Newsletter No 6

 

As always, thank you for being on the distribution list for these occasional emails about Playing Days and Courses run by Ann and Steve Marshall, under the banner of ASRE (Ann & Steve’s Recorder Events). Our newsletters are to let you know about significant updates of the ASRE website… http://www.mayhill.co.uk/wpn/courses and to encourage you to visit the site for details.

 

A particular welcome to those people whose contact details we acquired via last year’s Biggleswade Recorder Orchestra Weekend. However, we feel very strongly about unwanted emails, so if you do not want to receive these update emails, please let us know and we will delete your details immediately.

 

Updates of ASRE events are…

 

In late 2015 we ran a recorder orchestra weekend at Biggleswade. It was extremely successful, except for the venue, so the 2016 course – rechristened the Autumn Recorder Orchestra Weekend – will take place on 25-27 November 2016 at a much superior venue. The tutors are again Helen Hooker, Ruth Burbidge, Ann Marshall and Steve Marshall, and we are pleased to say that Rosemary Robinson and her trusty spinet will again be with us. Apart from anything else, Rosemary will be our virtuoso soloist as Helen Hooker conducts us in a work of genius – J S Bach’s staggering Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV1052. A skeleton timetable for the weekend is now available on the website, where it is also now possible to book your place online. While not wanting to cause undue panic, we should say that we are limited to about 70 players at the new venue, and we already have more than 20 signed up. The relevant page is here…

http://www.mayhill.co.uk/wpn/courses/autumn-recorder-orchestra-weekend-nov-2016

 

The 2016 U3A Recorder Course (this is not the one run by the U3A organisation!) will take place from Monday 13 June until Thursday 16 June. The course is a day longer than the 2015 version, because of demand by the players. Ann and Steve Marshall are the tutors on this one, both keen conductors and supporters of U3A ensembles. Ann works tirelessly as musical director of Monmouth U3A, and is well-known for her excellent U3A-friendly arrangements. The course is now full, as we have put together a suitable group from last year’s attendees and from people who expressed an interest in the event. We have left the page in place, for information only…

http://www.mayhill.co.uk/wpn/courses/u3a-recorder-course-june-2016

 

We have created a new website about Helen and the Helenettes, whose concerts areĀ built around that very fine recorder player Helen Hooker, who is accompanied on the spinet by Rosemary Robinson in music by some of the giants of the recorder repertoire. Helen and Rosemary are also joined by the Helenettes Recorder Ensemble in a wide selection of music for recorder ensemble, including a concerto for bass recorder by Steve. We all recognise that ‘The Helenettes’ is a somewhat whimsical title for a recorder band, but we used it once and it stuck. Don’t be fooled though – while the evening has its lighter moments, it is an opportunity to experience some very accomplished music-making. The page is…

www.mayhill.co.uk/helenettes

 

The Rural Recorder Course continues to be fun and musically interesting, and so another (the fifth) will take place, running from Wednesday 13 July until Sunday 17 July. The eagle-eyed will spot that this course has also been extended by a day. Once more the tutors will be Helen Hooker, Ann Marshall and Steve Marshall. The course is also now full, having put together a suitable group from last year’s attendees and from people who expressed an interest in the event. We have left the page in place, for information only…

http://www.mayhill.co.uk/wpn/courses/rural-recorder-course-5

 

We do understand how frustrating it must be to see courses sell out even before bookings have started, but that is because we start to put the smaller courses together from the list of people who have been before and those who have expressed an interest in coming. We can only urge you to let us know if you are interested in a particular course, and we can then put you on the list.

 

The third May Hill Double-Header, conducted by Ann and Steve Marshall (Easier Saturday) and Helen Hooker (Moderate Sunday), will take place on 24/25 September 2016 at May Hill, not far from Gloucester. We believe that the 2016 Double-Header is a ‘dream ticket’ – not only are Steve and Ann going to conduct another Easy Eight-Foot Saturday, but Helen Hooker will be conducting a Moderate Baroque Sunday. The first two Double-Headers sold out more than three months before the event and, at the time of writing – more than six months in advance – both days are already half-full. I think the message here is obvious. We have even made it easier than ever to book, because the ASRE webpage allows you to book online…

http://www.mayhill.co.uk/wpn/courses/may-hill-double-header-2016

 

There will also be a third Eight-Foot Course, again at Llanerchindda, and again conducted by Pam Smith. The date for that is Friday 14 October to Monday 17 October. Once again, on this small and specialised course it is important to ensure suitable instrumentation and (reasonably advanced) playing abilities, so please let Ann know if you are interested in attending. We have not yet put up a webpage for this one, but it is never too early to contact Ann, to say that you are interested. We think that the page will go up in the next couple of weeks.

 

And finally…we run an easy recorder orchestra – the Orchestra on the Hill. Now in its seventh year, we set up this orchestra to provide a recorder orchestra experience for players of modest technical ability. What started as a tentative experiment has blossomed into a regular and friendly ensemble of about 30 players, which has a great time producing music that benefits from a firm foundation of great basses and contrabasses. We do not work towards public performances, but we exist purely for the pleasure of playing music. The orchestra is conducted by Steve, and we play on one Sunday afternoon a month in May Hill Village Hall. We are always keen to welcome new players, of any size of recorder. If you live anywhere near Gloucester, do come along! Just turn up, as and when you are able to. More details are here…

http://www.mayhill.co.uk/wpn/courses/the-orchestra-on-the-hill

 

Best wishes,

Ann and Steve