Music at Heart - Suzuki Recorder in York

Posted in Recorder Headlines category on 7th December 2012

I hate the recorder!

Radio 2 Drivetime with Simon Mayo features a regular slot whereby listeners share their confessions on air. Yesterday, James from Cardiff admitted to hiding his sister's recorder when he was a boy, and subsequently hiding the recorders of his own two daughters, because he couldn't bear to listen to the sound of them practising. Followers of the programme responded in sympathy and agreement, describing the tone of the recorder as "terrible," "awful," and a "cacophony."

Jean, from Brighton, a professional recorder player and teacher, came to the rescue by speaking up for the instrument as, "Beautiful - steeped in history and very accessible to little hands." It was acknowledged that the recorder playing to which listeners were taking exception was the typical efforts of school recorder groups, and that such performances were the result of poor teaching.

Ashley Soloman, Professor of Recorder and Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music, was invited onto the programme to enlighten listeners further, and he gave a performance of the traditional melody Greensleeves to demonstrate how the recorder can be played well.

Young recorder player, Charlotte Barbour-Condini (15), winner of the Woodwind final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012, talks about the reasons why she opted for specialist, individual recorder lessons in place of poorly-taught, group lessons in school:

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