12/2/20 - Leading music educator Karen Carey returns for 12 February

Karen Carey plays a wide range of recorders as well as the tenor viola da gamba. Santa Sabina’s Artistic Director, Karen has been a music educator for almost 40 years. She is recognised nationally and internationally as an inspirational music educator. In 2007 Karen received a National Award for Excellence in Music Education, and in 2011 was the subject of the award-winning documentary Mrs Carey’s Concert. Karen believes in the intrinsic value of music education for all children and for the health and cohesion of communities.

19/2/20 - Concert with Soeren Sieg and Antonio Carrilho

Soeren Sieg will be playing at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at 7pm on Wednesday 19 February, together with Portuguese recorder virtuoso Antonio Carrilho and our quartet, The Judgment of Paris. The concert will be in Recital Hall West and is free.

22/2/20 - Workshop and Concert with Soeren Sieg 22 February

Soeren Sieg learned to play recorder, violin and piano as a child and later the saxophone,
trumpet, guitar and drums. He studied at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg
from 1991 to 1996. He was commissioned to write compositions for the Amsterdam Loecki
Stardust Quartet, the Flanders Recorder Quartet, the Boreas Quartet, I Flautisti and many
other groups and music festivals. Since 2012 he has lived as a composer and author in
Hamburg. He has published ten books and numerous works for classical ensembles that are
played all round the world. His African suites capture the wonderful rhythms of African music
and his melodies are redolent of the breadth and beauty of the African landscapes. The
music sounds as if it is quite challenging to play but in fact it is very accessible for amateur
players. It is very satisfying music for the player but also entrancing for the listener.

11/3/20 - We are pleased to welcome back Helen Worthington as our tutor for March.

Helen had her first Piano lesson at the age of 12, her first Trumpet lesson at age 14 and she took up the Recorder at age 16. At the age of 16 she was awarded a Scholarship to the Birmingham Conservatoire to study Music one day each week whilst she continued her High School education. After school Helen completed an Honours degree at Music College in London under the tutelage of William Lang (Principal Trumpet with the London Symphony Orchestra), the pianist Raphael Terroni and the Recorder teacher Edgar Gordon. Post University she studied Recorder with Edgar Hunt, Paul Clark and Brian Bonsor. As well as her Honours Degree in Music, Helen holds A Mus and L Mus performance qualifications and two Teaching diplomas. Helen has had a long teaching career, both in Primary and Secondary Education. She currently teaches Music at Redlands School as well as running a small private music studio, accompanying students for Music exams at all levels from Grade 1 to Diploma and conducting a Church choir. When not playing music, Helen is to be found following her other passions of Ballet and Irish Dancing.

8/4/20 - We are pleased to welcome Clive Lane, already known to many members, as a first-time tutor in April.

Clive Lane is a Sydney composer who specialises in music for small ensembles, band music and choral music. He is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium (BMus, majoring in clarinet) and the University of NSW (MMus). He is a member of the Sydney Society of Recorder Players.
Early music is one of his great loves and he has been playing in viol consorts for many years. His arrangement of Pavane by Daniel Bacheler for five viols was published in the Viola da Gamba Society of America VdGSA News Vol. LIV, No.2, Summer 2017.
Saraband Music has published two pieces for viols: an arrangement of ‘Tower Hill’ by Giles Farnaby and an original piece: ‘Variations on Barbara Allen’s Cruelty’, both pieces for four viols. These and other pieces for viols have received public performances by the Sydney group Consort 8.

His Concert band music is in the repertoire of several Sydney concert bands, his ‘Pavane’ for brass band was played for the opening of the Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux (France) in 2018 and the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra has performed his arrangements and original pieces.
As a guitarist he attained the AMusA award in 1998 and has since given numerous concerts. Compositions for the guitar include solo works, guitar duets, and works for guitar and other instruments and are published by Wirripang Music, as are the pieces for Concert band.

His pieces for recorder ensemble have been played in many Sydney concerts and are published by Orpheus Music.
Vocal music is a great love and he has sung in many choirs, singing for the last six years with Sydney choir Bel a cappella (

13/5/20 - Our patron, Hans-Dieter Michatz, returns as tutor.

Hans-Dieter Michatz has been a performer and educator for more years than he cares to remember. His unique blend of a European background and training and a deep affinity with modern Australian culture have influenced several generations of musicians in his adopted country. As a reputable player of modern and baroque flute as well as recorder, he has performed and recorded with many Orchestras and Early Music groups, e.g.: as founding member and principal flute with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for many years, with Salut Baroque, Ensemble Ecclectus in Melbourne, and The Sydney Consort, with whom he toured widely in Europe. Following his acclaimed recording of Telemann’s ‘Sonate Metodiche', Hans-Dieter has recently released a new CD, featuring the same composer’s 6 Concerti, with Monika Kornel, harpsichord. He features as principal recorder soloist in the ABC Classics recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti and a number of Salut!, Sydney Consort, and Brandenburg Orchestra CDs. As a conductor, he pioneered premier performances of Handel oratorios and newly discovered works by J.D. Zelenka, as well as the first Australian performance of Vivaldi’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ RV 807. Hans-Dieter was Classical Coordinator and Performance Studies lecturer at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) from 2009 to 2018, and has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since the early 1990s. He is Patron of the Sydney Society of Recorder Players, and his work as an arranger of symphonic repertoire for recorder orchestra has been published by MOECK, Germany. Since his flute career was cut short by focal dystonia, Hans-Dieter has been concentrating on the recorder, including new ventures, such as premier performances on the Csakan, a walking stick recorder popular in 19th Century Vienna, as documented in the first Australian Csakan recording on SALUT! BAROQUE – The Special Collection. Recent engagements included collaboration with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras for their Harry Potter live performances, and a series of concerts and masterclasses with the ‘Folkwang Recorders’ from Essen, Germany, as well as lecturing and tutoring at AMPA, the Orpheus Music Course 2020, and the upcoming Brisbane Festival of Early Music. Hans-Dieter has also

12/8/20 - Jude Huxtable returns to tutor our August meeting.

When Jude is not playing the recorder, she is a flute player and teacher. Whilst studying for a BA in Literature, Jude studied flute with Nicola Snekker, Margaret Crawford and Linda Vogt. She has 40 years’ experience as a flute teacher, maintaining a busy schedule at a girls’ school in Sydney and a home studio, where she teaches beginners through to Diploma level students. Jude has co-authored a book on teaching flute with Jocelyn Fazzone and has twice been a guest presenter on pedagogy at the Australian Flute Festival. She is also a Woodwind examiner for the AMEB. Jude has a wealth of experience leading and tutoring chamber ensembles and plays herself in Sydney Wind Symphony and occasionally with Ku-Ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra. She is an active member of two recorder quintets made up of SSRP players. Both a passionate teacher and student, Jude is enjoying exploring the recorder solo repertoire under the guidance of Hans Dieter Michatz.

5/9/20 - Bundanoon Workshop 5/6 September

Another weekend of great learning and playing. Tutors-Ruth Wilkinson, Hans-Dieter Michatz and Jude Huxtable. Workshop begins at 9:30 after registration in the school. Book now to secure an ensuite room at the hotel.