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Guangdong Centennial Church Offers Free Recorder Classes

Guangdong Centennial Church Offers Free Recorder Classes

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ByAi Mo August 03, 2022
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A church in China’s southern coastal Guangdong Province recruited music lovers to learn the recorder.

Guangxiao Church in Guangzhou announced to roll out the first two-month recorder course on Sunday afternoons from August 7 for people who like wooden flutes aged more than nine years. Participants are required to bring their own Baroque recorders and register before the start of the class.

The teacher, Luo Xiaomin, is the leader and pianist of the Song of Songs Worship Team of the church. Learning flute and baroque recorder when she was a child, Luo has participated in chorus training for 20 years with a high school music teacher certificate.

As a kind of European woodwind instrument with a long history, the wooden flute, also known as the recorder, originated in Italy in the 15th century and also appeared in French paintings in the early days. After the Renaissance (1450-1600) and the Baroque period (1600-1750), the recorder was a very important musical instrument, as at that time, almost every person had one. Gentlemen often put the flute in the pocket of their jackets, taking it out to sing together whenever they met their friends.

- Translated by Abigail Wu

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