The recorder orchestra has had two golden ages. The first was the Renaissance, the 16th and early 17th century. The second is now.
The American Recorder Society defines a Recorder Orchestra as having
- "at least 10 permanent recorder positions"
- "at least five recorder voices (any five out of Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Great Bass, Contrabass, Sub-Great Bass, Sub-Contrabass) playing on a regular basis"
In addition to coordinating many individuals, a recorder orchestra must source the larger instruments: Contrabass, Sub-Great Bass, Sub-Contrabass. These instruments are expensive, however modern innovations like the Paetzold Square Bass Recorder have increased availability.
Recorder Orchestras are listed below:
Canada: The Merrie Pipers, Kelowna, BC
Holland: Dutch Recorder Orchestra Praetorius
UK: Eastern Recorder Orchestra
UK: Exeter Recorder Orchestra
UK: Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia
UK: Heart of England Recorder Orchestra, Coventry
UK: Jerrome Recorders, Bath
UK: London Recorder Orchestra
UK: Manchester Recorder Orchestra
UK: The North East Recorder Orchestra, Newcastle upon Tyne
UK: Phoenix Recorder Orchestra, Gloucester
UK: Scottish Recorder Orchestra
UK: Thames Valley Recorder Orchestra, Berkshire
UK: Wirral Recorder Orchestra, Liverpool
UK: Zero Gravity, Cambridge
USA: Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra
USA: Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra, San Francisco Bay Area