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The Revolutionary Recorder! - Saturday 26 May 2018


Piers and his Revolutionary Recorders parade through Beverley
The recorder holds a very special place in the Early Music repertoire and, as part of the 2018 Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival, we provided an opportunity to appreciate its charm and versatility at all levels.

Advanced recorder players (Grade 6+) were invited to join recorder virtuoso Piers Adams for a morning workshop, focusing on the Heinichen Concerto a 8 in C major. This workshop culminated in an informal sharing, alongside aspiring young musicians who had been learning the recorder and developing new performances as part of the Festival Learning & Participation project, Purcell's Twist. As a grand finale to the event, all joined together for a massed play-through of the Rondeau from Purcell's Abdelazer!

Participants had the following to say about the experience:
  • Piers gave us lots of technical advice to take away with us for private practice, whilst giving us a morning of pure enjoyment followed by a fun procession through the town and a very successful concert!
  • I had a great time. It was so good to hear the techniques we were taught make an instant difference. 
  • I really enjoyed the workshop.... It was a treat to have Piers to put us through our paces. 
  • Really practical helpful workshop!
  • The workshop was huge fun. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

Piers Adams known as the "modern day pied piper", and is regarded by many to be the greatest recorder player of our time. Stylistically unique and unbounded by historical preconceptions this modern-day Pied Piper coaxes truly extraordinary sounds from his simple recorders. He has thrilled, charmed and transported many thousands of listeners and in his workshops inspired many other aspiring recorder players. 

Information and Application Form can be downloaded below
Recorder Workshop Info and Application Form.pdf