Easter Recorder Course 2018


This will be held from Thursday 29th March 2018  to Thursday 5th April,

at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU (MAP)

Until 30th September, booking is only open to those who attended the course in 2017, but after that date will be open to all on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tutors The Course The Venue Application Form

This will be the fourth ERC at The Hayes and the course will begin with afternoon tea on  Thursday 29th  March and finish with lunch on Thursday 5th April 2018 . Course participants must be at least grade 3 standard on both C and F instruments, one must be tenor or bass. Ideally we would like all course members to play bass so that everyone has the opportunity to play the smaller instruments some of the time. 

A number of Residential and Non-Residential options are available, for details please see the Application Form.

If you need advice please contact Jan: moc.liamgnull@75sppe.naj  or  01752 481193. 

The tutors for 2018 are:

The Course

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 Pam Smith and a  chamber orchestra conducted by Andrew Collis. Both orchestras will work on specific repertoire throughout the course and will perform in the concert on the final evening.  You must attend the orchestral sessions every day so those coming for just part of the week will not be able to participate in the orchestras. To be considered for main orchestra you must be at least grade 6 and ideally have recorder orchestra experience. Or have experience of playing one-to-a-part regularly.   The orchestral sessions require a high level of focus and concentration; we will have lots of fun but work very hard! Participants in the chamber orchestra must be at least grade 8, excellent sight readers,  highly experienced at playing one-to-a-part and be able to play a bass instrument.  Previous recorder orchestra experience is essential as the repertoire for the chamber orchestra is always challenging.  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 also be a varied selection of ensembles,  a chance to play renaissance wind or gemshorns.  The evenings will involve us all coming together in either a massed playing session or informal concert.  A music list and further details  will be sent out shortly before the course.

The Venue

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 2018 we have been allocated bedrooms in Lakeside all of which are en-suite and have tea/coffee making facilities. There is free Wi-Fi throughout and a licensed bar.

The main hall which we used in 2017  (Butterley) was extremely hot and stuffy and the air conditioning very noisy so we have looked at a number of other potential playing rooms. For 2018 we will be using the Main Conference Hall, which is adjacent to Butterley, as the course hub. From the outside it looks deceptively small but is actually enormous inside with 4 little anterooms for the shops.  These will be:

Application Form. This is available in two forms:

The Hayes – Location

Details are available on The Hayes website:


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