Heart of England Recorder Orchestra


Saturday October 13th 2018 at 7.30pm

Tickets £7.00.  School age children free

Proceeds to Organ Fund and choir expenses.




Michelle Holloway – Conductor

Michelle moved to Birmingham in 2006 to further her studies in Recorders at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where she gained a First Class Honours degree under the tuition of Ross Winters and Annabel Knight. During this time, Michelle also studied with Bart Coen and Peter de Clercq at the

Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels after gaining a place on the Erasmus exchange programme.

Whilst in her second year of study, Michelle became one of the youngest students to win the Birmingham Conservatoire Recorder Prize and was also a finalist in the Doris Newton Club Prize.

Currently, Michelle keeps her wide-ranging ‘recorder fix’ by playing with the early music group K’antu Ensemble (with whom she has played live on BBC Radio 3’s programme ‚In Tune”), the Birmingham based 6-piece folk band, The Bonfire Radicals  and the contemporary ensemble Decibel. Michelle has performed in venues up and down the country, including King’s Place and the Cadogan Hall in London, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, and a variety of folk clubs and festivals. Additionally, she has recently completed a European tour of Sebastian Mattias’ Danserye, a music and dance collaboration based on the work of the same name by the Renaissance composer Tielman Susato.

Michelle also has a passion for music education and music in the community. She is experienced in a wide range of environments: from Early Years settings to song-writing in mental health settings. She is also a recorder and woodwind teacher for the Birmingham Music Service. In September 2011, she was appointed conductor of the Birmingham Schools’ Recorder Sinfonia, and she became conductor of the HERO in September 2014.

The Heart of England Recorder Orchestra

HERO was formed over 25 years ago and has since become a well-established and respected recorder orchestra.  Every size of recorder is played from the tiny sopranino to the mighty contra bass standing at over 6 foot tall!

HERO comprises semi-professional players and enthusiastic amateurs alike, ranging in age from teenagers to those who would prefer not to say!  All members have the same objective – to create and perform high quality music.  Each year the orchestra performs in two to three concerts throughout the Midlands, playing a wide range of music which varies in period and style, with arrangements of well-known music as well as new compositions written specifically for recorder orchestra, and often gives world premieres. In so doing the orchestra has introduced many people to the remarkable sound of a full recorder orchestra.