Cambridge Woodwind Makers

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Recorder Making for Children2019-03-01T14:13:47+01:00

Make a Recorder: Activity Day for Children

Course overview | These sessions use a specially developed kit, from the Mollenhauer recorder company, designed to enable children to make their own recorder. Each participant will end up with a complete working recorder.

With skilled makers as teachers, and kits provided by the world-famous Mollenhauer recorder workshop in Germany, children can make a beautiful, working musical instrument.

The budding instrument maker will be taught how to make the finger holes in the correct places, using the special equipment provided. The wooden bodies then need to be sanded and finished ready for staining and polishing. The precision engineered plastic head joint and mouthpiece will then be assembled and fitted to the instrument. After some finer adjustments are completed the child will have a beautiful finished instrument, ready to play!

During the workshop session, instructors will also explain how other instruments are made and how the recorder works.

Participants will also make a wooden woodland whistle.


Tutor | Daniel Bangham

Daniel is the founder and director of Cambridge Woodwind Makers as well as being an internationally renowned classical clarinet maker. Daniel started a clarinet making and instrument repair workshop in 1981, this then became Wood, Wind & Reed specialist music shop in Cambridge.

The course fee covers all the materials, use of tools and expert tuition.  The finished recorder will be yours to keep.

Cost | £48

Course duration | Half a day

Times | 10.00am – 1.00pm OR 2.00pm-5.00pm

Abilities | Suitable for children aged 8 and above.

Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email

What to bring | You will need to wear workshop appropriate clothing; no tassels, closed toe shoes etc. Aprons and overalls are available. Parents and or carers are invited to stay for the duration of the workshop.

NB | Courses will only run with a minimum of five students and a maximum of eight.

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.

Upcoming Related Courses

Recorder Making with Tim Cranmore – November 2019

Sat 9th November @ 10:00 - Wed 13th November @ 17:30

Recorder Making with Tim Cranmore – January 2020

Sun 26th January 2020 @ 10:00 - Thu 30th January 2020 @ 17:30

Recorder Making with Jacqueline Sorel – February 2020

Sun 23rd February 2020 @ 09:00 - Thu 27th February 2020 @ 17:00

Recorder Repair & Care – Saturday – February 2020

Sat 29th February 2020 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Recorder Repair & Care – Sunday – March 2020

Sun 1st March 2020 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Recorder Making with Tim Cranmore – March 2020

Sat 21st March 2020 @ 10:00 - Wed 25th March 2020 @ 17:30