12/4/17 - Our popular Patron, Hans-Dieter Michatz, returns to take the April monthly meeting.

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 CDs. 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 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. Not being able to continue his flute playing due to focal dystonia, Hans-Dieter has recently pioneered 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

14/6/17 - Leading Sydney recorder identity, Jo Arnott, returns as our tutor for June.

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.

9/8/17 - We are pleased to welcome highly regarded recorder and educator on her first appearance as a monthly tutor for the Society.

Karen Carey also plays a wide range of recorders as well as the tenor viola da gamba. Santa Sabina’s Artistic Director, Karen has been a music educator for almost 40 years. She is recognised nationally and internationally as an inspirational music educator. In 2007 Karen received a National Award for Excellence in Music Education, and in 2011 was the subject of the award-winning documentary Mrs Carey’s Concert. Karen believes in the intrinsic value of music education for all children and for the health and cohesion of communities.

13/9/17 - Susan Christie makes a very welcome return as our tutor for September.

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.

23/9/17 - Bundanoon Weekend Workshop

The Sydney Society of Recorder Players will be hosting this workshop. Zana Clarke, Alexandra Bailliet-Joly and Joanne Arnott will be our tutors. We look forward to joining with our recorder colleagues from CREMS, the Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society.

Early booking of accommodation is recommended.

11/10/17 - RecSoc welcomes back Alana Blackburn as our October 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.