Northern Recorder Course 2013
Inspirational composition classes with Rosemary Robinson, recorder orchestras for everyone and in-depth historical study with Pam Smith: the 2013 NRC was full of fun, laughter and unique musical opportunities. The dates for the 2014 course are Tuesday 22nd–Tuesday 29th April 2014 and more details will be published in September. In the meantime, the 2013 pages will give you an idea of the what the course can offer you.
Bawtry after the Great Snows of 2013
Jude Railton NRC 2013Arrive at Bawtry any way you choose In lace ups, court or shoes with toes From Switzerland, Scotland, Surrey and Wales With bags full of recorders and travellers tales Steve sets us off with a bundle of tunes A Frank Intrada an Allez Suspir As we go Down in the Valley to Pray Play all sorts of wrong notes without shedding a tear There are two big silver pipes by the ceiling in Command Wanting, waiting to sound the lowest note of all Lower even than the sub-contras lowest C, As we play below in mass surround sound Malvezzi in 30 parts, The Comic Overture Allen’s Vaughan Williams / Tallis revised Shostakovich, Blaze Away. It helps if we play in Pam’s time, Rosemary’s, Ian’s, Andrew’s times ; Josef’s time, Helen’s time Conducted in 2/2 - bottom of an egg and slice the top off A sprightly Courante in 6…1, 2, 3, Christ-mas-tree Which kind of train will you jump on? Orchestra, chamber, bagpipes, reeds, Camel, wagon, or Choo-choo Compose with chords and canons, poems and chance We play each others creations with delight. invent the Bawtry scale and make it sing In an eerie kind of way. Then there’s toddler composition - Wind the clockwork toy, whirr whirr whirr, Shake the plastic cup -blobbla blobba blob Aah, uhh ah, uh The tuning improves as the week goes on Mendelssohn, Purcell, Keler, Carey Piazolla, Gabrielli, de Falla, Kurt Weill Though some music is still Magnum Mysterium Misterioso molto And Fog is not only in May We eat our lunch, fragrant pies, mushy peas Fruit from the East and exotic lands Marmalade is currency and marmite is no more So, on to plainsong, nativity play music Hot from the Twelfth century via Andrew’s pen Tenors and basses are the voices We are all unaccompanied - angels, Herod, Magi, midwives, and everything ! In the seat of the Dowager Viscountess Galway With the cobweb ceilings, Adam design The Wedgewood panels, the woven wallpaper We unpacked our musical dreams The countess kept a silver pheasant from China Now the rooks hold sway in the highest boughs And the blackbird drinks from the willow’d lake Fling wide the doors, let the music mix There’s no problem that Justine can’t fix We will knock our blocks off into our socks We’ll respect the rests and make the music rock
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