Recorder Orchestras

In search of the perfect recorder orchestra sound …

Since 2013, Joris Van Goethem and Tom Beets of the Flanders Recorder Quartet have held a series of one-day events for recorder, with the focus on orchestral playing.
There are 2 groups, a Chamber Orchestra and the Full Orchestra, with Joris and Tom alternating between the two. The Chamber Orchestra tackles the most difficult orchestral repertoire, one-to-a-part. The second Orchestra has a slightly less challenging repertoire and some doubling up of parts to ensure a very high standard is still achieved.

Come prepared

Participants can preview the music in advance and request their preferred parts and instruments. The final decision is with Tom and Joris, who will get in touch to allocate parts when registration is closed.

You will be expected to practise your parts in advance so that everyone gets the most from the day.

Air-Force is an initiative of the Flanders Recorder Quartet.

Air-Force calendar

Hertfordshire, UK

February 24, 2019 (10:00 - 17:45)
carpool info: players are coming from
  • ENG Bristol: Bristol (2)
  • ENG Buckinghamshire: Princes Risborough (1), Shabbington (1)
  • ENG City of London: City of London (1), London (1)
  • ENG Essex: Great Dunmow (1), Loughton (1)
  • ENG Greater London: London (5)
  • ENG Hertfordshire: Hatfield (1), Hitchin (1), Rickmansworth (1)
  • ENG Kent: Tonbridge (1), Tunbridge Wells (1)
  • ENG Other: Frome (1), Newquay, Cornwall (1), Tonbridge (1)
  • ENG Somerset: Woolavington, nr Bristol (1)
  • ENG Surrey: Addlestone (2), Chertsey (1), Claygate (1), Reigate (1), Thames Ditton (1), Woking (1)
  • OTHER Other: Cardiff (1), usk Monmouthshire (1)

Dollar, Scotland

March 10, 2019 (10:00 - 17:30)
carpool info: players are coming from
  • ENG Other: Kendal (1)
  • NL Other: City of London (1)
  • SCO Lothian: Avonbridge (1), Edinburgh (4), Lochhouses (1)
  • SCO Strathclyde: Glasgow (1), Tighnabruaich (1)

Previous Air-Forces...


5 [five]

5 [five], released June 17, 2017


Encore!, released October 12, 2012



September 10, 2018

Such a wonderful and warm audience. It's been great meeting you all. Thank you Czech Republic, thank you Svatováclavský hudební festival!



Have a look at our new programmes:

A Song for all Seasons

Our Final Favourites

Reclaiming Bach for the recorder

The Final Chapter

The Final Chapter (pure early music)