Come to Stringwise! 2017, Music for Everyone’s 25th 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 proudly present an international performance experience Around the World in 80 Minutes.

The Stringwise groups will perform an exciting mix of music from across the globe, concluding with a grand finale piece incorporating all players, Pirates of the Caribbean by Hans Zimmer.

Where and when is it?

Stringwise! will be held at the Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane, Nottingham  over the weekend of 4 and 5 November 2017 followed by an informal concert for parents and friends at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, on Sunday 12 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 Bluecoat Academy, 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?

A wide-ranging program including:

Stringwise 4: ‘Andantino’ from Suite from Carmen arr. Osborne
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Morricone

Stringwise 3: Hungarian Dance by Brahms
Don’t Cry for me Argentina by Lloyd Webber

Stringwise 2: Serbian Kolo by Sheila Nelson
Mexican Clapping Song by Kenny

Stringwise 1: Open String Samba by Wilson and Ranger
French Folk Melody by Bellwood

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?

Click ‘Book Tickets’ below to enrol online (booking fee applies). Alternatively, you can download a form here>> to fill in and post to the office, all the details you need are on the form. 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

First weekend
Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane NG8 5GY

Saturday 4 November                                                             
All Groups: 1.30pm – 5.15pm

Sunday 5 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 12 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 subsidized 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 subsidized 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.  

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’

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
Download a form here or click on Book Tickets below to enrol online (a £2 card fee applies)

Come and sing great choral music with the mighty Binns Organ. A rare opportunity to sing with the Albert Hall organ!

Music for Everyone invites you to be part of their summer workshop weekend – sing great works accompanied by the mighty Binns organ. Programme to include Parry’s thrilling coronation anthem, I was Glad, Elgar’s haunting Ave, verum corpus, Vaughan Williams’ rousing ‘Let all the World in every corner Sing’ from his Five Mystical Songs and ‘Sing’, an electrifying arrangement of Widor’s well known ‘Toccata’ from his Organ Symphony No. 5.

All music will be given out at the course, no preparation required!

Friends and family are invited to the performance at the Albert Hall on the Sunday afternoon at 3pm.

Provisional Timetable

Saturday 24 June 2017
Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane NG8 5GY

9.30am     Registration opens
10.00am  Morning rehearsals
1.15pm     Meal Break
2.15pm    Afternoon rehearsal
4,30pm     End of session

Sunday 25 June
Albert Hall, Nottingham

10.45am  Rehearsal
1.15pm  End of session
3.00pm  Performance

Did you learn to play an instrument when you were at school but haven’t got it out of the case for a long time? Or have you taken up playing an instrument in adult life just for fun? Do you like playing orchestral music? Were you a member of the school recorder group?

If the answer is YES to any of these questions then come to Blow the Dust off your Instrument, 10 June 2017.

This Orchestral Playing Day will give you the chance to renew your old skills or put new-found ones into practice in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The music has been chosen to give scope to players of all abilities and will include Henry Mancini’s lyrical Moon River from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, Edward German’s well known Nell Gwynne Suite and Moszkowski’s atmospheric Spanish Dance.

There will also be items for wind band (conductor Gill Henshaw) and string orchestra (conductor Ann-Marie Shaw). The recorder ensemble will also have a varied diet of music carefully chosen by their conductor, Chris McDouall.

The instrumental parts will be sent out in advance of the course, to give you time to get to grips with the notes ahead of the day itself.

Please note: This course is not suitable for players of a standard below Associated Board Grade 2 (except recorders)

Alexander Technique
Do you ache whilst playing your instrument? Are you stiff at the end of a rehearsal? Perhaps the Alexander Technique might help you. This technique is designed to change long-standing postural habits which may be causing tension, stiffness, aches and pains which in turn prevent you from achieving your full potential. Fully qualified AT practitioner, Maggie Bishop B Ed, M.Sc, MSTAT will introduce you to the technique and be around during the lunch break to answer your questions.

Online booking is now closed. If you would like to be on the mailing list for future events, please email


Full £38.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £18.00)

Recorders £22.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £10.00)

Outline Timetable

Saturday 10 June 2017
Albert Hall, Nottingham

9.40am – Registration opens (NB Registration for recorders at 1.15pm)
10.00am – Morning rehearsals (to include coffee break and an introduction to the Alexander Technique)
12.45pm – Meal break
1.15pm – Registration opens for recorders
1.30pm – Afternoon rehearsals for all players (to include tea break)
4.45pm – Break
5.00pm – Informal concert for friends and family
6.00pm – End of course

Blow the Dust Helpers

Would you be willing to give up a little bit of time to help with the smooth running of the course? We particularly need help with registration and also a team of people to help with refreshments during the breaks. You may have a friend/partner who would be willing to help prepare and serve these – no great skill required! If you or a friend/partner would be willing to lend a hand then please indicate when you enrol – thank you!

For any further information about the course, please ring the enrolment secretary, Isobel Bounford, on 01623 653354 or email

Fun singing workshops for primary school children over the weekend of 13/14 May, plus a concert at the Albert Hall, Nottingham on the following Sunday 21 May.

Songs from Walt Disney’s Jungle Book, the Lion King, Little Mermaid and Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Music for Everyone has over 30 years experience of running music events for young people. Led by our experienced tutors, the singing workshops and concert will be full of great songs. Singers will be divided into three age-group choirs:

• Vocals 1 (school yrs 1-2)
• Vocals 2 (school yrs 3-4)
• Vocals 3 (school yrs 5-7)

Music packs, including lyrics and CD or downloadable tracks, will be sent out approximately one month before the event, giving everyone the chance to learn the songs as best they can before the singing weekend.

How much does it cost?

If applying before 24 April, the EARLY BIRD enrolment fee for Vocals 2017 is £10. After that date, the fee increases to £15.


Saturday 13 May & Sunday 14 May

Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane
All Groups 2.00 – 5.00pm

Sunday 21 May Concert

Albert Hall, Nottingham
Rehearsal: 12.30 – 2.15pm
Concert: 3.30 – 5.30pm

Enrolment for the course has now closed.

Online booking for concert tickets is not available over the weekend, tickets can be bought from the course this weekend or online/through the office from 9am Monday morning.

Music for Everyone invites players to come and explore the wonderful string orchestra repertoire under the baton of an expert.

Richard Howarth is a distinguished violinist and a dynamic conductor with a wealth of experience leading and directing orchestras. The music chosen for this workshop day features Verdi’s String Symphony and Nordgren’s Portrait of Country Fiddlers Op26.

The workshop is to be held on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May at the Bluecoat Academy and St Peter’s Church.


Saturday 13 May, Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane, Nottingham NG8 5GY

9.30am         Registration opens
10.00am      Morning Rehearsals
1.15pm         Meal Break
2.30pm       Afternoon Rehearsals
5.15pm       End of session

Sunday 14 May, St Peter’s Church, Ruddington NG11 6EL

1.30pm       Rehearsal
3.15pm       End of session
4.00pm      Performance

If you are interested in being kept up to date about our String Orchestra workshops click here to join our mailing list

Enrolment for this course is now closed.

East of England Singers
Angela Kay Conductor 

The East of England Singers invite you to their Spring Serenade, presenting highlights from their recent May Day Weekend concert tour in Suffolk. The varied, entertaining programme will include madrigals, folk songs and solos, and feature works by Rutter, Vaughan Williams and Elgar.


Full £8, Child/Student £4

Online booking is now closed. Tickets will be available to buy on the door


Nottingham Senior Girls’ Voices, Nottingham Youth Voices and East Midlands Youth Wind Band

Alex Patterson, Phil Smith, Charlotte Vivian conductors

Come and enjoy this entertaining programme performed by our senior youth groups. Programme to include a mix of folk, jazz and classics – from Tchaikovsky to Abba Gold!

Tickets: Full £7.00, Conc. £6.00, Child £3.50

Tickets are for sale at rehearsals and on the door. Doors open at 7pm.

Nottingham Junior Voices
Nottingham Youth Band
Nottingham Strictly Strings

Come and enjoy an entertaining programme filled with the exuberance of youth performed by our talented young singers and players.

Tickets: Full £7.00, Conc. £6.00, Child/Student £3.50

Tickets are available from all rehearsals and will be on the door. Doors open at 6.30pm 

From Darkness to Light

As part of their Music in Quiet Places series, the East of England Singers warmly invite you to the historic church of St Mary the Virgin to enjoy a rich tapestry of reflective choral pieces, illustrated by projected images.

Programme to include Tippett’s ‘Spirituals’ from A Child of Our Time and music by Rachmaninov, Lotti, Tchaikovsky and MacMillan.


Ticket Prices:

Full £8; Child/Student £4

Tickets will be available on the door subject to availability