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BRISBANE RECORDER ORCHESTRA   https://www.facebook.com/brisbanerecorderorchestra

The Brisbane Recorder Orchestra was formed in 2019 to 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. Confident players of Alto instruments or lower, with previous musical training are invited to contact the Manager Joanne McDiarmid. Details are below and Registration is essential.

The Musical Director is Kathleen Williams-Devries

Kathleen 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.

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The Orchestra  includes 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 will  be fortnightly unless advised.
Address will be advised on registration. 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/s 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 and be able to access Dropbox. Assistance is available.
 0  be keen to perform in formal concerts and pop-ups
 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.

Youtube videos : Players should expect to be filmed during rehearsals and at performances for production of public Youtube videos


Dress for Formal concerts : In line with tradition and convention, dress will be All Black with gold/silver jewellery. Please dress for the weather, sleeves are not a requirement.
All other requirements for performances will be advised.

Other performances : Generally smart casual but to be advised.


A Gold Coin donation for each rehearsal. In addition, for 2020, there will be two terms from Jan/Feb to June and July to Dec. A term fee of $40 is required to be paid by cash or direct credit by the third rehearsal of the term. Details of bank accounts are to be advised. This fee is for purchase of music, venue hire, instruments and general expenses. 

Partial refunds are possible in the case of significant unforseen circumstances.


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 rehearsals 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

Kathy Williams-DeVries (Musical Director)

Joanne McDiarmid  (Manager)