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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!

Counting Down to the Festival!

It is now just seven weeks to the 2016 National Festival and Conference of the Society of Recorder Players. This year the event is being hosted by the Lincolnshire Branch of the Society and takes place on 2nd & 3rd April at Christ’s Hospital School, Wragby Road, Lincoln, LN2 4PN.

An event of this size takes a lot of organisation and with only a year to prepare, our little ‘gang of four’ committee have been hard at work.

The first task was to find a suitable (and affordable!) venue. We needed somewhere with a large hall for massed playing, as well as plenty of accessible smaller rooms for ensembles and shops. Space was needed for reception areas, dining and a concert venue! Of course, plenty of parking was essential…

Having found the venue, we set out to invite the best conductors and shops to take part. A fantastic team of dedicated conductors was duly recruited, to lead playing sessions offering a programme of music to suit all tastes. Among the musical goodies on offer, are a Jazz Workshop led by Evelyn Nallen, a Recorder Orchestra led by Helen Hooker and a Masterclass given by Piers Adams.

We also managed to attract some of the leading shops and publishers! These will include Early Music Shop, Hawthorns Music, Recorder Music Mail and Willobie Press, so there will be plenty of opportunity to try and buy new instruments – or to check out the latest sheet music titles.

One feature of the National Festival, is often the first performance of a newly-commissioned work. Here in Lincoln we are lucky enough to have two local composers connected with our branch, so we have TWO new works – by Paul Richards and Nicholas Wynne.

A music gathering of this size sounds like a perfect opportunity for a concert – or two! Local musicians, Lindum Divertissimo, will provide a Saturday lunchtime recital of English Baroque music for recorder, violin, voice and continuo. On Saturday evening, we are excited to welcome Piers Adams & David Wright – the ‘Wild Men of the Baroque’!

With so much in place, we needed to design an application form. We were delighted to have local artist, Sheena Fairclough, design our wonderful ‘Imp’ logo SRP Imp 275and the Imp takes pride of place on the form. The form needed to be clear enough to make it easy for our visitors to apply for the weekend, and to order the meals and concert tickets they want.

At this point, the forms are pouring in! There is still time to apply but you are strongly advised to book by 11th March – especially if you want to order meals or concert tickets! Application forms can be downloaded from SRP National Festival. Our website shows all the latest festival information – including the timetable for the weekend.

An army of volunteers are already gearing up to assist our visitors, allowing them to have a great weekend. I do hope YOU will be able to join us…

Merry Christmas 2015

Wishing a very Merry Christmas to all my students – past, present and future! Only a couple of spaces now remain for violin or recorder lessons – I wonder how soon they will be filled with new students!

Greetings too, to members of the London Recorder Orchestra as rehearsals continue for our concert on 25th June 2016.

Best wishes for a restful Christmas period are extended to fellow members of the committee the Lincolnshire branch of the Society of Recorder Players as they continue preparations for the next SRP National Festival to be held in Lincoln on 2nd-3rd April 2016.

Further good wishes are extended to members of Lincoln Music Workshop Recorder Group as they plan their programme for the local music festival in March, and to members of Lincoln Symphony Orchestra who are taking a short break from rehearsals for their New Year Concert, to be held on 10th January.

In fact, best wishes for a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to ALL my friends and colleagues! See you in 2016…

Bank Holiday Monday

As we watch the rain fall, we know that this is the end of the Summer Holiday and that it will soon be ‘business as usual’. It’s time to put the finishing touches to the new timetable, to accommodate the changes in school, college or job that so often occur at this stage in the year. Only a very small number of spaces remain for violin or recorder lessons – I wonder how soon they will all be filled with new students!

On September 12th the London Recorder Orchestra starts the rehearsals for the new season. I’m really looking forward to starting work on the new programme – plenty of variety there!.

On the same day there will be meetings of both the Lincolnshire branch of the Society of Recorder Players and also the branch in South London. This season will very exciting for me, with invitations to conduct both in Glasgow and in Dublin – in addition to regular visits to London and across the Midlands.

Rehearsals also begin again for Lincoln Music Workshop Recorder Group with a change in venue and slight changes in personnel. I’m looking forward to trying out plenty of new music with the group – possibly some of the latest offerings from Willobie Press.

Lincoln Symphony Orchestra will be starting rehearsal for their next concert, to be held on 14th November. There is also an additional Workshop day on 27th September – do check on their website for further details.

Don’t you just love September?

London Recorder Orchestra

London Recorder Orchestra.

Our next concert, will be at 7.00pm on Saturday 27th June 2015 at St Matthew’s Church, 29 St Petersburgh Place, London W2 4LA.

The programme will include:

Light Cavalry Overture – F von Suppe

Sinfonia – L Boccherini

Renaissance Dances – arr D Bloodworth

Petite Suite – C Debussy

Florentiner March – J Fucik

Midsummer Meadow Suite – L Hilling

Symphonic Dances – D Schnabel

Tickets £9.00 (conc. £6.00) available at the door.

Wolverhampton Wanderers!

This weekend I shall be heading off to Wolverhampton, for the National Festival of the Society of Recorder Players. This annual event is an opportunity for around 150 recorder players, from around the country, to meet up and play together. Here you will see recorders of all sizes (sopranino to contra bass) playing an enormous variety of music. As in previous years, I am lucky enough to have been invited to conduct a number of sessions – it is always fantastic to be able to play a part in this event!

For those who like to go shopping, there will be plenty of opportunity to try and buy instruments and sheet music! Willobie Press will be among the shops available so we look forward to seeing everybody. This is the launch of the new 2015 catalogue and hope we will be able to tempt people with our latest titles.

I’m looking forward to a great weekend and to meeting up with lots of old friends. Hoping lots of you can make it – either this year or next…

Lincoln Music Workshop Recorder Group


50th Anniversary!

Lincoln Music Worksop was establised in 1965 at a time when musical events in Lincoln were a rare commodity. It offered a variety of opportunities for both musicians and listeners to participate in live music. As the music scene in Lincoln improved, most of the Workshop activies faded away, but the Recorder Group continues to flourish and meets in North Hykeham on Monday evenings from 7.15pm until 8.45pm.

This small, friendly group welcome adult players of all abilities. They play a wide range of music in many styles and from all periods. They often perform at local events and in March, they participated in the Lincoln Music Festival.

If you would like further details of the group, please contact their director, Sheila Richards

Exam Successes!

Last month, a dozen students took examinations from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. The exams took place at a Special Visit, meaning that the examiner visited us here, at Peebles Road.

During the course of the morning, the examiner was treated to performances on recorder, violin and viola (as well as tests for Practical Musicianship) from candidates of all ages. The examiner was quite charming and put everyone at ease – everyone came out smiling and some admitted that they’d enjoyed themselves.

We had the results in less than a fortnight. Everyone had done really well, but special congratulations should go to Victoria and Lyn, who were both awarded Distinction marks in their first exams.

Since then, two more students have passed their Music Medal assessments to round off what has been a very successful term!

Welcome to 2015!

So, as the first year at Peebles Road draws to a close, we have many things to look forward to in the first ten days of 2015.

On 3rd January there will be a meeting of the Lincolnshire branch of the Society of Recorder Players

Instrumental lessons start again on 5th January, with many students preparing for the next batch of ABRSM examinations in February. I hope they’ve enjoyed their two-week break!

Rehearsals also begin again for Lincoln Music Workshop Recorder Group as they choose their programme for the 2015 Lincoln Music Festival, held in March.

On 9th January there will be an event hosted by Beacon Arts Project featuring an Installation with which I was involved.

January 10th sees the next rehearsal of the London Recorder Orchestra as we continue to work through this season’s challenging programme.

What a great start to the year! Let’s hope it continues in the same way…