Click unto_us_recorders.wav, for a recording of "Unto us a child is born" (16Mb WAV file) recorded by us "socially distanced" during Covid Lockdown, and then magically combined electronically
Playing at the Southwell U3A Open Day, August 2021
UPDATE: Relaunched post-lockdown and picking up from where we left off....
We restarted following our 15 month Covid-enforced closure, with our first meeting on Wednesday 23rd June. For now our meetings are continuing with some Covid precautions, and details have been emailed out to group members. Critically, we now CAN again accept new members (see below).
About our group:
The Recorder Group was formed in 2016: Several of our founder members were new to the recorder, and others were "returners", in some cases returning fifty or more years after leaving primary school! Very few were life-long recorder players (and would not admit to being "experts"..... yet now between us, we have the ability to make an impressive multi-part rich sound! By the start of "Lockdown" we had gradually expanded to 20 members, with skill levels ranging from "beginner" and "improver" upwards. Between us, we have members playing the contra-bass, bass, tenor, treble, alto and descant recorders, with an occasional contribution from a tiny sopranino & squeak from the minute Garklein (sopranissimo).
We aim to play music which we like, which will help us to improve our playing, and which helps us play a range of styles and techniques.
Our music is chosen and arranged to suit differing musical interests and abilities. Whilst most of our repertoire so far has been whole-group arrangements, we have music available for a range of smaller groupings including duets, trios and quartets. Several of us have played solo or small consort pieces suited to mood and occasion.
Playing to the Public:
We have played thrice at the main U3A monthly meeting, and in December 2017 we played in the “Carols for Everyone” concert in Southwell Minster. We have played carols for small groups, seasonal selections for summer garden parties, and a wider range of repertoire for other indoor and outdoor events. In March 2020, just before "Covid Lockdown", we staged a complete concert for friends and supporters at Edingley in celebration of four years of playing together. Post-Lockdown, several of us played for the Southwell U3A Open Day, August 2021 (see the picture above), and we look forward to more events as we rebuild our playing standard to pre-Covid levels.
We meet twice each month, usually on the second and fourth Wednesday, from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm, in the beautifully restored, warm and welcoming Old School Room at Edingley, NG22 8BB (between the Old Reindeer Pub and St Giles' Church). This provides newly-expanded on-site parking facilities behind the building, full disabled access and good acoustics. There is a small charge for membership of the Group to cover room hire and music costs.
New Members: For anyone looking for a new interest "Post Covid", we are now welcoming new members, whatever their level of recorder ability from total beginner upwards: For a total beginner the main needs are to have reasonably nimble hands, plus a willingness to learn to read music (the treble or Bass clef) if this is not already one of your skills. Free coaching/tuition is offered for beginners, improvers and "returners". Free instrument loan is also available, providing a low-cost and low-stress introduction to what we have to offer.
Group Leader: Ian Boothroyd
page updated 30th August 2021
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