The Society of Recorder Players, Beds. & North Herts. Branch

We are sad to announce that our former Musical Director, long-time member, and prolific composer Ian Farquhar passed away on 18 January 2019

The Society of Recorder Players (or SRP for short), founded in 1937, is a Registered Charity (numbers 282751 and SC038422) which aims to promote the recorder and its music.

There are over fifty branches of the SRP covering various areas of the UK and Ireland, and a "Country & Overseas" Branch for members world-wide who live too far from the other branches. Click for details of the SRP itself and of other branches.

Although our main catchment area consists of Bedfordshire and the part of Hertfordshire from Stevenage northwards, we welcome visitors from any area to our meetings. These, which are the main activity of the branch, consist of Saturday afternoon conducted playing sessions, with all music provided. Forthcoming meetings are as follows:

2 Feb 2019 Bedford (Putnoe Heights)
23 Feb 2019 Hitchin (Walsworth Road)
23 Mar 2019 Bedford (Putnoe Heights)
6 Apr 2019 Hitchin (Walsworth Road)
27 Apr 2019 Bedford (Putnoe Heights)
18 May 2019 Hitchin (Walsworth Road)
8 Jun 2019 Bedford (Putnoe Heights)
6 Jul 2019 Hitchin (Walsworth Road)
7 Sep 2019 Bedford (Putnoe Heights)
5 Oct 2019 Hitchin (Walsworth Road)
2 Nov 2019 Bedford (Putnoe Heights)
Tentatively a Playing Day - to be confirmed
16 Nov 2019 Hitchin (Walsworth Road)
7 Dec 2019 Bedford (Putnoe Heights)

Don't forget the SRP National Festival in Durham
12 - 14 April 2019
Booking at

Meeting times are 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm unless stated otherwise. Please check later for any updates. 

Walsworth Rd Bapist Church                

Hitchin meetings are currently held at Walsworth Road Baptist Church Hall (SG4 9SP), which is by the roundabout at the junction of Walsworth Road and Highbury Road, Hitchin. We normally use the lower hall; bear left after entering via the main door.



 Putnoe Heights Church Centre                

Putnoe Heights Church Centre, Putnoe Heights, Bedford (MK41 8EB). This is near the northern edge of Bedford, and close to the B660 (Kimbolton Road). We normally use the small hall; head for the back of the building after entering via the main door, then turn right.

 Maps & directions (click here)                                                                          

 How much will it cost?

Unlike many branches, we make no charge at all for your first meeting (other than for refreshments, and except for Playing Days); you are welcomed as a guest to see how you get on. Thereafter, the cost depends on whether or not you become a member, but in either case our policy is to keep the charges as low as possible.

As a member, you would pay an annual subscription which is renewable in the autumn. This brings you the professionally-produced quarterly magazine, The Recorder, and various other benefits.  Annual membership for 2018/19 will be £49.50 for an adult, £16.00 for a student, or £74.50 for a household. For those who have already joined the SRP via another branch there is the option of associate membership at £25.50, and for those joining the Society for the very first time after January 1st there is a discount on your initial subscription (the subscription year runs from the beginning of September to the end of August).

Coffee, tea, squash and biscuits (even cakes on special occasions) are provided during the interval; there is an "honesty box" with a suggested donation of 40p per person for refreshments.

As a non-member, you pay only a fee at each meeting you attend (adults currently up to a maximum of £6), as we would not receive a contribution from a subscription. This helps cover the cost of room hire, music and other expenses.  Non-members do not receive the magazine etc.

Who is it for?

At the moment, unfortunately, we don’t have the facilities to cope with complete beginners – though we may be able to help by suggesting a teacher for you. However if you can play the basic notes, read music, and sight-read to a basic level, then why not come along and see how you get on? Players from intermediate standard upwards will almost certainly find something to suit them, as we try to have a good mix of music from the renaissance through to contemporary pieces at each meeting.

An associated group, the Peregrine Recorder Orchestra, is always on the lookout for competent, reliable players and meets fortnightly in Ickwell, near Biggleswade, in rural Bedfordshire. The PRO is dedicated to raising money for other charities, and gives around three concerts per year as well as making occasional school visits.

What do we bring?

Any sizes of recorder which you play, and a music stand if you have one.

Other help needed?

We will try to answer any questions you have concerning the recorder, or put you in touch with someone else who can help. However, please remember that all the Branch Officers are doing this unpaid in their "spare" time, so the answers may not be instantaneous!

Recorder teachers
If you are a recorder teacher taking private pupils and based in Bedfordshire, North Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire or the Milton Keynes area, please email us your details - we often get enquiries, and can then put prospective students in touch with you!

Access for the disabled

Both our normal venues now have ramp/level access and toilet facilities for the disabled. However please check just prior to Hitchin meetings as, just occasionally, we may be relocated to the upper hall which does not have such access.


At Bedford(Putnoe) the few spaces in front of the church are now reserved for disabled drivers, but there is a small car park at the rear accessed via a driveway down the right-hand side of the church. This should be adequate for us unless the large hall or the church itself is in use, in which case you can park on the road (no restrictions, but please park thoughtfully as there are many driveways and bends) or use the public car park a little way along the road (to the left if facing the church). This is limited to 4 hours, but is free.

At Hitchin there should be enough parking spaces for us on site; but just in case there is no space there, drive up Highbury Road and take the second left, The Avenue. Parking here, within a couple of minutes walk, is free and unrestricted on Saturdays. In the last resort, there is a public car park just along Walsworth Road in the other direction (towards the town centre), at Woodside (the Queen Mother Theatre), but it will cost you £3.00 for up to 3 hours or £5.00 for longer. Please DO NOT use the Hitchin Youth Trust car park which is just to the right of the church.

Contact us

Our Hon. Secretary can be contacted at


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