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Carrick Consort


Carrick Consort

will not meet on Aug 27 or Sept 3

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.

Carrick Consort, as an affiliated Associate Orchestra belonging to the International Society of Recorder Players, held a two-day course on the last Friday and Saturday of April at Trispen Methodist Church and Hall.
Guest conductors were Ann and Steve Marshall (previously adviser for Recorder Playing to the U3A) from Gloucester.

A wide variety of music was played from 15th to 21st century compositions and arrangements and a particular bonus was the 8-foot day on the Saturday – only for Recorders pitched from Tenor downwards when we had 3 Great Basses, 3 Contra Basses and even one Sub contra Bass added to tenor and bass instruments. This range produces a beautiful mellow tone, even in faster pieces, which sounded stunning in the Chapel.

All the players really enjoyed the Course and another is planned for the end of March next year.
Helen, Vicki & Viv.


Five members of Carrick Consort thoroughly enjoyed a Recorder Orchestra Course on the first weekend of February in Somerset at Halsway Manor (National Centre for Folk Dance, the Arts and Music)
We worked on a wide range of music from medieval to contemporary and had the opportunity of playing all instruments from descant down to contra bass over the 3 days in an orchestra of 36 participants
ably directed by Pam Smith (Cheltenham) and Jan Theedom (Peterborough)

We all felt that we had learnt a lot over the 13 hours playing and benefited from the extensive experience, advice and direction given by Jan and Pam amongst congenial company and are all looking forward to next year’s course.
The photo shows us enjoying a well-earned coffee break in the garden. You may be able to see the  bank of beautiful miniature cyclamen behind us

Helen Whomersley

Playing Dates for 2018 are as follows:


June 11th/25th
July 9th/23rd
Aug 6th/20th

Full group with Helen

June 4th/18th
July 2nd/16th/30th
Aug 13th/27th

I would just like to confirm that although Carrick Consort continues to meet in August we shall not be meeting on the Bank Holiday Monday August 27th (quite a few of us are away on a residential orchestral course that w/e)
Nor will we meet on September 3rd. Our first meeting of the new season is on Monday September 10th.

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:

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


The first meeting of JAG will be held at Carnon Downs Village Hall Monday 3rd September 14:00hrs till 16:00hrs off road parking and good public transport links.

The purpose of JAG is for those who have an interest in Jazz or those who think, they might have an interest in Jazz and want to see if there is something in Jazz for them. Jazz is for listening too, discussing verious genres, Singers, Instrumentalists, Trad, Modern. Attend Gigs as a group, invite speakers along. New Kids on the Block, Old Kids off the Block, infact, anything is possible.

We now have our first date, what is required now is You."

David S Weaver.
Group leader

U3A Carrick Singers:

Carrick singers (The Choir)
In royal terms the traditional announcement made at the end of one reign and the start of another.
What more appropriate statement for our Choir then, to mark a change of leadership and the end of an era. As many will know, our ‘esteemed leader’, founder, arranger of music and of so many other events over the years will be leaving us for pastures new next month.
Liz Grant has been instrumental (pun intended) in creating a choir from within the ranks of the U3A that has gone from strength to strength over the last eight years. We can now proudly hold our heads up in the County as a force to be reckoned with in musical terms. In short, Liz is leaving behind a legacy of which she should be proud - and we will always be grateful. Thank you, Liz.

Liz Grant

HOWEVER……….an institution such as this cannot be allowed to disappear and seamlessly, a new Musical Director is stepping into place. As from June 20th the Choir continues under new management with Richard Bailey taking over the reins. Richard has huge musical experience and we look forward to his new approach.
As ever, the Choir welcomes all comers, whatever your musical abilities. There are no auditions and you are more than welcome to come along on a Wednesday afternoon and see if you like us – I’m sure you will. As well as performing in local concerts the choir has a strong social tradition and is a friendly Group. Why not give us a try?

Andrew Julian   01872 870164 



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-

6th Sept.
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


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Pat Harrod & Wendy MorrisGroups coordinator