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Happy Arcadia by Konstantin Makovsky

Happy Arcadia by Konstantin Makovsky


The North Queensland Recorder Society usually holds an annual weekend workshop to develop the recorder playing and ensemble skills of both members and visitors. For 2018, it will again be a special residential one at the Arcadia Village Motel and Hotel on beautiful Magnetic Island. Accommodation is in the motel; the function room is in the neighbouring hotel.

Aracadia Village Motel

View from the Arcadia Village Motel looking towards Geoffrey Bay

Photo of Ruth Wilkinson with recorders

Ruth Wilkinson

Workshop Leader: Ruth Wilkinson

We are delighted to have the hugely popular Ruth Wilkinson from Melbourne as our lead tutor. This is her fifth time with us and she is well-known to Armidale participants and music students at the University of Melbourne. Ruth's specialty is baroque music and gives many such concerts playing recorder or viola da gamba.

Theme: Tropical Ayres - A Celebration of Recorder Playing in an Island Paradise.

Ruth says: “We will explore music as far back as Robin Hood’s England through the centuries where the recorder thrived as an ensemble instrument to the present day. Together through the music we will dance, laugh, lament and sigh as we explore and puzzle over many musical ideas.”

Photo of Dan Murphy playing recorder

Supporting Tutor

Daniel Murphy from Sydney will be supporting Ruth Wilkinson. Daniel, a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium is well known to as a tutor to participants in the December 2017 Orpheus Recorder Workshop. He is involved in various teaching roles with NSW Public Schools and is a member of the recorder quarter Stigma.


The main programme is on Saturday and Sunday 21 and 22 July 2018. There is an informal get-together on the evening of Friday 20 July 2018.

Date, Time Event
Friday 20 July
6:00pm-7:00pm Registration and Informal Dining
7:00pm-8:30pm Let's Make a Start: all together session so people can get to know one another.
Saturday 21 July
9:00am-9:30am Warm-up
9:30am-11:00am All Together Recorder Orchestra: Ruth and Dan will both present a piece.
11:00am-11:30am Morning tea
11:30am-1:00pm Separate Group Sessions: Ruth will lead advanced; Dan will lead beginner/intermediate.
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm-3:00pm Special Session with Ruth: Summer is a Comin' In. Fun music from the earliest round ever written - 9th century England - to beautiful part songs of the 13th century. This is a chance to work from original manuscripts. It is not scary but in fact a very absorbing challenge and suits all levels of players.
3:00pm-3:30pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm-5:00pm All together Recorder Orchestra with Ruth and Dan.
6:00pm Dinner
Evening Ruth and Dan will provide music for people who might want to form smaller groups. They are happy to work with people who find themselves adrift and want an organised group.
Sunday 22 July
8:45am-9:00am Warm-up
9:00am-10:30am Separate Group Sessions: Ruth will lead advanced; Dan will lead beginner/intermediate.
10:30am-10:50am Morning tea
10:50am-12:15pm All Together Recorder Orchestra.
12:30pm-1:00pm Performance
1:00pm End of Formal Programme

Expression of Interest

Please show your interest by filling out this form. This will enable us to keep you up-to-date with plans and to warn you of the early-bird deadline for registration.

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Workshop Fee and Registration

Your registration is complete only when you have paid the workshop fee. This is $100 for NQRS members; and $120 for non-members (includes membership fee).

We prefer payment by bank transfer:
Westpac Account Name: NQ Recorder Society
BSB 034 212
Account Number 134 217

Please include name in reference line and confirm by email with name(s) of participants to ** Direct email link protected by JavaScript. Enable JavaScript or email 'info' (at symbol) ''.** .

Instead of online payment, you may send a cheque with your registration details to: Heather Coleman, Mt Elliot Drive, Alligator Creek, Qld 4816.


You will need to make your own bookings at the Arcadia Village Motel either by phone 07 4778 5418 or by email You should book by contacting them directly by phone or email rather than through their website or other agencies such as Currently (7 May) the motel is fully booked, but some participants with family rooms may be looking for others to share.


The Hotel offers breakfast for $15, lunch for $16 and dinner for $24 (main course) or $29 (main course and dessert). See attached for details.

Getting There

Map of Magnetic Island showing Ferry Terminal and Arcadia Village Motel

The Arcadia Village Motel/Hotel is less than 2km from the Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal at Nelly Bay. Ferries run regularly from the Sealink Terminal in Townsville to Nelly Bay and connecting buses run from the Ferry Terminal to Horseshoe Bay via Arcadia. Visit the Sealink website for the ferry timetable. Here is a pdf of the bus timetable.

Google Earth View of the Arcadia Hotel/Motel

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