Victorian Recorder Guild

Tributes to Colin Smith

With great sadness we advise members, recorder community    colleagues    and all our supporters that our president, Colin Smith, died suddenly but peacefully at his home on 1 October. His contribution to the Guild,    the Cranbourne recorder groups that he taught and led,    the Melbourne Recorder Orchestra, the wider recorder community and many other organisations (especially welfare organisations and his church) was enormous. He will be sorely missed.      


Vale Colin Smith, musician, music lover and passionate recorder man. Loved your brave, cheerful improvisations and the happy and joyful way you mixed your recorder playing with other groups, including brass. Thanks for being so supportive of my jazz/impro ventures on recorder. Thank you for your encouragement in my research on Ade Monsbourgh and for filming my Recorder in Ragtime performance tribute to Monsbourgh at the Eltham Jazz Festival (2009). Rest in Peace.

Rodney Waterman

I was saddened to hear of Colin's sudden death. 
He was such an integral part of the recorder guild, and will certainly be missed.

June Nixon

What a lovely man he was, a talented musician and generously deaf to rank amateurs' blunders during Carols gigs.

Gaye Swinn

Colin took great delight in using recorders out of their more traditional contexts and in popular music.  He was an exceptionally kind person, and was an enthusiastic and generous supporter of my musical endeavours and of my jazz band, Sweet Ade. He was an intuitive and joyful recorder player with a natural gift for improvisation. I will miss his impish enthusiasm.

Marion Lustig

Ray Thomas

Tributes to Colin may be sent to or from the contact page.