About the North Queensland Recorder Society
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 (through workshops, etc) and social playing.
Its large-group activities until 2015 had settled into a pattern of several 'Play Days' - themed Sunday afternoon playing sessions - each year plus an annual Weekend Workshop with an out-of-town tutor. Guest tutors for the Weekend Workshop have included Alana Blackburn, Hannah Coleman, Zana Clarke, Barbara Jerjen, Genevieve Lacey, Peter Madge, Robyn Mellor, Jessica Shaw, Rodney Waterman, Ruth Wilkinson and Dan Murphy.
In 2016, we tried a new format with monthly workshops led by tutors and held in the afternoon of the third Sunday of the month but didn't have a weekend workshop.
In 2017 we had both monthly workshops and a very successful weekend workshop on Magnetic Island.
In 2018 and 2019, we had musical soirées at members' homes to replace the monthly workshops and a residential weekend workshop on Magnetic Island.
Activities in 2021 are getting back to normal after most were cancelled in 2020 owing to the pandemic. The 2021 Annual Workshop will take place on Magnetic Island on the weekend of 16-18 July, 2021.
The society also encourages formation of amateur consorts, maintains a library of recorder music, and produces a newsletter. Individual members of the Society appear with performing groups which feature recorders.
The Membership fee remains at $20 for 2021, with a family of three being able to join for $40. Membership falls due on 1 January each year.
At the AGM held at 18 Park Lane, Hyde Park, on Friday 12 March 2021, the following officers and committee members were elected:
- President: Robyn Shaw
- Secretary: Giani Swart
- Treasurer: Janet Askern
- Newsletter: Vacant
- Website: Ian Montgomery
- Committee Members: Teresa Garonne, Heather Coleman, Glenda Tattersall
Use the general NQRS email to direct any inquiries to the committee or individual members: