1st October 2001: Workshop with Paul Clark
2nd October 2001: Workshop with Simon Feather
The workshop, which was organised by Jane Minns, director of the Berkshire Recorder Consort (BRTC), was opened by Paul Clark
who introduced his composition Alcaïcs
. This he did with gentle good humour, many quips and an extraordinary demonstration of the number of fingerings there were available for the bass recorder on just one particular note. Paul also gave the good advice that an E-flat could not be played then in most cases a B-flat would do as well! Perhaps he had his tongue in his cheek!
was then followed by a number of Lance Eccles Stampedes
which the Company had been introduced to when visiting
in New Zealand in April 2001. Jane had previously distributed the Stampedes to the BRTC members and all were asked to name their favourites. In this manner, Stampedes of the Baa Lambs, Bogong Moths, Lemmings (Paul's favourite), Hippopotamuses, Jelly Fish and Holy Monks & Incubi. All great light-hearted fun, during which the Berkshire players displayed their proficiency on all recorders. Jane would say something like "Up one!" or "Down one!" upon which the players would take up the next ranged recorder and, without leaving their seats, and continue playing.
The workshop was concluded with Keith Rogers
's Two-Tone Rag (Gabrieli Meets Scott Joplin!)
, a very interesting, modern double-choir work. During the refreshments and get-together, the Company was very kindly presented with the BRTC recordings, October's End
and Consort with Voyce
by Jane Minns. Later, Paul Clark also very kindly presented a copy of his Alcaïcs
. All in all, an overwhelming, happy and very memorable evening.
The Berkshire Recorder Consort members present included Linda Barlow, Fiona Greer, Ann Helmers, Ann Scruby, Ian MacDonald and Roger Syms.
7th October 2001: Calderdale Music Service
8th-12th October 2001: Workshop at Parkside School
The Calderdale Music Service Concert is part of a series of concerts that are normally presented at Square Chapel, Halifax. On this occasion the concert will be performed at Brighouse High School and is essentially for young woodwind and brass players to perform solos, duets etc., along with a few larger ensemble items. On this occaision, the Calderdale Youth Wind Band, Halifax Music Centre Wind Band, and Brighouse High School Ensemble are the performers concerned.The concert which starts at 15.30 is being organised by Trevor Thristan
The Company is honoured to take part in this concert and will play:
Photos © Parkside School 2001
10th October 2001: Rastrick, Yorks, Recital at St Matthew's Church
A 5-day workshop organised by Esther Church
for young recorder players belonging to Parkside School
, Cullingworth near Keighley, Yorkshire took place during the above dates. The players from left to right were Zoë Seager, Melissa Kirkbright, Robyn Dixon, Alex Tidswell, Thomas Mason, Mrs Esther Church (organiser), Katie Johnson and Geoff Grainger
who carried out the workshop. The workshop culminated in a lecture/recital given on the final Friday before invited parents, Dr.Tony Rickwood, the Headmaster, and class 8GL as part of their music lesson.
In his lecture, Geoff talked briefly on the workshop, the family of recorder instruments most of which being demonstrated by the workshop participants as well as the aims and objects of both the Bremen Recorder Touring Company
and the International Recorder Music Webring
The recital, which Melissa opened by welcoming the parents and introducing the players, comprised the following:
- 't Hane-en't Henne- gekray by a Flemish composer only known the initials I.H from T Uitenement Kabinet III, a trio for 3 descants
- A New Dawn by Graham Prescott, a duet for 2 descants but on this occasion the 2nd descant is backed by a tenor
- Vier Branlen (Reihentanz) from Heft I Danserye by Tielman Susato, a quartet for 2 descant, tenor and bass voices
The recital was recorded with the able assistance of Thomas Mason and the items are contained in a ZIP file which can be downloaded from this website as
(3.2 MByte). The Vier Branlen
has also be selected to be included in the Recorder Music Webring CD
in the aid of UNICEF "Save the Children Fund" and additionally can be heard on Internet Radio at Radio Recorder Music Webring
The afternoon was rounded off with certificates being awarded to the participants by the Headmaster and Geoff being presented with a generous gift of Choice Yorkshire Ales by the children. Geoff was absolutely delighted! His delight was shared by the children who were allowed to go home early in appreciation of their tremendous efforts made during the week.
All in all, a wonderful and most rewarding experience which the Company would very much like to repeat.
11th October2001: A Day with David Grosvenor