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NQRS Annual Weekend Residential Workshop

Friday 12th - Sunday 14th June 2009
Hotel Noorla, Ingham

Players of recorders and plucked, bowed or blown instruments of all ages and experience are invited to attend. Relax while enjoying and sharing beautiful music.

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Download a brochure about the society and the workshop (pdf, 700 kB per page) page 1 - page 2. (The brochure was designed by Michelle Williams, the daughter of one of our members. The brochure is more attractive than this site, but all the essential information in it is on this page or the NQRS Home page.)

Invitation and Overview

The North Queensland Recorder Society Annual Residential Workshop has grown. This year our Guest Tutor will be spending a full week in North Queensland.

Assistance from the Tableland Regional Council Regional Arts Development Fund has enabled us to hold a school workshop in Kuranda on Friday, 12th June. Similar assistance from the Townsville City Council RADF supports a school workshop in Townsville on Tuesday, 16th June.

Hinchinbrook Regional Council is also part of the regional partnership and is assisting the Society with costs of holding the residential workshop in Ingham. Organisers are hoping that the change of venue will make it easier for participants travelling from Far North Queensland and the Tablelands.

Hotel Noorla offers a range of accommodation from two room suites to campsites, so participants will be able to make arrangements to suit their individual preferences and budget. Guests can order meals planned for the workshop or make other arrangements. Please book directly with Hotel Noorla - see below for contact and payment details.

Tuition is $60 per adult or $40 per student for 10 hours. This very reasonable cost is made possible with RADF assistance. Please submit names of participants to the co-ordinator, Lynn, in plenty of time so the music will be ready for you! See below for contact and payment details.

The finale will be a Concert on Tuesday, 16th June, 7pm, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. This is being organised by the Music Centre North Queensland with assistance from Townsville City Council RADF. It will be a wonderful opportunity to hear professional musicians playing at international standard so be sure to come. Invite all your friends, too!

We plan to make the Saturday presentation by Robyn, followed by the evening meal, a highlight of the weekend. We are hoping everyone will come together for the evening meal.

Looking forward to seeing you again!

Heather Coleman (Pres.)


Robyn Mellor, Guest Tutor

Robyn Mellor is a leading Australian recorder player and teacher, who has performed and taught for 20 years on the recorder and worked with children, teenagers and adults as a music teacher, conductor and administrator. Robyn gained a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of WA and later studied recorder performance in Holland under Leo Meilink and Michael Barker. She has been Musical Director of the Canberra Recorder and Early Music Society and Artistic Co-ordinator of Music for Everyone, a Canberra community performing arts organisation providing programs for adults and children. She has had extensive experience in workshops and national festivals in Australia and New Zealand.


Participants tune up their musical senses with morning warm-ups, play ensemble music in small and large groups, learn more about technique, and have the opportunity to perform in a Masterclass.
Friday evening: "Let's Make a Start" (Whole Group session 1)
Saturday Morning: Warm up - Small Group session 1 - Whole Group Session 2
Saturday Afternoon: Masterclass - Small Group Session 2 (Technique) - Short presentation by Tutor
Sunday Morning: Warm up - Small Group Session 3 - Whole Group Session 3

Workshop Fee

Full Weekend: $60 Adult / $40 Student
Per Session: $10 Adult / $7 Student

Email bookings with details to Lynn Saunders lynn.saunders@hotmail.com or phone her on 4771 6533
To make payment online contact Lynn for account details.
Post details and payment to PO Box 1169, Aitkenvale 4814;
Cheques should be made payable to North Queensland Recorder Society

Hotel Noorla

Contact: Jenny 4776 1100

See the venue: the ABC recently presented a story on it. Click here for a series of photos and an interview with the owners.

Heritage Two Room Suites
Heritage En Suite Room
Heritage Room with private bathroom
Cane Cutter Budget En Suite Room
Camp Site - powered or no power

Meals Available:
Friday Evening BBQ - $23.50
Continental Breakfast - $12.50
Workshop Weekend Special (Saturday Lunch, Saturday Dinner and Sunday Lunch) - $48.50

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