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Bandwise! 2018

3rd March - 4th March


Come to Bandwise! 2018, Music for Everyone’s 19th annual youth Windband event. Bandwise! gives you the chance to play a wide variety of music for wind and percussion – from classics to pop and jazz – and to take part in instrumental groups and workshops, all in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Where and when is it?

Bandwise! will be held at the Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane, Nottingham  over the weekend of 3/4 March 2018 followed by an informal concert for parents and friends at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, on Sunday 11 March. An outline of the schedule for all groups is given below.

Who will be there?

Lots of wind and percussion players from all parts of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. All instruments are included: flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, saxes, horns, trumpets, cornets, trombones, euphoniums, tubas and percussion. The age range is 8 – 21. The Artistic Director is Gill Henshaw who is an experienced wind teacher, performer and conductor. She will be assisted in conducting and leading workshops by a team of specialists. There will also be a large support group of adult helpers and organisers.

How good do I have to be?

Whether you have been playing for years or have only just reached Grade 1, this is for YOU! Players will be divided into three groups: Bandwise 1 (Grades 1 – 2), Bandwise 2 (Grades 3 – 4), and Bandwise 3 (Grade 5 and above).

NB. Percussion players should be able to read music and play at the appropriate grade.

What are we playing?

A wide-ranging program including:

Bandwise 1: Celtic Air & Dance Sweeney, Lean on me arr. Longfield

Bandwise 2: Rhythmos Smith, The Incredibles: Main Theme arr. Murtha

Bandwise 3: Toccata for Band Erickson, Sparkling Samba Tinner

How do we learn the music?

By practicing the parts which will be sent to you approximately four weeks before the course, and listening to the rehearsal tracks which you can choose to download from a link or receive on a CD. These tracks take you through the music and the rehearsals at the course carry on from where they leave off. If you have “done your homework” you’ll have no problems!

How do I apply?

Click on ‘Book Tickets’ at the bottom of this page to enrol online.

Numbers in each band are limited so please apply as soon as possible. The course fees are:

Bandwise 1: (Grades 1 – 2) £25.00

Bandwise 2: (Grades 3 – 4) £27.00

Bandwise 3: (Grade 5 and above) £27.00


Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane, Nottingham NG8 5GY

Saturday 3 March
All groups: 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Sunday 4 March
Bandwise 1: 1.15pm – 5.30pm
Bandwise 2: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Bandwise 3: 10.00am – 5.30pm

Sunday 11 March, Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA
Bandwise 2 & 3: 12.30pm – 3.00pm
Bandwise 1: 1.45pm – 3.00pm

Informal concert: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Special discounts for families and subsidised places

We are offering a 10% discount to all families who have two or more  children taking part in the course. Just fill in the discount box on the application form. We run a subsidised places scheme for all our courses. For further information about this scheme or about any aspect of the course, please phone the MfE Administrator on 0115 958 9312.  



3rd March
4th March
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Bluecoat Academy
Aspley Lane
Nottingham, NG8 5GY
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