The 40th Scottish Recorder Course is taking place on the 2nd-4th September 2022. We very much hope to see everyone this year.

After an extremely trying and worrying couple of years, it is a huge relief for us to be able to meet again. Even more exciting is the prospect of us celebrating our 40th anniversary, originally all arranged for September 2020. We may be two years late, but we very much plan to make up for that!

We have a few surprises up our sleeves, but I wanted to let you in on one of them; I can’t keep it to myself any longer! We have commissioned a new work from Soren Sieg which we will rehearse and then ‘premiere’ on the Saturday evening. I believe that Soren may even be making an appearance to hear it being played!

With this in mind, I would like to open our Saturday evening session to any friends and family members who would like to come along to listen. So please spread the word. I don’t expect a huge audience, but some extra bodies would help to make it even more of an event – and you don’t get much for free, especially these days! I don’t want it to be particularly formal; it’s only a rehearsal with a play through, so whilst the session starts at 7pm, visitors would be welcome to arrive any time after that.

I am very much looking forward to welcoming you on Friday September 2nd. Until then, take care.


Please also check the Scottish Recorder Course Facebook page for updates and other news.


We are very disappointed to confirm that, a year on since the Scottish Recorder Course 2020 was cancelled, we have had to cancel the Scottish Recorder Course 2021, due to the continuing issues caused by the Covid pandemic.

The 40th Scottish Recorder Course is now planned for the 2nd-4th September 2022. We very much hope to see everyone next year.

Please also check the Scottish Recorder Course Facebook page for updates and other news.


The Scottish Recorder Course (formerly the National Recorder School of Scotland) was formed, under the direction of Brian Bonsor, in 1980 and attracts players of all recorders from sopranino to contra bass. The course offers a wide variety of ensemble playing at intermediate and advanced levels. The groups consist of players of similar standards and some instruction in playing technique is also provided.

Tulliallan offers comfortable accommodation in well-appointed single occupancy rooms with private facilities. Places are available for non-playing guests.

Anyone under the age of 18 who wishes to attend the Course would require to be accompanied by an adult (playing or non-playing).

Dates of Weekend Course 30th Aug – 1st Sept 2019

Tutors: Stuart Forrester, Lynne Hope, Mary Bonsor and Ed Friday

Venue: Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine, FK10 4BE

£200 Resident, including full board and tuition

(there is a reduction of £50 on offer to anyone who attended last year’s course and who is bringing a friend, paying full price, who hasn’t attended in the past two years. Bring two friends, get £100 off your course fee)

£150 Resident aged 16 – 18 years

£100 Resident aged under 16

£130 Non-resident player, including morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and tuition.

£100 Non-playing resident, including full board

The enrolment form and appropriate course fee should be paid in full by 31 July 2019.

All enrolment forms (available here) to be forwarded to

Miss Margaret W Simpson, 18 Craigton Crescent, ALVA, Clackmannanshire, FK12 5DS e-mail:

If financial hardship was to prevent you from applying, grants may be available to defray the cost. Please contact the course director:

Stuart Forrester, 45 Red Deer Rd, Cambuslang, GLASGOW, G72 6PY

Tel: 0141 642 0671 e-mail: