Recorder Weekend with Palisander

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Fri 26Jan
Sun 28Jan

A weekend of consorts, chamber music and ensemble playing for recorder players

Facilitator: Palisander

International award-winning quartet, Palisander, will facilitate a weekend of ensemble playing that celebrates the diversity of the recorder. The repertoire will span from the medieval to the present day, including repertoire unique to Palisander.

Members of the quartet blend their extensive performance experience with a variety of teaching practices.

Early Bird pricing ends at 5pm on Friday 3rd November.

Residential places are sold out but we will be happy to supply a list of local accommodation.

Event time: Fri 26th Jan 2024 at 4:00pm - Sun 28th Jan 2024 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • Recorder Consorts
  • Large Ensemble Playing
  • Chamber Music
  • Nourishing meals in a retreat-like setting

What You Will Gain

  • Performance confidence
  • Ensemble repertoire knowledge
  • Experience of music from the medieval to the 21st Century

"Palisander – making recorders phenomenally interesting and exciting."

-Katie Derham, BBC Radio 3, 2019

The weekend will consist of consort settings ranging from optional one-to-a-part chamber groups, to massed playing sessions focusing on large ensemble repertoire, with everything in between.

Palisander’s Work

Described as “Early Music’s very own Spice Girls”, Palisander enjoy giving regular family concerts and educational workshops, including partnerships with Live Music Now and Wigmore Hall. In 2023, the group achieved acclaim, performing on BBC Newsnight to champion the role of the recorder in music education. Palisander have been awarded an Arts Council England grant to tour their educational project Recorder Revolution! bringing inspiring, interactive performances to schools and music venues across England.

Palisander’s debut album, Beware the Spider! was released in 2017, receiving a 4-star review from BBC Music Magazine, as well as being voted First Place in the Magazine’s First Listen Podcast. Palisander regularly feature on radio, including France Musique and WDR.

Join Palisander at Hawkwood for a captivating weekend, developing your musical adventures at Hawkwood.


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

Mindful walking through our woodland trails
Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£285 Early Bird Non-Residential
£344 Early Bird Residential Shared
£387 Early Bird Residential Single
£335 Non-Residential
£405 Residential Shared
£455 Residential Single


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Practical Information

Arrival and registration with tea 4pm; the course starts with supper at 6.30pm. The course ends on Sunday with afternoon tea at 4pm.


Palisander prides itself on presenting imaginative, historical programmes with a wide range of repertoire; performing largely from memory, on recorders up to 6 feet tall. The quartet has quickly established itself as a vibrant young ensemble. Devising their own choreography, as well as writing new compositions and unique arrangements for the ensemble, the group’s members are keen ambassadors for the recorder’s versatility. This is brought to life in the exciting theatrical concerts, for which Palisander is known.

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“Palisander is one of the most engaging and characterful groups of young performers... As soon as they start to play, the audience is drawn in and engrossed in the astonishing interaction and dialogue Palisander display”