Easter Recorder Course 2017


This course will run from Friday 24th March to Friday 31st March 2017.

A printable brochure is available here.

The timetable is available here.

The venue

The venue will again be The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU

The Hayes is set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, within its own grounds, and has been a highly successful conference centre since 1911. It is situated just five miles from junction 28 of the M1 and the nearest train station – Alfreton, on the Sheffield to Nottingham line – is only three miles away. The mainline station at Derby is easily reachable by bus or taxi and The Hayes has a special arrangement with a local taxi firm; further details can be found here:


For 2017 we have been allocated bedrooms in Lakeside and the Main House, all of which are en-suite and have tea/coffee making facilities. There is free Wi-Fi throughout and a licensed bar.

The nub of ERC is Butterley Hall which will be set up for us as two separate playing rooms separated by a soundproof wall. The evening sessions will all be in Butterley 1 and Anthony Barrett Recorder Repairs www.barrettrecorders.co.uk  and the Early Music Shop will be in the ante-rooms off Butterley 2 with Ruth Burbidge and Recorder Music Mail in the hall itself. Julie Dean – www.recordershoplondon.co.uk – will be in Amber room in Lakeside with her shop and workshop. We will also be using the chapel which, though modern, has a lovely acoustic for recorders.

The Course

‘Recorders for All’ is an entirely voluntary, not-for-profit organisation with Pam Smith as musical director and Jan Epps as secretary and administrator.  This will be the third ERC at The Hayes and the course will begin with afternoon tea on  Friday 24th  March and finish with lunch on Friday 31st March 2017. Course participants must be at least grade 3 standard on two sizes of recorder and one must be tenor or bass. If you need advice please contact Jan: moc.liamgnull@75sppe.naj  or  01752 481193.  The tutors for 2017 are: Pam Smith,  Andrew Collis, Steve & Ann Marshall, Andrew Melville, Janice Ormerod, Josef Manser, Rosemary Robinson, Ruth Burbidge and Brian Blood.

Pam Smith Andrew Collis Steve Marshall Ann Marshall Andrew Melville
Janice Ormerod Josef Manser Rosemary Robinson Ruth Burbidge Brian Blood

During the week there will be the opportunity to play a variety of repertoire in both large and small groups. There will be a ‘classic’ recorder orchestra, conducted by Andrew Collis and a  chamber orchestra conducted by Pam Smith. Both orchestras will work on specific repertoire throughout the course and will perform in the concert on the final evening. It is essential to have some orchestral experience or to be a reliable and confident ensemble player and for the chamber orchestra you must be an excellent sight-reader and ensemble player of at least grade 8 standard. If you would like to be considered for either of the orchestras, please complete the relevant section on the application form.

Every day will start with a choice of classes on a particular aspect of music or recorder technique and although it is possible to change, most people prefer to stay with the same group through the week.  There will be a varied selection of ensembles, including: the ‘Composer Sessions’ where one of our tutors will conduct a session of his/her own music; a chance to play renaissance wind or gemshorns; and sessions on unbarred music and developing one-to-a-part skills.

A music list and further details about the course will be sent out shortly before the course.

How to enrol on the Course

If you would like to enrol for the 2017 Course please complete all sections on the application form .

Payment can be by cheque made out to  ‘RECORDERS FOR ALL ‘ or by BACS  with your name as the reference.

 BACS details      Bank : HSBC    Account name: Recorders for All  
                             Sort code: 40-17-10  Account number: 02369214

 Cancellation Policy

Recorders for all is not liable for any losses incurred if you have to cancel your booking for any reason. You are advised to take out insurance in case you are unable to attend. If Jan is able to fill your place you will receive a full refund less a £10 administration fee.

Application form and payment should be sent to:
Jan Epps, 3 Morrish Park, Plymstock, Plymouth, PL9 9HF.
:   moc.liamgnull@75sppe.naj                Tel: 01752 481193

Shortly before the course you be sent a detailed timetable, music list, travel directions and general information.

CLOSING DATE for applications is  20 January 2017

Until 1st October 2016 priority will be given to applications from those who attended the 2016 Easter Course.

Map of the Venue

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