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Formed 1979: ‘Our repertoire ranges from Early Music to contemporary composers encompassing a wide range of musical styles. The members are local amateur musicians who aim to perform to a high standard whilst enjoying a friendly, social group ... Seven different recorders are currently used. The smallest is the tiny Garklein, descending in pitch and growing in size are the Sopranino, Descant, Treble, Tenor, Bass and Great Bass. In addition to recorders, the group features a variety of contemporary and period instruments in their interpretation of early music. Voice, percussion, traditional folk instruments and improvisation all combine to give the BRC a unique style’.

 

+ Berkshire Recorder Consort
VISITS (to the Website)40
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)97

‘An independent group of some 30-40 players of mixed ages and musical backgrounds who perform as a recorder orchestra ... The members of HRS are as diverse and versatile as are their instruments. Some players are professional musicians, others are gifted students or enthusiastic and talented amateurs. They all meet with a common aim - the pursuit of excellence and the enjoyment of good music.‘

+ Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia
VISITS (to the Website)144
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)342

‘Currently has over 40 members but always welcomes new players of an appropriate standard. Prospective members should have a good standard of playing and sight-reading – and be prepared to play any of the usual sizes of recorder (descant, treble, tenor or bass) as required. Players of larger instruments (great bass and contrabass recorders) are particularly welcome ... We usually give a concert at the end of each season (June/July). The music we play covers a wide range of styles and includes both “in house” arrangements and original compositions. Sometimes we invite other groups to perform in the concert – either on their own or with the orchestra.’

+ London Recorder Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)18
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)30

‘To the delight of countless audiences, the Orchestra has, since 1982, given regular public concerts around the North West of England, and further afield. There are usually two concerts a year promoted by the orchestra themselves, and a further concert given in association with a charity, or similar worthy cause ... Players are mainly from the Greater Manchester conurbation but as many as a fifth of the forty plus players travel long distances to take part. The instrumentation of the group is currently about 1 Sopranino, 6 Descants, 12 Trebles, 12 Tenors, 9 Basses, 5 Great Basses and 3 Contra Basses ... For each concert the orchestra invites one or more soloists to play with them. This offers valuable contrast to the recorder sound. Soloists are chosen to give experience to young performers as well as more established local players.’ ALERT Needed to substitute Link to Facebook Page since Website inaccessible at Review.

+ Manchester Recorder Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)32
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)114

‘NYRO is an organisation dedicated to young recorder players and exists to support, develop and nurture their playing and give them opportunities to perform. As well as supporting their musical ambitions, NYRO gives them the chance to meet other young people, have new experiences and broaden their horizons. NYRO is unique in that it is the only national youth recorder orchestra in the world.’

+ National Youth Recorder Orchestras of Great Britain
VISITS (to the Website)26
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)35
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‘Formed in January 2004 to enable recorder players in the North East of England to rehearse and perform some of the quite large repertoire that is now available for recorder orchestras. At present it has some 30+ members and involves the full range of recorders from sopranino down to contrabass.’

+ North East Recorder Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)126
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)304

'Welcome to the Nottinghamshire branch of the Society of Recorder Players. We are a group of about 25 people who meet once a month in Southwell to play a wide range of music using most sizes of recorder from sopranino to contrabass. New players are always very welcome to come along and join us for a session without any commitment. Just bring your instrument(s) and a music stand.'

+ Nottinghamshire SRP
VISITS (to the Website)146
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)345

‘Founded in 1985 ... and is therefore the UK's third-longest-established recorder orchestra. It is based in the village of Ickwell, near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire. As a registered charity itself, one of Peregrine's aims is to assist other charities - often small, local ones - to raise funds. Our other aim, apart from enjoying ourselves of course, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of our much-maligned instrument! We do this in two ways; staging two or three concerts per year, and running a series of school visits in the local area.’ ALERT Changed Link from Website to Facebook Page.

+ Peregrine Recorder Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)36
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)91

‘An orchestra based in Gloucestershire, whose instruments are all members of the Recorder family ... There is also a Chamber Orchestra of 10-14 players which meets in the morning before main orchestra rehearsals, and gives separate performances, although all members also perform with the full orchestra. Membership of both is by invitation. Both groups play a wide range of repertoire on the full range of recorders from the tiny garklein to the contrabass, which blend to give a beautiful rich sound.‘

+ Phoenix Recorder Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)28
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)65

'The Orchestra (founded in 2002) currently has about 60 members from all parts of Scotland in sections playing sopranino, descant, treble, tenor, bass, great bass, contrabass and sub-contrabass recorders. New members are welcome. We rehearse once a month in Stirling, also in an annual residential weekend. We perform our concerts around Scotland and elsewhere.'

+ Scottish Recorder Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)224
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)408

Founded 2007: ‘Now comprises some 45 of the south’s finest recorder players, playing eight different sizes of recorder. We perform a wide variety of repertoire, from original works by twenty first century composers to arrangements of music from the 13th century to the present day. In recent concert we have performed several pieces featuring guest soloists ... The minimum standard to join the orchestra is grade 6 level, although this is a nominal requirement as many recorder players haven’t taken any exams on the instrument‘.

 

+ Thames Valley Recorder Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)16
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)27

'We generally perform two concerts per year, in December and July, and have performed in many venues throughout the area, including Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on several occasions. The orchestra has more than thirty players and its instrumentation includes sopranino, descant, treble, tenor, bass, great bass and contra bass recorders. Our repertoire stretches from Renaissance to Contemporary and includes commissions from composers who specialise in writing for the recorder.'

+ Wirral Recorder Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)105
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)365

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