Autumn Ensemble Course 2019


Monday 11th November – Thursday 14th November 2019
Halsway Manor, Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD
Tutor Pam Smith.

Printable Brochure (PDF) Enrolment Form (PDF)

PRIORITY booking for those who attended last year
until 20 JUNE 2019

About the course

This is an opportunity for fairly experienced and versatile recorder players to explore some of the vast repertoire of recorder ensemble music together in one group. You should be a proficient sight-reader  and play at least SATB recorders. This year there will be pieces which require a great bass or contrabass so please bring these instruments if you have them.

Last year, we focussed mostly on works written for the recorder in the mid-20th century and in particular on the Hindemith trio from Plöner Musiktag. This year there will be no particular ‘set work’ but the theme will be canons and fugues.  This means that there will be music from a very wide time frame which is nonetheless loosely linked by a basic musical compositional technique. We may start with the mid-13th century Sumer is Icumen in, take in Pammelia – Thomas Ravenscroft’s first collection of rounds and catches from 1609 (available online: It would be criminal to miss out Adrian Willaert’s Inviolata, integra et casta es Maria with its three separate canons and that’s before we even reach Bach, not to mention the 20th century composers who brought the fugue back to prominence. We will also dip into some of the latest fugues being written for recorder ensemble including Fulvio Caldini’s Disco Fugue.

The course runs from Monday afternoon until Thursday lunchtime and all of the sessions will be in one group. There is a free session after lunch each day should you wish to enjoy the beautiful countryside or take a rest from the busy schedule but music will be available and organised by Jan should you wish to carry on playing.

All music will be provided; you just need to bring your recorders, a music stand (which you can easily identify as your own!) and a pencil to mark your music. If you are unsure about whether this course is at the right level for you or have any questions, please contact Jan:

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

The Venue – Further Details, please click here

Schedule for the course

Monday 11th November

4.30pm onwards    Arrival and Registration
6.00pm                   Dinner
7.30 – 9.00pm        Playing Session with Pam

Tuesday and Wednesday 12th and 13th November

8.30                         Breakfast
9.30                         Playing Session with Pam
11.00                       Morning Coffee
11.30 – 12.30         Playing Session with Pam
1.00                         Lunch
2.00                        Free time or informal playing
3.30                         Afternoon Tea
4.00 – 5.30            Playing Session with Pam
6.00                         Dinner
7.30 – 9.00            Playing Session with Pam

Thursday 14th November

8.30                        Breakfast
9.30                        Playing session with Pam
11.00                       Morning Coffee
11.30 – 12.30         Playing session with Pam

1.00                   Lunch then depart


Enrolling for the course

Please complete the enrolment form (please click here) in block capitals, detach from the brochure and send with your fee to:

Jan Epps, 35 Furzehatt Rd Plymstock Plymouth PL9 8QX

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

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

Your fee for the course will depend on the package you choose:

Residential for the course (includes tuition, music, all meals and accommodation):

Single occupancy with en-suite:                            £315

Single occupancy no en-suite:                              £295

Sharing a twin or double room with en-suite:  £295 each

Sharing a twin or double room no en-suite:            £275 each

Non-residential for the course
includes tuition, music, morning coffee and afternoon tea, lunches and dinners): £245

Closing date:  06 September  2019

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.

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) require me to inform you that when you book for a course your data will be used to contact you about the course and book you into the venue. I will never give your details to a third party. All emails will be sent bcc and electronically held data will be held within a password-protected and secure environment. When no longer required the data will be deleted.

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