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I am a freelance musician living in West London specialising in playing and teaching recorder. On this site you will be able to access information on all my musical activities including details of my recordings "Fusion" and "Exposure" and future recital dates. As a performer I play solo recorder works and duet as "Duo Ricercare" and with "The Stanesby Players", performing with guitar,harpsichord,viola da gamba and triple harp, covering a wide range of music from Medieval to Jazz and Contemporary. My repertoire extends to performing with recorder consorts and chamber groups.

As well as giving individual lessons for recorder,piano,brass,theory,musicianship and G.C.S.E music, I coach recorder consorts,ensembles,lead workshops and take master classes throughout the U.K.and further afield. I teach on recorder courses and conduct the Exeter Recorder Orchestra.I adjudicate a wide range of instruments both here and worldwide and
 am a General/Diploma and Rock and Pop examiner for Trinity.I play Tenor Horn with Fulham Brass Band and accompany a Viola player in a mixed repertoire.

" does he do it and how the heck does he make it look so deceptively simple!  I didn't even hear his heart beating in the J.van Eyck and I was sitting in the front row.  Did he steal the show?.."

Judith Sweeney 

"You looked so good today and played so beautifully,and you ooze confidence!"

Gill Dury  





Born in Birmingham in 1967 I studied recorder with Paul Clark before attending Trinity College of Music, London.  I undertook a four year performance course studying with Philip Thorby.  Further studies were with Eve O''Kelly in London and Marijolein van Roon in Amsterdam.  I have been a finalist in the Moeck Solo Recorder Prize on two occasions and perform in both Early and Modern ensembles  playing a wide range of music.  I have appeared on recordings as soloist and in consorts and performed with the harpsichordists Maria Boxall, Helena Brown and Akiko Imai.  My partner in the recorder/guitar duo is the versatile guitarist Graham Roberts. I perform with Yats Soon-Yeo and Ibi Aziz in a Baroque Ensemble "The Stanesby Players" and with Robin Ward on triple harp in a recorder/harp duo. My CD recordings include my feature debut album "Exposure"  and the follow up CD "Fusion" for recorder and guitar.I also appear on "Tell Tale Ducks" with Respectable Groove. 

" appealing,expressive and fine tone..can give shape and eloquence by sensitive phrasing.."   Paul Clark  Recorder Magazine



   Bretton Hall                    Cheltenham Town Hall   

   Royal College of Music               Lauderdale House     

   Warwick ArtsCentre            Burgh House

   RiverHouse Barn                 Prince Michael Hall    

   Midlands Arts Centre                 Tudeley Parish Church 

                 Government House  Canberra

                  St George's Chapel Bristol    St George's Hanover Square

Yellow Brick Road Cafe Kuala Lumper


 Brighton Festival    

 Cheltenham International Music Festival



   The Stanesby Players           West London Bach Players  

    Collegium Musicum of London      Camerata da Chiesa           

    The Recorder Smiths      Tempo Primo                   

    Respectable Groove        Duo Ricercare               

                  Trio Ricercare  Wicked People Ensemble





A good start to the year with The Friars recorder weekend. Music by Bach, Eton Choirbook, Linde, East, Zelinski and Tye. I performed an online recital to the Dunstable U3A. Rehearsals start in earnest with Fulham brass band ready for our concerts and contest in March. I give online workshops looking at the music of Matthias Maute. A Playing Day for Birmingham SRP with music by Bach,Gershwin and Gabrieli. In March I gave a recital/presentataion for students at Liverpool Hope University playing a mix of music but mainly modern repertoire. Fulham Band came 7th in the Area finals-a great result for our first time in the Championship section.A Baroque Concerto recital with the Stanseby Players in April playing great music with a talented bunch of musicians.The Spring Concert with Fulham Brass was with guest percussionist Simone Rebello who was outstanding.


A mix of lessons and workshops on line for the start of the year. A major online recital playing Markus Zahnhausen's "Signs of the Seasons" which  is a 40 minute depiction of the year in music.The composer was present to talk and discuss about the four pieces that make up the work .

Am doing a "Meet the Composer" series this year(see Diary for more details) and have Walter Mays, Andy Meyers, Steve Marshall, Markus Zahnhausen,Matthias Maute,Ben Thorn,Soren Sieg and Zana Clarke signed up.

I have been giving online workshops covering music by van Eyck,Telemann and Maute. Also following on from the Zahnhausen recital presenting workshops looking at the music and styles of The Signs of the Seasons.

I have been doing online examining for Trinity and adjudications for the East London Music Festival and Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.

September saw a Modern Recorder weekend at the Friars and a rehearsal with ERO and was good to be back with nearly all members present. An online "Meet The Composer" session with Andy Meyers included the premiere of a new work written for me.This used five different sizes of recorder and was with a backing track. The end of the month saw a Stanesby Players concert in Tudeley which with music by Castello,Telemann,Couperin and Corelli.

October started with a lunchtime concert at Regent's Hall,Oxford Street with Fulham Brass Band playing the music of Bruce Broughton.



January Friars course saw music by Paul Clark,Bach and the Eaton Choir Book.Some tricky parts but good fun.

Joined a new brass band in Fulham and working towards Championship section contest in March.Due to circumstances this did not go ahead but the band played the test piece out at a concert the week before.

February Concert with ERO in Exeter cathedral.Music by Sieg,Watkins,Staeps and Strauss.Solo item by one of the ERO members playing Marshall Concertino for Contra Recorder.

April/May:Concerts and reherasals have been hit by the pandemic so watch this space! doing online lessons....

June/July:started online recitals for SRP branches and private groups.This includes talking and looking at musical extracts from a variety of countries,styles and using a variety of recorders.

Sept/Oct:contiuing online recitals which are going well.Various programmes and good response from the audiences.More face to face lessons and a mix of online tuition as well.First ERO rehearsal since March which went well and following the guidelines. Played Schmelzer,Warlock and Gabrieli.Also first brass band rehearsal with Fulham Brass Band since our concert in March.

Nov/Dec: More online recitals and another ERO rehearsal.Mix of lessons and workshops.Planning for 2021 includes workshops and recitals.



Enjoyable weekend at The Friars coaching English music by Tye,East,Watkins,Vaughan Williams.

A rewarding concert in February conducting ERO in Exeter Cathedral to a large and receptive audience.Playing with Regent Brass and members of the Salvation Army at Central Hall London for Elfried and Steve's wedding was a moving and fun day.

Conducting Richmond Brass for reherasals kept me on my toes but good group of musicians to work with.Singing tenor in a a version of The Messiah for brass band and scratch choir tested my voice and stamina..great experience to be a part off.

Concert in May with the Stanesby Players in Hampstead playing a mixed programme with muisc by Bach,Telemann,Handel,Maute and Steenhoven.

June saw a Recorder weekend tutoring in Wales and Trinity examining in London.Main concert with ERO with David Hayes on double bass performing the Marshall Concertino.Also performed two duets with David,one of his own compositions and a Maute Summertime.The orchestra were on top form that night and the demanding programme was well received.

July/August saw me in Hyderabad,India examining for three weeks.

September Modern Recorder weekend with music by Swerts,Richards,Maute,Badings and Haverkatee...lots of notes and rhythms to indulge in.

Recital with Stanesby Players and Emily Atkinson.Performing music by Bach,Monteclair,Scarlatti.Great recital and rewarding performance

December examining for Trinity in Singapore.Joined a brass band for the duration and got to play in their Xmas concert in one of the cathedrals there.Great bunch of players and enjoyable repertoire.

Played with Wicked People Baroque ensemble in Kuala Lumpa.Concerto with Ibi Aziz and sonata by Cima with V.Eyck variations too.



A great weekend at the Friars in January coaching a group with music by Frescobaldi,Tye,Hawkes,Monteverdi.

A Baroque Concerto concert with The Stanesby Players and La Follia in February performing works by Telemann,Handel,Bach and Vivaldi.

The ERO performed at Exeter Cathedral in a mixed programme with composers such as Schnabel,Dvorak,Farnaby,Arnold and Ecceles.

The Easter Recorder Course was enjoyable.My tutorial class worked on the Parcham Solo in G and East Duets.The Chamber Orchestra performed muisc by Leenhouts,Gabrieli and Keler.

Examining in Portugal and Spain was fun and sightseeing involved too!

A French Baroque programme with The Stanesby Players at Tudely Church in May played to a full house.Music by Hottertere,Couperin,Leclair and a Hans Martin Linde piece included as well.

ERO performed at Topsham with the Church choir.Music included works by Schnabel,Debussy,Dvorak and a polychoral work by Hassler with the singers.

The Modern Recorder weekend at the Friars in September had a premiere playing of two movements by Hans Martin Linde.Also a recent piece by Nieuwkerk,Tripytch by Paul Richards and Jazz music by Haverkate.

An October Playing Day in Bath saw a lively group working on Schein,Gershwin and Bach.




Have done successful courses in Aylesford and Alfreton working on muisc from Renaissance to 21st Century.

Recitals with Elin Harris Soprano and Yat-soon Yeo Harpsichord performing in March a German programme by Telemann,Handel and Bach followed in May by Handel and his Contemporaries which were great fun and challenging music.

ERO gave a successful lunchtime Recital in Exeter Cathedral with music by  the likes of Holst,Schnabel,Mozart.Also a concert in June with David Heyes on Double Bass playing Steve Marshall's Concertino.

Regent Brass came second in the First Section Area Finals in March and went off in September to the National Finals in Cheltenham.We had a great time coming 4th!!

A Charity Concert in November at St George's Hanover Square performing the Lennox Berkley Sonatina and Meditation by Hirose.Also piano accompanying a Viola player in works by Clarke,Schumann and Elgar.

Examining in Mumbai for three weeks with Trinity during November and December.



I did a concert in February in Chipperfield with Robin Ward on Triple Harp in a varied programme with many pieces based on love as it was Valentine's weekend.Also a Recital with The Stanesby Players joined by Crispin Lewis Baritone in a varied programme about Winter with music by Purcell,Vivaldi and Rameau.

In April I tutored on a Recorder Course in Derbyshire which was a busy week but rewarding.I performed with Robin Ward in Prestegne before an Early Music Forum workshop working on music by Shein and Scheidt.

In May I performed at St Georges Hanover Square with The Stanesby Players premiering recently discovered Sonatas and Fantasias by Handel and Telemann to a large and enthusiastic audience.

In June I was in The Hague tutoring a Modern Recorder music workshops with music by Alan Davis,Paul Leenhouts and Peter Warlock.

In July I performed with The Stanesby Players and La Follia in a great concert of Concertos by Bach,Vivaldi and Telemann.I also conducted the Exeter Recorder Orchestra in a concert in Bristol with music by Dvorak,Tchaikovsky,Hawkes and Leenhouts.

September has started with a fun Modern Recorder Course near Maidstone

2015:The Stanesby Players played A Valentine's Day Recital "From Prussia with Love" music by the Bach family,Janitcsh,Telemann and the premiere of "In The Mind of a Butterfly" by Andy Meyers.

In April we were joined by Sam Stalden on Bass Viol for "Knoc'ked on the Head" post-Civil war music by Lawes,Locke,Parcham,Keller.

"To me, the talented beauty of it was that The Stanesby Players looked and spoke and played as if they were friends, just enjoying a gig on a wet Saturday night in Camden Town".

Judith Sweeney April 2015 

In June we did a Tea Party playing concertos by Sammartini,Telemann and Stanley as well as a new piece "Organum and Alleluia" by Charlie Barber.We were joined by some great string players and the concert was a great success.

2014 saw performances of new works written for myself and The Stanesby Players:

29th March "In The Margins" by Paul Burnell

17th May "Dr Dee his Magick Square"by Michael Mullen for Recorder Viol da Gamba and Harpsichord.

"...I so enjoyed The Stanesby Players concert last night.  Thank you for a most enjoyable and horizon-stretching programme.... Judith Sweeney


May 31st 2014: A performance with Robin Ward on a variety of Recorders and Harps.Here are a few clips on YouTube.

C.P.E Bach:


Dowland/Van Eyck:

You can see others on Robin Ward Harp on You Tube :



"LOVED the concert guys - innovative and fantastically diverse program. I particularly loved the C.P.E. Bach (that was me shouting brava by the way...)"

Jessica Templeton May 2014


August 2014 saw Robin and I in the Recording Studio putting together a new album with a variety of pieces from Dowland to Piazzolla.

As of September 2014 I started to conduct the Exeter Recorder Orchestra (ERO) which is fun and rewarding venture with rehearsals throughout the year and concerts.

See DIARY for Details.

2013 saw performances in London and Tudeley with music by Bach Telemann Bartok Marais.

I performed Mamma Mia on TWO Recorders at a Contemporary Gig in May 2012.


To hear Sound bites click on:








    "..your magnificent solos at the opened the eyes of so many to the quality and versatility of the recorder.." Len Grey



Zoom Recitals
 "...You played all pieces with real musical understanding and emotion. I especially enjoyed your explanation for each piece.
Your performance of the "Dancing Skunk" was brilliant, very rhythmic and dance like! 
 It was interesting to see how you relate to your students. What you are doing with Zoom looks good and is effective. That's encouraging to me...."
Walter Mays composer of "Song of the Dancing Skunk" 2020

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