Bart Spanhove and Jitka Konecna

Residential recorder course

Victoria House, Lyme Regis

Diploma level

22nd - 28th April 2017

Limited to a maximum of 10 players

Bart Spanhove

Bart Spanhove

Bart Spanhove has been principal professor of recorder at the Lemmensinstituut Leuven (Belgium) since 1984. He is also artistic director of the world famous recorder ensemble, the Flanders Recorder Quartet. With them he has produced 20 CDs, played over 1800 concerts worldwide and given numerous masterclasses and lecture demonstrations.

Bart is co-author of the successful recorder tutor "Easy Going" (Heinrichshofen) and has published "The Finishing Touch of Ensemble Playing" (Alamire), which has been translated into numerous languages. In August 2010 Mieroprint published the results of his 4 year research project, The Recorder Music of Frans Geysen.

Jitka Konečná Jitka Konecna

Jitka Konečná is from Olomouc in the Czech Republic and studied recorder at the Conservatory in Ostrava with Jan Kvapil from 2005 to 2007. In 2007 she won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, where she started her postgraduate studies with Ashley Solomon and Julien Feltrin. During her studies in London she participated in several chamber and orchestral music projects also performing as a soloist in the London Handel Festival and with the Florilegium Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall.  In 2008 she received her postgraduate diploma with Distinction, and at the same time was awarded the McKenna Prize for Baroque Music.

Jitka regularly takes part in masterclasses given by world-class teachers (W.van Hauwe, P. Leenhouts, P. Holtslag, M. Posch, C. van Heerden, H. ter Schegget, R. Brown, E. Kirkby, T . Charlston ad.) and performs at concerts in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Since 2009, she has been the main organizer of the Summer School of Early Music in Prachatice and teaches recorder at the Conservatories in Ostrava and Olomouc.  She has also acted as an instructor on the training program for teachers on the Brno and Olomouc Conservatory.


About the course

This is an exceptional opportunity for tuition in a very small group by two leading recorder players. 

This course is designed for players at and above Diploma level.  Players are expected to be very good sight readers and to be willing and able to play all sizes of recorder down to great bass or contra.  Each day there will be sessions where everyone plays together and also one to a part sessions in smaller groups.

Bart says, "We will immerse you in a bath of interesting technique exercises, ensemble playing, recorder choir and individual lessons. In a nutshell: we will try to make you better recorder players.”  For the last session of each morning, you have to sign in for either ensemble playing one to a part with Jitka or for a master class with Bart, which is focussed on the Methodical Sonatas 3, 7 and 11 by G. P. Telemann.

The timetable is flexible and will vary according to the needs and wishes of those attending, although there are usually 4 one and a half hour sessions each full day.  The early part of each afternoon is free for relaxation, exploring Lyme Regis or informal recorder playing.

The course starts after lunch at 2.30pm on the Saturday and runs until 11.30am on the Friday.  Off road car parking is available from Saturday morning if you want to arrive early and explore Lyme.


Prices are as follows:

Single occupancy    £670

2 players, sharing    £540 each

Couple sharing, one playing    £925

A £75 deposit is required per person on booking, with the balance to be paid at least one month before the course.

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