The Recorder Group usually meets every Thursday from 10am to 12 noon in the Sedbury & Tidenham Scout Hall, Grahamstown Road, Sedbury, Chepstow.
About the group
Back in 2008 an idea for starting a complete beginners' recorder course was conceived by our Musical Director, Moira Fraser-Hook. Originally there were fifteen of us - most had never played a recorder before and some could not read music but with Moira's kindness and patience we were knocked into shape. Gradually over the years more experienced players have joined raising the standard to excellent. The group now numbers over 30.
We meet every week during term time and aim to give a number of performances each year. We have performed in the last eight of the popular annual John Lester lunchtime concert series at St Mary’s Priory Church in Chepstow, and have raised significant sums for charity. We also give summer and Christmas concerts at local schools. The children seem to really enjoy hearing us play and joining in with some jolly rhythmic pieces. Our repertoire spans 5 centuries of recorder music, from 16th Century dances by the well-known composer “Anon”, English and European folk tunes, Klezmer music and arrangements of favourites such as “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” and “Bobby Shaftoe”.
Moira is an experienced recorder player, a talented teacher, and is always enthusiastic and patient! She has given and taken part in many concerts locally and farther afield - both as a soloist and with her popular consort "The Divertimenti".
If you like music and would like to play the recorder with like-minded people (even if it’s years since you played), then come and join in. If you are unsure of your standard, do come along and sit in on one of our sessions. You will be given a friendly and enthusiastic welcome and can talk to Moira about joining us.
In July 2019 we were invited back to play in the John Lester lunchtime concert series at St Mary's Priory Church. We started with a rousing fanfare from two sackbuts (the fore-runner of the trombone) played by two of our talented members. The group performed a varied programme, including Bach and Handel, some Klezmer music and our favourite, "The Foggy Dew" which is a traditional Irish tune. We were chuffed that we raised £318 for this year's charity, The Macular Society which carries out research into, and supports those with, age-related macular degeneration.
June 2019 saw us returning to St Mary's School and Rogiet Primary to play to the children, who particularly enjoyed doing the actions along to a Native American song called "the River".
We played at the successful inaugural open day for the Chepstow U3A in October 2018, and also provided the entertainment after the AGM in March 2019.
In the summer of 2018 we took part in the John Lester lunchtime concert series, attracting a large audience and raising over £300 for St David’s Hospice Care. We also performed for the children at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Chepstow and at Rogiet Primary School, and returned with a fun, seasonal programme for the schools at Christmas.
We celebrated our 10th Anniversary in January 2018 with a concert and lunch at the Piercefield Hotel. The national motto of the U3A is to Learn, Laugh and Live. We certainly achieved this aim at our fun anniversary party!
Click here to see the Video Montage: Recorder Playing 2017
Rehearsal at St. Mary's Church, Chepstow (13th July 2017). Click on the following links:
|Bobby Shaftoe||Southern Roots||Blues for Barley||Out in the Open||Love and Kindness||La Volta|
|Five Pieces for Bass Recorder||Song & Jig (Marg Hall)||Allemande||Gracieusement||Migildi & Cathleen||Fatal La Parte & Fantasia 1|
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