New recorder ensemble set up in town

A new group of note has been set up in Whitby to showcase the skills of the region’s recorder players.

Whitby Music Centre, run by Bob Butterfield and his dedicated team of music staff, is to launch a new ensemble especially for recorder players.

The recorder group will be led by Sue Rowland, who currently directs the Music Centre Choir.

Sue has taught the recorder in various local schools for over twenty years and is currently working with children at Sleights School and Fyling Hall Junior School, entering pupils in classes at the Eskdale Festival and Saltburn Music Festival, and for Associated Board music examinations.

Recorder players of every level will be welcome, even those who only play a few notes at the moment, as music has been specially arranged to include parts for everyone.

The centre already has ensembles for Junior Wind, Strings, Choir, a Wider Opportunities group, the Esk Valley Concert Band and Sirocco.

Mrs Rowland said: “Recorders are a popular instrument in primary schools and are often the first experience young people have of playing a musical instrument.

“There is some lovely music written for the recorder, as it has been a favourite instrument for hundreds of years.”

Music Centre manager Bob Butterfield added: ‘’Playing the recorder is very rewarding indeed.

“It was the first instrument I learned to play at school and I still play today.”

The first meeting of the recorder group will be on Saturday 6 February at Caedmon College (Scoresby site) from 11am to 12.15pm.

For more information contact Bob.Butterfield@northyorks.gov.uk or Susan.Rowland@northyorks.gov.uk or simply turn up on the day.