Online Advanced Course: 10th – 13th August 2020

Our Advanced Course is moving Online!

  • Flexible options for full-time and part-time participation
  • Observer-only fees available
  • Priority Booking for students aged up to 25 until 30th June 2020
  • Timetable 2020

Monday 10th – Thursday 13th August 2020

Annabel Knight : Head of Recorder at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, specialist in recorders and early flutes
Additional sessions with
Robin Bigwood: Professional Harpsichordist, keyboard accompanist, producer/engineer and technical author

The course aims to provide and relaxed and friendly on-line environment in which to study solo recorder music, with the emphasis of the course on personal achievement and acquiring new skills, knowledge and techniques. Participants can expect to explore their repertoire in some depth, drawing on relevant historical and contemporary performance practice, as well as exploring matters of technique and interpretation to a high level. 

Suitable for advanced and pre-professional players of approximately Grade 8+. Minimum age 16. No upper age limit, but we are offering priority booking to students up to the age of 25 until 30th June 2020.

Online Platform

Each day will begin with a Technique and Warm Up Session, followed by solo ‘Performance’ classes on a daily theme. Afternoons will consist of contextual studies sessions (including ornamentation, improvisation, figured bass and contemporary techniques) and some individual feedback. Participants are encouraged to pre-record and send their performance material in advance, to be shared with the group, but if internet connections are reliable enough they may also choose to perform ‘live’.  A full timetable can be downloaded here

Professional recorded accompaniments
These can be supplied to play along to, upon request, up to the end of July 2020, played on piano and/or harpsichord by Robin Bigwood.

Attendance and Fees
A number of full and part time options are possible:

  • Full course (inc up to 3 solo performance slots) £150
  • Individual days (inc 1 solo performance slot) £45 per day
  • Mornings only (inc 1 solo performance slot) £30 per day
  • Non-performers £25 per day

Full Daily Timetable


Please Note: Full fees are due on application. Please apply as soon as possible as places are limited! Refunds cannot be given, except in the case of cancellation of the course.

Course Bursaries for students up to 25 years of age have been generously donated by The Early Music Shop. To apply, fill in the appropriate section on the Enrolment Form, telling us about your current recorder playing ambitions and why you would like to attend the course.

You can also apply directly to the Walter Bergmann Fund which supports young recorder players under the age of 30 with financial assistance towards courses, instruments and other development costs.

Participant numbers are limited to 6 places per day, so you are recommended to enrol as soon as possible. 


We are very grateful to our Course Sponsors, Moeck Instruments, Mollenhauer Blockflöten and to The Early Music Shop