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Recorder31 Day 1 | Competition Time!

Recorder31 Day 1 | Competition Time!

Welcome to this year's Recorder31. It's the fourth annual edition of our month-long celebration of all things recorder, and we're delighted to have you along for the ride. Make sure you follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram so you don't miss any of our daily offerings, and use the hashtag #Recorder31 to join in the fun!

Today we launch the festivities with an exciting chance to WIN five Triebert plastic recorders!

We want you to get creative!

This year, we have been marking 400 years since the death of English composer William Byrd. For this week's competition, we're giving you the basic melody "A Gigg", published as number 181 in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.

Click here to view/download the melody for Byrd's "A Gigg".

Of course, this tune was originally written for a keyboard instrument! So here's your challenge: we want to see your creativity in making it a piece for recorder. Maybe you'll write a set of variations or divisions on the tune. Maybe you'll arrange it for a recorder consort. Or maybe you'll take your recorder to an unusual location to film yourself playing the melody. The more creative, the better!

Send us a video of your performance by email to, or upload it to social media and tag us @earlymusicshop using the hashtag #Recorder31. Entries close next Monday 7 August!

The lucky winner will receive a consort of five recorders by Triebert: a garklein, a sopranino, a soprano, an alto and a tenor! Finished in matt black plastic, these high-quality instruments deliver a rich body of sound, while providing the convenience of durable, maintenance-free resin.


The Sound of Recorder Music!

Each day this month we're highlighting an audio clip of a recorder from our extensive range. We start off with the Triebert alto recorder in matt black finish – which is included in the prize for today's competition! Listen to the clips below or follow this link to find out more about this instrument, exclusive to The Early Music Shop.

Bach Sarabande:

La Notte:



Competition Terms & Conditions:

  • Entries must be submitted by midday (BST) on Monday 7 August 2023.
  • Winning entries may be shared by The Early Music Shop on social media and online at
  • The prize recorders are available to one winner only, and are not able to be exchanged for any cash alternative or replacement prize.
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