After a year of planning and 6 months of activities, The Big Youth Music Experience weekend finally took place! Two full days of music, energy and entertainment spreading from Nottingham’s Albert Hall, to the Cathedral, Playhouse and Sky Mirror.

We were blessed with good weather so we were able to have some of our fringe events outside by the Sky Mirror, and we had healthy attendance for both days to make the most of what was on offer!

We are promising to keep this blog page updated with pictures and videos – if you attended any of the events/activities over the weekend and would like to share any pictures you have, please get in touch!

A huge HURRAH and thank you to everyone who attended over the weekend. Whether you were volunteering or taking part – we hope you had fun!


SATURDAY 13 JULY

Robin Hood Orchestra (City Music Hub) Flash Mob
FRINGE

What an idea, and what a response! The RHO flash mob made waves throughout Nottingham on Saturday – they started outside the Council House and passed through locations like the Arboretum and Trent Bridge. They were in bright green shirts and produced amazing atmospheres everywhere they went! Well done all!

You can see pictures from their locations on their Twitter page @NottMusicHub


‘Come & Try’ the Organ 
WORKSHOP

We began Saturday the best way possible – filling the Albert Hall up with the incredible sounds of the Binns Organ!

A handful of excited pianists each got a dedicated slot with Mike Smith, experienced organist and teacher and got to play on one of the finest instruments in the country!


Senior Percussion 
WORKSHOP

The first percussion workshop of the weekend was aimed at grade 4+ players looking to perform on the full range of percussion instruments! Glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone and marimba, as well as timpani, the drum kit and a variety of smaller items.


Pure Steel Band
FRINGE performance + ‘Come & Try’

Mansfield’s own Pure Steel joined us on Saturday afternoon at the Sky Mirror, providing a unique steel band performance – they even let people have a go themselves! It’s a lot harder than people realise, and takes good muscle-memory to know what note goes where!


Senior Strings
WORKSHOP

Under the tuition of accomplished violinist and conductor Chris George, the senior strings enjoyed a vibrant rehearsal in the Neville Studio above the Nottingham Playhouse Bar & Kitchen. Amongst the repertoire studied, senior strings later got the chance to play in the epic Game of Thrones piece, ‘Light of the Seven’!


Senior Wind Band
WORKSHOP

Another instrumental group that had Game of Thrones preparations for Saturday’s concert was the senior wind band.

MfE were happy to bring in Chris Swann (Sinfonia Viva, Royal Northern College of Music) to take the workshops, and also welcomed clarinet soloist Oliver Lee (Royal Northern student) in Weber’s Concertino.


Senior Singing – Gospel
WORKSHOP

By far one of the most popular workshops of the whole weekend, the Gospel workshop was led by award-winning local gospel artist Freddie Kofi.

He brought new approaches and techniques to singing and challenged participants to step out of their comfort zones and learn new ways of bringing songs to life – a few singers who had never sung solo before took the plunge and sang before the audience in the evening concert.

A unique day for everyone.

‘Come and Try’ Endangered Instruments
Windblowers stall

All of our fringe events were popular and well received amongst adults and youth. However, the particular favourite fringe “activity” of young people was in fact Windblowers’ stall!

With a gorgeous selection, people were free to try out an instrument they might have never laid their hands on before, including endangered instruments.

All photos/videos were taken by MfE staff unless otherwise specified. *More pictures coming soon!*

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15/07/2019

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With our Big Youth Experience officially under a week away, MfE’s Kirstie and Robin headed down to BBC Radio Nottingham this morning to chat to Andy & Sarah. 

Particularly interested in the ‘Come & Try Endangered Instruments’ fringe workshops taking place on both days, they were joined by East Midlands Youth Windband member Alistair, who explained why he loved playing the endangered Baritone Sax!

Andy & Sarah were also given a challenge – to learn the flute in a week! 

With a crash course from Kirstie, both presenters seemed up to the challenge. Find out how they get on by listening on Wednesday and hear their final performance on Friday.

More information on the BYME weekend can be found on our website homepage. Remember, BYME is celebrating the youth of Nottinghamshire, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t get involved too!

www.music-for-everyone.org
www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07d4qr7 (from 1.51.30)

Pictured: Kirstie (Youth Programme Officer), Alistair (member of MfE’s East Midland Youth Windband), Robin (Executive Director)

  • Big congratulations to the participants of Saturday’s Blow the Dust off your instrument – despite the dreary weather you helped create a vibrant day of music-making enjoyed by all! See you all in 2020 for the next one! 

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08/07/2019

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The past two weekends have seen our youth groups out & about, bringing their end of term performances to venues across Nottinghamshire!

Greeted by lovely crowds and even lovelier weather, Music for Everyone’s youth did not fail to impress in the gorgeous surrounds of Rufford Abbey, Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre and Rushcliffe’s Proms in the Park.

Click the names of our youth groups to learn more about them!

Saturday 22 June

Nottingham Youth Band @ Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre


Saturday 29 June

Nottingham Youth Band, Nottingham Youth Voices + Nottingham Junior Voices @ Rushcliffe ‘Proms in the Park’


Sunday 30 June

East Midlands Youth String Orchestra, East Midlands Youth Wind Band, + Strictly Strings @ Rufford Abbey

  • Nottingham Festival Chorus met on Saturday for a choral singing day of English Romantic Partsongs – songs about the delights and torments of the English Summer. Pictures on the website here. 
  • Our next NFC course is in October – The Armed Man, limited availability so book your place today!

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24/06/2019

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Music for Everyone is thrilled to announce the NEW Autumn course & concert, The Armed Man. Be a part of the Nottingham Festival Chorus and perform Karl Jenkin’s powerful The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace), and Mack Wilberg’s moving arrangement of All people that on earth do dwell

Plus, we are delighted that guest conductor, Martin Van Der Brugge will be bringing his choir from Holland to join us for this special concert!

Course: Saturday 5, Sunday 6 October
Concert: Saturday 12 October
Full enrolment fee £40. Benefit claimant/student £30. Music available to hire/purchase. More information & booking details on the web page.


  • Can’t wait until October? Join the Nottingham Festival Chorus this Saturday for a day of singing and strawberries! The NFC English Romantics workshop day presents a rare opportunity to explore the choral delights of the English Partsong, including Pearsall, Elgar and music set to Shakespeare texts. Places still available! Music available on the day. Book now online or by calling the office on 0115 9589312.
  • A huge congratulations to Freya Whitfield on winning Lincolnshire’s Young Music Maker of 2019! Thank you to everyone who voted for her following our 3 June #MfEMonday. We look forward to welcoming Freya to our Big Youth Music Experience weekend in July.
  • In collaboration with Sherwood Art Week and Daytime Voices, our Open Voices group are excited to share their inspiring energy in a fun and enjoyable performance entitled ‘Songs from Les Miserables’! Join them for FREE at St Martin’s Church in Sherwood this Friday. More information can be found on their Facebook event

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24/06/2019

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Less than a month to go! Our July BIG YOUTH MUSIC EXPERIENCE weekend is fast approaching. If you’ve been um-ing and ah-ing over whether to sign up, let this #MfEMonday serve as a reminder to do so!

It’s a large-scale festival weekend of youth music-making activities, and with nationally recognised tutors/conductors and top guest ‘acts’, this is a festival to truly celebrate the musical youth of the region.

However, it’s not just for Nottinghamshire’s youth! There are a fabulous selection of ‘festival fringe’ events suitable for everyone to get involved with on the day, regardless of age or experience! These include a steel band and Capoeira dancing (free events), samba drumming and a BIG FAMILY SING for all the family! (pre-booking fee applies).

(Be sure to check out our #MfEMondays blog about our last BIG FAMILY SINGING EXPERIENCE, and listen to the BBC Radio Nottingham feature to hear what’s to come in July! www.music-for-everyone.org/news/mfemondays-0804/)

There are also concerts each day open to the public to enjoy, including the Saturday evening Festival Concert, where an epic Game of Thrones piece brings orchestra, choir and organ together at the Albert Hall.

Full details & tickets can be found on our website: www.music-for-everyone.org/event/the-big-youth-music-experience/, or by ringing the office on 0115 9589312, and we hope you will join us on the 13/14 July to help celebrate Nottinghamshire youth music!


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17/06/2019

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A winner!

At Friday’s East of England Singers concert (7 June), a small competition was held called ‘Name That Country’. Angela Kay got the audience members to annotate their programmes and try to guess the country of origin for each of the pieces performed.

The winner will be contacted today (10/06) – congratulations to them! We are thrilled to gift them two free tickets to a Music for Everyone concert of their choice.

If you’d like to find out all the answers to the competition, please get in touch. Look out for more competitions in the future!

Win Win Win!

With easyfundraising, you can support Music for Everyone for free when you shop online. It’s so easy – many of you are already signed up with us, but if you haven’t, here’s your reminder to sign up now!

And, as a special easyfundraising giveaway, you can be entered to win an LG TV! It will only take 2 clicks of your Monday: click here, then click a retailer and you’re entered for free!

And, if Amazon is more your thing, we can be supported through AmazonSmile too. For more information click here.


Exciting dates for your diary:


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10/06/2019

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Friday 7 June is on the Music for Everyone radar for 2 reasons…

  1. It is our upcoming East of England Singers (EOES) concert, ‘Summer is a-comin’ in!’, and
  2. It is the last day to vote for the Lincolnshire Young Music Maker of 2019!

Summer is a-comin’ in!

This Friday 7 June join the East of England Singers and Angela Kay as they present a varied and entertaining programme of music from around Europe – Holst, Elgar, Kodály, Ešenvalds and more!

Taking place at St Mary the Virgin Church, Bunny, Notts NG11 6QW at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8, with £7 for concessions and £4 for Children/Students – buy now online and on the door (subject to availability) – don’t miss out!

Freya Whitfield

Freya is a bright young musician and one of three finalists for Lincolnshire Music Service’s ‘Young Music Maker of 2019!’. Freya is grade 8 in the violin and viola, grade 7 in the Bb and bass clarinet, and a grade 6 pianist. She has a variety of amazing accolades and experiences under her belt, and has been a participant in our Bandwise! weekends and BIG YOUTH MUSIC EXPERIENCE project!

Voting closes on Friday 7 June, so we would love it if you could take a few seconds out of your Monday to vote for her here. You can read her full bio on the website too.

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03/06/2019

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Vocals! 2019 took the Albert Hall by storm yesterday in an exciting concert of The Greatest Showman & Mary Poppins hits, amongst more!

Each Vocals group got to dazzle in the spotlights in front of their friends & families and, with boundless energy, show off all the hard work (and dance moves!) from their workshops.

Vocals! will return at Christmas to prove yet again that our East Midlands kids can sing, and there will be another opportunity following the success of our Big Family Singing Experience days for families to sing together on 14 July. Check out our website for more information or drop us an email.

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20/05/2019

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Vicky McClure’s ‘Our Dementia Choir’ has touched the hearts of many people, including many here in Nottingham.

To celebrate a member of our Open Voices group featuring in the documentary, Bernard, for this week’s #MfEMondays we thought it would be lovely to share some quotes from some of our volunteers and some inspiring case studies – but first, a behind-the-scenes clip of the Dementia Choir rehearsing!

Member Case Study – Zoe
Zoe has started attending every week with her carer.  Initially, Zoe needed two carers to accompany her when she was visiting anywhere because her behavior is unpredictable.  Previously, Zoe has found it very difficult to be with others as she hits and kicks out.   This unpredictable behavior causes her to be socially isolated. 

Zoe’s carer has recently noticed a huge improvement in her behavior.  She now only needs one person to accompany her.  She is able to sit at a table during our drinks break and she interacts with others in a positive way.  Zoe has formed strong bonds with two of our volunteers, Tom and Val.  She remembers their names from week to week and actively seeks them out to join in conversations with them. Zoe’s carer said this was a huge step forward.  Zoe enjoys the music and sits in the room with everyone else.  Zoe’s carer said: “For Zoe to come in each week, and sit at the table, is a fantastic achievement”.  Zoe’s carer is continuing to see huge improvements in her social skills as well as her behavior and this is enabling Zoe to become less isolated socially.

Member Case Study – Ruth
Ruth told one of our music leaders herself that she would not have had the same confidence or social skills before coming to Open Voices.  Ruth’s carer told us that Ruth particularly enjoys the social aspects of Open Voices.  She looks forward to seeing her friends each week and she is one of the first to get up and welcome newcomers.  Ruth feels confident to do this.  She also feels confident to come to the front to perform to the rest of the group.  She particularly enjoys songs from Jungle Book and will act out the role of the snake and the monkey.  Ruth’s carer went on to explain that although it takes a little time for a group dynamic to build up, Ruth now knows everyone, and this gives her the confidence to perform.  She feels she is performing to friends.  Both Ruth and her carer said they would be devastated if the sessions did not continue as they form an important part of Ruth’s social life.  Without them, she would be much more socially isolated.  She loves coming and interacting with her friends.

You can catch up on ‘Our Dementia Choir’ on the BBC iPlayer website or app (Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure, BBC One 02/05/2019 – you can spot Bernard at 00:51:05 when Vicky calls him on stage!)

For the flyer and more information on Open Voices, click here. If you are interested in getting involved or volunteering, please email
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Here at Music for Everyone we feel passionately about including a dementia choir element into our adult programme of music-making, so watch this space.

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13/05/2019

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The combined voices of Nottingham Community Voices and the Nottingham Concert Orchestra put on a show-stopping, dazzling performance at the Albert Hall, Nottingham yesterday afternoon of hits from the stage and screen – including the foot-tapping Mamma Mia medley which raised the roof! ‘Thank you for the Music’ to all our singers…

We also had sparkling solos from our guests Kate Taylor and Simon Theobald and an incredibly moving solo of the Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso from MfE’s very own String Animateur Abigail Smith.

P.S. Don’t miss Vicky McClure’s ‘Our Dementia Choir’ on Thursday night, 8pm, featuring one of our Open Voices members, Bernard Marshall! Our Dementia Choir

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29/04/2019

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