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The Recorder Group

Leader:  Joan Gibson - recorder@ashbyu3a.co.uk -

The recorder group, meet twice a month, to make music in a relaxed, fun way. I would hope that we would be able to cater for a wide range of experience and skill. We usually meet each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 10am, but occasionally it varies. Check here for up to date information.

Future programme

Thu 7th Mar10:00 amSt Matthew's Community Hall, Overseal
Thu 21st Mar10:00 amSt Matthew's Community Hall, Overseal

4th and 18th January

On 4th January, we had 8 attending, including a new member, and we played some well-known (to us) pieces, while continuing to get to grips with our new challenge, "The Planets' Feet", which is a modern work, written for recorders, unlike much of the music, which is adapted from other arrangements. It is quite tricky, but we are slowly making progress, and coming to like it. Most of us, anyway.

On 18th January, there were only 5 of us, which gave us the opportunity to do things differently. Neither of our usual tenor players was there, so one of our descant players, who has been quietly practising the tenor at home, stepped into the breach, joined by one of the trebles (who also plays tenor at another u3a group). That left us with one descant, one or two trebles, two tenors, with the half treble swapping to bass where needed. Not a bad ensemble. We were able to play all the music on our playlist. We just had to miss a second descant part in one work. It can be a challenge to swap between instruments, but it can be fun, as long as you don't worry about the occasional mistake!

We can tell that we are making progress, as we are able to play more complicated music than we tried a few years ago. We still have more music to attempt when we've mastered "The Planets' Feet"! We continue to have fun, laugh together, and make music.

Squeaky and recorder