The Bremen Recorder Touring Company was founded in April 2000. The Company's intention is undertake annual concert tours abroad and to make at least three high-profile public performances each year within Germany. The founders were Gesa Scharf, Sybille Wolf and Geoff Grainger. They were joined by Jutta Köster and Imke Wellmann as guest players for their low-profile debut at a private Ceilidh in Ceilidh in KITO on Sunday, 18th June 2000.
Whilst not entirely forgetting "traditional" classic recorder works, the Company aims to have a wide ranging repertoire of easy-to-understand, entertaining music covering rags, blues, jazz, musicals etc. Own arrangements are encouraged.
The Bremen Recorder Touring Company is looking both for players and venues (especially in the tour countries). Please do not hesitate to contact us!
Our first tours were to New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia in April 2001 and England (Berkshire/Yorkshire), in October 2001. Planning has started for a tour to the USA (June/July 2002) whilst a further tour to Brasil (2003) is being mulled over. For tour details, please see
coming events. 12.04.03: Workshop in Bremen-Vegesack
21.06.03: Ceilidh 2003

After the final appearance of the Company at the 2003 Ceilidh, these webpages were interred in the Recorder Music Webring Graveyard on 1st January, 2004.
Important: These webpages are no longer active and are hosted for archival purposes only by Ditty Box Enterprises as a public service. In September 2017 they were re-edited reflecting the needs of CSS3 and HTML5. They will not be updated. Former links are underlined. Please respect the wishes of the former webmaster Geoff Grainger in not wanting to correspond on the contents of these pages.
Members and Guest Players
Jutta Köster Imke Wellmann Sybille Wolf Gesa Scharf Geoff Grainger
Elisabeth Book Bettina Kiefner Claudia Heinisch Mechthild Schrader-Rau Steffan Schrader
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Ceilidh 2000 in KITO, Vegesack on 18th June, 2000
The Company's final rehearsal Heinz Seidelmann Walter Wiehert


All the above photos were taken by and are © of Fred Dembny on the occaision of the Company's debut in "Ceilidh 2000" in KITO, Vegesack on 18th June, 2000.
Farewell Recital Gallery 20th February, 2001
Happy Guests Geoff, Gesa and Egbert Monika Jenne

All the above photos were taken by and are © of Manfred Eichholz on the occasion of the Company's "Farewell Recital" at the Havenhaus, Bremen-Vegesack on 20th February, 2001.
Fireworks Night Gallery 4th September, 2001
Happy Guests Starting off with Handel's Feuerwerkmusik
It is not always such hard work Enjoying the fireworks
All the above photos were taken by and are © of Manfred Eichholz on the occaision of the Company's celebration of "Fireworks Night" in Bremen-Vegesack on 4th September, 2001.
Useful Links

The following links also give a lot of interesting information.

  • Recorder Home Page. This must be the ultimate recorder site by Nicholas S. Lander.
  • Makoyan's Classical & Recorder MIDI Page A very interesting site by Makoto Tahira.
  • Geoff Grainger's Recorder Music A comprehensive and personal site.
  • Radio Vegebüdel The music scene in Vegesack and surrounding district.
MP3 Files


The following lo-fi (32 kbits/sec) excerpts can be heard directly from this site:

Canon a Due Bassi for 2 bass recorders Domenico Gabrieli
Concerto D-Moll Nr. 6 for 5 tenor recorders Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Take Five treble/treble/tenor/bass Paul Desmond
Chicken Chowder Rag (1905) sopranino/descant/treble/tenor/bass Irene M. Giblin
  Chattanooga Choo Choo descant/treble/tenor/bass Harry Warren
Whistling Rufus descant/treble/tenor/bass Kerry Mills
Tea For Two descant/treble/tenor/bass Vincent Millie Youmans
Sonaten I, II u. III treble/bass/piano J. B. Loeillet [de Gant]
Sonata treble/bass/piano Daniel Purcell
Hoe-Down descant/treble/piano Brian Bonsor
descant/D-recorder/piano Scott Joplin
A Maori Medley tenor/bass/piano Maori Trad., arr. Geoff Grainger
Hi-fi (128 kbits/sec) MP3 recordings can be heard at

The repertoire is sorted by composer. More details regarding composers, sheet music or recorder CDs can be found by clicking the links to Geoff Grainger's Recorder Music.
Milton Ager   Happy Days Are Here Again (D/A/T/B)
Isaac Albéniz   Albeniz-Tango (D/A/T/B)
Lorenzo Allegri   Suite (D/D/A/A/T/T/B/B/CB/GB)
Anon   Amazing Grace (D/D/A/A/T/T/B/B)
May Aufderheide   Dusty Rag (1908) (S/A/T/B) midi15.gif
  Richmond Rag (1909), The (S/A/T/B) midi15.gifcd15.gif
  Totally Different Rag (1910), A (D/D/T/B) midi15.gif
Johann Sebastian Bach   Siciliano From Second Flute Sonata (D/A/T/B) cd15.gif
Irving Berlin   Alexander's Ragtime Band (D/A/T/B) cd15.gif
Antonio Bertali   Sonatella For Five Recorders and Continuo (S/D/A/T/B) cd15.gif
Eubie Blake   I'm Just Wild About Harry (1921) (A/A/T/B)
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier   Concerto D-Moll Nr. 6 (T/T/T/T/T) cd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gif
  Sonata in F (B/B/B)
Otto Bonnell   Turkey in the Straw (1896) (A/T+S/T/B/B/GB(B)) midi15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifdbe15.gif
Brian Bonsor   Beguine (D/A/T)
  Hoe-Down (D/A/Piano) cd15.gifcd15.gif (5953595)
Euday Louis Bowman   12th Street Rag (1915) (D/A/A/T/T+B/B+T/B/GB(B)) midi15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifdbe15.gif
John Walter Bratton   Teddy Bears' Picnic, The (S/D/A/T/B) cd15.gif
William Byrd   Leaves Be Green, The (D/A/A/T/B) midi15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gif (5956945)
Jeremiah Clarke   Trumpet Voluntary (D/A/T/B) midi15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gif
Zez Confrey   Kitten on the Keys (1921) (A/T/T+S/B+D/B/GB(B)) midi15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifdbe15.gif
John Cooper   Zwei Fantasien Zu Drei Stimmen (D/A/T) cd15.gifcd15.gif
Paul Desmond   Take Five (D/A/T/B)
Lance Eccles   Stampede (D/A/T/B) cd15.gif
Edward Elgar   Chanson De Matin (D/A/A/T/B) midi15.gif
Gabriel Fauré   Pie Jesu From the Requiem (A/T/T/B/B/CB/CB)
Max C. Freedman   Rock Around the Clock (D/A/T/B)
Matthias Friederich   Highstreet-Dixie (D/A/T) (749472)
Domenico Gabrieli   Canon a Due Bassi (B/B) cd15.gif
Joe Garland   In the Mood (D/A/T/B)
Irene M. Giblin   Chicken Chowder Rag (1905) (S/D/A/T/B) midi15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gif
  Sleepy Lou (1906) (S/D/T/B) midi15.gifcd15.gif
Giovani Battista dalla Gostena   Two Fantasias (A/A/T/B) cd15.gif
Percy Aldridge Grainger   Shepherd's Hey (D/A/T/Piano)
Edvard Hagerup Grieg   Grieg Suite, A (D/Piano)
George F. Handel   Feuerwerksmusik (A/T/B)
Joseph Haydn   Kindersinfonie (D/A/T/B) cd15.gifcd15.gif
  Partita For Recoder Trio (D/A/T)
James Hook   Trio For Three Flutes (D/A/T) smp_logo_88_white.gif
Léon Jessel   Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (1921), The (T/T/B+T/B/GB(B)) cd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifdbe15.gif
Scott Joplin   Augustan Club Waltzes (1901), The (A+S/A/T/T/B/GB(B)) midi15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifdbe15.gif
  Easy Winners, The (D/A/Piano) midi15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gif (771019)
  Entertainer, The (D/A/T/B) midi15.gif
  Fig Leaf Rag (D/A/T/B) midi15.gifcd15.gif
  Fig Leaf Rag (D/A/T/B) midi15.gif
  Heliotrope Bouquet (D/A+S/T/B) midi15.gif
  New Rag (D/A/T/B) midi15.gif
  Ragtime Dance (D/A/T/B) midi15.gifcd15.gif
Rebecca King   Badinage (A/T)
Collie Knox and Vivian Ellis   Yale Blues, The (D/A/A/T/B)
Paul Leenhouts   Tango Für Elise (D/A/T/B) cd15.gif (757816)
J. B. Loeillet [de Gant]   Sonaten I,, II u. III (A/B/Piano) cd15.gifsmp_logo_88_white.gif
Edward MacDowell   To a Wild Rose (D/A/A/T/B) cd15.gif (763186)
Glenn Miller   Moonlight Serenade (D/A/T/B)
Kerry Mills   Rastus on Parade - Song (1896) (A/T/T/B/B/GB(B)/V(OT)) midi15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifdbe15.gif
  Whistling Rufus (D/A/T/B) cd15.gif
Wolfgang A. Mozart   Allegro From Kv 240 (D/A/A/T) cd15.gif
  Canon on the Death of a Nightingale (B/B/B)
  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (D/A/T/B)
Ernesto Nazareth   Bregeiro (1914) (A/T/T/B/B/GB(B)) cd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifdbe15.gif
Julia Lee Niebergall   Hoosier Rag (1907 (D/A/T/B) midi15.gif
Johann Pachelbel   Canon (A/A/A/B) midi15.gifcd15.gif
Daniel Purcell   Sonata (A/B/Piano) cd15.gif
J. Bradford Robinson   Show Tunes (D/A/T/B) (2463746)
Antonio Salieri   Piccola Serenata (A/T/B)
Giuseppe Sammartini   Divertimento Für Fünf Blockflöten (D/D/A/T/B) cd15.gif
Alessandro Scarlatti   Quartettino,, Sonata in F (A/A/A/B) cd15.gifcd15.gifsmp_logo_88_white.gif
Johann Christian Schickhardt   Concerto I (A/A/A/A/B) cd15.gifsmp_logo_88_white.gif
Adaline Shepherd   Pickles and Peppers (1906) (S+D/A/T/B)
  Wireless Rag (1909) (D/A/T/B)
Carl Albert Hermann Teike   Old Comrades (A/T/T/T/B/GB(B)) midi15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifdbe15.gif
Alec Templeton   Bach Goes to Town (D/A/T(B))
Traditional   Maori Medley, A (T/B) cd15.gifdbe15.gif
Peter Warlock   Capriol Suite (D/A/A/T/T/B) cd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gifcd15.gif (5317459)
Harry Warren   Chattanooga Choo Choo (D/A/T/B) cd15.gifcd15.gif
Andrew Lloyd Webber   Memory (D/A/A/T/B)
Percy Wenrich   Red Rose Rag (D/A/T/B)
Vincent Millie Youmans   Tea For Two (D/A/T/B) cd15.gif
Past Performances

21.06.03 Bremen-Vegesack Ceilidh 2003
12.04.03 Workshop in Bremen-Vegesack
20.04.02 Emsdetten/Münster, Germany Reunion with Blue Monday
23.11.01 Mützen near Clenze, North Germany Workshop with Stephan Schrader
11.10.01 York, Yorkshire A Day in York with David Grosvenor
10.10.01 Rastrick, Yorkshire Recital at St Matthew's Church
08.10.01 Cullingworth nr. Keighley, Yorkshire Parkside School Recorder Workshop
07.10.01 Brighouse, Yorkshire Calderdale Music Service Concert
02.10.01 Bracknell, Berkshire Workshop with Simon Feather
01.10.01 Bracknell, Berkshire Workshop with Paul Clark
29.09.01 England, Berkshire/Yorkshire Concert Tour, 29th Sept.-13th Oct. 2001
04.09.01 Bremen-Vegesack Vegesack Fair, Fireworks Night
06.07.01 Bremen-Vegesack "House-Concert" with Lynne Fitzpatrick (USA) and Stephan Schrader (Germany)
16.04.01 Carlton Hotel, Auckland Afternoon Recital in Foyer
12.04.01 Khandallah, Wellington Workshop with Katrin Eickhorst-Squire
11.04.01 Porirua Lunchtime Recital at the "Porirua Arts' Centre"
06.04.01 Rotorua Performance at the "Civic Centre"
03.04.01 Royal Oak, Auckland Performance at the "Roundabout Inn"
02.04.01 Onehunga, Auckland Recital for Nora Peggy Grainger
31.03.01 New Zealand Concert Tour, 31st March - 16th April 2001
03.03.01 Emsdetten/Münster, Germany Reunion with Blue Monday
22.02.01 Stahn-Studio, Worpswede Recital Recording
20.02.01 Havenhaus, Bremen-Vegesack Farewell Recital
24.11.00 Mützen near Clenze, North Germany Workshop with Stephan Schrader
18.06.00 KITO, Vegesack Reunion with Blue Monday

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