Please note that we have made a few changes, ready for an exciting course in 2019. Below is an overview of the course as well as descriptions of the different sessions available during a typical day.

Session 1 & 4: Tutorial classes and Topics

In both of these sessions there will be 4 tutorials and 4 topics on offer. This means that you can pick to do one, two or none of either Tutorials or Topics.

Tutorials are for those wishing to focus predominantly on solo repertoire in order to improve their playing/technique. The music set is be for solo recorder as well as a duet or trio. It is very important to prepare the set music in advance, if you and others are to benefit fully from the tutorial classes. Please note that there is a masterclass tutorial during session 4 for students of levels 4 and 5 but students of all levels are welcome to watch. Click here for the timetable and list of tutorials.

Click here to see the set music for the tutorials.

Topics run through the week and will take place at the same time as the tutorials. Teachers have picked topics which interest them and which they would like to share with the students. The music for the Topic sessions will be supplied on the course. Click here for the timetable and list of topics, and click here for a full description of the topics on offer.

 Sessions 2: Over to Us

No preparation necessary just come along and enjoy either orchestra playing or playing in a permanent ensemble. Each of the tutors will take the same group of players through the week. Some groups will work on orchestral music; 10 or more parts from sopranino right down to contras and maybe lower. The other groups will work on a variety of ensemble pieces for up to 6 parts. You will need to let us know on your option form whether you would rather play in an orchestra all week or in an ensemble all week and we will do the rest. Our aim is to put everyone in a group that will give them the best experience.

Sessions 3 and 5: Ensembles

5 or 6 ensembles will be available twice a day, graded in order of difficulty. Each day the ensembles change. Students are free to attend whichever they choose and only need to decide the day before. This will give everyone the opportunity to work with all tutors and play a wide variety of music. Click here for an overview of the ensembles.


Emma Murphy (recorder), Steven Devine (harpsichord) and Ibi Aziz (viol) will be entertaining us with a wonderful concert on Monday evening. The concert is free for course participants and others can buy tickets by contacting Josee, our administrator.

Students’ Concert

There is an informal students’ concert on Friday evening.


Recorder Music Mail will have a well-stocked music shop, including all music required at the School. The Early Music Shop will sell recorders, other early instruments and CDs.  Please don’t assume RSS’s endorsement of any of these services. Any transactions made are at your own risk.

Fees for 2019

The fees include all tuition, accommodation and food.
Residential En-suite: £800
Residential Standard: £765
Non-residential: £600 (includes all meals except breakfast)