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.  

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)

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

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

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 Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Dag Wiren’s Serenade for Strings.

The workshop is to be held on Sunday 24 September at the Bluecoat Academy.

Provisional Timetable:

Sunday 24 September, Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane, Nottingham NG8 5GY

9.30am         Registration opens
10.00am      Morning Rehearsals
1.15pm         Meal Break
2.30pm       Afternoon Rehearsals
4.45pm       Informal performance
5.30pm       End of workshop day


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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.

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