10/1/18 - There is no monthly meeting in January.

Because several members attend the Recorder Workshop in Armidale in January, the Society does not hold a monthly meeting. We resume on 14 February.

24/1/18 - Beginners' Consort-Contact Susan Bell on 0415 932 693 (text is best) or email on

The SSRP's Beginner's Consort is continuing in 2018 with the first meeting for the year on Wednesday 24th January. This group is a 'safe' place, where new members and beginner recorder players can get the music ahead of the rehearsal, practise and feel prepared, and even have a go at the other instruments they're not so familiar with, in a supportive and unthreatening environment.
Time: 7.30 - 9.00pm, followed by tea or coffee.

Place: 1/14 Woolcott Street, Waverton.

Contact Susan Bell on 0415 932 693 (text is best) or email on to let her know you can come and so that the music can be sent to you in advance.

14/2/18 - Recorder professional Mikaela Oberg returns as tutor

Born into a musical family in 1986 in Sydney, Australia, Mikaela began her studies on the recorder, flute and piano. While completing a double degree in performance and music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music she began working with some of Australia’s foremost ensembles and musicians. In 2010 Mikaela left her teaching studio and classroom behind for postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague further specialising in period flutes, joining the class of Barthold Kuijken. During this time she has participated in numerous workshops and classes with leading European specialists, both in The Netherlands and abroad, including acceptance into the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Experience program for 2013.

14/3/18 - We welcome to Australia and to our March monthly meeting Anna Rheingans on her first occasion as tutor.

Born 1986 in Prague, she started to take her first recorder lessons at the age of six. In the following years (1994-1998), she participated in the Recorder Masterclass with Robert Bakker (NL). She took her first flute lessons with Jan Novák, with whom she completed her studies at the Prague musical college in 2005. Anna also studied the recorder as second major subject under the guidance of Imrich Somoš. After completing a diploma at the Prague Conservatorium (Jan Ostrý), she studied at the University of Music, Vienna, with Hansgeorg Schmeiser (flute) and Gertraud Wimmer (traverso), graduating in 2013.

From 2007 to 2009, Anna played the first flute in the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra. With the Webern Sinfonietta she performed the first flute under the guidance of conductor Pierre Boulez in 2010. After some months at the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, she became a principal flutist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bremerhaven 2012-2017. She has recorded several CDs with the Pilsen Philharmonic and with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bremerhaven.

Apart from performing as a soloist (with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra etc.), Anna is a dedicated chamber music player (Webern Wind Quintett, Musica Bohemica, British Isles Music Festival, Accentus Musicalis…).

11/4/18 - Our Patron, Hans Dieter Michatz, returns to share his experts skills as a teacher and performer.

Hans-Dieter Michatz has been a performer and educator for more years than he cares to remember. His unique blend of a European background and training – his teachers included Ferdinand Conrad, recorder and Barthold Kuijken, baroque flute – and a deep affinity with modern Australian culture have influenced several generations of musicians in his adopted country. As a reputable player of modern and baroque flute as well as recorder, he has performed and recorded with many orchestras and early music groups, e.g: as founding member and principal flute with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for many years, with Salut Baroque, Ensemble Ecclectus, Melbourne, and The Sydney Consort. Apart from his acclaimed recording of Telemann’s ‘Sonate Metodiche’, he features as principal recorder soloist in the ABC Classics recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti and a number of Salut Baroque and Sydney Consort CDs. A recent recording of Telemann Concerti for recorder and harpsichord is due for release. As a conductor, he pioneered landmark premier performances of Handel Oratorios and newly discovered works by J.D. Zelenka, as well as the first Australian performance of Vivaldi’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ RV 807. Hans-Dieter is Classical Coordinator at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) as well as teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and until recently, at Sydney Grammar School. He is also the patron of the Sydney Society of Recorder Players and his work as an arranger of symphonic repertoire for recorder orchestra has been published by MOECK, Germany. As part of annual engagements overseas he has joined the Sydney Consort in Germany, Luxembourg, Scandinavia, Poland and the Baltic States. His flute playing disrupted due to focal dystonia, Hans-Dieter has embarked on new ventures, such as premier performances in Australia on the Csakan, a walking stick recorder popular in 19th Century Vienna.
Nowadays, Hans-Dieter spends as much time as possible working and relaxing at

9/5/18 - We welcome Alexandra Bailliet-Joly as a first-time tutor at Glebe.

Alexandra is a professional recorder player, music educator and conductor. She has a Masters of Performance-Teaching and a Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where she specialised in historical performance practice with Ruth Wilkinson.
Alexandra is one of the founding members of Trillo, an early music ensemble made up of multi-instrumentalist musicians who play repertoire from the medieval to the late Baroque period. She also is part of Dolce Ombre - a recorder quartet specializing in music from the 16th century all the way to contemporary Australian recorder music. As a passionate recorder and flute teacher, she has tutored, conducted and performed for Orpheus Music Recorder Courses, Sydney Society of Recorder Players and the Victorian Recorder Guild.

13/6/18 - Well-known recorder identity Susan Christie returns as our June tutor.

Susan Christie is the founder of Consort 8, formerly known as Ayres and Graces. She plays a variety of recorders as well as the treble and pardessus viola da gambas. She has performed with the Renaissance Players, St James’ Music Foundation and Choir, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Sydney University Musical Society, Josie and the Emeralds and Macquarie Baroque Players.
For many years, Susan lived in Orange and taught at the Orange Regional Conservatorium, working as a recorder tutor and Director of the Beginners String Ensemble.
Susan is currently studying viola da gamba with Brooke Green.

11/7/18 - Former Recorder Society president Robert Small is our tutor for July.

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.

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.

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.