Hello Everybody

Our 8th Annual Recorder Festival held at St Martin’s Church, Heaton Norris, Stockport on the 20th November 2021 was once again a huge success, it was made equally successful due to the COVID restrictions of 2020. Performers have only just got back to proper lessons both privately and with Stockport Recorder College who have only just opened in September.

The standard of performance was great with marks ranging from 81 to 90 with performers ranging in age from under 9 to the more mature of us – music is for everyone to enjoy and participate in and the Festival proved the Point.

This years Festival was dedicated to Alan Davis who sadly passed away earlier this month, he studied Music at The Royal College of Music and then Oxford where he was introduced to the Recorder, after graduating he devoted his life to the Recorder teaching at the Birmingham Conservatoire for 40 years as well as JRNCM & Chethams School of Music. He not only actively promoted the Recorder by his teaching, performing & Recording of CD’s, but composed new music for it.

He put the Recorder back on the map – he will be sadly missed.  

Alan Davis 1945 - 2021

I would like to thank Reverend Will Robie and St Martin’s PCC for allowing us to use the wonderful church for the Festival. 

Our Adjudicator for the day was Sarah Langdon a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire & a freelance Musician specializing in Recorder and our Accompanist both on the keyboard & guitar Rosemary Thomason musician and teacher at St Benedict’s School – Thank you

Many thanks for the help, freely given, by Stockport Recorder College for the loan of the keyboard, David Morgan our outstanding web designer, Derek Carr for Front of House, Sarah & Hayley for running the refreshments and everybody else who turned up and just enjoyed the day.

So all I have to do now is to say a big thank you to everybody who took part and supported the competition & to set a provisional date for next year 21st November 2022 web site. www.recorderfestival.co.uk


Best Wishes


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