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Willobie Abroad

Willobie Press has been on the road over the past few months!

Having missed the annual visit to Sheffield, the first trip of the year was to Essex SRP in February where we were made to feel very welcome. In April we then made a trip to York for a Playing Day hosted by York Guildhall SRP.

In May we made our first trip overseas to attend the SRP National Festival in Dublin – a whole weekend when we were available to recorder players from across the UK. The National Festival is always exciting for us, as it marks the launch of our new catalogue and our birthday!

Two weeks later we were off again to the Scottish SRP Festival in Edinburgh where proceedings were led by the Flanders Recorder Quartet.

Most recently, we have spent a weekend in the Cambridge area. First we attended a conference hosted by the European Recorder Teachers Association (ERTA) where we met a small but apreciative group of teachers. The following day, we attended the Playing Day held by Cambridge SRP – an excellent group of players who were very keen to stock up with new recorder music!

Do look out for us if we are coming to an event near you. Failing that, you can always visit the Willobie Press website…

End of another successful term!

All though you would never guess from the weather, we are now approaching the end of the spring term. It is already four weeks since the latest batch of exams and everyone is enjoying working on new repertoire. Everyone was pleased with their exam results, which reflected the hard work that they had put into their performances.

It is only a week since the Lincoln Music Workshop Recorder Group retained their silver trophy at the local music festival – in spite of last minute illness! They presented a most enjoyable programme at the festival and are already looking towards their next performance…

Well done, all of you and enjoy the Easter break!

Conducting the Society of Recorder Players…

As a member of the Society of Recorder Players, I am regularly invited to conduct SRP branches across the UK. The Society of Recorder Players (SRP) brings together recorder players of all ages all over the UK.

At ‘ground level’, it operates as a network of branches – groups of (mostly amateur) recorder players who meet together once a month to make music on an informal basis. There is a large social element to the branches, which can act as a sort of ‘musical dating agency’ for newcomers to an area – recorder players are a friendly lot!

As a visiting conductor, I often find myself in different parts of the country where I know few people in the branches – but I always know that I will be made very welcome. There is a element of mystery to these visits: How many people will there be? At what level do they play? Are there any bass players/people who only play descant? What sort of music do they like?

I always try to take a real mixture of music with me, with enough parts to cover all eventualities. My hope is that there will always be at least one piece that each player enjoys – hopefully, more than one… My most recent visit was to the Essex branch, where I was delighted by the standard of playing from a good-sized group. We played music ranging from the 15th to 20th Century, including the music of Handel and Brahms in between! I had a fantastic afternoon, and I’m already looking forward to my visit to West Riding branch, later this month…

A great evening!

Yesterday evening, members of Lincoln Music Workshop Recorder Group were the guests of the beautiful Greetwell All Saints Church (“All Saints over the cowpats”) to provide musical entertainment in a Celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee given by the Lincolnshire branch of the Betjeman Society

The group played a short programme of music in keeping with the theme of the evening. The playing was very well received by a most appreciative audience, who were ready to join in and sing along where appropriate. Everybody enjoyed the evening and we can honestly say that we played to a packed house!

Willobie Press – new catalogue launched today!

Today sees the launch of the new Spring Catalogue of the highly successful¬†Willobie Press to mark the 10th anniversary of Willobie’s first appearance at the 2002 National SRP Festival.

The Willobie Press catalogue contains nearly 150 arrangements and original compositions for recorder ensembles of all sizes – from duets and trios to full recorder orchestra and multi-choir works. The music covers all styles: classical to jazz – medieval to modern. There is music written for school recorder groups while other pieces are intended for keen amateur ensembles or more experienced consorts playing at a high level.

The new titles can be purchased today from the online shop, or order by post using the downloadable order form. Don’t worry if you are not in the UK – we regularly send music worldwide!

If you would like to see us in person, we will have a ‘shop’ at the next SRP National Festival to be held in Dorking on 21/22 April 2012.


After a delay due to administrative errors (not mine!), the Associated Board exam results have finally arrived. Everyone did very well and it was lovely to receive such a great set of marks. Everyone got the results they deserved and special congratulations go to Rose, Rosemary and Paul for their distinction marks!

And the final exam result has just arrived – another distinction mark for Georgia!

Well done, everyone!

Music Festival

Today, four youngsters performed at the local music festival – two of them performing there for the first time. In spite of the nerves, they all played well and were involved in the ‘mini-workshops’ that the adjudicator gave at the end of each class.

Congratulations also, to the Lincoln Music Workshop Recorder Group who left a local music festival with a lovely silver trophy!

Well done, all of you!