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2020 Annual General Meeting and Big Blow 1 1pm Sunday 15th March 2020
Johnsonville Uniting Church, Dr Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville, Wellington

The AGM (to be confirmed) will start at 1pm, and be followed by a special treat. The Big Blow at 2pm will be led by Sarah Jeffery of "Team Recorder" fame on YouTube. Sarah is a member of Royal Wind Music and many other groups. Although based in Amsterdam, Sarah happens to be in Wellington this weekend. We look forward to a rather special and different Big Blow.


Soiree 1 7:30pm Tuesday April 28th 2020 at St James Church, 71 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt

Our first Soiree of the year.


Big Blow 2 2020 2-4pm, Sunday 21st June 2020 at Johnsonville Uniting Church, Dr Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville, Wellington

A chance for you to indulge in massed playing for recorder. You will need to be able to read music comfortably, but need not be an expert, as there will be many players on the same part. This is a great way to ease back into playing after a long break.

The leader will be Bernard Wells.

Please contact Helen Pollock for more information.


Soiree 2 4-8pm Sunday 26th July 2020 at Onslow Church, Ngatoto St, Ngaio, Wellington

Combined soiree and pot-luck dinner! Please bring a dish.


Big Blow 3 2020 2-4pm, Sunday 6th September 2020 at Johnsonville Uniting Church, Dr Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville, Wellington

A chance for you to indulge in massed playing for recorder. You will need to be able to read music comfortably, but need not be an expert, as there will be many players on the same part. This is a great way to ease back into playing after a long break.

The leader will be Katrin Eickhorst.

Please contact Helen Pollock for more information.


Strathean Residential Weekend Thursday evening 8th October to Sunday 11th October, 2020

Every year REMU arranges a weekend workshop at Strathean, a large house near Te Horo. Participants take part in workshops over the weekend. Strathean is located in large park-like grounds, so there is always the option of time out and relaxation.

Participants are welcome to attend for one or two days if pressed for time. There is a modest charge for facilities and for the tutor's fees. The cost will be approximately $266 for full-time live-in participants. This charge includes tutor fees, accommodation and breakfasts. This fee also includes cleaning, leaving us more time to play music.

If you attend for just day sessions, there will be a modest charge to cover tutor fees and Strathean use.

Tutors:

This year we have a special treat. Our tutors will be Ruth Wilkinson and Kamala Bain. Ruth is a well-known Melbourne based recorder teacher. She regularly tutors at Armidale, and has impressive soloist and tutoring credentials. Kamala needs no introduction, as she has been a popular tutor at past Strathean weekends and regularly leads "Big Blow" events for REMU.

Food arrangements:

(To be confirmed) We will be self-catering this year, with the emphasis on minimising preparation and cooking. Everyone is expected to bring some food, and will be allocated at least one session helping out in the kitchen. There are takeaways and a good supermarket in Otaki, a 5 minute drive from Strathean.

Instruments:

Bring as many recorders as you can. Other instruments are welcome, especially early music instruments (lute, viola de gamba, viol, baroque bassoon etc).

Bedding:

You will need to bring a sleeping bag (or bed linen), and a pillow slip. Strathean now supply pillows. Bedding may be hired on site at an extra charge.

Footwear:

Please bring slippers or clean "inside" shoes to protect the newly laid carpet.

Mini-concert and Accompniament:

There will be a mini-concert on Saturday afternoon. See the General information sheet for details. There will be an acoustic harpsichord (A=415) and an electronic harpsichord (tunable to A=415 or A=440) available for general use, and we usually have several people that can play.

Location:

Strathean is located at 212 Old Hautere Rd, a couple of kilometres off SH1 about 3km south of Otaki. As the new Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway is being built nearby, the intersection of SH1 and Old Hautere Rd is closed. Easiest access is to turn inland just south of the Otaki River bridge, following the Otaki Gorge signs. Old Hautere road is a right turn a couple of kilometres down Otaki Gorge Road.


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Soiree 3 7:30pm Tuesday 17th November 2020 at St Michael's Church Kelburn, Wellington

Our final Soiree for the year.