which sounded fantastic in the church's acoustics. Two new standouts were a very appealing recorder orchestra arrangement of Midsummer Morris by Alyson Lewin and Ixi-Mixi-Dixi by Paul Leenhouts which was quite challenging. If I had any criticism it would be that we spent too long on the tough parts of I-M-D. Some of us had spent a lot of time practicing the un-played piece, The Dance of the Tumblers by Rimsky-Korsakov, which although demanding in a different way, seemed more doable.
Kamala (standing in the middle of the group photo) is an excellent and fascinating teacher and was able to draw out good performances from all skill levels. She obviously knew exactly what she wanted and her direction was very clear. She does things in a friendly and unintimidating way, yet firmly. If you have never seen or heard the Royal Winds recorder group, they have some great video performances on You Tube; they are worth checking and you will see a younger Kamala, under the direction of former Amsterdam-Loecki star Paul Leenhouts (yes, that’s the connection!)
Full sets of parts and scores from the Workshop are freely available on request from the Librarian, Elizabeth Paterson. Conducting scores for Midsummer Morris, Dance of the Tumblers and Ixi-Mixi-Dixi are in copyright and must be purchased. Contact Elizabeth for publication information.