Recorders are enjoying a modern revival

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. Look at Ryan Williams the virtuoso from Melbourne and composer of "Broken Landscape"above on the small sopranino, or the Berlin Recorder Orchestra selections.

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:





 Brisbane Recorder Orchestra

The Orchestra will be supporting the Palliative Association of Qld by playing reflective music at their private function for Spirituality and Palliative Care on March 13th.

Small Group Performances for Functions Available

 Please contact Joanne McDiarmid on m: 0457895035 if you would like to be kept informed.  

 New Players

If you would like to play with a large group and meet the musical requirements, then please discuss with Joanne McDiarmidon m; 0457895035 - see the Orchestra menu page above for more details.


EMSQ Brisbane Recorder Workshop from  6-12 April   2020  HAS BEEN POSTPONED

 Please contact   

The Early Music Society Qld (EMSQ) is organising a recorder workshop in April 2020. Highly recommended. Please contact the Society directly as places fill very early. 

Taste the Orchestra - Oct 2020 weekend workshop and performance  
There will be a weekend workshop for players of all standards of alto and lower instruments who want to have an orchestra experience. 

To be held in Wooloongabba Brisbane in October 2020, the workshop will include very friendly individual or small group tuition, and ensemble and orchestral playing.  Those who wish will be invited to attend one further orchestra rehearsal and then join the Orchestra in a public concert one  month later. Cost will be approx $100. Please contact Joanne McDiarmid on or m: 0457895035 to express interest.

Items of Interest 

#  Paint with a palette of Sounds ?  Emulate the sounds of Australia ?  

A one-day recorder sound workshop is being organised. 20 people minimum. Cost will be approx.  $80. If you are looking for something that is not Medieval or Baroque please express interest at .


 # Recorder Teachers  

Please also see the Qld Music Teachers site on Links page 


Joanne Arnott   M.Mus (perf.), B.Mus (hons), L.Mus.A., A.Mus.A. 
Ph: 0413 592904     More....      ​ 


Barbara Levien  B. Mus (Hons) (Recorder)  

Barbara has taught recorder for many years to AMUS standard. Former member of  Diapason. 

 Email: Mob 0412462987

 # WANTED - Music Teachers or Musicians Please think about conducting an Evening classes for beginners or Group playing.

Free venues that are secure, with coffee and nearby parking are available at McDonalds Restaurants. There is a group at Sunnybank for example.  Let me know if you would like to add your group details to this page.