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The Recorders and Early Music Union is a society of supporters of performance of classical and older music and dance, and recorder playing of all kinds. We promote the use of instruments, techniques and interpretation appropriate to the composer's culture.

We are based in Wellington, New Zealand.

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 Recorder players and consorts get together about three times a year to play to one another and to our most enthusiastic friends. These are informal and often held in members' homes. We often make time for everyone to play something in one large choir. Check out the Programme Page from time to time to see what's coming up.

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 REMU organises workshops with guest tutors. A workshop may last a day or take two days over a weekend. Past workshop have been taught by David Coomber (Auckland), Aldo Abreu (Boston USA) and Zana Clarke (Armadale NSW). Check out the Programme Page from time to time to see what's coming up.

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Residential Weekends

Once or twice a year REMU has a fun weekend of relaxing and playing recorders (and often other instruments as well) in a large house in the country. This year we are planning to have a professional tutors to add a little focus ... but it still won't be all hard work!

 Keep an eye on the Programme Page for latest information

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House Concerts

When an early music performer or recorder player visits Wellington REMU may organise a small concert. Or if our own professional players have programme to offer we may help them present it. A recent feature of REMU's programme was a concert by our members' consorts playing their best pieces.

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National Festivals

About every three years there is a national festival for recorder players in New Zealand. These festivals get many of our professional players and teachers together, with some international guests, for about five days intensive playing, workshops, concerts and other special activities such as recorder making and composition competitions.

Recorder Week '93 was held in Wellington with Evelyn Nallen, David Gordon, Brian Bonsor and John Turner.

Recorder Week '96 held in Upper Hutt featured Aldo Abreu, Robyn Mellor and Rodney Waterman .

Rehu Ma Tangi (Recorder Week '99) was held in Nelson. It had a bi-cultural stream, a commissioned work by Gareth Farr. Guest artists and tutors were the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet .

Winds Of Waitaha (Recorder Week '02) was held in Christchurch.

In 2006, REMU organised a festival at Queen Margaret College, Wellington. For some photos from this event, follow this link. Recorder 2006

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For more information contact

Recorders and Early Music Union
30 Meremere St, Wainuiomata
Lower Hutt,
New Zealand

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