Welcome to the Orchestra Page

Introduction  The Brisbane Recorder Orchestra was formed in 2019 so that we can enjoy playing and performing with other like-minded musicians -  and to provide a path, particularly for serious amateur players to perform in a  large group. Canberra is the only other Recorder Orchestra in Australia that we are aware of, however there are dozens of Recorder Orchestras across Europe and the US. Confident players of Alto instruments or lower, with previous musical training are invited to contact the organiser Joanne McDiarmid. Details are below and Registration is essential.

The Conductor is the acclaimed performer Kathleen Williams-Devries who began musical life as a recorder player before transitioning to clarinet. She holds undergraduate and Masters degrees from the Queensland Conservatorium and a year on exchange with the Royal College of Music London. She has played with the Queensland and Australian Youth Orchestras, was selected for the World Youth Orchestra, and played professionally with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. She has played concertos with the Conservatorium Symphony, Queensland Symphony Orchestra as a finalist in the instrumental section of the ABC Young Performer’s Awards and the Harlow Symphony Orchestra in the UK. In 2000 she placed second in the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition. 

She began playing recorder again in 2013 and has played with Brisbane Baroque Players, Queensland Baroque and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra on this instrument. An interest in early clarinet has also led to her playing the chalumeau and an 1840s boxwood classical clarinet both of which she has played at various venues including regularly at Albert St Uniting Church and for the Early Music Society.

LInks : http://www.kathywilliams-devries.com/                  https://soundcloud.com/kathleen-p-williams

The Orchestra  will be comprised mainly of Alto and lower instruments with at least 5 different recorder voices. Repertoire will be early and modern, and music will be electronically distributed a number of weeks before the fortnightly rehearsals. The level of music is Moderate to Challenging but certainly achievable by confident Advanced level amateur players.

Rehearsals   Wed 4th Dec, Wed 18th Dec and resume on Wed 29th Jan 2020

Woolloongabba.   Address will be confirmed on registration.

Rehearsals will be fortnightly with a break over January. 

Parking in the grounds or in the street

What to Bring :  (NB Printed music will not be available on the night) Apart from your instrument and floor music stand, please bring a Gold Coin donation, your diary to note performance and rehearsal dates, your downloaded music on a tablet or in a black folder, a pencil or means to mark your score, water bottle. Tea and Coffee are provided. There will be a break around 7:30 pm. 


 0  will have an Alto or lower instrument/s
 0  email and internet access
 0  be keen to perform and 
 0  be at least Grade 4 AMEB or similar standard of music. 

People who do not meet the musical requirements, but are confident players and read music well are encouraged to apply. 

There is a Tenor,  F-Bass, Great bass and Contrabass available for anyone who wants to try those instruments.


Gold coin donation for each rehearsal in 2019.  In 2020 there will be an annual fee to be determined. This fee is for purchase of music, instruments and general expenses. 


Please send your contact details, musical background, preferred instrument voice/s to Joanne McDiarmid at BrisbaneRO@gmail.com or on this websites "Contact" page.  Music and more details will be emailed following registration and players will be expected to arrive at the first rehearsal prepared to play well. 

Any Questions

If anyone would like to discuss this further or ask questions please contact us on BrisbaneRO@gmail.com or brisbanerecorderhub@gmail.com  or m:0457895035

 Thank you

Joanne McDiarmid  Organiser and Kathy Williams-DeVries Conductor