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The Big Youth Music Experience

13th July - 14th July

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BYME is an exciting festival of music-making opportunities over the weekend of 13 & 14 July 2019.

Fantastic workshops and performances, many open to family and friends, will take place in and around the city centre throughout the weekend.

Saturday BYME activities include playing and singing workshops for instrument players grades 5-8+ and singers aged 12-25. These groups will come together to present a ticketed evening concert at Nottingham’s Albert Hall, culminating in a spectacular performance of ‘Light of the Seven’ from Game of Thrones. This will feature all performers plus the mighty Binns organ and Steinway grand piano!

Sunday BYME workshops are especially designed for instrumental players grades 2-4. For young singers who bring an adult or two, there’s a fun vocal time to be had at THE BIG FAMILY SING. All groups will entertain family and friends with a late afternoon relaxed performance in the Albert Hall.

On both days there are FESTIVAL FRINGE EVENTS. These are open not only to participants of the BYME groups but to any youngsters and their families and friends who would just like to ‘give it a go’. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer: Samba Drumming, Steel Band performance, Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra, Capoeira Dancing and much, much more. Performances are also open to everyone. A small charge may apply to Fringe Events.

With nationally recognised tutors and conductors for the BYME groups, and top guest ‘acts’, this is a festival to truly celebrate the musical youth of the region.

BYME Saturday groups (strings, woodwind and singing): £10 – includes access to all FESTIVAL FRINGE workshops.

BYME Sunday groups (strings, woodwind): £8, (Big Family Sing): Adults £6, Child £4 – includes access to all FESTIVAL FRINGE workshops.

Saturday 13 July

9.30am – Organ workshop

9.30am – Percussion workshop for experienced players

1pm – Workshops: BYME Windband grade 5-8+, Strings grades 5-8+, Singers aged 12-25.

5pm – Full BYME orchestra rehearsal for Windband, Strings and Singers

7pm – Concert: all BYME Saturday groups

FESTIVAL FRINGE EVENTS include: Villiers String Quartet Family concert, Steel Band, RHYO flashmob, Nottingham Youth Jazz orchestra, Band Factory

Sunday 14 July

10.00am – Workshop: BYME Windband grades 2-4, Strings grade 2-4

11.30am – Samba (workshop)

11.30pm – Percussion workshop (no prior experience necessary)

12.30pm – Samba (workshop)

12.30pm – Percussion workshop (percussion/kit players grade 2+)


4.00pm – Informal concert: – BYME Sunday instrument players plus BIG FAMILY SING

FESTIVAL FRINGE EVENTS include: Capoeira Dancing, An ‘on the move’ Music Quiz, Bollywood


Meet our workshop leaders:


Chris George: Accomplished violinist and conductor – Saturday Orchestra: grades 5 – 8+





Rowan Cozens: Experienced viola player, conductor and adjudicator – Sunday Orchestra: grades 2 – 4





Chris Swann: Principal Clarinettist – Sinfonia Viva, Tutor – Royal Northern College of Music – Saturday Band: grades 5 – 8+ & Sunday Band: grades 2 – 4





Freddie Kofi: Award-winning gospel artist – Saturday: singers aged 12-25




Helen Hayes: Experienced choral animateur and vocalist – Sunday: BIG FAMILY SING – children and young people accompanied by an adult or two




Repertoire and further details to be announced soon!



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Albert Hall
N Circus Street
Nottingham, NG1 5AA United Kingdom
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