Recorder consort weekend with Helen Hooker

Ref: SWE09522


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About this course

For players of intermediate ability who can play confidently on C and F recorders. You will cover a wide variety of repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day, with music tailored to the group.

Course Description

This weekend for recorder consorts will cover a wide range of recorder consort repertoire, from the Renaissance period, through to the present day. The course is aimed at intermediate level players who can play confidently on both C and F instruments. Any players who have great or contrabass recorders are very welcome to bring them.

We will work as a single group for the weekend. Our primary focus for the weekend will be Samuel Scheidt's canzons in five parts. We will work on a canzon each day, exploring these wonderful pieces of consort repertoire. We will also study a variety of other repertoire for contrast. This music will include classics from the recorder's Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as some arrangements of lighter styles and some original works from the 20th and 21st centuries. The music will be carefully tailored to the size of the group and the ability of the players who choose to come on the course.

Please note that on Saturday there will be an evening class ending around 9.15pm, so if you are non resident you may wish to book dinner in advance.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will provide music for the course.

What students need to bring

  • Your recorders
  • A music stand, labelled with your name, ideally with a music stand light
  • A soft pencil and rubber for marking the music
  • Any repertoire you may wish to play informally outside the tutored sessions

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Music for the weekend and a selection of CDs.

Student Reviews

"A weekend of playing recorder with Helen Hooker is always to be treasured! Otherwise, I value the excellent accommodation and the high standard of catering as well the helpfulness and interest shown by the staff"

Jean 2019

"It was wonderful to play an amazing variety of music, from Josquin to Müller-Hartman; from renaissance to klesma, with new friends in fantastic historic surroundings,and to have accommodation and food provided in an amazing venue"

Janet 2019

"As always, the pleasure of playing music with others, plus the pleasure of being at West Dean again"

Peter 2019

"Wonderful tutor, and a lovely place to play and stay"
Shelia 2019


Helen Hooker

Helen Hooker studied the recorder at Trinity College of Music and now enjoys teaching, performing, conducting, writing and arranging for the recorder. Helen performs regularly and released her first solo CD, Helen and Friends, in 2010. Helen teaches on residential courses throughout the British Isles and recently published her first recorder eBook.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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