The Wirral Recorder Orchestra was founded in 1998 by Diane Barton to encourage recorder players from all over the North West to play in an orchestral setting.
We generally perform two concerts per year, in December and July, and have performed in many venues throughout the area, including Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on several occasions.
The orchestra has more than thirty players and its instrumentation includes sopranino, descant, treble, tenor, bass, great bass and contra bass recorders.
Our repertoire stretches from Renaissance to Contemporary and includes commissions from composers who specialise in writing for the recorder. Our concerts have included works featuring a variety of soloists playing tuba, organ, french horn, viola, saxophone, bassoon and, of course, virtuoso recorder. We have also performed with choristers from the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Grace Barton studied recorder at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague with Reine-Marie Verhagen and Historical Performance Practice with Peter van Heyghen. She has performed regularly as a soloist and with Polyphonica, Birmingham Baroque and La Sprezzatura. She has been Director of the Wirral Recorder Orchestra since 2005.
The church is currently closed due to the covid-19 pandemic. We can only hope that rehearsals will be able to restart there again some time in 2021.
In the meantime we hope you are all keeping safe (and reasonably sane!) and we wish you all a very Happy Christmas.
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