Piers Adams’ flagship community programme has been a major success since its inception in 1995, and has involved many thousands of young recorder players who have been given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in concert with this charismatic virtuoso. Many taking part have gone on to study the recorder seriously, and a handful of young professionals now cite their youthful involvement in a Recorder Roadshow as the inspiration for their future careers.
The Recorder Roadshow programme comprises workshops in schools, during which specially composed pieces for soloist and massed recorders are rehearsed, followed by a gala public concert comprising varied recital items from Piers Adams and his accompanist, together with the massed works. Often there are other contributions from local players and ensembles, and where possible Adams will put together a piece with local advanced (grade 8+) players too.
The massed works are in various popular styles including baroque, tango, ragtime, rock and avant garde (sound effects are especially popular with children!), with titles such as Roaring Twenties Suite, Recorder Rave, Scary or What!, the Forest of Darkness and Movie Moments. Commissions for new works are always welcomed too.
The events have been hosted by many different organisations, from individual schools to education authorities and music festivals.