Adult Recorder Ensemble

Thursday evenings, 7.30-8.30pm (fortnightly)

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This self-run group, for existing players of all levels of ability and all types of recorder, meets term-time Thursday evenings (fortnightly) at Abingdon Music Centre (at Larkmead School).

The group usually has 6-10 players (sopranino, descant, treble, tenor and bass) and we choose the music by discussion. Administration of the group and provision of music is undertaken by volunteers. Musically the group operates collectively and we each share ideas about the interpretation of the music. We help each other with technical matters and recognise that we are all learning. We plan to enjoy playing together and make the best music we can.

During the Covid-19 restrictions we are preparing and using audio tracks to learn new music and play “together” online. We are working towards a virtual recital.

One of our current projects: Sousa’s Liberty Bell March – sheet music from

Joining us:

New adult players (and young people 16+) are always welcome. Please contact the Abingdon Music Centre office for further information or to book a FREE taster session.

Recent/current repertoire includes:

  • Purcell: Fairest Isle
  • Mahler: extract from Symphony No. 1
  • Teddy Bears’ Picnic
  • Hansel and Gretel suite
  • Playford dances
  • Bach Fugue BWV874

Performances throughout the year usually include:

  • AMC Summer Festival
  • Christmas Extravaganza at St Nicolas’ Church and St Ethelwold’s

Having not played a recorder since leaving Junior School, I was naturally a little nervous about joining the Adult Recorder Group. I needn’t have worried! Adrian and Jim made me feel very welcome and I soon began to realise that I hadn’t forgotten everything. The pieces we play cover all musical genres, from ‘The Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ to Bach fugues, and are hugely enjoyable. Some are quite straightforward, others a challenge, but the satisfaction in all reaching the end at the same time, and making a reasonable sound as we go along, is immense. All this is achieved in a very laidback and friendly atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoy the sessions and am very grateful for  the good humoured tolerance of the other group members.

(Helen, Adult Recorders)