Summer Recorder Festival, 2018


SuRF 2018 is now FULLY BOOKED !

SuRF 2018 wil be from Friday 24th August to Sunday 26th August.

Dean Close School, Hatherley Rd, Cheltenham GL51 6EP


This will be the 4th SuRF run by Jan and Pam; as before, places are limited to 120 so early booking is advised. Priority booking – until 11 March 2018 – is open to those who attended last year.

The festival is not suitable for beginners. Players need to be at least grade 3 standard and able to play two sizes of recorder one of which should ideally be tenor or bass.

Registration is at 4pm in the Orangery by the Bacon Theatre and there is an informal playing session at 4:45 to welcome you. The festival finishes with a cup of tea at 4pm on Sunday after a final massed playing in Prince Michael Hall.

During the weekend there will be thirteen timetabled playing sessions with four levels of difficulty (easier, moderate, harder moderate and very hard) with a huge variety of music and tutors. Whichever sessions you choose to attend, there will be a friendly and supportive atmosphere and, with so many different tutors, styles and approaches to suit everyone.

This year’s Saturday night extravaganza will be led by Moira Usher. Together, we will explore The Masque of Oberon as performed at the court of James I. As in previous years, everyone will play the musical sections and we will also need some people for the speaking parts. Because of limited space, those who have lines to speak will just stand up and read from the script. No-one will have to learn any lines or do any moving around. There are 4 major speaking parts or you can be a satyr and have just one or two lines; please indicate which you would prefer to do (if any) on the application form. If you decide to have a go at a speaking part, you can still play in the musical interludes. It would also be lovely if we could have some people willing to sing; again, please indicate this on the application form if you are happy to sing. There are also two non-speaking parts: King James I and Prince Arthur; if you fancy being royal for an evening, please let Jan know.

The Printable Application Form is here – please print this out and return to Jan Epps, arrange your payment, cheque with form or BACS.

The Online Application Form is here – please complete, submit and then arrange your payment, cheque to Jan Epps or BACS

Our tutors for 2018 are:

All music for the weekend will be provided but you will need to bring your recorder(s), a music stand and a pencil to mark your music.

The Venue

Dean Close School is situated just off the A40, five minutes drive from junction 11 of the M5 and Cheltenham Spa railway station. A map of the location is below. If you wish to take some time out to relax, the grounds of Dean Close School are extensive and there is a very pretty garden with seats adjacent to the dining room and chapel.  There is ample free parking on the site. Cheltenham town centre is 10-15 min away on foot. There is free Wi-Fi on the campus accessed with a password.  Further information can be found on their web site

Playing rooms

Prince Michael Hall in the music block will be the location for several sessions including the massed playing.  There are several adjacent music rooms where instrument cases can be stowed. Classrooms in the English and Modern Language blocks will be used as the other playing rooms.


All meals including tea and coffee will be served in the main dining hall; this is also where you will find all the shops. 


Accommodation will be in a combination of single and shared bedrooms with various bathroom and semi-en-suite facilities in three accommodation blocks.  NO TOWELS ARE PROVIDED so please bring your own. There are no en-suite rooms.

Tower is adjacent to the main building and has a mixture of twin and single bed rooms with shared bathroom facilities. There is no lift in Tower and there are no ground floor bedrooms, so those with limited mobility are advised not to choose this accommodation block. Some of the stairs are quite steep so do bear this in mind when choosing your accommodation.

Shelburne is a modern block located a short distance from the main campus and has lifts to all floors. The bedrooms are semi en-suite (a bathroom between two bedrooms) and are suitable for disabled guests. PLEASE NOTE although the rooms in Shelburne are suitable for the disabled it is a short walk to the main campus.

Brook House is located close to Prince Michael Hall music block where some of the playing sessions will take place.  There are no lifts and the rooms in Brook are quite small, some have semi en-suite facilities (a bathroom between two rooms) while others have shared bathrooms.  There are only a few ground floor rooms none of which are suitable for disabled guests.

In all accommodation blocks there are kitchen facilities where tea and coffee will be provided. The provisions will not include fruit or herbal teas or decaf tea/coffee so please bring your own if required. Please bring your own mug and teaspoon.

Disabled access

Dean Close School has wheelchair access and disabled toilets but access to some areas is not possible, including some of the playing rooms. If you have a disability and would like further information about the facilities please contact Jan.

The Application Form is here – please print this out and return to Jan Epps and arrange your payment by cheque with form or BACS.

The Online Application Form is here – please complete, submit and then arrange your payment, cheque to Jan Epps or BACS

Jan Epps
35 Furzehatt Rd


Email:  moc.liamgnull@75sppe.naj
Phone:  01752 417093.

Please note: the information in this brochure is correct at the time of printing but may be subject to alteration if circumstances change.

Location of the Venue
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