Boston Recorder Society Newsletter
 BRS's 60th Year!
April 2015
In This Issue

Next playing session: 
Sunday, April 26, 6:30-9:00PM

Please RSVP yes or no as soon as possible!

Refreshments this month will be provided by Marilyn's Loud group.

New players always welcome--- recorders, baroque flutes and strings, or early loud winds. If you are new to BRS, your first session is a free trial. See the BRS website for details about our ensembles, membership options, and directions.

Announcing the BRS Spring Full-Day Workshop!
Saturday, May 2, 2015 

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Time: 9:30AM to 4:30PM
Coaches: Will Ayton, Rachel Begley, Jane Hershey and Tom Zajac
Fees: Full day: $100 non-members/$90 members
        Half day: $55 non-members/$50 members
        $10 full day/$5 half day discount for senior and student members of BRS
Location: Lesley University, University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
We hope you will join us for our annual spring workshop for recorders and strings. Due to scheduling difficulties, we will not have a separate loud instrument session at the workshop. We hope that loud instrument players will join us on recorders or viols. We look forward to seeing you at this very special event.

Registration forms and additional information are available here.


Parking Information and Tips

Reminder: For our Sunday meetings, the BRS discount rate of $1.50 for the parking lot behind University Hall is available for a maximum of three hours. After three hours you will be charged an additional fee.

Parking is available on local streets, and resident permits are not required Sundays. Tip: If you do not find street parking, spots are often available on Frost Street. To get there, turn off Mass Ave onto Forest Street, and then take the second left onto Frost. Frost Street ends at Roseland Street, from which you can enter the Lesley building through the parking lot (and park if you did not get lucky!).
Renaissance and Original Recorder Works 
From Annie Helman

Annie Helman is an Israeli composer/arranger currently living in Germany. Her particular niche is early music, with emphasis on recorder. Among other compositions, she has written several works in Renaissance style. She has also arranged several ancient works for recorder and various recorder combinations. Recently, Annie contacted BRS and offered her compositions and sheet music to us, with hopes that some of our members might be interested in playing them. You can visit her website at .

New Recorder Forum

Tony Eyers, the creator of, has recently created an online forum for recorder players. Tony says that most instruments have large and active online forums. Apart from a facebook page, the recorder has little in this regard--he hopes will help fill this gap. He hopes that BRS members might find that this Forum will help them reach a wider network of players, discuss upcoming workshops and recorder events, ask technical questions and share recorder experiences. 

Notice of Annual Meeting

The BRS Annual Meeting and election of Board Members will be held at 7:45 pm, during the break at our upcoming meeting on May 17, 2015, in the basement lobby of 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. We are always on the lookout for new ideas and new talent--if you have never served on the BRS Board, we hope you will consider volunteering to serve.

Natalie Palme (1931 - 2015)
Former BRS Board Member and Music Director

It was with great sadness that we learned that Natalie Palme passed away on April 2, 2015. Natalie was very active in the recorder community, and performed extensively throughout New England and also in San Diego. She also served as Music Librarian for the Harvard Music Society, and was a member of the Boston Recorder Consort. During the 1960's, Natalie served on the BRS Board and also as BRS Music Director. Her obituary can be found here.

Concerts, Classes, and Events 
If you have news or announcements of interest to the BRS community, please send your information before the 10th of each month to the newsletter editor.

The New England Early Music Calendar provides a list of events from around the region. You can now submit your own events directly to the web site.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm 

Music at the Court of Ferrara - A Joyful Noyse 

A survey of music heard at the court of Ferrara, Italy in the 15th and 16th centuries, from Dufay and Josquin to the emergence of the extraordinary trio of women musicians known as the Concerto delle Donne. With background and commentary by musicologist Dr. Teresa Neff. 

Hancock United Church of Christ, 1912 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA

Suggested $10 donation to support Hancock Cantata Fund.



June 7-14, 2015

Boston Early Music Festival

Tickets are now on sale for this wonderful event, which comes to Boston every other summer. For more information, visit or call 617-661-1812.


Summer 2015 Early Music Workshops

Early Music Week, World Fellowship Center, Conway, NH-June 25-July 2, 2015
Amherst Early Music Festival July 5-12 and 12-19, 2015
Pinewoods Early Music Week August 15-22, 2015  


Thinking about private lessons or coached ensemble classes?   
See our Early Music  Teachers List. 
Save the Dates! 
Upcoming BRS Meetings in 2015  

Saturday, May 2 - Special event: All-day workshop
Sunday, May 17 
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