Berkshire Recorder Consort
Based in South East England, the Berkshire Recorder Consort (BRC) was formed early in 1979. Our repertoire ranges from Medieval Music to contemporary composers encompassing a wide range of musical styles.
All the members are local amateur musicians who aim to perform to a high standard whilst enjoying being a member of a friendly, social group. We rehearse every Monday evening during term time. Our venue in Easthampstead has ample parking and the nearest rail station is Bracknell.
If you would like to join us as a player you should be around grade 6 standard, be able to sight-read, and own the 4 main recorders – Descant, Alto, Tenor and Bass, all tuned to A440. There is no formal audition, but occasionally we hold open rehearsals for potential new members.
Our main instruments are recorders, the smallest being the tiny Garklein, descending in pitch and growing in size to the Sopranino, Descant, Treble, Tenor, Bass and Great Bass. In addition, the group features a variety of contemporary and period instruments in their musical interpretations. Such instruments include Crumhorns, Gemshorns, Rebecs, Smallpipes, Medieval Vielle, Gittern, Harps and Virginal.
Voice, percussion, traditional folk instruments and improvisation all combine to give the BRC a unique style.