Scottish Recorder Festival 2014

Flanders, Fun and Fine weather, what a glorious day we had in Glasgow. The Flanders Recorder Quartet musicians were not only inspirational as tutors but also charming and exciting people to have as our conductors. The Quartet has evolved into one of the world’s top ensembles. They have performed more than 1800 concerts and have attained a prominent position in the world of Early Music.

There was everything to choose from in the way of music, including getting into real jazz mode with Cole Porter’s Night and Day and by contrast J.S. Bach’s fugue in A and Contrapunctus 4 &9. For those willing to try something ultramodern there was a difficult but interesting piece by F. Yoshimine: Small Festival. The final mass playing held a surprise. After a calm start we were into a very sexy dance mode with Lachrimae Tango by Dowland/arr. A. Melville.

There were players from Ireland, Cornwall, Isle of Man and all over Scotland who seemed to enjoy themselves hugely.

Both the Early Music Shop and Recorder Music Mail provided temptation with a wide selection of instruments and music. Most of us were willing to be tempted!

The day not only provided good tutoring sessions but a superb concert by Ton, Joris, Bart and Paul. We were treated to a selection of pieces from 1360 with Ashton’s Maske, through Boismortier Concerto Op. 15, VI in G, Purcell Chacony in G to the 18th century with J. S. Bach Fugue in G. It was an inspiring performance. Thank you FRQ for visiting Glasgow.