EYM has enabled many young recorder players, from EYM and elsewhere, between the ages of 8 and 18, playing at different levels from grade 1 to grade 8 or above, to develop their playing, their enthusiasm for the instrument and their general musicianship, during 3-day recorder courses held in April 2005, April 2007, April 2009 and April 2012. Recorder tutors have included Colin Touchin, Chris Orton, Helen Hooker, Gail Macleod and Susan Fuchs. Musicianship tutors have included Pam Turley, Alex Goskirk and Andrew Jenkins. Some of the younger participants wrote about their experiences afterwards:-
"Thank you very much for the recorder course - I VERY much enjoyed it! I loved doing the Musicianship classes with Pam Turley. Playing in the recorder orchestra with all the different types of recorder was great fun. Playing in the concert at the end was fantastic! It was all so good that I didn't want to go home at the end. I hope there will be another course soon - I will definitely come to it.
Clio, aged 8, from Edinburgh, 2012
"I loved the course, because I learnt new notes and I had fun. I did not know that there were such big recorders in the world. I would love to play one when I'm older."
Mack, aged 8 from Peebles, 2009
"The Edinburgh Young Musicians Easter recorder course kicked off with a get-together quiz, which, with questions such as "name 3 people aged 10" and "name 3 people who donít live in Edinburgh", helped people make new friends. The teachers on the course couldnít have been better. The attendants were split into three groups - Juniors, Intermediates (my group) and Seniors. These groups would then go round having classes with all the teachers starting with Colin for massed playing and finishing with Colin again. We never got hungry as we were given tea/squash and biscuits twice a day and of course had our packed lunches to tuck into when the time came. On the second day of the course Consortium5 gave us an enchanting concert, after the day before showing us some of their amazing instruments (including one of the largest and deepest sounding recorders in the world). And to finish off what is now a memorable experience we gave the parents a concert showing just how hard we had worked! I really enjoyed the recorder course as it has made me realise what recorders can do, such as dynamics and other ornaments."
Jack, aged 11, from Midlothian, 2007
"This year's course certainly didn't fail compared to the quality of previous courses - what with excellent tutors, great tunes and a superb concert (and not forgetting the wonderful baking!!). The musicianship classes were my personal favourite, fun and entertaining as they were, but then the technique classes were good too, and the bass recorders.......! It was all really top-notch quality and everyone - tutors and participants alike - was very, very friendly."
Elisabeth, aged 13, from Tayport, 2009
"I and my friends from Wigtownshire, South-West Scotland, thoroughly enjoyed the recorder course. It was great to see so many recorders playing together and a wide range of recorders ranging from sopranino to contra-bass. Altogether, I found that the course improved my recorder playing, technique and theory as well, and I have definitely benefited from it. I have also made lots of new friends at the course and I completely enjoyed it from beginning to end. The teachers were very helpful to me and I hope that I can go back next Easter!"
Rosie, aged 13, from Wigtownshire, 2005
"I enjoyed the course as it was fun and we had a concert at the end. It was not like school because the teachers were nice."
Nicholas, aged 10 from Stirlingshire, 2007
Watch this space for details of future recorder courses.