Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Recorder Department

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Recorder Department


Bach - BWV 1008

Van Eyck - Daphne
At Orpheus Music, we are thrilled to be celebrating 20 years of publishing new Australian recorder music and as part of this we are inviting recorder players and recorder ensembles from around the world to do a video recording of one (or more) of our Publications to share in our celebration, in return you get the piece you want to record, plus two other pieces for FREE!
This celebration is about sharing Australian recorder music with recorder players from around the world. At Orpheus, we wish to celebrate the recorder and its music, the recorder’s ability to inspire incredible compositions, create ensembles and communities around the world. Represent your country and recorder ensemble (or solo recording), so we can hear your interpretation of our music from the last 20 years of Orpheus Music Publications.
To join our celebration visit:
Register your group or individual entry, and choose from over 300 Orpheus Music Publications that you would like to record, and another two after you've uploaded your entry.
The deadline of videos is the 1 of December 2019, so you have time to start practicing. There will be a popularity vote will be taken via Facebook between January and March 2020, and you or you group will be in the running to win heaps of prizes!
For more information about the celebration, prizes, terms and conditions or to register you or your group visit
Two interesting recorders for sale:
Heinrich Adler models, soprano & alto
Incredible sound (because of barrels)
In great condition, never really used.
Excited to be presenting some beautiful work by our super-talented RBC and BCU students. Amazing music for 'The Shepherdess' written by the fab Nick Pattichis and Yfat Soul Zisso and some incredible paintings and animation by Daniella Allen including a painted portrait of Walter Bergmann. Come down and hear/see it for yourself on Sunday 18th Feb, RBC Concert Hall, 3pm.…/events-calendar/walter-bergmann-ann… With Sara Stowe, Michelle Holloway, Chris Orton

The Recorder Department of Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University.

Operating as usual


RBC Recorder students proving that not one, but two descant recorders can be played in tune. And that large recorders do sound particularly gorgeous - especially playing the music of William Byrd ❤️
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A few tiny snippets from our Recorder Futures Concert this week. Video thanks to Robin Bigwood Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Recorder Department's post 22/04/2023

Some pics from our Recorder Futures concert this week. A wonderful exploration of sounds from Riko Suzuki, Gavin Bryars, Dorothee Hahne, Stefan Klaverdal and Annette Ziegenmeyer. Photos thanks to Robin Bigwood


First event this term. Come and join us!

✨We're looking forward to 'Recorder Futures' on Thursday April 20th in our Organ Studio! This exploratory night will see Recorder students perform new and experimental music by Stefan Klaverdal, Dorothee Hahne, Riko Suzuki and Gavin Bryars, including works with live electronics.

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Recorder Department's post 18/03/2023

We had our very own Team Recorder / Sarah Jeffery working in the department this week. A very inspiring couple of days, including a Loop station workshop, masterclass and a wonderful concert. Thanks Sarah!

Microcosm: Sarah Jeffery Recorders and Electronics 10/03/2023

We are looking forward to welcoming our wonderful alumna Team Recorder / Sarah Jeffery into the department next week. If you want to hear her in concert, make sure to come along to RBC on Thursday, 16th March. Details below

Microcosm: Sarah Jeffery Recorders and Electronics Microcosm: Sarah Jeffery Recorders and Electronics

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Recorder Department's post 24/02/2023

What a great week! A trip to the Bate collection in Oxford to look at instruments, a lecture from the amazing renaissance scholar Adrian Brown on the instruments of the Schnitzer family, and a wonderful class on music with electronics from the fabulous Susanna Borsch. What lucky students! 🥰


We had an inspiring and uplifting day at RBC this week with recorder composer extraordinaire, Sören Sieg. Students were able to work on a broad selection of Sören's music, including selections from the beautiful Ukuvalelisa collection for solo recorder, as well as the Suite Siciliano with harpsichord and cello, and African Suite No 4 (snippet below!).


Royal Birmingham Conservatoire open day tomorrow! Do join us if you can.

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Recorder Department's post 24/11/2022

A wonderful evening of renaissance and baroque chamber music last night. Congrats to everyone involved!


RBC recorders and HP crew getting into the spirit at the London International Festival of Early Music in Blackheath. Come and see us all in concert later today!


Wonderful opportunity today for our recorder players to work with Tabea Debus - Recorder, Eizabeth Kenny and Jonathan Rees. Thanks to the team at Worcestershire Early Music for making it happen!


A brilliant way to finish off the year at RBC. Recorders, bagpipes, keyboards, fiddles, viols, drums, singers, dulcian, trumpets playing music on the theme of War, Fire and Plague! What fun it was and thanks to the wonderful Jude Rees for masterminding the whole project and the gorgeous Aston Hall for having us.


Lucky recorder students working with the wonderful Emily Bannister this week on contemporary music!

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Recorder Department's post 01/02/2022

We were incredibly lucky to have the fantastic musician Andreas Böhlen joining us last week from Switzerland. An intense two days of workshopping and masterclasses, covering music from Josquin to Schutz, Castello to Telemann and Phildor, as well as an incredibly inspiring concert. Many thanks to Andreas for sharing his enthusiasm, knowledge and wonderful musicianship with us. Here are a few snaps!

The Listening Service - Recorders - BBC Sounds 01/02/2022

‘As an instrument of continual reinvention and innovation, its story has only just started…’ A refreshingly well-researched programme featuring our very own Estelle Langthorne 👏 and name checking Team Recorder / Sarah Jeffery, alongside the Dutch virtuoso Lucie Horsch, this is definitely worth a listen.

The Listening Service - Recorders - BBC Sounds Tom Service explores the music and mystery of that schooldays favourite - the recorder.

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Historical Performance Department's post 06/12/2021
Graduate crafting instruments in Germany 15/10/2021

So proud of our recorder department graduate Estelle Langthorne who has secured a post at Jo Kunath's workshop in Germany. Read all about her journey here, including her time at RBC where she made two of the recorders she used in her final recital. Extraordinary!

Graduate crafting instruments in Germany Graduate crafting instruments in Germany


Thinking of auditioning for us? Check out some top tips shared by Head of Recorder, Annabel Knight in an interview this week for the The Early Music Shop's event. Audition tips at 19'20 secs 😊

'La Folia' - 2021 Album Launch - Ensemble La Notte 18/05/2021

Congrats to our fabulous alumni Kate Allsop, Mark Wilson and co, on their new album!

'La Folia' - 2021 Album Launch - Ensemble La Notte After the long hiatus of 2020, Ensemble La Notte are excited to announce the release of their new album. Entitled 'La Folia', it explores links to 'madness' ...

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Recorder Department's post 07/05/2021

Wonderful class zoomed-in to the RBC recorder and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Historical Performance Department yesterday, with the French baroque expert Lisete Da Silva Bull. Loads of historical information and new things to think about, as our students prepare for their recitals and get used to playing live once more. Thanks Lisete!

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Recorder Department's post 15/02/2021

Yesterday we very sadly lost the wonderful Ross Winters, who led our department for many years until he retired in 2012. So many recorder players were nurtured, shaped and informed by his teaching and leadership and he will be sorely missed. Ross, we salute you # #


Recorder fun with Jimmy Carr...

Conservatoire Open Day - 21 January 2021 17/01/2021

We are having a virtual Open Day on Thursday! Do sign up or tell your students! You would be really welcome to pop into our Recorder and Historical Performance department presentation at 2.15pm, where you can find out what we get up to in more normal times, and how we are still making fantastic things happen during the pandemic. There will also be a chance to chat to tutors and current students. Hope to see you there!

Conservatoire Open Day - 21 January 2021 Next Conservatoire Open Day: Thursday 21 January 2021. Book your place now

Recorder 02/09/2020

Thinking of applying to us for entry in 2021? RBC are delighted to announce a new initiative for talented and dedicated Recorder players who also play another instrument to Conservatoire level and who want to pursue in-depth undergraduate performance studies on both instruments. The option recognises the changing and creative role that the Recorder plays in modern professional music making and how an in-depth knowledge of the instrument (and historical playing practices) can complement many other areas of musicianship and instrumental performance.

More information here:

Recorder At Birmingham City University, we’ve invested £340 million transforming our campus and facilities and are committed to giving you the skills you need to succeed. Over 97% of our students are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (DLHE survey 2016/17). – The Virtual Meeting Point of Recorder Lovers 25/07/2020 – The Virtual Meeting Point of Recorder Lovers Welcome Welcome to, the virtual meeting point of recorder lovers! We have a lot to share – ideas, views, but above all our love for music… This international recorder class intends to focus on the core repertoire of the instrument, but not in a traditional way: The study of histori...

Open Days 10/06/2020

Want to know more about the wonderful Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and what it's like to study with us? Join us for our first 'Virtual' Open Day - tomorrow, Thursday 11th June. There are lots of informative sessions you can drop in and out of all day - more information on how to access it, including our Recorder and Early Music presentation at 2.30 - 3.30pm, is available here: Look forward to 'meeting' you!

Open Days

Wallace and Gromit for Recorders 09/06/2020

Just a bit of lockdown fun from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Recorder Department with friends from past and present!

Wallace and Gromit for Recorders Lockdown fun from past and present staff, students and alumni of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Recorder Department. Arranged for Recorders by Annabel Kn...

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Recorder Department's post 23/02/2020

A brilliantly busy and stimulating few days in the Recorder Department... big thanks to all our amazing visitors who came and variously gave our students a work out in 4-, 8- and 12-part ensemble playing (Kati Boosey and Rebecca Austen-Brown from Fontanella), 16thC Divisioning (Septenary Editions - Helen Roberts), authenticity and recorders (Jacqueline Sorel), and Tim Cranmore's project with consorts of Medieval and Bressan recorders and tabor pipes... not to mention all the other wonderful activities during our Birmingham International Recorder and Early Music Festival. Fun was had by all!


Haha spot the RBC Hoodie half way through! Eleanor Tomlinson??! YES we were definitely there!

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Recorder Department's post 05/11/2019

Our lucky students enjoyed a fab masterclass with the wonderful Lou Bradbury last week! Thanks Lou!

Photos from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Recorder Department's post 27/10/2019

Thanks to the superb team at Open Recorder Days Amsterdam for a fantastic and inspiring weekend. And congratulations to our very own RBC Birmingham Recorder team (+ guest member Lizzie Knatt!) for a stellar performance in the Competition and for some superb work stewarding all weekend! Very, very proud of you all! (And apologies to Beth Toulson (stewarding!) and Chris Orton who were not around when this pic was taken!) Francesca Clements Sarah Jeffery Charlotte Constantine Eleanor Tomlinson Helen Sophia Kate Allsop

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