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Carrick Consort


Carrick Consort
The Carrick Consort was formed about 5 years ago with just 3 players. Since then we have grown to a group of (at present) 21 members, many of whom have learn other recorders apart from the size they were used to playing!
We usually perform in 4 parts: descant, treble, tenor and bass but sometimes more.
A wide variety of music is tackled from 15th Century to present day in a range of styles.

We meet on Monday mornings at Perranwell Centre from 9:45 to 12:15 with a coffee break in the middle. We meet each week this coming term at P.V.C  and the clarinet players from the group meet on alternate weeks at Margaret Edward's home.

We are also an affiliated orchestra of the Society of Recorder Players.

Carrick Consort enjoyed a busy time over the  Christmas period.
We played a selection of lesser known Christmas songs and Carols each Saturday morning in December at Trelissick House and on December 17th spent the morning at Treliske where we raised almost £80 for the hospital.
This term we are anticipating taking part in the County Music festival in March and have a weekend of playing planned for the end of the month.
If there are any more Recorder players we haven't yet found please do feel free to come and try us out!

Carrick Consort players continue to be busily involved in 'playing out'. At the end of November a group of us gave a Tudor Concert to the Year 5 Group, who had been studying this era in their history lessons, at St. Mary's School in Penzance which was very well received.

The attached photo shows some of the group at Trelissick on December 8th.





Some of us attend monthly playing sessions of Cornwall SRP on Saturday afternoons at Carnon Downs Village Hall and a few also go to Plymouth to play with the Recorder Orchestra there with guest conductors on Saturdays once a month.

 There are many Residential Courses, of various standards, also available countrywide.

SuRF 2018

Some U3A Players from Cornwall were fortunate enough to attend a residential Summer Recorder Festival (SuRF) over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Dean Close School, Cheltenham.

With 10 experienced tutors on hand from various parts of the U.K  - Scotland down to Cornwall, and one from Switzerland, a wide choice of playing groups of varying standards and styles was available each day, with the programme  running from 10p.m. including 4 massed orchestral playing sessions.

For anyone listening, whose only previous experience or memories of the recorder may be from squeaking descants at primary school, actually experiencing what is possible with a balanced orchestra of 120 players and instruments ranging from Sopranino down to Great and Contra basses (of which there are an increasing number in the country now) comes as a total revelation!

Saturday evening’s combined rehearsal culminated with a performance of a Ben Johnson Masque composed in honour of Prince Arthur, eldest son of James 1st, complete with poetry, music, speakers, choir, soloists and costumes, which proved a unique and stimulating experience for all involved.

During the weekend there was also the opportunity to have your instrument(s) inspected, repaired /or serviced, try out and buy new ones from the various shops and browse and purchase a wide variety of music as well as catching up with old friends and making new ones.

The photograph shows a brand new hardwood Swiss Kung soprano recorder (these are all individually decorated) purchased on the course.


This time of the year suddenly becomes busier for our players!

Four of the group spent a very stimulating weekend at Mayhill, Gloucestershire
at the beginning of the month with an 8’ day (larger recorders from tenors downwards only) on the Saturday and Jazz Sessions on the Sunday.

 Others have attended residential courses in Lyme Regis and a further two of us ventured to Somerset for the four-day course this week on 20th Century music written specifically for Recorders, which was certainly challenging but very worthwhile and rewarding musically. We were in an orchestra of 25 players from all corners of the U.K, rehearsing for 7 hours a day and larger instruments included 6 contra basses and 6 great basses which on several occasions were used in 8’ playing – a very mellow sound.

The following day Friday, November 16th, found many of us playing at the Camborne Music Festival. The adjudicator was very encouraging and pleased to see such flourishing groups of recorder players, young and old, throughout the session.

camborne festival


If you are a Recorder player who would like to join us full details are on the website. We are a friendly group and play a wide variety of music.

Helen Whomersley, Carrick Consort.



New players are welcome. If you are interested please contact Helen Whomersley on 01872 858339 or by e mail



Clarinet Band:

clarinet group


A small friendly group who enjoy exploring a wide range of music together. If you have played the clarinet previously, or have recently started playing you would be welcome to join us.
Please contact the leader for details of our meetings.
Margaret Edwards 01872 859675 or

Ever Heard Of Tintinnabulation??????

Rings A Bell!

Can you count?

Can You keep time?

Can you ring a bell?

You can?

Then come and join the U3A Hand Bell Ringers.

Find out more about our friendly group by giving us a call:

Brenda on 01209822074.
Moira on 01326 319024 


Carrick Bells:

carrick bells

In fine weather last year, Carrick Bells ring in the Summer!


It's not difficult, when you're shown how!



'Tis the season for carols and bell ringers, so Carrick Bells have been busy.
 Some of our group have been playing bells for a number of years and are confident to play any bell whilst other 'guard their bells'. There are musically minded members and others who just know they need to play their bell at the correct time. We all make mistakes (you can always tell by a player's face) but we all enjoy playing which is what U3A groups are about . . .trying something new and enjoying the experience.
We would welcome anyone who would like to try their hands!
Wednesday Evening 7 o'clock till 9 o'clock at The United Reformed Church, Falmouth.
The first meeting in 2017 is Jan.4th

Contact Bren Moulson (01209) 822074



TIMES:- 2:00PM TILL 4:00PM on all days.


4th and 18th February               

4th and 18th March                     

1st  and 15th April                       

6th and 20th May                         

17th June                                     

At our 21st January meeting we enjoyed a presentation and musical demonstration by
Simon Latarche. Simon is a composer, arranger and Internationally known Jazz pianist, living and working in Cornwall. Simon dicussed the origins both geographical and musically  through questions, piano recitals, and recordings of Jazz. We the audiance of 28 including members and guests, were shown the shear vitality of Simon's professional ability and enthusiasm in this genre of music; this was demonstrated by his playing and the way he engaged with us throughout the meeting, we showed our appreciation with a resounding applause at the close.
We at the JAG, would encourage any member of the U3A who has a musical interest, to come along and enjoy listening to and talking about Jazz.


David S Weaver
Group Leader

U3A Carrick Singers:

Carrick Singers
Going from strength to strength

Your choir continues to grow in number and singing versatility under the careful guidance of its group leader Andrew Julian and the inspirational musical direction of Richard Bailey.

musicThe weekly, Wednesday afternoon, practises have an intensity of purpose with Richard’s flare for keeping everyone attentive though his musicality and wit.  The small band of tenors, or are they baritones, would greatly welcome others joining them – why don’t you give it a go or encourage a friend to do so.?

The introduction of published musical scores, for every member, is greatly increasing the Choir’s repertoire.  Alongside that the choir’s concert sartorial elegance has expanded to include both turquoise and pink; scarves for the ladies and bowties for the gentlemen.  A polite request to any former member: returning the music and passing on your scarf or bowtie would help keep membership of the choir the exceedingly good value that it is.  Just call Andrew on 01872 870164; thank you.


Andrew Julian    01872 870164




Music Appreciation - Truro:

The dates for our next series of meetings are as follows- 12th Sept 2019, 26th Sept, 10th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov, 21st Nov, 12th Dec.
The group meets fortnightly in members' homes from 10.30am to 12.30 pm At present the waiting list is closed.Anyone who wishes to make enquiries about the group should ring Avril Vincent

Avril Vincent. Group Leader 07854 875147




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Pat Harrod & Wendy MorrisGroups coordinator