Homepage Genealogy Arty Stuff Recorders Penguins Site Map

About the Consort - Next Concerts - News - Programmes for Schools - Willobie Press - Contact Us

About the Willobie Consort

  Formed in 1998 by five enterprising recorder players, the Willobie Consort has given concerts in all sorts of venues, from churches and halls to schools and intimate domestic settings. Click to see a list of past concerts.

Our repertoire runs from medieval music to contemporary pieces, and from 'serious' music for church or concert hall to light, jazzy and popular items. Click for a sample programme.

    Relaxing in the medieval hall at Shelwick Court,  Hereford

Back to the Top

Lunchtime Concert Programme - about 50 minutes

Saltarello Anon - Italian dance 14th Century
Fantasia of Five Parts William Byrd 16th Century
Honie Suckle - Last Will & Testament - The Fairie Round Anthony Holborne 16th Century
Three Flute Dances Hans Ulrich Staeps 20th Century
Pavan and Galliard William Brade 16th Century
Three Hungarian Dances Johannes Brahms (arr P Richards) 19th Century
Irish Suite arr Paul Clark 20th Century
The Teddy-Bears' Picnic John Walter Bratton (arr Robin Benton) 20th Century

Back to the Top

Next Concerts:

13th October 2003, 12.30, St Lukes Church, Eardley Road, Sevenoaks, Kent

Click to see a list of past concerts.

Back to the Top

News and Future Events:


2002 - the Year of the Wallaby!
Sheila Richards' new composition "Lord Willobie's Wallaby" - written specially for the Willobie Consort - had its premiere this Summer. With its distinctly modern twist on a long-time recorder-players' favourite, we think the Wallaby will be a great hit. Score and parts are now available from Willobie Press at  3.

World Premiere
The Willobie Consort gave the world premiere of Paul Clark's new piece, 'The Spin Doctors' - to a discerning and enthusiastic audience at Theo Wyatt's Irish Recorder and Viol Summer School in Termonfechin, Co Louth, Eire - in Summer 2001. Commissioned by the Willobie Consort, 'The Spin Doctors' - a seven minute piece in one continuous movement, scored for S/A, T/A/Sop, T, B, Contra/B - is quite challenging to play, but musically very rewarding and entertaining to listen to. Score and parts are now available from The Clark Collection (CC92) at  4.

Back to the Top

Programmes for schools

When we work in schools, we're known as 'the Willobies':

  The Willobies provide a unique introduction to a wide range of music from medieval to modern times. We play all sizes of recorders from the tiny 'garklein' to the huge contra-bass - with opportunities for children to see all the instruments at close range.
Programmes last from 45 minutes to one hour, and can be tailored to suit KS1 and KS2 age ranges - with active participation from the children on percussion and/or recorders if desired. Click to see a sample programme.

Take an historical journey with the Willobies to discover the delights and versatility of the recorder: a 'real' instrument with huge potential.

Back to the Top

Programme for KS2 - 45 minutes

Saltarello Anonymous (Italian 14th Century) descant, treble, two tenors, bass
Tournament Galop Louis Gottschalk (19th Century) sopranino/descant, descant/treble, treble, tenor and bass
‘Honie Suckle’ and ‘Fairy Round’ Anthony Holborne (16th Century) descant, treble, two tenors and bass
The Teddy Bears' Picnic John W Bratton (19-20th Century) arr Robin Benton sopranino, descant,treble, tenor, bass
Pavan ‘Paradiso’ Anthony Holborne tenor, two basses, great bass and contra-bass
‘Czakan’, ‘Schalmy’ and ‘Sambuca’ Hans Ulrich Staeps (20th Century) descant, two trebles and tenor
Passetyme with good Companye King Henry VIII (16th Century) descant, treble, tenor and drum
Riffs Andrew Challinger (20th Century) descant, two trebles, tenor and bass

Back to the Top

Our own arrangements and compositions for recorder ensembles.

How to get in touch

For further information on the Willobie Consort, 'the Willobies' and the Willobie Press, please e-mail Willobie.

Willobie, the wallaby

Back to Recorder Page

Back to the Top