Aeolus Recorder Konsort Presents a Recorder Workshop with Frances Blaker
Saturday, March 4, 2006, 10:00-12:00 noon and 1:30 -5:00 p.m.


"Music of Tudor England"  

Ms. Blaker's comments about the theme and workshop were:

Tudor England was awash in a variety of musical currents: secret Catholic music, new English church music, good old English secular music, French music, sacred and secular, heard at the Field of the Cloth of Gold, Italian music brought north by Henry VIII's instrument makers and players, the Bassano family, the Faraboscos and others. The list could go on! We tend nowadays to think of Tudor England as being focused on Henry VIII, but this period also includes his father, Henry VII as well as Elizabeth I, covering the years 1485 - 1603.  This all gives great scope for our musical explorations.


I plan to present a variety of choice examples of all the above-mentioned types of music. Some composers you will encounter include Byrd, Henry VIII, Farabosco, Mouton, Dunstable, and others. We will find out just what we can do with our favored instrument (Henry VIII owned 72 recorders!) to bring out the inner beauties as well as the outer sparkle of this wonderful repertoire. By the way, you may also bring your viols, renaissance flutes, and even a few krumhorns.  We will focus mainly on the recorder, but these other instruments can be included in some of the sessions for an even greater sonority.

The morning and afternoon sessions will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006, 10:00-12:00 noon and 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. at the Darragh Center, Main Library (Central Arkansas Library System), 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.   Lunch is available at restaurants near the Main Library and the Clinton Presidential Center. 

Master Class with Ms. Blaker 
(Friday, March 3, 2006)

Everyone is invited to perform in the master class as soloist or as member of an ensemble.  Recorder players with all different levels of experience are invited to participate and auditors are most welcome.  The master class is scheduled for Friday, March 3, 2006, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at Grace Presbyterian Church, 9301 N. Rodney Parham, 72227, phone 501-225-3274.

Schedule for the Workshop on Saturday, March 4, 2006:


10:00 – 12:00             Session I

            10:00 – 10:30   Technique warm-up

            10:30 – 12:00   Vocal music on recorders – the art of expression in Tudor times


12:00 – 1:30            Lunch time


1:30 – 3:30            Session II 

            1:30 – 2:15     Focus on Henry VIII

            2:15 – 3:30     Instrumental music in Tudor times


3:45 – 5:00            Session III

            3:45 – 4:40     In Nomine from easy to difficult

            4:40 – 5:00     Big finale: Adieu, mes amis (to take words from William Cornysh, whose wonderful part song “Adieu! mes amours” we will play to end the day)



Dutch Treat Meals - Join Us If You Can!

Friday, March 3, 5:00 p.m.: U.S. Pizza, 9300 N. Rodney Parham Street, Little Rock

Saturday, March 4, 6:00 p.m., Ciao's Italian Restaurant, 405 West 7th Street, Little Rock.

Recorder Workshop with Ms. Blaker (10:00-12:00 and 1:30-3:30 p.m.) on Saturday, March 4, 2006 
Advance registration $30
Full-time students $15
(Would you please make checks payable to "Aeolus Recorder Konsort" .)

Master Class with Ms. Blaker (7:00-9:00 p.m.) on Friday, March 3, 2006
$15 per participant
$10 per auditor
(Would you please make checks payable to "Aeolus Recorder Konsort" .)

Private Lessons with Ms. Blaker (Time to be arranged with Ms. Blaker)
(Pay her directly [$50 per hour].  Group lesson rates available.) 

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SEND REGISTRATION (for information, e-mail to: TO:  

    Shelley Wold,
    38 Pine Manor Drive,
    Little Rock, AR 72207