About the Chamber Orchestra

Recorder Orchestras are nearly all quite large, the main orchestra having about thirty five members.

In 2007 Pam Smith and Steve Marshall came up with the idea of a ‘chamber’ recorder orchestra – with the same range of instrument size as the big orchestras, but with just eleven players.

Today our chamber recorder orchestra is drawn entirely from the main Phoenix Recorder Orchestra, and so it seemed natural to take a similar name.

The chamber orchestra is now rather smaller, but we still encompass the whole range from Sopranino to Contrabass recorders.

The Phoenix Chamber Recorder Orchestra is one of only three such ensembles in the UK (one being in Manchester, and the other being a youth ensemble which plays just once a year).