By Pete Donohue

As an introduction to playing music when a little one, recorder lessons were hard to beat. Sure, potential percussionists might have favoured the triangle, marimba or shaky egg but if scales, runs and riffs turned you on, then it was time to grab a wooden tube and get those fingers exploring. The world is full of open and closed holes.

Some of the Fipple Consort Hastings recorder group took to the streets of Hastings as ‘tooting’ pirates on Sunday 17th July, doing ‘pop up’ performances in pubs, street corners, shops, cafes, on the Stade open space and anywhere where they could put a smile on people’s faces.

The Sailor’s hornpipe had never been heard so many times in one afternoon in Hastings. As a strolling band on Sunday, the group limited themselves to the smaller recorders of sopranino, descant and treble but usually they play the tenor and bass too. From what I saw of them the local and visiting crowds were clearly enamoured.

If you missed them, don’t despair. On Wednesday 27th July from 1.10 – 1.50 p.m. they perform as part of the free lunchtime Wednesday concert series at Holy Trinity Church in Robertson Street, Hastings. And if you want more of their varied programme of early to modern music check out the Vegan Fayre in the Stade Hall on August 6th from 1 -2 p.m. and St Clement’s Church, Croft Road on Saturday September 3rd from 1-2 p.m. – all free.

Fipple Consort is a group of adults from Hastings who love playing recorders. Some have been playing since childhood whilst others have come back to this beautiful instrument after a break of many years. Fair play to them!

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