Close this search box.

Exeter Recorder Orchestra

Exeter Recorder Orchestra

Saturday 17 February at 1:15pm

The Exeter Recorder Orchestra is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Formed in 2004 and directed initially by Andrew Curtis, then Pam Smith and, since 2014, Andrew Collis, its members come from all over the west country: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Bristol.

A Saturday lunchtime concert in Exeter Cathedral in early spring has become a regular feature of the orchestra’s programme.

The orchestra likes to present programmes which are as varied as possible, not just in the styles of music chosen but in the instruments employed. The orchestra has previously combined with clarinet, harp, French horn, double bass, spinet, piano, xylophone, vibraphone and choir (not all at once!).

Andrew Collis – Musical Direction

Andrew is a virtuoso recorder player and has been a finalist in major competitions and performed at prestigious venues across the UK including St John’s Smith Square and the Barbican. Festival appearances include the Brighton, Birmingham and Cheltenham International Festivals.

Andrew studied with Paul Clark in Birmingham and Philip Thorby at Trinity College of Music before further studies with Eve O’Kelly. His critically acclaimed CDs Exposure and Fusion combine a wide range of musical styles and premiere recordings.

Andrew has commissioned new works from British composers for The Stanesby Players and has appeared as part of contemporary music series. Performances abroad include Malaysia and Australia.

As an examiner for Trinity and an adjudicator Andrew has worked worldwide. He is in demand as a tutor on a variety of courses and has taught in primary, secondary and adult education. He conducts the Exeter Recorder Orchestra and coaches ensembles around the UK. Online recitals and workshops are now part of his portfolio. He has been active in promoting and supporting younger recorder players through his charity work and competition organisation.  For more information please visit

The Exeter Recorder Orchestra’s performance is included with admission to Mars at the time of the performance.