Junior Day 2020

Junior Day – July 30th 2020

Due to the on-going Coronavirus situation, we have sadly reached the conclusion that this year’s Junior Day will have to be cancelled, due to the nature of the event. If you have paid for the course already you will be entitled to a full refund. Please do check back in the new year for details of next year’s course.

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


Junior Day


  • Date Thursday 30th July 2020 Registration for all levels from 9.30
    10am – 3.30pm: 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, Guildford, UK GU4 7AA
  • Participation Ages 18 and under, from Grade 1 to Grade 8 (organised into small groups according to age and ability)
  • Tutors Annabel Knight, Rebecca Austen-Brown and Louise Bradbury. Accompanist Robin Bigwood
  • Cost £40/£55 (Level 1/Level 2 & 3) (Mollenhauer Scholarship available for Level 2 or 3)

Full Details


  • Level 1 – Grades 1-3
  • Level 2 – Grades 4-5
  • Level 3 – Grades 6-8

These levels are intended as a general guide; of course age, social mix and experience are also factors in determining the most appropriate group for any individual. 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. Afternoon activities are offered from a selection of different choices, allowing participants to explore their own interests and step out of their comfort zone if they wish!


  • Plenty of 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
  • Optional Mini-Masterclasses to practise solo repertoire with professional accompaniment
  • Tutor Concert at lunchtime
  • Special workshops – in previous years these have included treble and bass recorder beginners; improvisation class; working with electronics and special effects; introduction to figured bass; preparing for auditions and diplomas (for more advanced players); baroque and renaissance dance; large recorder orchestra.


  • Level 1 (Grades 1-3): 10am – 3.30pm £40
  • Level 2 (Grades 4 -5): 10am – 4.30pm £55
  • Level 3 (Grades 6-8): 10am – 4.30pm £55

The Mollenhauer Junior Scholarship is available for a student in financial need to attend Level 2 or 3 of the Junior Day. If you would like your child to be considered for this award, please tick the appropriate box on the application form. The award will be given to the student considered to be the most deserving, supported by a confidential recommendation letter from the student’s recorder teacher, school teacher or other adult.

For financial assistance you can also apply directly to the Walter Bergmann Fund which supports young recorder players under the age of 30 with grants towards courses, instruments and other costs. Next deadline is 30th April 2020.

Other information
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. All our tutors have appropriate DBS certification. However, the centre is open to the public, so parents of younger children may wish to stay on site during the day. There is a seating area and refreshments available in the centre.

Public Transport/Parking

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)

By Car
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