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2019 Annual General Meeting and Big Blow 1 Sunday 24th March 2019
St James Church Lower Hutt

Prior to the meeting, starting at 3pm is an Organ Recital and the last 15 minutes of this will be a short programme of recorder music by a group REMU Players. Afternoon tea will be at the conclusion of the recital so please bring a plate of yummies. The AGM will start at 4:15pm, and will be followed by massed playing.


Trying out the acoustics at Old St Pauls 10:30am, Friday 5th April 2019 at Old St Pauls, Mulgrave St, Thorndon, Wellington

Playing for an hour, a group of recorder players will be enjoying the beautiful atmosphere and acoustics of this wonderful Church. This is not officially a concert, but there will be an audience of tourists coming and going.

The main work will be Omnes Gentes, an inspiring piece arranged by Roger Palmer of Waikanae. This will be followed by the programme played at St Johns, plus a second playing of Omnes Gentes


Big Blow 2 2019 2-4pm, Sunday 5th May 2019 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.


Play day - Big Blow plus Dance 1pm to 4pm Sunday 9th June 2019 at Johnsonville Uniting Church, Dr Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville

This event will be a Big Blow, renaissance dance and baroque dance, with the emphasis on having children participate. The music will be led by Kamala Bain, with dance tutors Jennifer Shennan and Keith McEwing.


Soiree 2 4:00pm Sunday 28th July 2019 at Onslow Church, Ngatoto St, Ngaio, Wellington

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


Big Blow 3 2019 2-4pm, Sunday 8th September 2019 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 Michelle Greenwood.

Please contact Helen Pollock for more information.


Strathean Residential Weekend Thursday evening 10th October to Sunday 13th October, 2019

Note date change!

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, our tutors will be Jessica Shaw and Roger Palmer. Jessica is a well-known Auckland based recorder teacher, and has been popular tutor at past Strathean weekends. Roger has recently returned from Melbourne, and is a past president of REMU. No doubt we will be playing a number of his excellent arrangements.

Food arrangements:

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.

Please download and print the following documents that have been prepared by Helen Pollock.

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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Soundscapes at Pataka Saturday 2nd November 2019 at Pataka, Cnr Norrie and Parumoana Streets, Porirua City

A number of REMU players will be supporting Porirua Soundscapes, which is an organisation teaching music to children. Marie Eales' recorder group will be performing with REMU players.


Soiree 3 7:30pm Tuesday 19th November 2019 at St Michael's Church Kelburn, Wellington

Our final Soiree for the year.