Recorder Players West had its origins in the Recorder Class at Santa Monica College as long ago as 1980, and lasted until budget cuts were enforced in 1995. The class was fortunate to have Anne Young as its instructor.

During the period 1980-1995, the class gave free performances at many venues during the spring and winter holiday seasons: The Children's Orthopedic Hospital in Hollywood, Westwood Horizons (senior living quarters), The Berkeley East Convalescent Hospital, the mall in North Hollywood, Promenade in Santa Monica, Music Auditorium at Santa Monica College, Clover Elementary School, McBride Special Education School, and the streets of Westwood Village during the holiday season. The class also performed many times, in costume, at the Renaissance Faire.

When the program was no longer available at Santa Monica College, the students decided to organize a class, under the continuing direction of Anne Young, in rented space at the United Methodist Church in Westwood. The class continued with free performances at the church during the spring and winter holiday seasons, and at other venues, until the fall of 2001. At that time classes were moved to our present location, at St. Bede's Episcopal Church in West Los Angeles. The original members have been joined by many new members.

After the retirement of Anne Young in the spring of 2003, Inga Funck became the new director of RPW, and was our able leader from September 2003 to June 2006. Inga moved to San Diego in the summer of 2006, and in September 2006 Rotem Gilbert became our new director.

-- Bernice Burton, RPW Historian
August 2005 [updated August 2006]