A new musical director for Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia

At its Annual General Meeting on February 11th, Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia announced the retirement of its Musical Director, Christopher Burgess, almost 40 years after he first founded the orchestra as the Old Town Hall Consort. Subsequently (1995) it became HRS, a full-performance orchestra. Chris raised the standards of recorder and ensemble playing to an unprecedented level and created such performance opportunities for all HRS members as will always be remembered and cherished. And he oversaw three successful CDs!

Only one person could fill his shoes:  Helen Hooker, who began playing with the orchestra as a young teacher, later assuming the role of Assistant MD until she moved away a few years ago. Helen has often returned as a player and conductor, and there could be a no better or more appropriate successor. 

Our best wishes go to Chris in his retirement and we hope to stay in contact with him. We welcome a new era under Helen’s baton and look forward to new adventures in recorder music, new audiences and the joy of exemplifying the wonderful sound of the recorder orchestra with Helen at the helm. 

Photos are of Christopher Burgess and Helen Hooker at Boxgrove Priory in 2016.

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