11/7/18 - Former Recorder Society president Robert Small is our tutor for July. 2pm and 7:30 pm. Dinner at own expense at the hotel in between.

Robert Small tends to specialise in playing the bigger recorders in consorts. He has played with Consort 8 since 2006, and before that with the Reluctant Consort. He also plays trumpet in the Burns Bay Big Band. Robert frequently conducts the Sydney Society of Recorder Players, and presents recorder music on Sydney Fine Music 102.5. He was taught by Agnes Petocz and Owen Watkins. His favourite recorder is his Beha and Gibbons treble in stripy maple, and his favourite work for recorder is Peggy Glanville Hicks’ Sonatina.

8/8/18 - Award-winning recorder performer and teacher Jo Arnott returns to share her skills and enthusiasm for the recorder.

Joanne Arnott is a professional recorder player and musician based in Sydney. With the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship she completed her Masters of Music (performance) in 2013. In March of 2014 Joanne recorded two CDs with ensemble Thoroughbass for an exciting project involving the works of Ann-Carr Boyd.

As a founding member of The Australian Recorder Project, Joanne, along with friend and colleague Alana Blackburn, has designed and run workshops for recorder players of all ages and levels. In May of 2015 Joanne and Alana performed as part of Sydney’s 2015 Vivid Festival. The concert, entitled Senex et Sonis, featured two premieres of new works by female Australian composers Eve Klein and Amanda Cole, both commissioned by the Australian Recorder Project. Eve Klein was awarded a New Work Grant from the Australian Council for the Arts to work on her compositions for Vivid.

Joanne plays recorders with groups such as Bel A Capella, Innominata, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's early music ensemble, and Thoroughbass early and modern music ensemble. Joanne has over 18 years teaching experience and has tutored on both recorder and clarinet at orchestral and early music workshops throughout Australia. She currently teaches instrumental lessons and conducts primary and high school bands in the Sydney area.

12/9/18 - Susan Sukkar always delivers with enthusiasm and good humour at our monthly meetings.

Susan Sukkar has had a long and varied career as a music educator, working across early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. This includes an extensive association with the recorder, performing professionally with many ensembles in Australia and overseas. Susan holds Bachelor and Master of Education degrees and studied recorder at post-graduate level at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Royal Conservatorium Den Haag, Holland.
Susan has been an active supporter of school recorder programs for many years, directing ensembles from infants in schools through to guiding high school students studying recorder for the Higher School Certificate. Susan was a lecturer in Primary Music Education for several years at the University of Western Sydney and more recently at the University of Technology Sydney. She has also conducted professional learning workshops for Musica Viva. As artistic director of this Festival she is actively engaged in commissioning new repertoire for both recorders and strings from a growing number of talented Australian composers including in recent years Tracy Burjan, Brian Buggy, Alex Cronin, Adrian Mansukhani, Alex Pringle, Nicholas Tester, Andrew Robertson, Dan Walker and Stephen Chin.
In 2014 Susan was the recipient of the Alan Laughlin Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership from the Australian College of Educators.

15/9/18 - Bundanoon Weekend Workshop 15/16 September

Come along and enjoy a great weekend of learning and playing with tutors Hans-Dieter Michatz, Zana Clarke and Sue Christie. Book your accommodation early and if staying at the hotel let them know that you are with the recorder group. It's always a good weekend when you can meet like-minded people and play in small and large groups. Brochure will be out in July.

10/10/18 - Alana Blackburn, well known to members, returns in October as our tutor.

For the past two years Alana has been busy balancing successful careers in both performance and academia. Alana has conducted a number of recorder workshops with colleague and friend Joanne Arnott as part of the Australian Recorder Project in addition to performances in 2015 at the Orpheus Recorder Boutique, Sydney Vivid Festival and the University of New England Cultural and Creative Arts Network. The ARP was also successful in securing a New Work Grant from the Australia Council with composer Dr. Eve Klein who wrote a 15 minute triptych premiered at the Vivid Festival in 2015. As a soloist, Alana has performed in the Broadford Series in Melbourne, the Sydney Consort, Duo Histoire, the Ethernet Orchestra, and Riley Lee as part of his tour with four other Shakuhachi Grand Masters for the Australian Shakuhachi Society’s 2015 conference, gave the Australian premiere of Richard Harvey’s Concerto Incantanto for Recorder and Orchestra, and appears on Salut! Baroque’s 20th Year Celebration CD.

Alana is in the final stage of her PhD project which focuses on the interpersonal relationships within self-managed chamber music ensembles, and continues her research in Music E-learning. Her research has taken her to Hong Kong, the USA, Germany and The Netherlands. She has published a number of papers including a book chapter in Emerging modes and approaches in open and flexible education (2014). She has won awards for best paper, and travelling scholarships from the University of New England including an APA.

26/10/18 - A weekend of playing in Maitland

We will begin our weekend in Maitland on Friday evening with a session of playing together. On saturday and part of Sunday Alexandra Bailiet-Joly will be our tutor and guide us through repertoire of her choice. Come and join us for a time of playing with people who aren't usually able to join us for our regular meetings. It should be great fun.

14/11/18 - Our Annual Soiree

More details to come. Keep this date in the diary and perhaps give some thought to your participation.

12/12/18 - Christmas Party

This is held on the final meeting of the year and is accompanied by a small Annual General Meeting.

Irene Stone hosts the festivities with well-chosen and fun music to play.
A date for your diary.