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A Digital World

After a summer of Zoom lessons, it is lovely to be able to teach some of my students ‘in person’ again.   Of course, some are continuing to learn online for the time being – but I think we are well used to that by now… The latest newsletter can be found on the Peebles Post page.

At the moment everything seems to be digital. Our summer concert was put together from recordings we had done at home to make a very enjoyable performance and an opportunity to share our music. Even the examination boards have moved to video submission – probably more stressful than a face to face exam!

Due to the current Covid restrictions, music groups and orchestras are not able to meet to rehearse at the moment and, for the time being, my conducting diary is empty. Of course, that is deeply disappointing but members of the East Midlands Recorder Orchestra have put together a short video to keep things going… Other groups, such as Lincoln SRP, have been holding their monthly meetings via Zoom.

We are lucky to have access to digital technology to allow us to continue to make music together – even if it is in a limited capacity. Even so, I’m sure we will all be delighted to meet up again and play together as soon as we can.

Virtual Concert!

I’m so excited that our ‘virtual concert’ has finally gone live! Huge thanks to all those students who offered videoed solo performances – and to those string-players who took part in the virtual ensemble. I have to say that actually putting the video together was a huge learning-curve for me – but it will be much easier next time. Well done!

Zooming along!

Online lessons have now become a way of life and are proving to be very successful.  It maybe that this will remain an option for some people even after things get back to ‘normal’. See the latest newsletter for some other ‘virtual’ plans.

Here is a little something to reward us for all our hard work…



If you would like further information about online recorder or violin lessons, please contact Sheila Richards for further details.


Covid-19 – online teaching!

In the current climate, much of life seems to be ‘on hold’. All rehearsals, concerts and other musical ‘get-togethers’ have been cancelled for the foreseeable future – sad times!

Fortunately, due to the wizardry of modern technology, most of my students are able to continue their lessons by video link. I am so proud of my students (of all ages!) for adapting to this new way of working. Although this isn’t a perfect solution, it allows us to maintain the contact and support to allow progress to continue.  Look out for the latest issue of Peebles Post…

If you would like further information about online recorder or violin lessons, please contact Sheila Richards for further details.



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East Midlands Recorder Orchestra Concert 2019

We are looking forward to presenting a charity concert at 4pm on Sunday 19th May. The concert will be held at Fernwood Village Hall, Rubys Avenue, Fernwood, NG24 3RS – just outside Newark, Nottinghamshire.

The programme will include;
Overture to Music for the Royal Fireworks Music – Handel
Romanian Dances – Bartok
3 pieces from Foreign Parts – Moszkowski
Symphony in F- Arne
Entry of the Gladiators – Fucik

Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection to raise money for Beaumond House Community Hospice in memory of the composer, Paul Richards.

Busy, busy, busy!

I realise it has been some time since my last entry – that’s because I’ve been so BUSY!  It’s that time of year when everything is happening…

All my students have been hard at work and in the next couple of weeks a number of them will be taking exams.

Next month I will be off to Durham for the  SRP National Festival. In addition to conducting, I will also be launching the latest catalogue of Willobie Press Recorder Music.  Printing is well underway to make sure that a wide range of titles will be available for sale.

Meanwhile, the recorder orchestras are rehearsing for their next concerts. On 19th May East Midlands Recorder Orchestra will be giving a charity concert to raise money for Beaumond House Community Hospice.  On 22nd June London Recorder Orchestra will be giving their annual concert.

In addition to all this, there will also be concerts by Trent Chamber Academy and Lincolnshire Philharmonia

These are, indeed, busy times!

London Recorder Orchestra Concert

The next concert will be at 7.00pm on Saturday 23rd June 2018 at St Matthew’s Church, 29 St Petersburgh Place, London W2 4LA.

The programme will include:

Die Fledermaus Overture – Strauss

March to the Scaffold – Berlioz

Light-dance – J Dove

Summertime’s Been and Gone – D Moses

Four seasonal haiku – A Melville

Brook Green Suite  – Holst

Arabian Dance – Grieg

Finale from American Quartet – Dvorak

Tickets £10.00 (concessions £6.00) will be available at the door and include interval refreshments.



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East Midlands Recorder Orchestra Concert

We are looking forward to presenting our first concert at 4pm on Sunday 20th May. The concert wil be held at St Giles Community Hall, Main St, Balderton NG24 3LN – just outside Newark, Nottinghamshire.

The programme will include;
Brook Green Suite – Holst
The Imps of Lincoln – Paul Richards
Mountain Mosaic – Glen Shannon
Chaconne – Buxtehude
Folk Songs from Somerset – Vaughan Williams
Fantasia su ‘Scampagnata dell’orso Teddi’ – David Cranmer

We hope to raise money for Beaumond House Community Hospice in memory of the composer, Paul Richards.