Our popular and fun Junior Days are designed for young recorder players up to the age of 18 to enjoy a day of workshops and playing opportunities, meeting other children at a similar age and level, with a shared enthusiasm for playing the recorder. Participants often travel from far and wide and enjoy making new friends, learning new skills, and hearing and experiencing all kinds of interesting or unfamiliar music and instruments! Our tutors are all highly experienced professional recorder players with a passion for sharing their skills with young people.
Date: Tuesday 28th August
Registration for all levels from 9.30-10am
10am – 3pm: Level 1 (Grades 1-3)
10am – 4.30pm: Level 2 & 3 (Grades 4-5 & 6-8)
Venue St John’s Centre, 222 Epsom Rd, Merrow GU4 7AA
Participants are divided into different groups according to age and experience. If you are not sure about which level to apply for, do drop us a line and we can try to assist. In addition there is always flexibility on the day to transfer between groups, in order to find the most comfortable level both in terms of age/social mix and skills.
Level 1 (Grades 1-3): 10am – 3pm £35
Level 2 (Grades 4 -5): 10am – 4.30pm £50
Level 3 (Grades 6-8): 10am – 4.30pm £50
Activities will include
- Ensemble playing (some tenor and bass instruments are available, but do bring your own if you have them). We will supply music at an appropriate level.
- Special workshops and demonstrations to choose from – in previous years these have included treble and bass recorder beginners; mini-masterclass (a chance to share a solo piece); improvisation class; working with electronics and special effects; introduction to figured bass; preparing for auditions and diplomas (for more advanced players)
- Tutors’ concert by members of Fontanella
The course takes place in a secure hall, in a quiet residential area on the outskirts of Guildford with close access to local shops. Participants are advised to bring a packed lunch, but teas/coffees/soft drinks and other light refreshments are provided at a nominal cost.
We take our duty of care for all participants very seriously and believe the St John’s Centre to be a safe and secure environment. However, the centre is open to the public, so parents of younger children may wish to stay on site during the day.
The nearest railway stations are Guildford (main line, trains from Waterloo) and London Rd, Guildford. From Guildford Bus Station (easily accessible from Guildford Main Line Station), buses to Merrow are Nos 36 or 37 (quickest route is via Epsom Rd). The stop is Merrow shops. The St John’s Centre is on the opposite side of the road, to the left of the Church.
StJohn’s Travel info (pdf guide)
Address: St John’s Centre, 222 Epsom Rd, Merrow GU4 7AA
There is some parking at the centre, and also free parking across the road in Merrow St. StJohn’s Travel info