Recorders East

Organising recorder courses in the Eastern region

Tutors for ORF


Adam Dopadlik, Andrew Challinger, Helen Hooker, Lesley Clarke, Moira Usher, Pam Smith, Paul Richards, Ruth Burbidge .


Adam Dopadlik

Adam studied recorder at the Royal College of Music with Ross Winters, graduating with Honours in 1984, and until recently was Lead Recorder Teacher for Cambridgeshire Music. He now teaches woodwind throughout Cambridgeshire, with a focus on promoting recorder, a role he combines with his various performing, adjudicating and conducting commitments.

Adam has performed at many prestigious venues throughout the UK, including the South Bank, both with The Ross Winters Recorder Consort and his own groups, Fitzwilliam Baroque and Hobson’s Choice. He appears on the CD British Recorder Music together with Ross and Michael Keen performing the Suite for Three Recorders by Arnold Cooke.

Adam is a Visiting Conductor for the Society of Recorder Players and has taught throughout the British Isles. He is very interested in working with recorder orchestras and established the Cambridgeshire Youth Recorder Orchestra in 2013. Interests away from music include motor-cycling, reading and Ballroom and Latin dancing (for which he has achieved Gold Bar 2 and Gold Bar 1 both with Distinction).


Andrew Challinger

Andrew started playing the recorder at primary school and later studied the oboe and piano and read music at Cambridge University. After a number of years as a full-time teacher, he became much more involved with the recorder - teaching young players at the East Berkshire Music Centre and on holiday courses, as well as performing regularly on both recorder and oboe. He began to compose in the 1980's, initially to extend the repertoire of his youth groups. It was about the same time that he began to conduct for the SRP, where some of his compositions became popular. He has now retired from teaching children, but still works with adults including as a visiting conductor for the SRP. He plays regularly, particularly on early instruments and as a piano accompanist. For several years he has acted as a syllabus selector for the Associated Board.


Lesley Clarke

Lesley has played woodwind instruments from an early age, the recorder having first instilled a love of music. She is also an able pianist. Her clarinet studies included lessons with BBC Symphony Orchestra clarinettists Colin Bradbury and Donald Watson. She holds a performance diploma from Trinity College of Music. Lesley is also a flautist and saxophonist as well as a recorder player, and her busy, versatile career includes teaching pupils from beginner to concerto standard, coaching various woodwind groups, adjudication, arranging music, and performing in both orchestral and chamber music spheres – with interests ranging widely from Baroque to jazz. Lesley belongs to the Eastern Recorder Orchestra (EROS) and is conducting a piece in the next EROS concert. When musical demands permit, Lesley enjoys painting and craft work.


Helen Hooker

Helen Hooker is an experienced recorder player, teacher and conductor. The main focus of Helen’s teaching is working with adult players of all abilities, regularly coaching SRP branches and teaching on weekend courses throughout the UK. She has been a tutor at the Recorder Summer School since 1993 and Chairman since 2005. Helen is an active performer, both as a soloist and ensemble player. Her debut solo CD, Helen and Friends, was launched to critical acclaim in 2009. She is also a member of The Parnassian Ensemble, a baroque ensemble which specialises in the performance of unjustly neglected English Baroque music.

As a conductor Helen has a strong interest in recorder orchestras. She formed the Thames Valley Recorder Orchestra and has had a long working relationship with the Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia and Phoenix Recorder Orchestra. Recent orchestral projects have included Bravo Bonsor!, a CD of music composed by the late Brian Bonsor.



Moira Usher

Moira Usher studied cello, piano and recorder at Trinity College of Music, London before moving into high schools as a music teacher until she retrained for special needs work. Musically she has played cello in a number of local orchestras and ran a community choir for 15 years. She now sings in a local choir. She is a Pastoral Visitor for the SRP, has taught on the Recorder Summer School and the Northern Recorder Course and tutors at SuRF. She is the founder and conductor of the Eastern Recorder Orchestra and does most of the conducting for Suffolk Branch of the SRP. She is secretary of the Walter Bergmann Fund committee.


Pam Smith

Pam studied piano, viola and clarinet at Chetham’s School of Music, graduated in Music and French from Oxford Polytechnic and later completed a music PGCE at Bath College.

Pam is a conductor and teacher and is on the panel of visiting conductors for the Society of Recorder Players. She is musical director of the Cheltenham & Gloucester branch and tutors on various courses, including the Easter Recorder Course in Derbyshire and the Summer Recorder Festival in Cheltenham.

She conducts/tutors various other ensembles, including the Phoenix Recorder Orchestra and the Kencot Ensemble. She performs with the Park West Ensemble.


Paul Richards

Paul graduated from Royal Holloway College, London, with an Honours Degree in Music. Since then he has wrestled with a number of jobs from teacher of English as a foreign language to ministerial speech writer. Paul has also spent much time researching new pieces to expand the recorder repertoire (believing it to be a mere accident of history for example, that neither Brahms nor Liszt "officially" wrote for the instrument). His original pieces for recorders include the popular "Joshua!" and "The Imps of Lincoln" (an SRP Festival commission), and he is proud to be published by Willobie Press. www.willobie.co.uk/willobiepress.htm


Ruth Burbidge

Ruth’s musical training includes three years at the Royal Academy of Music, studying piano and flute, and after several years teaching, a year at Trinity College of Music studying piano, flute, recorder and harpsichord. During her year at Trinity she won the prestigious Raymond Russell Prize for harpsichord and was very involved in the Early Music scene playing recorder and harpsichord. She has performed many times as a soloist and accompanist, on both recorder and harpsichord.

Well known for her accompanying and tutoring skills, she is invited to conduct groups throughout the UK and goes to the USA each year to join the faculty on a workshop in Connecticut. She is the director of the chamber recorder orchestra “The Eleven”.

Her business Peacock Press publishes many titles of recorder music and as Recorder Music Mail sells recorder music all over the world. www.recordermail.co.uk