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Welcome to NQRS!

The North Queensland Recorder Society was established in 1995 to bring together recorder players in the Townsville and wider North Queensland region for skills development and social playing. To find out more about the Society and membership or to contact the Society visit the About page.


MUSIC FOR NEXT APRES MIDI (Posted 25 May 2018)

If you were at last year's Magnetic Island Workshop, you'd remember the booklet that Ruth provided (below). We're planning to revisit some of the music in this booklet in the Après Midi at Ian's place on Sunday 3 June as a warm-up to the 2018 Magnetic Island Workshop. If you're coming to the Après Midi and have a copy of the booklet, please bring it with you. If you haven't, don't worry - we'll have spare copies of the pieces that we intend to play.

Cover of Ruths 2017 music booklet entitled The Dance


Ruth Wilkinson has settled on the theme: Tropical Ayres - A Celebration of Recorder Playing in an Island Paradise. Read more about what she is planning on the Annual Workshop page.


Registrations for the Magnetic Island Workshop on the weekend of 20-22 July have been a runaway success. We now (at 7 May) have 25 paid-up registrations; 1 in the banking system; 2 intending but not registered (i.e. paid) and 1 unsure. We are capping attendance at 30 people, so if you still want to join us now is the time to do so. See the Annual Workshop page for details or email ** Direct email link protected by JavaScript. Enable JavaScript or email 'info' (at symbol) ''.** to register your interest.


The date of the next Après Midi has been delayed two weeks to Sunday 3 June; details below.

MUSICAL APRES MIDI (earlier than a Soirée; Posted 23 April 2018; amended 2 May 2018 with date change)

Ian Montgomery has invited us to his place for another NQRS afternoon of recorder playing and listening on Sunday 3 June 3:30pm - 5:30pm at 454 Forestry Road, Bluewater. These are informal get-togethers of people who like to play and listen to recorder music and allow us to enjoy a couple of hours of the magical sounds that recorders can make. Please join us for a relaxing afternoon of friendship and music making. Ian has a pleasant pool, so come early with your togs if that is appealing.

View of Ian's House

Please bring a small plate to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. Bring all your recorders and music stand. If you have a special piece of music you wish to share, copies will need to be made. Ian will have a selection of music he has chosen and copies will be distributed on the day. Our Secretary Janet is happy to assist with copying - 0417 787 220 - and please let her or Ian - 0411 602 737 - know if you intend coming.

To get there, drive towards Ingham until, 30km from Townsville, you pass over Bluewater Creek. Turn left immediately into Forestry Road. 454 is 6.7km from the highway on the left. The house number is painted on a rock at the gate post.

View of Ian's Driveway

The entrance to 454 is directly opposite the entrance to the North Queensland Equestrian Centre and the school bus turning circle at the last bus stop. If you miss these landmarks and reach the end of the bitumen, you've gone about 500m too far: look for the first bus stop on the way back.

View of Bus Turning Circle and Bus Stop opposite Ian's Driveway

2018 WEEKEND WORKSHOP ON MAGNETIC ISLAND (Updated 17 November 2017)

We had such a wonderful weekend on Magnetic Island in June 2017 with Ruth Wilkinson as our leader, that we are doing it all again in 2018! This time the dates are 20-22 July 2018, the weekend before the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville and directly before the finals of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition, also in Townsville.


NEWSLETTER - 21 September 2017

The September 2017 edition of the Newsletter has been posted to the Newsletter page, where you can download it and previous editions as pdf files.


At the 2015 AGM members completed a membership survey about the Society and its activities. Nicky, our treasurer, compiled the results and this is available as a pdf document. The committee has used it as the basis for revising our activities for 2016 and implemented major changes.


Visit the Resources page to find out about other aspects of recorder playing in North Queensland.