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London Recorder Orchestra Concert

The London Recorder Orchestra will be giving its 2017 Summer Concert at 7pm on 24th June. As in previous years, it will take place at St Matthew’s Church, 29 St Petersburgh Place, London W2 4LA.

The programme includes;

Spanish Lustspiel Overture – B Keler

Octet-Partita – Krommer

Celtic Lament – A Rawsthorne

Edge – D Moses

Music for the Royal Fireworks – G Handel

The Imps of Lincoln – P Richards

Mountain Mosaic – G Shannon

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


Let’s make a ‘noyse’!

As usual, the first event of my musical year will be a performance by the recorder chamber orchestra, Recorders Incorporated. I have been a member of the group since it was formed in 2007, and this, on 7th January, will be our tenth concert.

The group usually numbers about 18-20 recorder players from across Europe. Each year we meet up in early January for a period of intensive rehearsal, leading to a concert. We have performed at venues across the UK and this year sees our first visit to Edinburgh.


A Recorder Orchestra is Born!

East Midlands Recorder Orchestra was ‘born’ on Sunday 18th September 2016.  On that day, 24 recorder players travelled from across the region (sometimes for several hours!) to Balderton (just outside Newark on Trent) in order to attend the birth – following a gestation period of about 10 years!

It could be said that the birth was ‘induced’ by my friend Nick Wynne who, following a casual conversation one lunchtime, emailed me the following day to say that he had found us a venue and was set to email recorder players in the area…  After that, the enquiries quickly arrived.

On the day, the sun was shining.  The 24 players, many of whom had never played in a recorder orchestra, set down with good humour and proceeded to tackle the music in front of them.  During the course of the afternoon we played music by Holst, Saint-Saens, Grieg and Jenkins with very encouraging results.

Following the successful birth, the prospects for a happy childhood look rosy indeed – fingers crossed that EMRO goes on to lead a long and prosperous life!



Lessons in violin or recorder are available at my home in Newark.  Fees are currently £12 for 30 minutes, £17 for 45 minutes or £25 for an hour.

Source: Teaching


It’s September already and with it comes an exciting new season of rehearsals.

Things have already kicked-off with the first meeting of the Lincolnshire Branch of the Society of Recorder Players where a group of 25 players played a wide variety of music – from Boyce to Lyndon Hilling.

Lincoln Music Workshop Recorder Group met up on Monday 5th where we spent a fun-filled evening exploring potential new repertoire to work on.

On the 8th Lincoln Symphony Orchestra will be starting rehearsals for their next concert, to be held on 12th November. The programme consists of:-

Mendelssohn:Hebrides Overture

Rachmaninov:Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Brahms:Symphony No. 1

There is also an additional Workshop day on 25th September – do check on their website for further details.

On the 10th the London Recorder Orchestra starts the rehearsals for the new season. I’m really looking forward to starting work on the new programme including music by Handel, Keler, Glen Shannon and David Moses – plenty of variety there!

In the afternoon of the same day (same venue!) I will be conducting a meeting of the South London branch of the Society of Recorder Players.

Most exciting for me is the first rehearsal of the new East Midlands Recorder Orchestra on Sunday 18th September.  This is the first opportunity for the experienced recorder players in the area to play regularly in an ensemble of this sort.  We will be playing a wide range of music and I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone!

On the 19th September rehearsals begin for the next concert to be given by Trent Chamber Academy on 26th November.  The programme includes:-

Boyce:Symphony No 5

Mozart:Clarinet Concerto

Haydn:Symphony No. 94

Finally, on 21st September we start rehearsals with the Lincolnshire Philharmonia in preparation for their springtime concert.

Isn’t it amazing just how much music is going on!  Fantastic!

London Recorder Orchestra

Our last concert was at 7.00pm on Saturday 25th June 2016 at St Matthew’s Church, 29 St Petersburgh Place, London W2 4LA.

The programme included:

Glory Days & Hallelujah Nights – D Moses

Bavarian Dances – E Elgar

Le Roi s’amuse – L Delibes

Kinderspiele Polka – J Strauss

Heavenly Fire – A Davis

Hello Dolly – G Haverkate

Romanian Dances – B Bartok

Tickets £10.00 (concessions £6.00) were available at the door and included interval refreshments.


For those of you who missed it, you can hear a couple of items of Saturday’s concert on our Facebook Page


Normal Service?

Now that the 2016 SRP Festival is over, it’s time to catch up with all those things that have been ‘on hold’ for the past few months.

Following the success of the Festival ‘shop’, it’s time to start reprinting to replenish the Willobie Press stock. In the past few days we have received a number of large orders for music to be sent overseas – so the printer is working overtime!

Not being one to sit at home, a flurry of conducting engagements will see me visiting, Glasgow, East Berkshire, London and Leicester within the space of a month. On most of these occasions I shall be taking Willobie Press music with me – so hopefully we may need to restock again…

After the successes of the February exam period, my students are all enjoying new repertoire and making great progress. Last week I was delighted to hear some of them perform in the anniversary concert given by Newark Young Sinfonia – a great tribute to all concerned!

Lincoln Music Workshop Recorder Group are on their ‘summer timetable’, where we only meet once a month (complete with ‘nibbles’) to play lots of new music. The trophy from this year’s music festival is already engraved – another success!