Recorder Repair & Care
Course overview | Jacqueline will show participants how to choose and recognise a good recorder as well as teaching the refined methods for adjusting and improving instruments. She will also demonstrate aspects of recorder making. There will be plenty of opportunities for hands-on adjustment of your own under Jacqueline’s expert eye.
This course is about getting to know the nature of the recorder. It’s about learning ’how it works’, the instrument, technically speaking, but also from a practical point of view. The course is for everyone! You don’t need to be technically talented or even interested. You will be amazed about the logic of how a tone is produced. You’ll experience how much you will be able to improve your playing by understanding what you can and cannot expect from the instrument. You will be able to diagnose the possible problems of your instrument and what you can do about it, or know when you need to ask for help from a professional repairer. You will learn what tiny adjustments can be made and what differences they can make.
The course includes many details, techniques and aspects of recorder care and it will evolve according to participants needs. It will certainly include two fundamental aspects of recorder care; oiling and taking out your recorder block. Both these tasks give many recorder players the heebie jeebies! Jacqueline will guide you through everything you need to know about these essential tasks, giving you the confidence to address them as regularly as a recorder player should!
Like anything, having a greater awareness and understanding can improve your interaction with it. Having a greater knowledge about your recorder, how it works and how it can be altered will ultimately improve your playing (or other peoples).
Learn how to choose and refine a recorder to suit you. Learn how to manipulate and adjust a recorder using basic hand tools. Learn how a recorder is made. Go home confident in the skills of maintaining and improving your recorders and with an enhanced awareness of the instrument and its flexibility.
You don’t have to modify your own recorder, Jacqueline will explain what you might do to improve it, or what you might want to take to a specialist to improve. If you, and she, feel confident you can improve it on the day; you have that opportunity.
There will be opportunities to understand the nature of your instrument and basic repair techniques, to improve your use of tools and knowledge to get the most out of your recorder.
There will also be an open session after the course; Jacqueline will have a selection of instruments with her that she has made, these will be available to try and then custom order.
Please note, this course is not about learning to play your recorder! There are many excellent teachers everywhere to turn to for that! You also don’t need a broken recorder to attend this course!
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Tutor | Jacqueline Sorel
Jacqueline is an accomplished recorder maker from Holland, with an international reputation. As a maker of recorders, and musician, she is an expert in the fine tuning of recorders, choosing, voicing and modifying recorders to suit the player.
“I really enjoyed the course a couple of weeks ago on recorder knowledge. It was a good reinforcement that what I was doing was correct and also it has challenged me to look further at the instrument and be able to offer further services in my business. Jacqueline is an excellent communicator….”
“I have just returned from the (as you predicted) excellent course run by Jacqueline Sorel. It was exactly what I needed as an amateur recorder player, enabling me to understand the principles of the instrument and how to care for it to keep it in top condition. She is a first-rate teacher and, clearly, a first-rate craftsman. Very interesting to compare her recorders with my 40-year-old Moecks. Many thanks for laying on the course.”
“It was a fantastic afternoon! We loved it! She was fab with the children and very passionate about what she does.”
“She has not ruined my recorder! Wow!”
“My recorder now plays the same as when I first fell in love with it! I want to take it away and play it forever now!”
“…for me the best part of the day was the practical work, and my impression is that the same was true for the other people taking the course. We started with oiling which everyone should be doing regularly, yet many people don’t do it because they are not confident about exactly what to oil, how to do it, or which oil to use. I think we all felt more confident about that after we had finished!”
“The real highlight was probably taking the block out. Doing so is a sort of holy grail of recorder care, yet loads of people are too worried about causing damage to do it.”
“Thanks again for an informative and enjoyable day and I look forward to taking more of you courses in the future.”
“I think it was fantastic and would encourage anyone who plays recorder to go.”
“I really enjoyed the Recorder Repair and Care course with Jacqueline Sorel. I had been concerned about taking it though. I was worried about playing in front of other people, or that my recorders might be a mess (one was), or that I didn’t know enough to be taking the class. Jacqueline immediately made all of us comfortable about everything. I can’t believe how much I learned. We looked at our own recorders and those the other participants brought. It didn’t matter if they were great recorders or just average ones — she improved all of them! We had different problems, so it was useful looking at all the recorders. I can’t say I’ll be taking tools to alter the block, but I’m now comfortable with cleaning it. And I understand the concept of re-voicing so will know in future if my recorders need work and what kinds of things can be done. We covered oiling and general maintenance, along with gaining an understand of voicing and tuning. It will help me keep my recorders in good shape, and also help very much in evaluating recorders in the future. I’d recommend it to any recorder player who wants a better understanding of the instrument.”
The course fee covers all the materials, use of tools and expert tuition. It also includes light refreshments throughout the day.
Cost | £75
Course duration | 1 day
Times | 10.00am – 4.00pm
Abilities | Suitable for adults and students over 16 years old; musicians, artisans and craftspeople.
Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email Daniel: firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring | The instrument(s) you wish to learn to diagnose and repair. You will also need to wear workshop appropriate clothing. Aprons and overalls are available to use. Remember glasses if you need them, the work involves looking at small details. If you have any tools of your own you are welcome to bring them but make sure they are marked or labelled.
Lunch | If you don’t wish to bring a packed lunch food can be bought from local stores, pubs or cafes, all within walking distance of the workshop. We have a well equipped kitchen available for use by course participants.
Location | 6 Lintech Court, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4XN, ENGLAND
Transport | The workshop is a few miles south of Cambridge city and can be reached by the route 13 buses. Follow signs to Linton Zoo and we are on the industrial estate next door.
Accommodation | If you are not local to Cambridge you will need to arrange your own accommodation for the duration of the course. View our accommodation page for ideas.
Participant Guidelines | Please read our participant guidelines which can be found here
Booking | Your reservation on a course is not complete until payment has been received.
Photos | We may take pictures during classes which may be used on our social media feeds and later in publicity. If you wish not to be in photographs please let the tutor and staff know at the start of the class.
Insurance | We have pubic liability insurance, however personal accident insurance is obligatory for non EU participants.
Deposits | Any course with a fee of £200 or more includes a non-refundable deposit of £200.
Alternative Dates | If the dates available do not suit you it may be possible to arrange a date that does. However, we can only run an instrument making course with a minimum of two people and a Repair & Care with a minimum of three.