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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.


Ruth is working on a theme: she has suggested a session on Medieval music.

Supporting Tutors

Experienced local tutors Heather Coleman, Valerie Huston and Kate Saunders will alternate with Ruth in leading the sessions of the two workshop streams (intermediate and advanced) so that Ruth will spend half of the time with each stream.


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
Saturday 21 July
9:00am-9:30am Warm-up
9:30am-11:00am Session
11:00am-11:30am Morning tea
11:30am-1:00pm Session
1:00pm-1:40pm Lunch
1:40pm-3:00pm Session
3:00pm-3:30pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm-5:00pm Session
6:00pm Dinner
Evening Shared Playing/Listening/Jam Session:
Sunday 22 July
8:45am-9:00am Warm-up
9:00am-10:30am Session
10:30am-10:50am Morning tea
10:50am-12:15pm Session
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.

First Name:



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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). The early bird discount is $20 per participant if paid before 31 March, i.e. member $80, non-member $100.

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 The Arcadia Village Motel has, for the time being, reserved the entire motel for us. This means that you must book by contacting them directly by phone or email: bookings cannot be made through their website or other agencies such as

Last year the Arcadia motel offered us special rates for accommodation. We are waiting on a quote from the for this year.


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

Contact Details and Information