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Big Blow 1 2018 2-4pm, Sunday 18th March 2018 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.


2018 AGM and Soiree 1 7:30pm Tuesday April 17th, 2018 at Johnsonville Uniting Church, Dr Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville, Wellington

Our 2018 Annual General Meeting followed by the first soiree for 2018.


Big Blow 2 2018 2-4pm, Sunday 27th May 2018 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.

This event will be welcoming children especially. Lead tutor will be Megan Ward, assisted by Lynne Scott, Kamala Bain, Karen Esperson and Marie Eales.

Please contact Helen Pollock for more information.


Recorder and Organ Concert 2:00pm Sunday 22th July 2018 at St Pauls Lutheran Church, 12 King St, Mt Cook, Wellington

A concert of early music featuring Mark Whitfield (Organ) with the Jongleurs recorder consort. The programme will be varied:

  • Organ solo pieces
  • Recorder consort items
  • Recorder consort with organ continuo
  • Solo alto recorder (Bernard Wells) with organ continuo

The programme will feature works by Telemann, White, Frescobaldi, Byrd, Bach, de Prez, Shickhardt, Maschera and others.

Entry by Koha.


Soiree 2 4:00pm Sunday 29th July 2018 at Onslow Church, Ngatoto St, Ngaio, Wellington

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


Big Blow 3 2018 2-4pm, Sunday 23rd September 2018 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 Lynne Scott, and the focus will be on music suitable for children. There will also be a number of adults present playing many larger instruments.

The day will end with a mini concert for parents.

Please contact Helen Pollock for more information.


Strathean Residential Weekend Thursday evening 11th October to Sunday 14th October, 2018

Every year REMU arranges a weekend workshop at Strathean, a large house near Te Horo. Participants take part in workshops over the weekend, and usually get in a fair amount of relaxation as well.

Tutors will be Bernard Wells and Katrin Eickhorst-Squire. Both are well-known recorder teachers, and have been popular tutors at past Strathean weekends.

This year we will have a display of recorders for sale from woodenrecorders.co.nz. Sarah Kirk will be bringing along a selection of Moeck, Mollenhauer and Kung recorders that you can try out and buy.

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 $250 for full-time live-in participants. This charge includes tutor fees, accommodation and breakfasts. To keep the fees as low as possible, you are asked to bring a contribution towards the two evening meals and one afternoon tea. There is usually plenty of food, so this covers lunches as well. If you attend for just day sessions, there will be a modest charge to cover tutor fees and Strathean use.

Food arrangements:

  • Thursday dinner: Bring or make your own. Strathean has a fully equipped kitchen. There are takeaway shops in nearby Otaki.
  • Friday lunch and dinner: Please bring a dish
  • Saturday lunch and dinner: Please bring a dish
  • Sunday lunch: Leftovers from evening meals
  • Breakfasts: Cereal, milk, tea, coffee etc provided. Bring any special dietary requirements
  • Morning and afternoon teas: Everyone is expected to contribute - please bring snack foods like fruit, home baking, biscuits or cake.

There are takeaways and a good supermarket in Otaki, a 5 minute drive from Strathean.

Strathean is located at 212 Old Hautere Rd, a couple of kilometres off SH1 about 3km south of Otaki. You will need to bring a sleeping bag (or bed linen) and a pillow, and as many recorders as you can. Other instruments are welcome, especially early music instruments (lute, viola de gamba, viol, harpsichord etc).

There will be an electronic harpsichord available (tunable to A=415 or A=440) for general use, and we usually have several people that can play it.

Strathean is located in large park-like grounds, so there is always the option of time out and relaxation.


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Soiree 3 7:30pm Tuesday 20th November 2018 at St Michael's Church Kelburn, Wellington

Our final Soiree for the year.