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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’.

 

'The orchestra was formed in the autumn of 2004 to play larger scale and more adventurous works specifically arranged or composed for the orchestral format ... We play a range of music, enjoying arrangements of orchestral works, and modern works written specifically for recorder orchestra of which there are an increasing number ... Members come from all over Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, and from the Bristol area: we are keen to increase our numbers, and welcome new players of a good standard. Bass, Great Bass and Contrabass players are especially welcome.'

 

‘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.‘

 

'A group of enthusiastic and experienced recorder players of all ages, from all over the country, meeting in Coventry. We play all kinds of music – renaissance, baroque, classical and modern, original recorder music and arrangements, on all sizes of recorder – sopranino, descant, treble, tenor, bass, great bass and contrabass.'

 

‘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.’

 

‘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.’

 

‘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.’

 

‘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.’

 

'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.'

 

‘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.‘

 

'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.'

 

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‘.

 

'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.'

 

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