We had fewer applicants for this event this year probably due to the fact that, being in October, the date coincided with other events. However, 16 players had a very enjoyable day playing in three pre-arranged groups, which were changed for each of the four sessions. Music played included quintets for four recorders and continuo by Legrenzi and Keller; a session of French trio sonata for two flutes and continuo by Hotteterre and Dornel, and others for recorder and flute by Quantz and Telemann; and quartets for three recorders and continuo by Boismortier. One session worked on a Cantata by Telemann, Ihr Völker, hört for mezzo-soprano, recorder and continuo. One of the final sessions included a version of Bach's Brandenburg concerto No. 4 with two recorders and obbligato harpsichord (rather than the usual violin).
All the music was provided and the school is a very convenient and welcoming venue.
Next year we plan to hold a similar event on Saturday 29th September. So please put the date in your next year's Diary!
- Sylvia Davies and Dick Little (Organizers)