16th September 2017

Marguerite Dolmetsch returns to visit us again this month.


21st October 2017 

Anne Martin, Musical Director of the Guildford Branch until moving to Edinburgh in the summer of 2017, returns to conduct our Autumn Playing Day.


18th November 2017

Katriina Boosey of the Fontanella Recorder Quintet is the conductor for November.


16th December 2017

This month's conductor is Andrew Melville.


January 2018

David Burgess visits us this month. 

David was born, educated and trained in Hampshire, being one of the early recipients of a County Music Exhibition. He read music and education at King Alfred's College, Winchester, and studied the organ with Christopher Gower and David Thorne at Portsmouth Cathedral. David holds Diplomas in piano performing, teaching and accompaniment and as an accompanist relishes opportunities to work with soloists.


David was formerly Head of Music at Cams Hill School, Fareham, where he still teaches one day a week. He now spends a very varied week as class music teacher and recorder specialist at three Junior and Infant Schools in the Bishops Waltham area and running a private teaching practice. David is Director of Music at All Saints Church, Botley, where he also serves as Assistant Church Warden, and is an active member of the Royal School of Church Music in the Portsmouth Area.


David is Conductor of Botley Choral Society, a thriving choir with over a hundred members, and has led them in many successful performances, most recently a sell-out Christmas Concert which included Bob Chilcott’s On Christmas Night. He has also very much enjoyed working with the other constituent choirs of the W&CMF, especially when bringing works that have not previously performed by the Festival. Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Malcolm Archer’s Requiem, the choral arrangement of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and the wonderful Stabat Mater by Karl Jenkins spring to mind, along with the Requiem by Bob Chilcott being performed tonight.


David is a member of the Society of Recorder Players and regularly conducts the Wessex Branch. He directed playing sessions in the National Festival at Guildford in 2012 and will guest conducting at the Guildford, Dorset and London Branches later this year. In January 2007 the Upham Recorder Orchestra (URO) was formed under David’s direction, allowing young players to continue their studies beyond primary school and giving adults an opportunity to rekindle their enjoyment of this sometimes maligned instrument. This is now a thriving group of over 30 players.


Music occupies many of David’s waking hours, but he will become restless if too many evenings pass by without a game of Canasta and a glass of wine!


17th February 2018

Jackey Birch conducts the February meeting.


17th March 2018

Julie Dean conducts this month. Julie also sells and services recorders, more information here.

21st April 2018

Harriet Oliver conducts us in April. Harriet is an experienced recorder player, teacher and conductor.  She regularly attends courses led by Bart Spanhove, Tom Beets, Saskia Coolen and Matthias Maute, amongst others. She is a member of Tutti Flutti, led by Philip Thorby, with whom she has lessons, and plays with Recorders Incorporated, conducted by Eileen Silcocks. 

Harriet currently conducts and tutors eleven adult recorder ensembles in the Woking and Guildford areas, teaches in a primary school once a week and gives individual lessons.  She has tutored at Victoria House for the last three years.


19th May 2018

We are pleased to welcome Tom Beets, of the Flanders Recorder Quartet for the May 2018 Playing Day, to be held at Chiddingfold Village Hall on 19th May. An article about the Flanders Recorder Quartet pears in the Summer 2017 Recorder Magazine.


16th June 2018

Follow these links to find out about David Moses and his music


15th September 2018

Mary Steele, Musucal Director of the Wessex branch, conducts us.