Following our pre-lockdown session on Mon 16 March, the Group's meetings are now cancelled until we come out of the coronavirus crisis.
The group started from scratch in Sept. 2007, with many members new to reading music and playing any instrument. We now (March 2020) have 25 recorder players able to sight read and play music of all styles in up to 8 parts, and even play divided into 2 choirs.
The main Band currently consists of 5 sopranos (descants), 6 altos, 6 tenors and 8 basses, plus our conductor, John Thorn. Several members are now able to play 2 or more types of recorder, providing useful flexibility in the line-up.
The fortnightly sessions for the main group are held on Monday mornings at Matson Baptist Church, Matson Avenue, Gloucester, (GL4 6LA) and runs from 10.00 until 11.30am. We have an extensive repertoire of over 200 pieces of music.
Most sessions also include one piece of new music with a view to improving our sight reading.
Our music ranges over a great variety of styles, eras and rhythms including; classical (mostly renaissance and baroque), folk, ragtime and jazz, popular songs and hits from the musicals. Sometimes we supplement the Recorder Band with other instruments, e.g. cello, percussion, or the piano.
We all get a real buzz out of playing together in a friendly atmosphere. There is a real sense of achievement when a new, rather demanding piece of music is finally conquered, with every part entering at the right time,-- and nobody playing in the rests!
The group plays mostly for its own enjoyment, but we do occasionally perform for an audience. Twice a year we host a joint playing session with U3A Recorder groups from all over Gloucestershire, when there are sometimes over 50 players.
The Group is not really suitable for beginners, but if you already play another musical instrument and are a reasonably competent music reader, it would not take too long to teach yourself the basics of recorder playing such that you could join the group. [The tenor recorder, rather than the descant, is recommended as the best starter instrument.]
Dates for 1st half of 2020.
Mondays 10.00 – 11.30 am.
Matson Baptist Church. (GL4 6LA)
6 Jan, 20 Jan, 3 Feb, 17 Feb,
2 March, 16 March (Joint U3As, until 1pm)
6 Apr, 27 Apr,
11 May, 18 May,
1 June, 15 June, 29 June,
13 July, 27 July,
None in August.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Mon Apr 6th||CANCELLED|
|Mon Apr 27th||CANCELLED|
|Mon May 11th||CANCELLED|
|Mon May 18th||CANCELLED|
|Mon Jun 1st||CANCELLED|
|Mon Jun 15th||CANCELLED|
|Mon Jun 29th||CANCELLED|
|Mon Jun 29th||CANCELLED|