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Carrick Consort


Carrick Consort
The Carrick Consort was formed about 4 years ago with just 3 players. Since then we have grown to a group of (at present) 19 members, many of whom have learnt      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 Village Hall from 9:45 to 12:15 with a coffee break in the middle. We meet each week this coming term at P.V.C  either with Helen or Mary leading and the clarinet players from the group meet on alternate weeks at Margaret Edward's home.


Carrick Consort:

Gill, Jill and myself recently attended a 4 days residential course in Somerset with Pam Smith, Tutor, on 21st and late 20th Century music written specifically for Recorder Orchestra.
Initially we were all rather apprehensive as we understood that some of the pieces would be very advanced. However, together with the other 19 players, from such far flung corners as North Wales and Southern Ireland and with Pam 's inspiring encouragement and superb teaching (and up to 7 hours rehearsal a day!) we all achieved a very high standard, broadened our knowledge and repertoire and improved our playing techniques.
The photo show us in a coffee break in front of the beautiful carved Tudor fireplace and the recorders we were playing at the time are l-r, treble, bass and tenor. Some of the works were for full orchestra with those above plus descant, great bass and contra bass recorders.

Helen Whomersley


Playing dates for the ‘New Season’:

Margaret’s Clarinets/Mary’s  Recorders:                           
September 4th/18th                                                                           
October 2nd /16th /30th
November 13th /27th
December 11th

Whole group Recs Helen:
September 11th / 25th
October 9th / 23rd
November 6th / 20th
December 4th/ 18th

Over the last season we have played at various functions:
Saturday lunchtime concert in St. Charles the Martyr, Falmouth

King Charles the Martyr Church

Morning workshop with Ann and Steve Marshall (until recently Steve was the national U3A Adviser for Recorder Playing)
Tudor Recital at St. Mary’s Primary, Penzance (to link with their history project)
Playing with S.R.P. in the Cathedral - late night shopping

Truro Cathedral inside

Christmas music morning playing in the foyer of Treliske Hospital


8’ Whole day workshop with the Marshalls. (8’ is all the lower instruments from tenor downwards and including Great and Contra basses)

8 foot

County Music Festival in Truro
Recital for the infants at Perran-ar-Worthal Primary School


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


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 and a few of our players are off to Cheltenham in August for SuRF – Summer Recorder Festival(Residential) which is a solid weekend of playing in large and small groups with a variety of levels offered in each session led by well-known guest conductors .

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



Clarinet Band:

Our new Clarinet Band group is now up and running! We are meeting on alternate Monday mornings at 10.00 at my house in Trispen.

If you would like to dust off your old clarinet and join in, please contact me for more information. Margaret Edwards (01872) 859675

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


Perran Rebells:

perran flag

In October the Perran Rebells celebrated their third birthday, and Vicki produced the cake and candles during our rehearsal coffee break.


birthday bash


The Rebells have been busy even over the summer, with many visits to local Memory Cafés, where familiar, remembered melodies are always appreciated.. We are also now going out to WI meetings, as far flung as St Ives and Newquay. The ladies always find Vicki's talks informative, she gives a brief history of handbell ringing, and of the bells' manufacture, and after our own performance, the audience have to do their bit, too. There is often much hilarity as complete novices try to get a sound out of the bells, before being confronted by a large sheet of music, notes marked by their relevant letters, and Vicki with her pointer ! And at the end of the evening they are very pleased at achieving a reasonable tune.
October 7 was the 50th Anniversary of the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain, to which several of our members belong. There was a rally at Christow in Devon, where the intention was to mass-ring 50 pieces of music. Vicki, Marg, Jacky and Kath attended and had a very enjoyable day.
The Rebells are always pleased to welcome new recruits, our leader is Vicki Ferguson.

Vicki Ferguson 01326 315013

The County Music Festival is a yearly celebration of the wonderful tradition of music making here in Cornwall. It brings together every age group, and a wide range of classes ensures everyone can take part.

Last year Perran Rebells handbell team entered the Senior class for the first time, and came away with the John Musgrave trophy. This year we had the challenge of retaining our prize. Many people will appreciate the amount of hard work and hours of practice that are put in for an occasion like this. We were very pleased to win the trophy again, with the adjudicator telling us how much she enjoyed our playing.


U3A Carrick Singers:

Christmas Concert



We have welcomed several new faces in the last few months and will be very pleased to see anyone interested in joining us at our practices on Wednesday afternoon at 2.00p.m. in Kea Community Centre, Playing Place. 

Any new members are very welcome, but please ring Liz Grant on 01872 865 325 or 07940 548785 for further details.



Music Appreciation - Truro:

The Music Appreciation Group meet in Members' homes in Truro on alternate Thursday mornings, led by Avril Vincent. If you are interested to learn more about our programme, activities and venues, please contact Avril on (01872) 241871.

The theme for the group’s meetings vary.  Members take it in turn to make a presentation on the chosen theme.

The photo was taken after a very enjoyable lunch at the Lily Tea-rooms. The group is full at present but if you wish to add your name to the waiting list please contact Avril. The dates for our next meetings are as follows-21st Sept.
5th Oct.
19th Oct.
2nd Nov
16th Nov.
30th Nov

Meetings last two hours starting at 10-30am. They take place in members' houses.

Avril Vincent 01872-241871


Opera & Other Music:

OPERA GROUP.  OPERA.  We meet at 2pm on the LAST FRIDAY AFTERNOON  each month (at Tony's house).

The next Opera Group meeting will be on January 26th. We will look at Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Yeomen of the Guard".

Tony Herring (01872) 273678



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Richard Allen Groups coordinator