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East Midlands Recorder Orchestra


At last!  A chance for the East Midlands to have its own Recorder Orchestra!

The orchestra, conducted by Sheila Richards, was formed in 2016. It normally rehearses on the third Sunday of the month from 2pm to 5pm at St Giles Community Hall, Main Street, Balderton NG24 3LN – just outside Newark, Nottinghamshire. Members are asked to pay a modest annual subscription of £30 (£15 students) to cover the hire of the hall.

Prospective members should have a good standard of playing and sight-reading – and be prepared to play any of the usual sizes of recorder (descant, treble, tenor or bass) as required.  Players of larger instruments (great bass and contrabass recorders) are particularly welcome – in the interests of balance, the size of the orchestra may be dictated by number of bass players…

The aim is to work on repertoire suitable for orchestral forces:  this is usually a mixture of compositions and arrangements of music, covering a wide range of styles. We do give occasional concerts for local charities so a willingness to practise is expected.

The provisional dates for the 2022/23 season are;

18th September 2022
16th October 2022
20th November 2022
18th December 2022
15th January 2023
19th February 2023
19th March 2023
16th April 2023
21st May 2023
18th June 2023
16th July 2023

Our last concert was at 4pm on Sunday 19th May 2019. The concert was held at Fernwood Village Hall, Rubys Avenue, Fernwood NG24 3RS 

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

Admission was free but there was a retiring collection to raise money for Beaumond House Community Hospice.

The concert raised nearly £575 for Beaumond House Community Hospice in memory of the composer, Paul Richards.

EMRO Fernwood


For those of you who missed our first concert, you can hear items on our  Facebook Page.

During the Covid-19 restrictions.  Some of our members managed to put together a short extract from one of our ‘current’ pieces.  You can see it here.

Another recording of some of our members is now available. You can see us playing ‘Entrada for a Deft Eft’ by David Moses here… 

If you are interested in joining the orchestra, please email Sheila giving your details and which instruments you prefer to play.

The East Midlands Recorder Orchestra is affiliated to the Society of Recorder Players a Registered Charity No. 282751, Scottish Registered Charity No. SC038422

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