Last updated: 07.05.17
According to the Internet source given above, the Dortmund Recorder Consort
(DORC) was formed in 1994 as a result of a course on recorder ensemble playing held by Dietrich Schnabel during the First Dortmund Sacred Music Week. The DORC is now one of the largest recorder orchestras, that rehearse and perform regularly in Germany.
The DORC consists of some 50 enthusiastic and experienced recorder players of all ages, from 13 to 75 years, playing instruments ranging in size from the 6-inches Garklein to the 6-foot Contrabass in F (called "Subbass" in Germany). The instrumentation of the DORC consists of up to about 20 great basses in C, 15 contrabasses in F, two contrabasses in C and one Sub-Contrabass in F (Paetzold Model), which gives a rich and beautiful sound.
The DORC meets for rehearsal once per month on Saturday afternoon in the "Schalomzentrum" in Dortmund-Scharnhorst from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. under the leadership of their musical director and conductor, Dietrich Schnabel. Players are mainly from the Ruhr, but some players travel long distances to take part, from as far as Cologne, Hannover or Frankfurt/Main.
In general they prefer original music, from renaissance to modern, which is composed for recorder group or recorder orchestra. They sometimes play music written or arranged specially for DORC by several composers (Allan Rosenheck
, Siegfried Rath
, Eileen Silcocks
, Steve C. Marshall
, Dietrich Schnabel