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Carrick Consort


Carrick Consort
The Carrick Consort was formed about 5 years ago with just 3 players. Since then we have grown to a group of (at present) 21 members, many of whom have learn other recorders apart from the size they were used to playing!
We usually perform in 4 parts: descant, treble, tenor and bass but sometimes more.
A wide variety of music is tackled from 15th Century to present day in a range of styles.

We meet on Monday mornings at Perranwell Centre from 9:45 to 12:15 with a coffee break in the middle. We meet each week this coming term at P.V.C  and the clarinet players from the group meet on alternate weeks at Margaret Edward's home.

We are also an affiliated orchestra of the Society of Recorder Players.

Some of us attend monthly playing sessions of Cornwall SRP on Saturday afternoons at Carnon Downs Village Hall and a few also go to Plymouth to play with the Recorder Orchestra there with guest conductors on Saturdays once a month.

 There are many Residential Courses, of various standards, also available countrywide.

SuRF 2018

Some U3A Players from Cornwall were fortunate enough to attend a residential Summer Recorder Festival (SuRF) over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Dean Close School, Cheltenham.

With 10 experienced tutors on hand from various parts of the U.K  - Scotland down to Cornwall, and one from Switzerland, a wide choice of playing groups of varying standards and styles was available each day, with the programme  running from 10p.m. including 4 massed orchestral playing sessions.

For anyone listening, whose only previous experience or memories of the recorder may be from squeaking descants at primary school, actually experiencing what is possible with a balanced orchestra of 120 players and instruments ranging from Sopranino down to Great and Contra basses (of which there are an increasing number in the country now) comes as a total revelation!

Saturday evening’s combined rehearsal culminated with a performance of a Ben Johnson Masque composed in honour of Prince Arthur, eldest son of James 1st, complete with poetry, music, speakers, choir, soloists and costumes, which proved a unique and stimulating experience for all involved.

During the weekend there was also the opportunity to have your instrument(s) inspected, repaired /or serviced, try out and buy new ones from the various shops and browse and purchase a wide variety of music as well as catching up with old friends and making new ones.

The photograph shows a brand new hardwood Swiss Kung soprano recorder (these are all individually decorated) purchased on the course.

Helen Whomersley, Carrick Consort.



New players are welcome. If you are interested please contact Helen Whomersley on 01872 858339 or by e mail



Clarinet Band:

clarinet group


A small friendly group who enjoy exploring a wide range of music together. If you have played the clarinet previously, or have recently started playing you would be welcome to join us.
Please contact the leader for details of our meetings.
Margaret Edwards 01872 859675 or

Ever Heard Of Tintinnabulation??????

Rings A Bell!

Can you count?

Can You keep time?

Can you ring a bell?

You can?

Then come and join the U3A Hand Bell Ringers.

Find out more about our friendly group by giving us a call:

Brenda on 01209822074.
Moira on 01326 319024 


Carrick Bells:

carrick bells

In fine weather last year, Carrick Bells ring in the Summer!


It's not difficult, when you're shown how!



'Tis the season for carols and bell ringers, so Carrick Bells have been busy.
 Some of our group have been playing bells for a number of years and are confident to play any bell whilst other 'guard their bells'. There are musically minded members and others who just know they need to play their bell at the correct time. We all make mistakes (you can always tell by a player's face) but we all enjoy playing which is what U3A groups are about . . .trying something new and enjoying the experience.
We would welcome anyone who would like to try their hands!
Wednesday Evening 7 o'clock till 9 o'clock at The United Reformed Church, Falmouth.
The first meeting in 2017 is Jan.4th

Contact Bren Moulson (01209) 822074


The Jazz Appreciation Group (JAG) held their first meeting on Monday 3rd September at the Carnon Downs Village Hall with an attendance of 22, Comprising of 18 U3A members and 5 guests. Each of us introduced ourselves by outlining our interest in Jazz. We listened to various types of Jazz, Trad, Modern, Voice Harmony and Latin with discussions in between. Ideas for future meetings were also discussed.

To those members who turned up on Tuesday the 4th September as printed in the Magazine, please accept my profound apologies for not being there to explain the situation.

I did attend the U3A Peranwell  5th September meeting and apologised to those members, who were so incovenienced.

I list below the meeting dates remaining for 2018.

TIMES:- 2:00PM TILL 4:00PM on all days.

September:- Monday 17th

October     :- Monday 22nd and 29th

November :- Monday 19th

December :- Monday 3rd and 17th

David S Weaver
Group Leader

U3A Carrick Singers:

Carrick singers (The Choir)
In royal terms the traditional announcement made at the end of one reign and the start of another.
What more appropriate statement for our Choir then, to mark a change of leadership and the end of an era. As many will know, our ‘esteemed leader’, founder, arranger of music and of so many other events over the years will be leaving us for pastures new next month.
Liz Grant has been instrumental (pun intended) in creating a choir from within the ranks of the U3A that has gone from strength to strength over the last eight years. We can now proudly hold our heads up in the County as a force to be reckoned with in musical terms. In short, Liz is leaving behind a legacy of which she should be proud - and we will always be grateful. Thank you, Liz.

Liz Grant

HOWEVER……….an institution such as this cannot be allowed to disappear and seamlessly, a new Musical Director is stepping into place. As from June 20th the Choir continues under new management with Richard Bailey taking over the reins. Richard has huge musical experience and we look forward to his new approach.
As ever, the Choir welcomes all comers, whatever your musical abilities. There are no auditions and you are more than welcome to come along on a Wednesday afternoon and see if you like us – I’m sure you will. As well as performing in local concerts the choir has a strong social tradition and is a friendly Group. Why not give us a try?

Andrew Julian   01872 870164 



Music Appreciation - Truro:

The Music Appreciation Group meet in Members' homes in Truro on alternate Thursday mornings, led by Avril Vincent. If you are interested to learn more about our programme, activities and venues, please contact Avril on (01872) 241871.

The theme for the group’s meetings vary.  Members take it in turn to make a presentation on the chosen theme.

The photo was taken after a very enjoyable lunch at the Lily Tea-rooms. The group is full at present but if you wish to add your name to the waiting list please contact Avril. The dates for our next meetings are as follows-

4th Oct.
18th Oct
1st Nov
15th Nov
29th Nov
Meetings take place in members homes (10.30 am to 12.30pm).
There is still a waiting list for the group.

Avril Vincent 01872-241871


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Pat Harrod & Wendy MorrisGroups coordinator