Music for Everyone’s 2018 Summer School will be a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in quality music-making in a stimulating, friendly environment.

This year we are delighted that Trent College is hosting our Summer School. The excellent facilities, rolling parkland, excellent transport links and on site parking make this the perfect location for an inspiring musical experience.

This year we have chosen music inspired by ‘The Americas’. From Sousa’s Liberty Bell to Gershwin’s Summertime, Eriksson’s atmospheric To the Mothers’ of Brazil to the moving last movement for soloists, choir and orchestra from Bernstein’s masterpiece Candide. Add workshops and recitals given by top professionals and you have a wonderful three days of music making.

The 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.

DSC04418DSC04462All workshops and rehearsals start at 10am with registration on Monday between 9.30 – 10am. Rush hour recitals on Monday and Tuesday start at 5.15pm 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 workshops and recitals DSC04489given by professional singers and instrumentalists of national and international standing.


DSC04407Be part of the social buzz. Extended breaks give you time to chat to tutors, browse the stands and enjoy the college grounds. A welcome ‘drink and nibbles’ 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 DSC04483Monday ‘drink and nibbles’ and the ‘end of Summer School’ buffet. It is possible to purchase (if booked in advance) a two course hot lunch on each of the 3 days at a total cost of £125. Or if you prefer to picnic, the surrounding parkland is ideal. Trent College is also able to provide B & B accommodation for the duration of the Summer School, please indicate on the enrolment form if you would like details.


The music to be studied will include:

Orchestra: (all instrumentalists)
Leonard Bernstein ‘Make our Garden Grow’ from Candide
John Philip Sousa Liberty Bell
George Gershwin Summertime

Gilbert Tinner Sparkling Samba
Victor Lopez Aztlan

String Orchestra:
Aaron Copland ‘Hoe Down’ from Rodeo
Astor Piazzolla Libertango

Leonard Bernstein ‘Make our Garden Grow’ from Candide and ‘Gloria Tibi’ from Mass
Anon Hanaq pachap kusikuyin (17C South American)
Lars Jansson/arr. Gunnar Eriksson To the Mothers’ of Brazil
Eric Whitacre Lux Aurumque


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Workshop sessions will be led by Music for Everyone’s artistic team: Angela Kay, Victoria Barlow, Gill Henshaw, Ellie Martin, Ann-Marie Shaw and Phil Smith. They will be joined by the highly talented professional choir Blossom Street, celebrated violinist Owen Cox and brass duo Simon Baker (Trombone) and Tim Thorpe (French Horn). Accomplished pianist, Richard Cox will be our repetiteur.

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Professional choir, Blossom Street, is a highly versatile and vibrant chamber choir comprising some of the UK’s best young singers. They perform regularly on TV and radio as well as on the concert platform and have released two critically acclaimed CDs on the Naxos label. Directed by Hilary Campbell, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, the group was formed in 2003, while many of the singers were undergraduates at the University of York.

“A fantastic choir” Greg Beardsell, BBC Radio 3


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. Owen has recently written a PhD about a late Beethoven String Quartet.



Simon BakerTim Thorpe 2Brass Duo, Simon Baker and Tim Thorpe have years of experience playing in top professional orchestras including the CBSO, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Symphony Orchestra, the RPO plus as session musicians in top West End Shows.




How to Enrol

Click ‘Book Tickets’ below to enrol online, or download a form here to post, with your cheque, to the office.

From Classics to Swing!

Come and sing an exciting range of music – spanning centuries and styles. From Mozart to Duke Ellington, Mendelssohn to Rutter.

This one-day singing workshop will be led by Angela Kay whose informal, exhilarating and entertaining approach to choral singing is sure to lift the spirits and make the day an enjoyable one for all.

Come and sing a sumptuous Mendelssohn motet, a sparkling opera chorus from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, jazzy Birthday Madrigals by John Rutter and foot-tapping popular classics including Duke Ellington’s It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing and Fly me to the Moon.

And to celebrate Summer, a cream tea during the afternoon – all part of the workshop experience!

All music will be provided on the day.


Saturday 30 June 2018
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton NG11 8NS

9.45am      Registration opens
10.00am    Morning session
12.30pm    Meal Break
1.30pm      Afternoon session (with cream tea break)
5.00pm     End of session

To book, simply click ‘Book Tickets’ below or download an application here and post to the address at the bottom of the form.

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 Summer 2018 course.

This 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 conductor will be Angela Kay, the Artistic Director of Music for Everyone who blends expertise and enthusiasm with a great sense of humour!

The music has been chosen to give scope to players of all abilities and will include the well known ‘March‘ from Bizet’s Carmen, movements from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, and to get your foot tapping, the well known signature tune from The Pink Panther!

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.

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)

To enrol for this course, click ‘Book Tickets’ at the bottom of this page or download a form here>>


Full £38.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £18.00)

Recorders £22.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £10.00)

Outline Timetable

Sunday 10 June 2018
Albert Hall, Nottingham

9.40am – Registration opens (NB Registration for recorders at 1.15pm)
10.00am – Morning rehearsals (to include coffee break)
12.30pm – 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

vocalssplatExperience the musical world of the hit film Sing! and songs from Oliver!  Let over 100 children’s voices, performing great music together with special lighting and sound effects, transport you through the galaxies.

This entertaining programme will include well known songs such as I’m still standing by Elton John, It’s a hard-knock life from Annie and Food Glorious Food from Oliver!



Full £5 – £9, Children £3 (all children’s seats (under 18s) are priced at £3 throughout the hall)

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


The East of England Singers present a concert of Fauré, Bach and more!

East of England Singers
New Classical Players
Angela Kay conductor
Sarah Trevers soprano
Charlie Nicholson baritone

Focussing on eternal rest and consolation, Fauré’s exquisite Requiem is one of the best loved works of the choral repertoire. Written as a musical tribute to his father, beautiful melodies and ravishing harmonies create a work of peace and serenity.

By contrast, the genius of Bach, Haydn and Beethoven is distilled into three ‘miniatures’. Characteristic of each composer’s style, these motets show them at their very best.

Pieces include:

Gabriel Fauré Requiem
J S Bach Motet Jesu, meine Freude
Joseph Haydn Insanae et Vanae Curae
Ludwig van Beethoven Elegischer Gesang

EOES tour 2017The Performers: East of England Singers One of the leading chamber choirs in the East Midlands, the East of England Singers have a busy concert schedule performing works across the full choral range. The choir’s refreshingly dynamic and committed performances have brought both critical and public acclaim.

The singers excelled … conveying beautifully the range of moods and the close marrying of text and setting. Graeme Whitehead – Nottingham Evening Post


Tickets: Full £10, Conc. £9, Child/Student £5

Tickets are available on the door, doors open at 7pm

Nottingham Community Voices
Nottingham Concert Orchestra

Kate Taylor soloist
Simon Theobald presenter and soloist
Angela Kay conductor

All your Hollywood favourites!

An entertaining, foot-tapping programme with themes from Harry Potter films and The Pink Panther and classic musicals including Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls and Mary Poppins.NOS_Headshot_Simon b&wKate-2x

The programme will also include orchestral and solo items performed by the Nottingham Concert Orchestra and our guests, Kate Taylor and Simon Theobald.


Full £14, £10, £7; Conc. £13, £9, £6; Child/Student £7, £5, £3.50


Online booking for this concert is now closed. Tickets will be available at the course for singers to purchase and also available on the door on Sunday 29 April at the Albert Hall, Nottingham

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

Victoria Barlow, Gill Henshaw, Richard Howarth, Alex Patterson, Phil Smith conductors

Come and enjoy this entertaining programme performed by our senior youth groups. Programme to include a mix of folk, jazz and classics – come and enjoy a varied programme, featuring violinist Greg Scotland.

Tickets: Full £7.00, Child £3.50


Tickets are available on the door. 

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, Child/Student £3.50*

*Ticket offer! If purchasing tickets to both the Junior and Senior youth concerts, full price is £10, child/student is £5 for both concerts (offer is available online)

Tickets are available on the door

East of England Singers
Angela Kay conductor

From Darkness to Light

A rich tapestry of reflective choral pieces illustrated by readings and projected images to include music by Rachmaninov, Lotti, Tchaikovsky, Tippett and MacMillan.


Ticket Prices:

Full £7.50; Concessions £6.50; Child/Student £3.50

Tickets are available from the MfE Box Office, 10 Goose Gate, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FF (0115 9589312)

Come to Bandwise! 2018, Music for Everyone’s 19th 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, Aspley Lane, Nottingham  over the weekend of 3/4 March 2018 followed by an informal concert for parents and friends at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, on Sunday 11 March. 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: Celtic Air & Dance Sweeney, Lean on me arr. Longfield

Bandwise 2: Rhythmos Smith, The Incredibles: Main Theme arr. Murtha

Bandwise 3: Toccata for Band Erickson, Sparkling Samba Tinner

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?

Click on ‘Book Tickets’ at the bottom of this page to enrol online.

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


Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane, Nottingham NG8 5GY

Saturday 3 March
All groups: 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Sunday 4 March
Bandwise 1: 1.15pm – 5.30pm
Bandwise 2: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Bandwise 3: 10.00am – 5.30pm

Sunday 11 March, 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.