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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, is now entering its second season. 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 £25 (£10 students) to cover the hire of the hall.

Here is a full list of rehearsal dates for the 2018/19 season;

SEPTEMBER 16th 2018

OCTOBER 21st 2018

NOVEMBER 18th 2018

DECEMBER 16th 2018

JANUARY 20th 2019

FEBRUARY 17th 2019

MARCH 17th 2019

APRIL 28th 2019 (note the change of date!)

MAY 19th 2019

JUNE 16th 2019

JULY 21st 2019

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 will be a mixture of compositions and arrangements of music, covering a wide range of styles. It is hoped that we might be able to give occasional concerts so a willingness to practise is expected.

We presented our first concert at 4pm on Sunday 20th May. The concert was held at St Giles Community Hall, Main Street, Balderton NG24 3LN 

The programme included;
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

The concert raised nearly £800 for Beaumond House Community Hospice in memory of the composer, Paul Richards.

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

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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