branch (click on image to see full-size version):
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’ve had members from eight to eighty plus!
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 2023 – August 2024 are:
- Individual Member £40
- Household £62
- Student £10
- 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.