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Summer School 2017

14th August 2017 - 16th August 2017

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Music for Everyone’s 2017 Summer School will be a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in quality music-making in a stimulating, friendly environment.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of University Park, the excellent facilities of the University of Nottingham School of Music and Lakeside Arts Centre form the perfect location for an inspiring musical experience.

This year we have chosen music inspired by landscapes and creation. From Brahms’ Hungarian Dance to Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending, Strauss’ Blue Danube to ‘The Heaven’s are telling’ from Haydn’s great oratorio The Creation. Add masterclasses and recitals by top professionals and you have a wonderful three days of music making.

summer school timThe Summer School Experience

Playing or singing, develop your music-making through a series of workshops and rehearsals led by our expert and friendly tutors, exploring a range of repertoire, both challenging and fun. You will receive copies of the music about four weeks in advance.

All workshops and rehearsals start at 10am with registration on Monday between 9.30 – 10am. Rush hour recitals on Monday and Tuesday start at 6pm and last for around an hour. The Summer School Showcase Concert will take place early Wednesday evening followed by a farewell buffet (approx. 7.30pm). A detailed timetable will be sent out with the music packs.

Gain unique insights into performance through our special programme of open rehearsals, masterclasses and recitals given by professional singers and instrumentalists of national and international standing.


Be part of the social buzz. Extended breaks give you time to chat to tutors, browse the stands and enjoy the University campus. A welcome ‘drink andnibbles’ on the first day and a ‘farewell buffet’ after the Wednesday evening Summer School Showcase Concert also gives plenty of opportunity for people to get to know each other in a relaxed social setting.

The Summer School fee of £95 covers all tuition plus tea and coffee in the mid-session breaks, the Monday ‘drink and nibbles’ and the Wednesday buffet. For additional meals and refreshments, you can sample the cafés at the Lakeside Pavilion and the Djanogly Art Gallery. Or if you prefer to picnic, the surrounding parkland is ideal.


The music to be studied will include:

Orchestra: (all instrumentalists)
Joseph Haydn ‘The Heaven’s are telling’ from The Creation
Modest Mussorgsky ‘The old castle’ from Pictures at an Exhibition
Johann Strauss The Blue Danube
Brahms Hungarian Dance No 4

Dvorak New World Symphony excerpts from the ‘Finale’
Sparke Big Sky Overture
Arr. Williams Flight of the Condor

String Orchestra:
Ralph Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

Joseph Haydn ‘The Heaven’s are telling’ from The Creation
Stephen Leake Island Songs
Folk Songs – Linden Lea, Down by the Salley Gardens
Matyas Seiber Three Hungarian Folk Songs
Guy Turner Choruses from Under the Wide Sky


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Workshop sessions will be led by Music for Everyone’s artistic team: Angela Kay, Gill Henshaw, Phil Smith and Guy Turner. They will be joined by renowned baritone Marcus Farnsworth, celebrated violinist Owen Cox and multi-talented flute and harp duo Appasionata. Accomplished pianist Stefan Reid will be our repetiteur.

Marcus Farnsworth

Prize winning baritone, Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, since then his career has developed rapidly and he is now regarded as one of the leading baritones in this country and abroad. He was a chorister at Southwell Minster and studied singing, trumpet and jazz piano at Chetham’s School of Music. He is the founder and artistic director of the Southwell Music Festival. In February of this year Marcus guest conducted the Nottingham Festival Chorus and Concert Orchestra.


Owen Cox is an experienced violinist who has held numerous positions in British orchestras, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestrsa and BBC National Orchestra of Wales (principal). He has been a member of several quartets performing all over the globe. He is a dedicated teacher and is currently Assistant Head of Strings at Chetham’s and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Nottingham.



27270_343248450881_1270129_nFrom Debussy to Dire Straits, Elgar to Enya, Mozart to Mancini, the talented ‘Appasionata’ Flute and Harp Duo present music which is varied and exciting. Rachel Holt (flute) plays with many of the leading British orchestras including the Hallé, Philharmonia and Sinfonia Viva. Anna Christenson (harp) has performed at the Proms with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and also with many of the leading dance companies in the UK, including English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Northern Ballet Theatre.


How to Enrol


14th August 2017
16th August 2017
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Djanogly Recital Hall, Nottingham Lakeside Arts
University of Nottingham
University Park, NG7 2RD
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