Kent Youth Recorders

Kent Youth Recorders (KYR) was founded in 1986 with the intention to give talented recorder players a chance to regularly meet together from across the county and develop their skills with opportunities to perform at County level. In the past, the Ensemble has played at many numerous prestigious concert venues in England and abroad including The Royal Festival Hall as part of Music for Youth, Salisbury Cathedral and Birmingham Conservatoire. They have even played for Princess Anne and Prince Edward! Many of the former players have become professional musicians or are in the music industry. The emphasis on the Ensemble is to have fun within a quality structured learning experience.

Players are chosen from within Kent and range in age from 10 to 21. Membership is subject to audition or try-out session.


The repertoire chosen for KYR ranges from the Renaissance to current modern day using all of the different sizes of recorder from the Garklein to the Contra-bass. In the past we have commissioned works from the notable composer of recorder music Andrew Challinger and performed music by George Benjamin conducted by the composer himself! Repertoire is intended to develop the players technical and musical skills along with providing much enjoyment.


Members of Kent Youth Recorders should be of Grade 4 to 8+ standard. Players should be able to play at least descant and treble recorder with a willingness to have a go at the bass, even if it for the first time!


Over the years, KYR has had the pleasure of working with Robert Hoult (founder director) Marion Scott and Deborah Porro. They have also had master classes from Ross Winters and The Loeki Stardust Quartet to name but a few. The current musical director is Karen Barton-Holman.


KYR meets once a week on a Saturday 08.40am – 9.30am, at Fort Pitt Grammar School, Chatham. The Ensemble also performs in public concerts.


To become a member of Kent Youth Recorders, please contact Valerie Cordina at vcordina@kent-music.com or 01622 358402.

How much does it cost?

£45 a term. To find out if you are eligible to apply for a bursary, please visit our Financial Assistance page.