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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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

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
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.

Come and sing with the Nottingham Festival Chorus and East of England Singers Carl Orff’s colourful and exciting Carmina Burana.

One of the favourites of the choral music repertoire, Carl Orff’s music is packed full of pagan rhythms and glowing lyricism — lots of colour, energy and excitement to light up a winter weekend!

Saturday 27 January 2018
Nottingham Trent University (NB Please note change of venue as specified on the application form)

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 28 January

2.30pm – Rehearsal
5.30pm – End of session

Saturday 3 February
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 (TBC)

S & A: Wed 10 Jan 7.30-9.30pm
T & B: Fri 12 Jan 7.30-9.30pm

N.B. Music scores and a rehearsal CD will be sent out approx 8 weeks before the course. Priority booking for MfE Singing members closes 21 November.

To enrol online, click ‘Book Tickets’ below or contact the office 0115 9589312 for more information.

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

Nottingham Junior Voices
Nottingham Senior Girls Voices

Nottingham Youth Band
Nottingham Strictly Strings

A Christmas concert for all the family, packed with favourite carols to enjoy and entertaining seasonal items by the choirs, band and orchestra.

Tickets: Full £7.00, Child/Student £3.50

Tickets are available on the door

Nottingham Youth Voices
East Midlands Youth String Orchestra
East Midlands Youth Windband

Alex Patterson, Richard Howarth & Phil Smith conductors

Our senior youth groups present a varied and entertaining concert to welcome the Festive Season!


Tickets prices: Full £7, Child/Student £3.50

Tickets available on the door

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  on the door.


Nottingham Festival Chorus
East of England Singers
Nottingham Concert Orchestra
Ruth Provost soprano, Emily Hodkinson alto
Adam Torrance 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

Online booking is now closed – tickets will be available on the door