The group started from scratch in Sept. 2007, with many members new to reading music and playing any instrument. We now (Oct. 2017) have 22 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 6 sopranos (descants), 4 altos, 5 tenors and 6 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 usually start with rhythm exercises and scales before launching into our extensive repertoire of nearly 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, trombone, percussion, or the piano, and sometimes some of the group sing.
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, and have done some joint performances with the U3A Choir. 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 2nd half of 2019.
Mondays 10.00 – 11.30 am.
Matson Baptist Church. (GL4 6LA)
1 July, 15 July. 2019
None in August.
9 Sept, 23 Sept. 2019
14 Oct*, 21 Oct.
4 Nov, 18 Nov.
2 Dec, 16 Dec.
6 Jan 2020.
Performance:-- Fri. 22 Nov 2019. (evening). Xmas music at English Martyrs RC Church. Tuffley, Gloucester