benvenue-fortepiano-trio-mendelssohn-1338472770-article-0This is the splendid Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, known as Felix Mendlessohn to his friends. He is central to some of Music for Everyone’s autumn adult choral events.

On Saturday 1st October, Angela Kay will lead a choral workshop exploring the riches of Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah. There are only a few places left, so sign up soon if you’d like to come. We’re looking forward to seeing you there for a day of singing simply for the joy of it – no concert, no pressure.

The following Saturday, 8th October, the East of England Singers, also conducted by Angela, will give a concert in St Mary Magdalene Church, Hucknall. Their programme of religious choral music spans 400 years and will include string orchestral pieces by Mozart and Pärt.

Without Mendelssohn, whose piece Beatus Vir opens the concert, the choral music of J S Bach might have been lost for many more years, even for ever. It’s fitting then that the largest work in the concert will be Bach’s glorious motet, Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Sing to the Lord a new song). After the interval the programme travels through the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries with a vareity of well known and lesser known delightful motets. Something for everyone. Click here for tickets.

If you love to sing, Music for Everyone has plenty of choirs for you to join:

Daytime Voices are singing groups based in 5 locations: Southwell, West Bridgford, Wollaton, Sherwood and (new for 2016/17) Ollerton. Although they started this week, you’d still be welcome to join. Click here for info etc.

On Tuesday lunchtimes the Nottingham Lunchtime Choir meets at the Royal Concert Hall for a burst of singing fun. The music ranges from folk and pop to blues and classical.  The rehearsal is short enough to fit into a lunch break for those who work. It doesn’t matter at all if you can’t read music. There will be an exciting opportunity in December to sing in a short concert before the Halle Orchestra’s Christmas Concert. More here.

The East of England Singers (EOES) is an auditioned chamber choir and open to new members. Singers need to have good sight reading ability and time to commit to a busy concert schedule of both EOES concerts and Music for Everyone choral events, where they often form the semi-chorus. The ability to make tea is an advantage.

 

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Music for Everyone often goes out into the community and schools to widen participation in music. In partnership with the Theatre Royal and Concert Hall, a new venture, the Workers’ Lunchtime Choir was advertised: a few rehearsals on Tuesdays from 12.30-1.15pm, and a concert.

Before the first rehearsal, Alex, MfE’s Assistant Artistic Director, waited a little anxiously. Would anyone come? Does anyone still have a lunch break? But in they came, all 55 of them.

Some singers have long enough breaks; others add extra minutes through flexitime. Rehearsals begin with warm up exercises to shake off the morning spent at the desk, shop floor, etc and relax into some singing fun.

Yesterday, tDSC01250he choir rehearsed a variety of pieces, from Gaudete, Christus Natus Est (Remember Steeleye Span?) to Ding Dong Merrily on High and a Gary Barlow number. Their first performance (what an achievement!) will be next Wednesday, 16th December, at 6.45pm in the upstairs foyer of the Royal Concert Hall, before the Halle Orchestra concert.

 

For more photos, see the Music for Everyone Facebook page. Keep an eye on the Creative Learning tab of the TRCH website for Workers’ Lunchtime Choir dates in 2016. Have a break, have a sing!