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Orpheus Music proudly presents

The Australasian Recorder Festival 2023

8-13 January Armidale NSW Australia

with Grand Opening concert on the 7

and 

The Australasian Recorder Competition Finals 

6 January

Ready to play

A celebration of the recorder in all its splendour – playing,  listening,  exploring. A festival of full immersion for players of ...

Orpheus Music proudly presents

The Australasian Recorder Festival 2023

8-13 January Armidale NSW Australia

with Grand Opening concert on the 7

and 

The Australasian Recorder Competition Finals 

6 January

Ready to play

A celebration of the recorder in all its splendour – playing,  listening,  exploring. A festival of full immersion for players of all ages. Six days of technique classes, ensembles and special interest topics and concerts.

In addition there is the Australasian Recorder Competition which is open to soloists and ensembles. The Festival is residential and each group works with a variety of world-renowned tutors throughout the week.

"What would a year be without a week in January in Armidale, dedicated to playing recorder intensively with fellow recorder addicts at the wonderful Orpheus Recorder Boutique?  Orpheus Recorder Boutiques are a very rich experience for so many of us, where we can immerse ourselves in the joys of learning, music-making and team-work, with like-minded people who quickly become lasting friends.  Orpheus Music also sells a fabulous range of recorders of all sizes, to suit every pocket, and music from the earliest times to the ultra-modern, to suit recorder players at every level, whether playing solo or in a group of any conceivable size.  A veritable treasure trove!  Thanks so much to Zana, Peter and Alexandra for their expertise and patience in providing advice and help."        (Vanessa Elwell-Gavins, Hervey Bay, QLD)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Festival enrolments open July 1. Special early Bird discount from July 1-11 Trybooking link here


TUTORS
 

Click here to read more about the tutors.

Joris

Joris Van Goethem (BELGIUM)

Anna Stegmann (GERMANY)

Hannah Coleman (VIC, AUSTRALIA)

Robyn Mellor (ACT, AUSTRALIA)

Daniel Murphy (NSW, AUSTRALIA)

Brendan O'Donnell (SA, AUSTRALIA)

 more coming soon....

 

DESCRIPTION

About the Festival: Six days of full immersion for players of all ages. The Festival will be made up of technique classes, ensembles both large and small, special interest topics and concerts. Each group will be a balanced and fully functional small ensemble that caters to each individual’s needs, and each group will work with a variety of tutors throughout the week. There will be a separate Youth Section for players under 18.  Full board is available on campus - also available for unaccompanied minors (age 11 yrs and older).

 

ELIGIBILITY

All participants need to be comfortable with both C and F fingerings. (I.e. must be able to read for and play descant/tenor and treble).

 

VENUE

The festival will be held at held at The Armidale School, 87 Douglas Street Armidale NSW 2350. Full board will be available on site as well as catering for those staying off site. 

Fullboard includes all meals and accommodation on campus from Saturday 7th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 14th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner. All beds in dormitory are private with a cubicle and curtain, bed and desk. BYO pillow, towel and sleeping bag. All accommodation use shared bathrooms. Full board is also available for unaccompanied minors (age 11 yrs and older).

There is also the option of of selecting Pre accommodation and full board so that you can arrive early and settle in before the festival begins. This will allow you to be able to attend the finals of the Australasian Recorder Competition and browse the shop before the Festival begins. This Pre option is only available for those staying on campus during the festival.

 

HOW TO GET TO ARMIDALE

Armidale is situated half way between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Tableland. It is an education centre and the home of the University of New England. Both Qantas and Rex fly from Sydney to Armidale and Fly Corporate flies from Brisbane to Armidale. There is a daily train service from Sydney to Armidale. Orpheus Music is happy to pick up participants from either plane or train and take them to the venue. As the Accommodation is on site so there are no further transport needs whilst at the course. 

 

GROUPS AND SET WORKS 

For the Festival a maximum of 6 set works will be required.  Around the end of August, participants will be organised by the tutors into groups according to standard and balance of instruments and repertoire will be selected that best suits each level.  Each participant will receive a list of set works along with a part allocation in late September If you have not attended an Orpheus Recorder Boutique before, you will be contacted to discuss your playing level. 

 

How are participants allocated a group? 

This process takes place over several months and includes the following:

  1.  Tutor feedback. At the end of each course the tutors give feedback about their technique class as to whether each participant was in the correct level in relation to their group colleagues or whether they could go up or down.

  2.  Participants own evaluation of their playing standard in the application process (with reference to the Tiers described below)

  3.  Participants that have not previously attended are contacted by telephone and their experience/playing level is discussed. Tutors that may have had previous experience with a player new to our course are asked for their perspectives.

  4.  After the groups have been formed in their initial draft form, further input is sought from the tutors once they are able to view each group as a whole.

 

Tiered system of progressions and expectations

Note that there could be multiple groups within each tier depending on who enrols.

For full information on tier system please click here.

Tier 1: can play one instrument or fingering type (that is, either C [descant] or F [treble]) within a range of 1 and a half octaves, preferably having learnt for at least a year. You are keen to learn to play an alternative fingering during the course. This level only runs if there is enough interest.

Tier 2: All participants need to be comfortable with both C and F fingerings. You must be able to read for and play descant/tenor and treble. You may be keen to learn to play bass during the course.

Tier 3: In addition to Tier 2 requirements,requirements, you can play the bass recorder and are prepared to play it when requested (unless you have physical restrictions). You are keen to learn to read treble up the octave. 

Tier 4: In addition to Tier 2 and 3 requirements requirements you will be required to have your own bass recorder with you at all times, and can read treble up the octave and bass in the treble clef.

Tier 5: In addition to Tier 2, 3 and 4 requirements, you will prepare your set works to a high standard and are prepared to play them in masterclass style sessions.

NB. If you feel you fit outside of these groups or unsure where you should place yourself please include this information when you enrol.

 

SPECIAL INTEREST TOPICS

Participants will have the options of selecting 3 or 4 special interest topics to do during the festival. Here is a list of some of the potential topics. Participants will select their options around November when our complete programme has been finalized.

    • Playing 17th century Italian repertoire on the Recorder
    • An intro to Baroque Dance
    • Baroque diminution and improvisation
    • Improvising French Preludes 
    • In Nomine - an introduction to this musical form.
    • The Fugue - an introduction to the fugue and its form.
    • Body Awareness introduction and how to Practice.
    • The Recorder and Contemporary Improvisation
    • Medieval Music an introduction.
    • Recorder extended techniques
    • Do it yourself renaissance improvisation
    • Ensemble playing & leading - consort playing
    • Learning the Bass recorder
    • Playing Treble up an octave
    • Preparing for Exams
    • Writing for the recorder

 

CONCERTS 

A part of the festival there will be a variety Blackboard concerts and a final concert which are all included in the festival fee. Visitors, friends and family are welcome to attend these concerts at no additional cost.  There will also be a series of special of Festival concerts that include the opening concert which participants can either select when they enrol or pay on the night. Entry free for 18 and under.

 

TRADE DISPLAY

Largest range of recorder sheet music, recorders and accessories in the Southern Hemisphere available throughout the Festival. The display will be open from the 5th January so coming a day or two earlier will allow a relaxed browsing opportunity.

 

FESTIVAL TOWN DINNER

On the final day of the Australasian Recorder Festival and after the final concert there is a Town Dinner. This will be held at the Armidale Bowling Club.

 

ENROLMENT DUE DATE

Bookings open on July 1 2022 which includes and early bird period and close 31 August. For late enrolments please contact Orpheus Music to check if there are places remaining.


COSTS
 

Registration Fee

Registration fee includes 6 days of tuition, blackboard concerts, final concert and morning teas

Adult

Adult

$770

Concession

Pensioners and full-time students only

$670

Under 18

Secondary School Student

$485

Primary Student

Primary School Student

$350

On campus Accommodation and Full Board

All meals and Accommodation on campus from Saturday 7th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 14th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner. 

Single Room

Single room from Saturday 7th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 14th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.

$790

Twin Room

Twin room with 2 single beds from Saturday 7th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 14th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.

$690

Dorm quod

Partitioned private cubicle from Saturday 7th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 14th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.

$630

Dorm 

Partitioned private cubicle from Saturday 7th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 14th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.

$580

Dorm under 18

Partitioned private cubicle from Saturday 7th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 14th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.

$580

Catering 

Only for those staying off-campus as catering is included for those staying on campus.

All Lunches

6 Lunches 8-13 January 2023

$110

All Lunches and Dinners (including the Town Dinner)

All Lunches (6) and dinners (7) including Town Dinner

$270

Town Dinner

Friday 13th January

NB. If you are staying on campus or buying all lunches and dinners the Town Dinner is included.

$60

Additional Course Add-on Options

OPENING CONCERT

Opening Concert Saturday 7 January.  Chamber Orchestra Tutor Concert directed by Joris van Goethem. Entry free for 18 and under.$40

FESTIVAL CONCERT PASS

Festival Concert Saver. All concerts including the opening concert. Total of 3 concerts. Entry free for 18 and under.$85

Pre Festival Accommodation and full board

2 days early

Thursday 5th and Friday 6th January 

Includes Dinner on the 5 -6 and Breakfast and Lunch on the 6-7 

Arrive early and settle in before the festival begins. Attend the finals of the Australasian Recorder Competition and browse the shop before the Festival begins.

$180

 

Refunds for all courses: 

50% refund if withdrawing before 30 September 2022; 

25% refund if withdrawing before 30 November 2022;

No refund after 1 December 2022.

NB - it is recommended that participants consider taking out insurance in case you are unable to attend at the last minute.  

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