Easter Recorder Course 2019


This will be held from Friday 29 March to Friday 5 April 2019 at
 The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU
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All residential places are now booked for this course
Non-residential places are still available.

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:


All the bedrooms are en-suite and have tea/coffee making facilities; there is free Wi-Fi throughout and a licensed bar.

For 2019 we have requested the Main Conference Hall again which worked very well as a course hub last year and will serve as our main playing room and will house the following shops:

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 is the fourth ERC at The Hayes and will begin with afternoon tea on Friday 29th March and finish with lunch on Friday 5th April. Course participants must be at least grade 3 standard on both C and F instruments, one of which must be tenor or bass; ideally we would like all course members to play bass. If you need advice please contact Jan: moc.liamgnull@75sppe.naj or 01752 417093.

For non-residents the course starts at 9:15 am on Saturday 30 March.

Following several requests in recent years for there to be more opportunities for players at all levels to play one-to-a-part, we have decided to run three chamber recorder orchestras in 2019 instead of a main orchestra.

The ‘easier’ orchestra will run for the first three days and perform in the informal students’ concert on Monday evening and the ‘intermediate’ orchestra will run on the second half of the course and perform in the course concert on the final evening. Both will be conducted by Pam in session two after coffee.

The ‘advanced’ chamber, as always, will run for the whole week and perform in the course concert on Thursday. This year it will be conducted by Annemarie.

Whichever chamber you would like to play in, the level of commitment, focus and concentration required is the same. It is only the difficulty of the music which is different. You can apply to play in all three if you wish but you must give at least 3 choices of instrument for each chamber. (NB They must be different instruments – not tenor 1 or 2!) Depending on the numbers of applicants we will give as many people as possible the opportunity to have a go in at least one chamber orchestra.

During the week there will also be the opportunity to play a variety of repertoire in both large and small groups.

Each 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 multi choir; playing arrangements by Rosemary with piano or spinet and the chance to play 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 Tutors

  • Pam Smith
  • Annabel Knight
  • Annemarie Klein
  • Janice Ormerod
  • Josef Manser
  • Ruth Burbidge
  • Rosemary Robinson
  • Julie Dean
  • Brian Blood

Complete Course details and an application form are available here (PDF)

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