The Royal Academy of Music offers specialist undergraduate and postgraduate training in Recorder for the music profession.

The teaching is led by Pamela Thorby with Anna Stegmann (contemporary repertoire and recorder consorts), Daniel Brüggen (Visiting Professor) and Peter Holtslag (Visiting Professor).


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Students are encouraged to discover the entire breadth of the recorder repertoire, including early music ranging from the middle ages, renaissance and baroque repertoire, up until the present day, as well as working with composition students and composers in and outside the Academy.

The regular 1:1 and consort lessons taught Pamela Thorby and Anna Stegmann are supplemented by guest lectures, workshops, and master classes of specialists in a specific field, which can include prominent recorder players, instrument makers or other instrumentalists and artists, as well as scholars. Recent masterclasses have included German recorder virtuoso Dorothee Oberlinger, recorder maker Luca de Paolis, and consort specialist María Martínez Ayerza.

The Academy has recently purchased a renaissance consort by leading recorder builder Adrian Brown. Students are encouraged to play renaissance music in different settings and ensembles throughout the year, often in collaboration with other instrumentalists, such as sackbuts, viols, or singers. Additionally, the department owns two bass recorders build by Paetzold by Kunath, which the students are encouraged to use during the course of their study.

Recorder players are regular participants in orchestral and cantata projects, performing in notable London venues under the direction of leading historical performance specialists including Rachel Podger, Elizabeth Kenny and Laurence Cummings. Other recent performances have included appearances on BBC3’s In Tune, the International Early Music Exhibition and Festival, and Buckingham Palace.

Recorder students also participate in performance classes, masterclasses, recorder consort classes, and chamber music with other instruments. Lessons in basso continuo, historical dance workshops, treatise and repertoire classes, as well as coaching in professional development, are all part of the core curriculum. You may also be able to receive lessons on a second study instrument.

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