Recorder is the ideal first instrument for a child as it is small, inexpensive and nearly unbreakable. It can be learnt from 2nd Class and as the pupils advance, they are divided into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced skill levels. The children learn to read music as they learn to play. The Advanced class plays a carol at the Senior Carol Service every year, and also takes part in the Wesley Music Festival, both in the solo and group recorder competitions. This class has the distinction of winning 1st prize in the Festival group competition every year it has entered, as showcased in the school trophy cabinets. The recorder groups occasionally play at assembly and enter for music exams with the RIAM. They also get to display their music making skills at the annual school concert in May.
Beginners (2nd / 3rd class only) takes place on Mondays from 2.15 p.m. until 2.45 p.m.; Intermediate 1 (last year’s beginners) on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8.30 a.m.; and Intermediate 2 (continuing intermediate) on Tuesdays from 2.15 p.m. until 2.45 p.m. Advanced Recorder is for the previous year’s intermediate 2 class and by invitation, with lessons on Thursdays from 2.15 p.m. to 2.45 p.m.