Alderson Brown & Coates


Alderson Brown & Coates has been supplying descant recorders to schools in the United Kingdom since the company was founded in 1993 by Christine Coates, a piano teacher based in the North-East of England. Music was her passion and she dedicated her time to sharing her gift with people of all ages and from all walks of life, helping each of them to develop a sense of appreciation for the magic of music. Having sourced a suitable supplier in Taiwan, we obtained samples of descant and treble recorders which were subsequently approved by several local authority music advisers. Since then the recorders have been on sale direct to schools across the UK and thousands of young people have enjoyed playing them.


Christine said: "I think every child should be given the opportunity to experience the world of music, and progress to discover its magic".

Steve Mulgrew was involved in the Alderson Brown & Coates project right from the beginning and since 2006 has operated the brand as part of Orangery Education Ltd. Please follow these links to view our current range: