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 features Beethoven’s extraordinary String Quartet Op. 131 arranged for string orchestra by Sir Colin Davis and Britten’s youthful Simple Symphony.

The workshop is to be held on Saturday 21 April at the Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane campus followed by a performance on Sunday 22 April at St Peter’s Church, Ruddington.

Provisional Timetable:

Saturday 21 April, 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 22 April, St Peter’s Church, Ruddington NG11 6EL

1.30pm        Rehearsal
3.15pm        Break
4.00pm       Performance

To sign up online, click ‘Book Tickets’ below or contact the office on 0115 9589312 for other options

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Nottingham Festival Chorus, East of England Singers & Nottingham Concert Orchestra
Angela Kay conductor

Carl OrffCarmina Burana
Richard WagnerSiegfried Idyll
Eric WhitacreFive Hebrew Love Songs

… a concert of love, drama and passion!

The ultimate birthday present, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was a gift to his wife, Cosoma. This elegiac piece radiates love and tenderness.

Eric Whitacre’s wife wrote Hebrew love poems to provide the texts for these haunting songs for voices, piano and solo violin.

By contrast, Orff’s colourful and exciting mediaeval choral tapestry depicts Springtime, In the Tavern and The Court Of Love, preceded by and ending with an invocation to Fortune. But it is probably best known as the music to the Old Spice aftershave advert!


Full £9 – £16, Conc. £8 – £15, Child/Student £4.50 – £8

Available from the Music for Everyone Box Office (0115 9589312 – office hours) online by clicking ‘Book Tickets’ below or on the door subject to availability.
NB For Wheelchair access, please contact the MfE Box Office directly on 0115 9589312.

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 2018.

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 well known movements from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Bizet’s rousing ‘Toreador Song’ from his opera Carmen, and to get your foot tapping, Curtain Up – a wonderful arrangement of great tunes from West End shows.

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)

To enrol online, click ‘Book Tickets’ below or download a form here


Full £38.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £18.00)

Recorders £22.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £10.00)

Outline Timetable

Saturday 6 January 2018
Albert Hall, Nottingham

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

East of England Singers, Nottingham Community Voices, Vocals Youth Choir, New Classical Players

A traditional afternoon Christmas concert for all the family, with well-known carols and seasonal songs.


Full £10, £8, £6; Conc. £9, £7, £5; Child/Student £5, £4, £3

Special Offer!
With 2 adults, children come for £2.50 each.

Available from the Music for Everyone Box Office (0115 9589312 – office hours) online by clicking ‘Book Tickets’ below or on the door subject to availability.

Fun singing afternoon and festive concert for primary school children

Join us for a fun Saturday afternoon workshop followed by a Sunday afternoon concert, singing well known Christmas songs and songs from the hit Christmas film, Elf! including When Santa got stuck up the Chimney, Let it Snow and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Experience the excitement of a performance in the Albert Hall featuring over 200 performers!

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)

Cost: All Groups – £10 per child, 10% family discount if two or more children from the same family enrol.

Music packs, including lyrics and audio 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 afternoon. If you would like to come along, you can download a form here, or click ‘Book Tickets’ below to enrol online.

Saturday 9 December Singing Afternoon
Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane, Nottingham
All Groups: 2.00pm – 5.15pm

Sunday 10 December Concert
Albert Hall, Nottingham
Rehearsal: 12.30 – 2.45pm
Concert: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

East of England Singers
Angela Kay conductor

Christmas myths and legends, from Wassail Customs and recipes to Santa Claus and Christmas carols.

A concert of music and readings setting the scene for the start of the Festive Season.

Ticket prices (to include a traditional Wassail Cup on arrival)

Full £9; Conc. £8; Child/Student £4.50

Available from the Music for Everyone Box Office (0115 9589312 – office hours), online by clicking ‘Book Tickets’ below or on the door subject to availability.

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.  

Nottingham Festival Chorus
East of England Singers
Nottingham Concert Orchestra
Ruth Provost soprano, Emily Hodkinson alto
Adam Torrence tenor, Geoff Williams bass
Angela Kay, Jakob Grubbström conductors

Handel Coronation Anthems
‘Zadok the Priest’ and ‘The King Shall Rejoice’
Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Mozart Coronation Mass KV317

Experience the celebratory grandeur of Handel’s royal anthems and Mozart’s glittering Coronation Mass. Programme the two with a vibrant Brandenburg Concerto and Music for the Royal Fireworks and you have a concert which sparkles with royal splendour!

Tickets: Full £8 – £15, Conc. £7 – £14, Child/Student £4 – £7.50

Available from the Music for Everyone Box Office (0115 9589312 – office hours), online by clicking ‘Book Tickets’ below or on the door subject to availability.
NB For wheelchair access, please contact the MfE Box Office directly – 0115 9589312

Come and sing with the Nottingham Festival Chorus and East of England Singers. Experience the celebratory grandeur of Handel’s royal anthems and Mozart’s glittering Coronation Mass.

Mozart’s Mass in C (KV317) won the name ‘Coronation Mass’ at the Imperial court in Vienna during the early nineteenth century – it was a great favourite at state occasions. Handel’s resplendent anthems, written for the coronation of King George II, have similarly been performed ever since. All this music sparkles with royal splendour – a joy to sing!

Provisional timetable:

Saturday 28 October 2017
Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane, Nottingham NG8 5GY

9.30am Registration opens
10.00am Morning rehearsals
1.15pm Meal break
2.15pm Afternoon rehearsals
6.00pm End of session

Sunday 29 October
Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA

10.30am Rehearsal
1.30pm End of session

3.oopm Assemble
3.30pm Performance

Sectional Rehearsals (optional)
St Luke’s Church, Leahurst Road, West Bridgford NG2 6GL

T & B: Wed 11 October 7.30 – 9.30pm
S & A: Fri 13 October 7.30 – 9.30pm

To enrol online, click ‘Book Tickets’ below (card fee applies)

Online booking is now closed. Tickets will be available on the door (doors open at 6.45pm)

A concert to delight the senses, widen horizons and set the spirit free!

East of England Singers
Helen Shelton percussion
Jakob Grubbström guest conductor

Thrill to the combined sound of voices and percussion in motets from the golden age of South American baroque. Then let choir and instruments take you into the world of the Baltic imagination, to enjoy atmospheric and dramatic music from Latvia and Estonia, complemented by short, brilliant works inspired by voices and percussion by Britten (Hymn to St Cecelia) and Bernstein (French Choruses from The Lark).

The Music: South American Baroque motets by Diego José de Salazar, Juan Garcia de Zéspedes and Manuel de Zumaya. Latvian and Estonian choral ‘images’ by Lars-Gunnar Jansson, Eriks Ešenvalds. Arvo Pärt and Jan Sandström complemented by Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to St Cecelia and Leonard Bernstein’s ‘French Choruses from The Lark‘.

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


Jakob Grubbström 
An outstanding young conductor, tenor, guitarist and teacher, Jakob gained degrees in classical guitar and music pedagogy in Sweden, followed by a Masters in Choral Conducting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Currently based with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, he appears regularly as an international solo performer and chamber musician, conducts a range of UK choirs and directs Cantores Amicitiae, the international vocal ensemble he founded in 2016.



Helen Shelton Helen gained a degree in Contemporary Music at Nottingham Trent University and is in demand as a performer across the whole range of percussion, appearing with championship brass bands and orchestras and playing in theatre productions.

The Venue: The historic church of St John the Evangelist (1843) was extensively refurbished in 2009 and now provides a comfortable concert venue with good facilities and an excellent acoustic.

The church is easy to find with plenty of on-street parking close by. It is situated on the left hand side of Mansfield Road as you travel from Nottingham centre towards Sherwood.

Tickets: Full £9, Conc. £8, Child/Student £4.50