The October Recorder Festival


Join us for a weekend of recorder playing in Suffolk

Friday 25 to Sunday 27 October 2024

Tutors are :  Harriet Oliver, Helen Hooker, Lesley Clarke, Liz Alexander,  Michael Graham, Moira Usher, Ruth Burbidge, Sophie Middleditch, Terry Smurthwaite 

•Playing from 3.30 Friday to 3pm Sunday.

•9 playing sessions each with a choice of tutors, with a range of genres and   

  levels from easy to very difficult.

•5 massed-playing sessions.

•Easily accessible by road (just off the A14) and a 10 minute taxi ride from Bury

  St Edmunds railway station.

•Maybe extend your stay locally to enjoy the many attractions of this area – Bury

  St Edmunds, Cambridge, Suffolk coast, Dedham Vale and many others.

The full package includes accommodation (see below), 14 playing sessions, breakfast/lunch/dinner plus tea/coffee morning, afternoon and with meals.

Other options are:

-  all this excluding playing (for non-playing partners/friends).

-  all this excluding accommodation for the whole weekend, or just Saturday or just Sunday.


Friday from 3.30 – 3 sessions

Saturday 9 to 9 – 7 sessions

Sunday 9 to 3 – 4 sessions

A feature of ORF is a composer in residence who this year will be James Stringer.  Find out more about the tutors and James via our Tutors button to left.


Recorder Music Mail *

*please note that, as Ruth is a tutor, she will bring only a limited choice and will not be there to serve all the time!

Stephen Robinson spinets

Stephen is a spinet maker who will be bringing one of his own spinets to ORF for people to play .  It is for sale and he is happy to take orders for more!  His wife, Rosemary, will accompany some groups during the weekend playing the spinet.

Early Music shop

The EMS will  bring a selection of instruments for you to play and buy.


Culford School (IP28 6TX – contains a Grade 2 listed main house with more modern accommodation and classroom blocks set in extensive landscaped grounds, close to the historic town of Bury St Edmunds.

All accommodation is in twin rooms with a sink – you choose either sole occupancy or shared if you come with someone.  Showers and toilets are shared and regrettably none are disabled-friendly.  All rooms are on the ground or first floor – please indicate on the booking form if you require a ground floor room.

Movement will be necessary during the day between dining, playing and accommodation rooms –  these are 200 yards apart via paved surfaces with some slight slopes.  (But you can drive or arrange a lift between them)

The school does not have an alcohol licence, but you are welcome to bring your own tipple if you wish.


Prices are on the booking form which is on the application form button to the left.

The closing date for bookings is 12th October, but earlier bookings would ensure your place and help us considerably. 

If your “full-package” booking and payment are received by the end of July you save £10!

Regrettably we cannot accept standalone bookings for students under Year 12, but Year 11 and under are welcome as long as they are accompanied to all sessions by a playing, responsible adult.

Please direct any queries to Moira Usher on 01473 310322 or email

With grateful thanks to Recorders For All/SuRF for their generous guidance

and for leading the way.