We meet on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month - 10am - 12 noon in the Main Hall
The only requirement is to own a recorder (any size) and to be able to read music at a basic level. If you haven't played the recorder since you were 8 years old and enjoyed it, then this group is for you!
We play a variety of folk, classical and ragtime music, at a very basic level.
Leave a message on "general" on the Contact page and come and try a taster session.
Mandy King who leads the Recorder Group has this to say about continuing groups in the Lockdown
“Sale U3A Recorder Group celebrates our 3rd anniversary on November 7th,2020. The group comprises 8 enthusiastic players. We are all basic, non- musicians, who just want to have fun, playing simple tunes together. As well as 4 descant players, we have 2 treble players and 2 tenor players. But, due to Covid 19, the group hasn’t played together since March 2020.
As well as fun, the group became socially supportive and on birthdays, we would celebrate together, after our recorder session at a local restaurant. When new members joined, the priority has been to try to make them feel welcome and included.
It is the social aspect, that we have been at pains to continue, throughout the past 8 months.
Motivation to practise recorder playing at home is difficult to maintain. So, keeping in contact socially has been the main focus.
Three ways we keep our social cohesion:
We created a “What’s App” group, before the Covid crisis, when the late Frank Dixon, our wonderful bass player, was dying and we kept in touch to support each other. Nowadays, 7 members of the recorder group contribute, on a daily basis, to the What’s App, with information and jokes.
Secondly, Zoom-4- 6 of us regularly keep in touch with weekly Zoom meetings. Part of this is to chat but lately, we have been dusting off our recorders and playing some familiar tunes. (Beneficial for lungs and breathing and also finger therapy).
Thirdly, throughout the summer, we have been meeting outside in local parks, taking fold up chairs and flasks of tea. 4-5 members regularly have met. We have met in Walkden Gardens, Woodheyes Park; Worthington Park and Halecroft Park, as well as the Riverside café, by the River Mersey in Ashton on Mersey.
Now the Lockdown is in progress, we will focus on Zoom, and What’s App, to keep in contact.
This is all optional, of course and doesn’t suit everyone, but it seems that it is acceptable to the majority of the group.”