Come to Bandwise! 2020, Music for Everyone’s 21st 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, Sutton Passeys Crescent, Wollaton over the weekend of 11/12 January 2020 followed by an informal concert for parents and friends at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, on Sunday 19 January. 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: Wallace and Gromit Theme, Battle Pavan

Bandwise 2: Flight of the Condor, Sneak Attack

Bandwise 3: Start Up The Band, El Camino Real


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?

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

You can sign up online via the link below – click on ‘Book Tickets’ (NB please note a booking fee applies). Alternatively, you can download a form here, complete your details and post it to the office along with your payment. If you have any questions or problems, please phone the MfE Office on 0115 9589312.


Timetable

Saturday 11 January, Bluecoat Academy NG8 1EA
All groups: 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Sunday 12 January, Bluecoat Academy NG8 1EA
Bandwise 1: 1.15pm – 5.30pm
Bandwise 2: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Bandwise 3: 10.00am – 5.30pm

Sunday 19 January, 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.  

Come to Stringwise! 2019, Music for Everyone’s 27th annual youth string weekend course and concert. Stringwise! gives you the chance to play a wide variety of music for strings and to take part in a range of orchestral groups and workshops, all in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This year we present a programme of DANCE! Guaranteed to get you moving!.

The Stringwise groups will perform a toe-tapping mix of music, concluding with a grand finale piece incorporating all players, Simple Gifts arranged especially for Stringwise!

Where and when is it?

Stringwise! will be held at Bluecoat Academy, Wollaton NG8 1EA over the weekend of 2 & 3 November 2019 followed by an informal concert for parents and friends at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, on Sunday 10 November. An outline of the schedule for all groups is given below.


Who will be there?

Lots of string players from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire: violinists, viola players, cellists and double bass players. The age range is 7 – 18. The orchestras and workshops will be led by a team of experienced string teachers and 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 recently started having lessons on a stringed instrument, this is for YOU! Players will be divided into four groups: Stringwise 1 (beginners – open strings and first fingers), Stringwise 2 (Grade 1), Stringwise 3 (grades 2 – 3) and Stringwise 4 (Grades 4 – 6).

MfE also runs two string orchestras which meet once every three weeks on a Sunday afternoon at NTU Clifton, NOTTINGHAM STRICTLY STRINGS for players of Grade 2 – 4 standard and the EAST MIDLANDS YOUTH STRING ORCHESTRA for players of Grade 5 and above. If you would like further information about these groups then just fill in the appropriate section on the Application form.


What are we playing?

An entertaining program including:

Stringwise 4:
Bollywood Strings Julie Liebermann
Drowsy Maggie Traditional

Stringwise 3:
‘A Conversation’ Mary Poppins Returns Marc Shaiman
Dance of the Reed Pipes Tchaikovsky

Stringwise 2:
Hasapikos Greek Traditional
Little Tango David Burndrett

Stringwise 1:
Spanish Dance Pat Legg
Open String Samba Peter Wilson


How do we learn the music?

By practicing the music which will be sent to you approximately four weeks before the course, and listening to the rehearsal tracks which you can choose to download as MP3’s from an email link or receive on a CD. These tracks can 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?

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

Stringwise 1: (Beginners)  £25.00

Stringwise 2: (Grade 1) £26.00

Stringwise 3: (Grades 2 -3) £27.00

Stringwise 4: (Grades 4 – 6) £28.00

Online Booking is now open! Click ‘Book Tickets’ below to enrol or download a form here


First weekend
Bluecoat Academy, Sutton Passeys Crescent, Wollaton NG8 1EA

Saturday 2 November                                                             
All Groups: 1.30pm – 5.15pm

Sunday 3 November                                                           
SW 1&2: 1.35pm – 5.00pm
SW 3: 11.00am – 5.00pm
SW4: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Second weekend 
Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA

Sunday 10 November
SW 3&4: 12.30pm – 3.00pm
SW 1&2: 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.  

Nottingham Festival Chorus, East of England Singers & Nottingham Concert Orchestra
Dutch Project Choir
Emma Brown soloist
Angela Kay, Martin Van Der Brugge conductor

Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace
Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Louis Bourgeois: All People that on Earth do Dwell
Ola Gjeilo: Across the Vast Eternal Sky
Hector Berlioz: Villanelle
Sir Edward Elgar: Where Corals Lie

MOVING…… POWERFUL….. UPLIFTING…..

The Armed Man shot to the top of the classical music charts on its first release. Using a popular French secular melody as its basis, the work sets a mass for choir and orchestra alongside texts from across Western poetry – from Malory to Kipling – and also includes Hiroshima poetry from Japan, Hindu literature and the Muslim call to prayer. Relish the universal ideas presented through Jenkins’ ardent depiction of the destructiveness of war and the exhilarating urgency of his plea for peace.

The programme also includes our soloist, Emma Brown, performing ‘Where Corals Lie’ from Elgar’s Sea Pictures and the exhilarating ‘ Villanelle’ from Berlioz’s Les nuits d’ete. The programme opens with Copland’s arresting Fanfare for the Common Man and also features a moving arrangement of All people that on Earth do Dwell and Gjeilo’s haunting Across the vast Eternal Sky performed by the East of England Singers.

 

Click ‘Book Tickets’ below to enrol.

Download an enrolment form here. 

Music for Everyone invites you to come and be part of the Nottingham Festival Chorus performing Karl Jenkin’s powerful The Armed Man and Mack Wilberg’s moving arrangement of All people that on earth do dwell. 

We are delighted that guest conductor, Martin Van Der Brugge will be bringing his choir from Holland (the Dutch Project Choir) to join us for this special concert.

Enrolment fee: £40, Benefit claimant/Student: £30.

NB. To be eligible for the singing/playing member discount, you need to have an active membership for 2019/20. For more information please see here or get in touch with the office on admin@music-for-everyone.org, 0115 958 9312.

Priority booking for MfE Singing members closes 26 July.


Martin Van Der Brugge – guest conductor

Martin Van Der Brugge obtained his orchestra director’s diploma from the Rotterdam Conservatory under Arie van Beek in 1990 and his choir director’s diploma from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 1994, partly under the tuition of acclaimed directors Jan Boogaarts and Ed Spanjaard. In addition he attended master classes in Biel, Switzerland and the Weiner Meisterkurz given by Julius Kalmar. In later years, Martin successfully organised the first master class for directors in Bulgaria.

In 1996 he gave concerts with the Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra as guest director. Martin was appointed regular guest director of the Mersin State Opera and Ballet of Turkey, with various productions including Verdi’s Rigoletto performed under his direction. He has also performed as guest director of the Paliashvili Symphony Orchestra and Choir in Tbilisi, Georgia. Martin has held his baton performing in numerous countries among which the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Germany, Spain and Slovenia. He has been long-term director of several oratorium choirs and a chamber music ensemble in the Netherlands. He will be accompanied in October with the Dutch Project Choir.

www.martinvanderbrugge.nl


Timetable

Saturday 5 October 2019
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton 

9.30am – Registration opens
10.00am – Morning rehearsals
1.10pm – Meal break
2.00pm – MfE AGM
2.40pm – Afternoon rehearsal
6.15pm – End of session

Sunday 6 October
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton

2.30pm – Rehearsal
5.30pm – End of session

Friday 11 October
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton

7.00pm – Rehearsal with visiting
Dutch choir & conductor

Saturday 12 October
Albert Hall, Nottingham

1.30pm – Assemble
2.00pm – Rehearsal
5.30pm – End of session
7.00pm – Assemble
7.30pm – Performance

Sectional Rehearsals (optional)
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton

T & B: Wed 11 Sept 7.30-9.30pm
S & A: Fri 13 Sept 7.30-9.30pm

Click ‘Book Tickets’ below to enrol.

Download an enrolment form here. 

Music for Everyone Summer School 2019

Lunchtime Recital Series

The Founder Hall, Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham NG7 4ED

Come and enjoy lunchtime recitals performed by top professional artists in the beautiful surroundings of the Nottingham High School.

Tickets £6 each or £15 for all three lunchtime concerts. Tickets can be purchased on the door subject to availability.

 

Scaramella
Monday 12 August at 1.30pm

Pooling expertise from backgrounds in cathedral music, opera, close harmony and early music, Scaramella is a London based all male ensemble. Their members have sung with many of the finest professional choirs and consort groups in the UK and Europe and are successful soloists in their own rights.

Programme:There’s no deceit in Wine‘ – music for men’s voices from the dining and drinking clubs of Hanoverian London.

www.scaramella.co.uk

 

Zephyr Winds
Tuesday 13 August at 1.30pm

Formed by clarinettist Chris Swann in 1980, Zephyr is an energetic wind ensemble of renowned and experienced musicians from Britain’s leading orchestras. Their repertoire is varied and extensive, ranging from Mozart to the present day, enabling the creation of diverse, interesting and exciting programmes. Concerts are introduced from the stage with warmth, insight and humour in an atmosphere which creates maximum enjoyment for players and listeners alike.

Programme to include Arnold Three Shanties, Winter Two Miniatures, Grainger Walking Tune and an arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee.

www.zephyrwinds.co.uk

 

The Miyabi Duo
Wednesday 14 August at 1.30pm

Formed in 2017, the Miyabi Duo, Saki Kato and Hugh Millington, perform a variety of repertoire for two guitars, ranging from Renaissance lute duos to contemporary pieces. They also perform a range of music from the 19th century, including pieces using both a standard guitar and a terse guitar.

Rising stars, the duo made their debut performance in2 018 at the London Guitar Festival held at Kings Place and future engagements include a recital at the Wigmore Hall.

Programme: Rossini Overture from Cinderella, Mertz Pieces for guitar and terz guitar, Poole Wild Goose (1984), Gnattali Suite Retreats (Portraits)

www.hughmillington.com/miyabi-duo/index


Showcase Concert

…voyages of discovery!

The Player Hall, Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham NG7 4ED
6.30pm

Programme to include:
Richard Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra
Gustav Holst ‘Jupiter’ from The Planets
Eriks Esenvalds Stars
Handel ‘Let their Celestial Concerts all Unite’ from Samson
and other highlights form the three day Summer School

Tickets:
Concert £8.00
Post concert buffet £10.00


Tickets available on the door, or from the Summer School throughout the week.

Transport links: On-site parking, excellent bus service. No access via NET trams at High School stop.

NB Please note the office will be closed from Monday 12 – Friday 16 August.

 

Saturday 13 July SENIOR GROUPS

Enjoy a thrilling performance given by all the workshop groups plus our special guests – solo clarinettist Oliver Lee, RNCM string quartet and organist.

Marvel at the sound of the mighty Binns organ and the spectacular concert finale – an arrangement of ‘Light of the Seven’ from the acclaimed Game of Thrones.

Tickets: £8 (£4 children/students) throughout the hall. Available in advance from MfE and on the door.
NB If you are participating in the workshops, you will receive a special code to receive 10% ticket sales!

Tickets can be booked online via ‘Book Tickets’ at the bottom of this page.

 

Sunday 14 July JUNIOR GROUPS

A free concert showcasing our junior instrumental groups plus THE BIG FAMILY SING choir. An enjoyable concert for all!

Anyone is welcome to come along and listen, but please be aware spaces will be limited.

 

Festival Fringe

Don’t miss two days of free entertainment at the Sky Mirror, Nottingham Playhouse. Enjoy a barbecue from the Playhouse Bar and Kitchen while listening to local youth groups including the Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra and City Music Hub’s Band Factory. There will also be interactive performances from a steel band and Capoeira Nottingham – come and give it a go! And on Sunday, for those of you who like a good quiz, take part in our FESTIVAL MUSIC TRAIL, a walking quiz with clues situated around all the venues.

Visit the Festival Weekend webpage here>>

THE BIG YOUTH MUSIC EXPERIENCE IS HERE!

Everyone (adult or youth) is welcome to turn up to any of the events, concerts and workshops to take part!

Full information can be found at the Albert Hall throughout the weekend.

Music for Everyone look forward to seeing you there!

 

Download enrolment forms here:

The Big Youth String Experience
The Big Youth Wind Band Experience
The Big Youth Singing Experience
The Big Family Singing Experience

WHAT IS THE BIG YOUTH MUSIC EXPERIENCE?

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 activities include workshops for INSTRUMENTALISTS grade 5-8+ and SINGERS aged 12 upwards. 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 workshops are especially designed for INSTRUMENTALISTS grades 2-4 and for families, 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, Pure Steel Band performance and Come & Try, 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.


Friday 12 July

7pm – Cathedral Youth Choir Concert – Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo (Ticketed – Click link for more info)

7.30pm – Villiers Quartet Concert (Nottingham High School) Find out more about the Nottingham Chamber Music Festival here


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

Saturday 13 July

9.30am – Organ workshop – for pianists and organists grade 5+ Download a form here!

9.30am – Percussion workshop for experienced players (grade 4+)

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

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

7pm – Concert: all BYME Saturday groups Book Tickets and find out more here!

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


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

Sunday 14 July

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

11.30am – Samba (workshop)

11.30am – Percussion workshop (no prior experience necessary)

12.30pm – Samba (workshop)

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

1.30pm – BYME BIG FAMILY SING

4.00pm – Informal concert: – BYME Sunday instrument players plus BIG FAMILY SING FREE to attend – find out more here!

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

Click on the banners to find out more about individual events:

      

Scroll down to see opportunities for wind, brass, percussion and pianists!


Big String Experience

Saturday Orchestra: grades 5 – 8+  Sign up here!

Repertoire to include:
Grieg Holberg Suite and Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3
‘Light of the Seven’ from Game of Thrones

Sunday Orchestra: grades 2 – 4  Sign up here!

Repertoire to be announced!

Download an enrolment form here for the Big Youth String Experience!

Musical Director: Sunday
Chris George – Accomplished violinist and conductor
Musical Director: Sunday
Rowan Cozens – Experienced viola player, conductor and adjudicator

Big Wind Band Experience

Saturday Band: grades 5 – 8+ Sign up here!

Repertoire to include:
Concertino Weber – featuring clarinet soloist Oliver Lee from the Royal Northern College of Music
A Huntingdon Celebration Philip Sparke
‘Light of the Seven’ from Game of Thrones

Sunday Band: grades 2 – 4 Sign up here!

Repertoire to include: Aztlan Victor Lopez

Download an enrolment form here for the Big Youth Wind Band Experience!

Musical Director: Saturday & Sunday
Chris Swann: Principal Clarinettist – Sinfonia Viva,
Tutor – Royal Northern College of Music

Saturday 13 July: Percussion Workshop, percussion/Drumkit players grade 4+ Sign up here!

9.30am: Registration

9.45-11.45am: An opportunity to perform on the full range of tuned percussion (glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone and marimba) as well as timpani and drum kit.

The workshop will be led by Jackie Kendle and will include improvisation and popular repertoire which we will perform in the 7pm concert.

Parts will be available before the workshop.

Sunday 14 July: Percussion Workshop, Drumkit players grade 1+ Sign up here!

12.30pm – 1.30pm: An hours workshop for drumkit players to try the full range of tuned percussion instruments as well as timpani! The workshop will be lead by Jackie Kendle and no preparation is needed, come and have a go!

If you have any queries please contact MfE – admin@music-for-everyone.org or Jackie Kendle – jackiemkendle@gmail.com


Saturday 13 July: Albert Hall Binns Organ Workshop Sign up here!

Open to piano players of grade 5+

From 9.45am, Players will be contacted with details of their playing slot.

Coached by experienced organist and teacher, Mike Smith, experience the thrill of playing one of the finest instruments in the country, the mighty Binns organ at Nottingham’s Albert Hall.

Places for this experience are limited so please apply early.

Download an enrolment form here for the Big Youth Albert Hall Organ Experience

Big Youth Singing Experience

Saturday: singers aged 12 upwards Sign up here!

1pm – 4pm: Gospel workshop

5pm – 6pm: Choir rehearsal (joint with orchestra)

Repertoire to include: Gospel singing and ‘Light of the Seven’ from Game of Thrones

Musical Director: Freddie Kofi
Award winning Gospel artist

About the workshop: Fun. Creative. Challenging. Driven and underpinned by the unique harmony structure that helps define this genre, [award winning British gospel music artist] Freddie Kofi, invites us to a Gospel music workshop that goes beyond the notes to help singers create and capture the emotion and empathy in the story of a song. From Traditional to Contemporary Gospel, to uplifting, emotive classic songs, the Gospel Choir workshop aims to introduce all who attend to new approaches and techniques to singing and challenge singers to step out of their comfort zone, to learn new ways of bringing a song to life.


Sunday: BIG FAMILY SING – children and young people accompanied by an adult or two Sign up here!

Download a form here

1.30pm – 3.30pm: Singing workshop

A fun singing afternoon designed for all the family! Children aged 5 upwards with their mums, dads, carers, grandparents, aunts and uncles – the whole family, friends too! Come and enjoy an afternoon singing together and then give an informal concert at the Albert Hall at 4pm.

Musical Director: Helen Hayes – Experienced choral animateur and vocalist

Festival Fringe at a Glance

Saturday 13 July Sunday 14 July
9am – 5pm City Centre FLASH MOB Robin Hood Youth Orchestra (Nottm City Music Hub) Throughout the day FESTIVAL MUSIC TRAIL Look for clues around all the venues and win a prize (£1 per sheet)
11am St Peter’S Church FAMILY CONCERT Villiers Quartet 11.30am Albert Hall SAMBA DRUMMING 1
12 noon Sky Mirror PURE STEEL BAND Performance, Come & Try 11.30 – 12.30pm Sky Mirror BEATFEET BHANGRA
12 noon Sky Mirror Barbecue opens 12.30pm Albert Hall SAMBA DRUMMING 2
4pm – 5pm Sky Mirror NYJO 12 noon Sky Mirror Barbecue opens
2.30pm Sky Mirror CAPOEIRA NOTTINGHAM

Back to the Festival Webpage>>

Saturday 13 July: Robin Hood Youth Orchestra – Flash Mob

9am – 5pm: Across the City Centre

The Robin Hood Youth Orchestra will be part of the celebrations in July to mark the 50 years of friendship with Nottingham’s twin city of Karlsruhe, Germany.  The friendship between Nottingham and Karlsruhe started on 26 July, 1969, and the twinning has led to many joint cultural activities.  The Robin Hood Youth Orchestra (RHYO) has a close friendship with Jugendorchester Stadt Karlsruhe (JOK), which is a youth orchestra based in Karlsruhe, Germany.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations and the Big Youth Music Experience, RHYO will be performing flash mobs around Nottingham City on July 13, 2019 from 9am to 5pm! You can look out for them at some of the city’s most iconic points including the Robin Hood statue by the castle, train station and outside the Theatre Royal & Concert Hall.  RHYO will also be part of the celebrations in Karlsruhe later in July as they go on a residential to Germany on July 19!


Saturday 13 July: Pure Steel Band

12 noon – 2.30pm: Sky Mirror

Pure Steel Band consists of anything from 2 to 25 players, who perform in various settings around the UK and abroad. They rehearse in Mansfield once a week where they are supported by Inspire Youth Arts. Pure Steel have an extensive repertoire which means they can create the party atmosphere of a carnival or present a formal concert in a professional capacity.

The band was founded in 2002 and currently consists of players from both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire that range in age from 11-21.

Over the years the band have performed at numerous events both locally and internationally.  We are very proud to have played at Disneyland Paris as well as various towns surrounding Lake Garda, Italy during several summer tours.

Pure Steel Band will be performing by the Sky Mirror and all are welcome to watch, listen and then have a go yourselves!


Saturday 13 July: Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra

4pm – 5pm: Sky Mirror

Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra exists to enable young, talented local musicians, of school or secondary college age, to develop their shared interest, skill & enjoyment in playing & performing jazz. With an emphasis on live performance, NYJO players develop lots of practical life skills too, such as time management and presentation, in addition to honing their craft of jazz musicianship through playing alongside other gifted players.

NYJO is happy to discuss requests to hire a smaller Combo or Big Band for functions ­ with rates for private and charity performances. NYJO can provide entertainment for Weddings, Conferences, business and social functions, festivals, charity events and more.


Sunday 14 July: Samba Drumming – Artbeat Projects

11.30am – 12.30pm: Albert Hall
12.30pm – 1.30pm: Albert Hall

Learn to play the carnival sounds of Samba from Brazil!

The rhythms are intoxicating and guaranteed to get everyone moving and grooving! Think big, loud and energetic!

Artbeat provides workshops in Samba drumming -the Carnival sounds of Brazil, using a range of traditional large Samba drums and smaller handheld instruments. This is an energetic, loud and fun workshop where participants will learn to play rhythms from the streets of Brazil.

Children and their parents/carers are welcome to attend together, please book now to avoid disappointment – spaces are limited! Book online here

Cost: £3 per person


Sunday 14 July: Beatfeet Bhangra

11.30am – 12.30pm: Sky Mirror

Drumming naturally creates a sense of belonging and community. Everyone involved in our unique sessions is part of an unfolding musical and mindful process, that leaves both mind and body energised. People always leave group drumming feeling focused and ready to inject new found creativity into daily life, wherever this may be!

Join Vijay for an interactive dance workshop where you’ll discover and explore the iconic rhythms and moves of the popular Punjabi dance style – Bhangra dance! Enjoy the thunderous sound of the dhol drum and how to move your body to the beat.


Sunday 14 July: Capoeira Nottingham

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Sky Mirror

Capoeira Nottingham founded in 2000, and became a Community Interest Company in 2010We are part of the worldwide group Cordão de Ouro, meaning ‘belt of gold’.

Our group is dedicated to the promotion of afro-Brazilian culture, and in particular Capoeira: its health, social and educational benefits. Our group is a diverse community, with everyone from young professionals, to students, and whole families engaging in what we do, from grandparent to grandchild.