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In 1985, former HRS musical director and founder, Christopher Burgess, began a series of graded recorder classes in what was then The Havant Arts Centre. His advanced group which performed as the Old Town Hall Consort gradually attracted more skilled players and larger instruments, eventually performing from 1995 as the multi-layered 7-part Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia.


Since Chris's retirement in 2022, HRS has continued to develop under the leadership of its new musical director, Helen Hooker, a popular and highly respected professional conductor who is much sought after in the recorder world. Our players have enjoyed a long and special association with Helen as a player, soloist and assistant musical director of HRS.

While Helen has a special interest in recorder orchestras, she spends her working life combining teaching, performing and conducting all over the UK and creating online educational resources for the wider recorder community, a service which is being accessed and appreciated by recorder players of all levels worldwide.

Follow HRS news and enjoy its lively daily presence on Facebook where an extensive range of players from around the world perform a wide variety of familiar and unfamiliar recorder music in interesting combinations.

Updated 2 October 2023