Recorder consort weekend with Helen Hooker


Ref: SWE12524

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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, the primary focus will be Fantasias. We will work on a fantasia each day, exploring contrasting examples by Orlando Gibbons and Steve Marshall. 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 at 9pm, so if you are non-resident you may wish to book in for 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 until 9pm, 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
  • If you have a music stand light please bring it with you
  • A soft pencil and rubber for marking the music
  • If you already have the following music you are welcome to bring it with you:
  • Orlando Gibbons – Fantasia III à 6 (Oriel Library 205)
  • Steve Marshall – Fantasia No. 2 (May Hill Edition MHE20806)
  • Any repertoire you may wish to play informally outside the tutored sessions

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • A selection of the tutor’s CDs, recorder stands


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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