The 2017 tutors are: Tom Beets, Saskia Coolen, Sandra Foxall, Helen Hooker, Michelle Holloway, Annemarie Klein, Marion Scott, Moira Usher and Joris Van Goethem.
- Tom Beets is a member of The Flanders Recorder Quartet and many other European ensembles. He studied at the Lemmensinstitute in Leuven (Belgium) under Bart Spanhove and Bart Coen and then at Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Spain with Pedro Memelsdorff. Tom teaches regularly in Belgium as well as leading masterclasses and workshops across Europe, the Far East and in the USA. He also teaches regularly on residential courses in the UK and Germany. Tom plays the viola de gamba, and he is an enthusiastic ‘Lindy Hop’ dancer in his spare time.
- Saskia Coolen studied recorder at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Kees Boeke and Walter van Hauwe. She also studied the viola da gamba and musicology at the University of Utrecht. With Camerata Trajectina she specializes in Dutch music from the Middle Ages to the Golden Age. They have made 35 cd’s and played in more than 1000 concerts both in the Netherlands and abroad. From 2004-2014 Saskia was a member of Brisk Recorder Quartet Amsterdam. This quartet plays early music as well as a lot of contemparory music which was specially composed for them. They also make music theatre productions specially for children. Saskia taught at the conservatories of Hilversum and Amsterdam for many years, but nowadays she travels the world to teach at workshops, courses and masterclasses. For a few years she has been director of the Baroque Academy at Amherst Early Music and artistic director of Camerata Trajectina.
- Sandra Foxall started playing the recorder at Teacher Training College, joined the SRP in 1971 and has been Musical Director of the Cleveland branch since 1979. Since 1996 she has also been on the panel of SRP Visiting Conductors, conducting SRP groups throughout the country and in Ireland and the Isle of Man. She is also the Country and Overseas Secretary for the SRP. Sandra conducts at National Festivals and has tutored on numerous playing days and directed Teachers’ courses. She regularly tutors on residential courses at Parcevall Hall and Little Benslow Hills in Hitchin. Between 1988 and 2012 she was the Administrator of the Recorder Summer School, 25 years all told, and from 1999 a course tutor.
- Helen Hooker is an experienced recorder player, teacher and conductor. The main focus of Helen’s teaching is working with adult players of all abilities, regularly coaching SRP branches and teaching on weekend courses throughout the UK. She has been a tutor at the Recorder Summer School since 1993 and Chairman since 2005. Helen is an active performer, both as a soloist and ensemble player. Her debut solo CD, Helen and Friends, was launched to critical acclaim in 2009. She is also a member of The Parnassian Ensemble, a baroque ensemble which specialises in the performance of unjustly neglected English Baroque music. As a conductor Helen has a strong interest in recorder orchestras. She formed the Thames Valley Recorder Orchestra and has had a long working relationship with the Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia and Phoenix Recorder Orchestra. Recent orchestral projects have included Bravo Bonsor!, a CD of music composed by the late Brian Bonsor.
- Michelle Holloway studied recorder at Birmingham Conservatoire, where she gained a first class BMus (Hons) degree. Based in Birmingham, she enjoys working with young people and adults alike, and runs her own teaching practice. In addition she teaches in schools throughout Birmingham, and also at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department. As a conductor, she works with the National Youth Recorder Orchestra, Heart of England Recorder Orchestra and the Birmingham Schools’ Recorder Sinfonia. Michelle loves performing an eclectic range of music and has performed at venues ranging from London’s King’s Place and Cadogan Hall, to tiny underground folk clubs. Michelle is passionate about music in the community, and volunteers with mental heath songwriting groups and a homeless choir.
- Annemarie Klein is a passionate musician, currently based in Edinburgh. Although her main instrument is the recorder she also has basic proficiency as a basso continuo player, has recently taken up the baroque oboe and has sung in various choral chamber groups. Her academic research has mostly centred around music of the high baroque, but she enjoys performing music from the medieval ages to the modern. Annemarie believes in sharing her passion for music and the recorder, and loves to work with children and adults of any level, whether individually or in a group. Her curiosity and wide interests continue to be fuelled by her extensive reading and travelling experiences.
- Marion Scott studied recorder, oboe and piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and went on to develop a career as a recorder player and teacher. Marion plays with all the leading baroque orchestras and ensembles, performing in Europe, USA and South America. Marion is Head of Department at the Centre for Young Musicians and is a freelance teacher. Before going to CYM Marion was Professor of Recorder at GSMD and is currently on the staff of Kent Music School. She is also an examiner for Trinity Guildhall.
- Moira Usher studied at Trinity College of Music playing cello, recorder and piano and has taught music in schools for a number of years. She now works as an Educational Consultant in local schools and is a qualified Irlen Diagnostician.Moira teaches on a number of recorder courses across the country including the Recorder Summer School. She is a member of the National SRP Committee. She conducts the Suffolk Branch of the SRP and the Eastern Recorder Orchestra (EROS) and a local community choir. She arranges both choral and recorder pieces and has had several arrangements published. Moira enjoys music from all periods with a particular interest in modern compositions.
- Joris Van Goethem studied recorder & baroque flute. As one of the original members of Flanders Recorder Quartet he has performed extensively throughout Europe, Japan, South America, the United States, Taiwan, Singapore and South Africa. He has made numerous recordings for radio and television and record companies such as Aeolus, Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi, EMI, Opus 111, Ricercar. Joris has given seminars and masterclasses in all corners of the globe and has been a tutor at various summer courses. His arrangements found their way to Hollywood and are also published with Heinrichshofen, Ascolta and De Haske.