In the Era of Corona Virus

Anzac Day 2020

Lest We Forget

Ian 84 years young, honouring the fallen with "The Last Post" and "The Rouse"on his balcony in Brisbane at dawn. Members of the SEQ recorder community were invited to join in from their own balconies and driveways. 

Social Media Links   

Please click on the Facebook and Soundcloud icons  above including the Orchestra Facebook Page and Kathy WIlliams-Devries extensive soundcloud music.

Members of U3A Brisbane Advanced Recorder Class

While U3A is NOT operating until advised by them, members are asked to email Jean if you wish to play in a group.

Brisbane Southside Recorder Group has Resumed

The existing members of the group have started playing weekly in each others homes NOT at the McDonalds Sunnybank Venue. Contact Joanne McDiarmid on 0457895035 with any enquiries. 

The Brisbane Recorder Orchestra has temporarily suspended their regular activities until the situation resolves.  

We were fortunate to be able to perform at the Palliative Care breakfast seminar on Friday 13th March  in the week before public gatherings were prohibited. It was a really enjoyable morning and Congratulations to the event organisers and the players who got out of bed very early, and drove at peak hour to be at Herston. 

The intention is to hold a weekend workshop and concert as soon as possible. The Orchestra will be advised of developments by email. 

Thank you to everyone else who has expressed interest in being kept informed. We will be in touch.

Music for this month - broadening the scope of the recorder


Social Distancing to Distant Socialising

An interest in music and playing the RECORDER is one of the best ways of having to Stay Home

For those who are content to listen, the six modern and classical repertoire performances above might be a good place to start. Recorders are woodwinds and they sound terrific if played well. The worst thing that happened to the recorder is that  kids had to learn the soprano/descant at school. For children and their teachers, the instrument was portable, cheap and do-able. The result was often a pretty average sound that seemed to resonate for decades for some  people. As a result, many adults have no idea of the nature, range or potential of the instrument.  

Men and women of all ages have many options with the recorder if they want to try a musical instrument that is easy to learn but challenging to play well. Who knew ?

You will experience great satisfaction, engagement, achievement and the profound joy of performing.  There is a family of recorder instruments, as well as the soprano - and most are low and mellow and beautiful.  Please have a look at the menu for classes, individual tuition, small groups, and the Brisbane Recorder Orchestra for Advanced players.

This site is a central information source for the ADULT Amateur Recorder community in Brisbane and SEQ. There is hundreds of years of music written for the Recorder family of instruments, including the fabulous modern repertoire. It deserves to be played.

What do you want to do ?

  • play socially or more seriously 
  • find a group 
  • join the Brisbane Recorder Orchestra - see menu page
  • attend a workshops somewhere in Australia
  • buy a recorder or a recorder stand 
  • take lessons 
  • find public domain music 
  • Learn more about the recorder 
  • Concerts and performers

This site is not intended for the trained or professional musician as there are many other sites dedicated to you - although I will be supporting recorder concerts and performances. Please have a look at the menu and the links page for information.


Send me an email via the Contacts page and please re-visit this site to see what is coming up in the wider recorder community.


Joanne McDiarmid          email:





Recorders are Screechy  

Rubbish, petal. The recorder is a group of instruments, not just one. Any instrument in the hands of the untrained or untalented  sounds awful. Recorders are portable, affordable,easily to learn but very challenging to play well. These qualities mean that anyone can aim to learn a serious musical instrument to the standard that they wish, starting tomorrow. I think there must be thousands of forgotten recorders at home somewhere, waiting to be re-discovered.   

Recorders are a kid's instrument     

I wouldn't give my recorders to a kid.  

They cost too much money and they're one of the perfectly fine but more affordable  ones. It is a deadly insult for the ignorant to call the recorder a "kids" instrument. Let us not be too polite.  

Recorders are serious musical instruments for adults. Many children learn, but few children, or adults for that matter learn to play well. It's a bit of a mystery.