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

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 around fifty branches of the SRP covering various areas of the UK and Ireland, and a separate "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, North Hertfordshire and Stevenage, we are also the nearest SRP Branch to Milton Keynes and Northampton and welcome visitors from any area to our meetings. These, which are the main activity of the branch, consist mainly of Saturday afternoon conducted playing sessions, with all music provided. Forthcoming meetings are as follows:

The following meeting dates have now been fixed, but details such as timings and visiting conductors may be amended as further arrangements are made. Visiting players are always welcome, but we ask that if you are not a member of the branch, you contact us in advance to let us know that you would like to attend on a particular date. Thank you for your cooperation.
16 Sep

Bedford (Putnoe Heights)

21 Oct
Hitchin (Walsworth Road)
25 Nov
Bedford (Putnoe Heights)
9 Dec
Hitchin (Walsworth Road)
20 Jan
Bedford (Putnoe Heights)
17 Feb
Hitchin (Walsworth Road)
16 Mar
Bedford (Putnoe Heights)
20 Apr
Hitchin (Walsworth Road)
18 May
Bedford (Putnoe Heights)
(subject to SRP approval)
Playing Day 10:00 - 17:00 conducted by
Lyndon Hilling
15 Jun
Hitchin (Walsworth Road)
20 Jul
Bedford (Putnoe Heights)

Meeting times are currently 2:30 pm until 5:00 pm unless otherwise stated above. Please check near the day for any updates, especially when we are expecting a visiting conductor. 

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; due to COVID restrictions, for the time being entry is gained via the fire door in the rear car park.

 Maps & directions (click here)                                                                          

 How much will it cost?

Unlike many branches, we make no charge at all for your first meeting (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 2023/4 is  £50.00 for an adult, £18.00 for a student, or £75.00 for a household. For those who have already joined the SRP via another branch there is the option of associate membership (£25), 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). Membership of the branch covers all standard meeting costs, but we reserve the right to make an additional charge for Playing Days. 

We have reintroduced the provision of refreshments in the break, but you are also welcome to bring your own drink (note that alcohol is not permitted at either of our venues).  Please note that it is possible that we will open doors and windows for ventilation during the break, so bring a coat if the weather's chilly! 

As a non-member, you pay only a fee at each meeting you attend (adults currently £6, students £4), 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 normally 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. For the moment, sharing of music stands etc is not permitted due to social distancing measures.

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) - see North Herts District Council website for charges. Please DO NOT use the Hitchin Youth Trust car park which is just to the right of the church.

Contact us

Beds & North Herts Branch Officers:

Chair: Gill Mitchell

Secretary: Glynne Parry

Treasurer: Stephen Marlowe

Officers / Trustees of the central organisation:

please see main website 

Download our Branch Rules


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