Recorder Rebels is a fun and exciting way for a whole class or group of children to engage in music making. Arts First Director Nathan Theodoulou has written new, fresh and exciting material that covers a wide range of genres from across the globe. Pieces from the classical and traditional repertoire have been chosen to complement these new original works. Co-Authors Samantha Spence and Tara Franks devised a holistic approach to learning that included the use of Tonic Sol-Fa, Dalcroze, Improvisation and Rhythmic and Melodic Flashcards and a comprehensive Teachers’ book with curriculum maps, planning and assessment.


Since its creation in 2006 the scheme has flourished in Islington and has garnered interest from other education establishments and top flight professional players. Schools and children from as far away as the USA, Austrailia and Portugal as well as colleagues from across the UK have purchased copies of the books.  The world renowned recorder virtuoso Piers Adams came to Islington’s Union Chapel to perform with the first group of Recorder Rebels and since have also regularly worked with some of Europe's finest recorder players.

Recorder Rebels is also part of the ABRSM Music Medals programme with children able to take Copper, Bronze and Silver medals throughout their study.

Click below to read an article about Recorder Rebels written by professional recorder player Danielle Jalowiecka.