Attendance was excellent, 35 people, some of whom were relative newcomers to the BCRS, and some were returnees from way back. Many people brought food to share and at the breaks we were treated to a sumptuous feast.
The music was from the French Baroque. There was a handout on the various unique ornaments used in that period, (flattements, battements, ports de voix, tours de gosier, tremblements etc) and the players were given an opportunity to try them out on a piece by Charpentier. There was a special session focussing on playing bass recorders. This is an aspect of performance rarely addressed, and it was a useful session. Equally valuable was its sister session on soprano technique. After two groups had played in separate rooms for the majority of the time, all participants were united for a finale in the main room, producing a wonderful big sound. I was gratified and impressed by the enthusiasm of the instructors and participants alike. Everyone seemed to have a good time and benefitted from the instruction. We were squeezed rather tight into the two rooms, but it did seem to work out OK, although we were probably close to the limit that the house could handle. Thanks to all for their eager participation in the wonderful music played on such a wonderful instrument!" Tony Griffiths