Philadelphia Recorder Society

A chapter of the American Recorder Society

Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be , from 10 AM until noon in the large meeting room at Cathedral Village.

Visitors are welcome.

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Music Director Rainer Beckmann sends the following greeting:

Greetings Fellow Recorder Players and Early Music Enthusiasts,

At our last meeting this season, we will once again explore English music from the late sixteenth century. To foster variety, the playlist contains instrumental and vocal music; dances as well as polyphonic compositions; and a piece that will once and for all teach you the most essential about hemiolas!

Looking ahead: I plan to continue building our music library and to order music from Honeysuckle Music in the next few weeks. I kindly encourage you to have a look at Honeysuckle Music's website ( and to send me ( your suggestions as to what to acquire using the Honeysuckle Music gift certificate PRS earned as First Prize Winner in this year's ARS Play-The-Recorder Month Competition.

Thank you so very much and see you soon,
Rainer Beckmann

  1. Set of Three Pieces (Pavan, Almayne, Allemanda), Alfonso Ferrabosco II (c.1575-1628)

  2. Fantasia, William Byrd (1543-1623) (Book: Quartets for Recorders, pp. 17-21)

  3. Three Balletts (1595), Thomas Morley

  4. Now I Needs Must Part, John Dowland (1562-1622)

Links to printable sheet music along with the complete monthly newsletter are available in the password-protected Members Area. An email with username and password is sent to PRS members. Newcomers and friends will find printed copies at the meeting.

Consort Day -

CONSORT DAY, the annual June meeting of the Philadelphia Recorder Society, filled the room with forty participants, most of them players. The music of ten consorts each was bracketed by TUTTI selections led by Music Director Rainer Beckmann. Special guests in attendance were Rainer's parents visiting from their home in Germany. Instrumentation featured nSATBgB and also included two guitars and a symphonia, a modern replica of its predecessor the hurdy-gurdy. A sandwich 'n cookie lunch concluded the event with social time for all.

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PRS Wins First Prize in 2014 National Play-the-Recorder Month Event

Dear PRS colleagues,first prize award

A letter has arrived from ARS announcing that we again won first prize for Play the Recorder Month. We will receive a $75 gift certificate from Honeysuckle Music whose owner Jean Allison-Olson welcomes our call to redeem the certificate.

Our Philadelphia Recorder Society chapter has won this First Prize honor for three years in a row: 2012, 2013, and 2014. Three cheers for us!!

We encourage our members to patronize our generous sponsor Jean Allison-Olson, who is very helpful online and by phone when you're seeking just the right piece of music:

Jean Allison-Olson
Honeysuckle Music
1604 Portland Ave
St Paul MN, 55104
jean AT honeysucklemusic DOT com

Sarah West, PRS President

ARS 75th Anniversary

The Philadelphia Recorder Society celebrated the 75th anniversary of the American Recorder Society on Play-The-Recorder Day, . After playing the "Arrival" movement of A Day in the Park by LaNoue Davenport (the ARS selection for this event), thirty attendees gathered to light candles and sing "Happy Birthday, ARS." Music Director Rainer Beckmann, who proposed this special celebration, baked his family's German recipe for chocolate-hazelnut cake for all to enjoy. (Click the thumbnails below for larger images.) The video below is the group playing In Nomine by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625).

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ARS Recognizes PRS

page from the American Recorder Society magazineThe Spring 2013 issue of American Recorder, the American Recorder Society magazine, highlights three PRS-related activities in it's 'Chapters & Consorts' section: a) The Fall 2012 PRS Workshop, b) The initial Piffaro Collegium Musicum semester, and c) The Suburban Station performances that raised money for Philabundance. The page is reproduced through a link on the right.

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