Jackie Butler (front), with Glenis Fitzgerald, Margaret Pfeffer, Shirley Eastick, Barbara Diery and Dudley Fitzgerald at their practice session this week.
Jackie Butler (front), with Glenis Fitzgerald, Margaret Pfeffer, Shirley Eastick, Barbara Diery and Dudley Fitzgerald at their practice session this week. Emma Channon

Musos go back to school

IN A move sure to take listeners back to the classrooms of their youth, seven seasoned Warwick residents have taken up the recorder - some for the first time.

The U3A members have decided to not let age get in the way of trying new instruments, and meet once a fortnight to have a play between chinwags.

On Tuesday, the group had its final rehearsal for the year.

Meeting at the home of Jackie Butler, who teaches the group, the members explained it was the social side of things that was just as enjoyable as the music.

"It's definitely become a friendship group," Ms Butler said.

"We play in parts and have played up to three parts using descant, treble and tenor recorders.

"For me, they're the best sort of students - they have enthusiasm, they're attentive and brilliant for practicing," she said.

Two of the members - Shirley Eastick and Glenis Fitzgerald - had never touched the instrument before, although both had a grasp of music through other instruments.

The others have had some experience, albeit limited, in the recorder.

The group will re-form in the New Year and Ms Butler will offer a second recorder group for U3A members who haven't had any recorder experience, called Introduction to Recorder.


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