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Beginner Recorder

Age/Level: 6+ Year 2 Complete beginners Time: 9:45am - 10:15am Taught By: Martina Mihulkova

Taking their first steps on the recorder, students will also learn basic notation and how to keep a steady beat when playing. After the third week of term, newcomers must have one-to-one lessons with Martina before joining the group.

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Recorder 1

Age/Level: 7 + (year 3) and one year tuition. Time: 10:15am - 10:45am Taught By: Martina Mihulkova

Students will expand their recorder knowledge to a full octave as well as improving their rhythmic understanding and note-reading.

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Recorder 2

Age/Level: Yr5+ Can read one octave Time: 10:15am - 10:45am Taught By: Thomas Pickering

This group is for young recorder players at intermediate level. The music is lively and fun, and suitable for players with knowledge of at least an octave who are confident sight-readers.

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Recorder Ensemble

Age/Level: Grade 2 - 5 Time: 11:00am - 11:30am Taught By: Thomas Pickering

This group is a mixed ability class exploring more complex ensemble pieces for young recorder players. Students have the opportunity to play descant, treble, tenor and bass recorders and there are regular performances both within YMM and outside in the community.

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Martina Mihulkova

Martina Mihulkova

Martina Mihulkova

Martina is a versatile flute player and enthusiastic teacher from the Czech Republic. She trained in Classical Flute and Jazz Flute Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has freelanced with orchestras, touring the UK with Czech National Symphony Orchestra, or Scandinavia with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and playing flute and piccolo in theatre pits in ballet and opera productions. Exploring her interest in groove and improvising, she is currently specialising in Brazilian music, performing with Rhythms of the City samba band as a percussionist and with Offbeat Collective as a flautist.

She has taught students of different levels and ages, helping them achieve their musical goals and discover their creative potential. She has lead creative music workshops for The Music FunDation in Prague and taught a seminar on Creativity in Music at the Teplice Conservatoire.

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Thomas Pickering

Thomas Pickering

Thomas Pickering

Thomas is currently in his final year studying in London, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His principal instrument is the recorder, but he is also a talented baroque flautist, as well as an early keyboards player.

As well as being a dedicated educator, he enjoys a busy schedule filled with exciting performance opportunities. Recent highlights have included playing in the ENO's Olivier Award winning production of ‘Noye’s Fludde’, as well as playing alongside members of The Academy of Ancient Music in a series of concerts and touring with Opera North as the Principal Recorder player for a production of ‘The Greek Passion’. He also successfully auditioned and completed the Wigmore Hall’s Chamber Tots scheme, leading educational workshops for toddler and young children.

Over the last three years, Thomas has taken part in lessons and masterclasses both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble with various people, such as Maurice Steger, Rachel Podger, Karel van Steenhoven and Dorothee Oberlinger. In his first year at GSMD he was selected to play the principal recorder part in the school’s opera; a production of ‘Venus and Adonis’ by John Blow, and has since been asked to play again for both Charpentier's 'Orphée descendant aux enfers' and Carissimi's 'Judicium Salomonis'. He has also toured across Austria and Switzerland as a member of the critically acclaimed ensemble Apollo's Cabinet, playing both the recorder and the harpsichord.

As well as performing, Thomas is a keen arranger and composer, and was commissioned by The Worshipful Company of Woodturners to compose a fanfare for the Lord Mayor of London, which he had the opportunity to perform and present to the Lord Mayor on multiple occasions.

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