Come to Bandwise! 2019, Music for Everyone’s 20th 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 over the weekend of 2/3 March 2019 followed by an informal concert for parents and friends at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, on Sunday 10 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: Wind Dances, I Want to Hold your Hand

Bandwise 2: Northland Pines, Music in the Dark

Bandwise 3: Equilibrium, Theme from Ant-Man


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 or download a form here

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


Timetable

Saturday 2 March, Bluecoat Academy NG8 5GY
All groups: 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Sunday 3 March, Bluecoat Academy NG8 5GY
Bandwise 1: 1.15pm – 5.30pm
Bandwise 2: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Bandwise 3: 10.00am – 5.30pm

Sunday 10 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.  

Nottingham Festival Chorus
East of England Singers
Nottingham Concert Orchestra
Emily Hodkinson mezzo-soprano
Angela Kay conductor

 

Elgar The Music Makers
Overture in D Minor (Handel)

Ralph Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music

Nostalgic and visionary music by our two great English pastoral composers: Elgar’s exquisite Serenade for Strings, his Overture transcribed for glorious full orchestra from Handel (fulfilling a childhood dream) and then, for choir, soloist and orchestra, Vaughan Williams’s enchanted star-gazing Serenade to Music and Elgar’s Music Makers, full of famous melodies, elegiac lyricism, splendour and celebration.

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

Click ‘Book Tickets’ below to choose your seats online (please note a booking fee applies) Alternatively, you can buy your tickets from the MfE Box Office Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm 0115 9589312. Tickets will be available on the door, subject to availability.

Come and sing with the Nottingham Festival Chorus Vaughan Williams’ enchanted star-gazing Serenade to Music and Elgar’s Music Makers, full of famous melodies, elegiac lyricism, splendour and celebration.

Your chance to perform two great English choral masterpieces. Elgar’s sumptuous Music Makers and Vaughan Williams’ lush and atmospheric Serenade to Music (full choral version) make this a singing experience not to be missed.

Saturday 26 January 2019
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton 

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 27 January
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton

2.30pm – Rehearsal
5.30pm – End of session

Saturday 2 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 16 Jan 7.30-9.30pm
T & B: Fri 18 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 admin@music-for-everyone.org 0115 9589312 for more information.

A workshop and performance day open to all young players aged 8 – 21

The Becket School, Wilford Lane, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7QY

Musical Directors:
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain Ambassadors
Chris Swann: Principal Clarinettist – Sinfonia Viva
Tutor – Royal Northern College of Music

Junior Band: grades 2 – 4
Senior Band: grades 5 – 8+

Download a form here!

What is the Big Youth Music Experience?Chris Swann 1NYJO

BYME brings together youth music organisations based in the East Midlands to provide exciting musical opportunities for young singers and instrumentalists aged 8 – 21. It is open to existing groups and individuals. This six-month project will culminate in a festival-style event in Nottingham over the weekend of 13 & 14 July 2019.

What happens at the Big Youth Wind Band Experience?

Book online via the ‘Book Tickets’ button at the bottom of this page.

In a junior band (grades 2 – 4) or senior band (grades 5 – 8+) wind, brass and percussion players will learn swing, improvisation and performance alongside superb musical ambassadors from the brilliant National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) and top clarinettist and conductor, Chris Swann. The day will end with an informal performance by both bands to family and friends.

NYJO: www.nyjo.org.uk
Chris Swann: www.zephyrwinds.co.uk

Timetable

Senior Band
9.30am – Registration and Tuning
10am – Rehearsals (with break)
12.20pm – Lunch (please bring)
1pm – Performance by NYJO Ambassadors
1.45pm – Improvisation session
3.15pm – Rehearsals (with break)
4.30pm – Informal concert
5.30pm – End of day

Junior Band
12.30pm – Registration and Tuning
1pm – Performance by NYJO Ambassadors
1.45pm – Rehearsals (with break)
3.15pm – Improvisation session
4.30pm – Informal concert
5.30pm – End of day

Lead Partners:

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Our Supporters:

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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 2019 course.

Conducted by Angela Kay and Gill Henshaw, this playing day will give you the chance to renew your old skills or put new-found ones into practice in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment.

The music has been chosen to give scope to players of all abilities and will include the thrilling ‘March‘ from the Karelia Suite by Sibelius, Glazonov’s exuberant ‘Bacchanale‘ from The Seasons, Fauré’s haunting Sicilienne and for memories of the big screen, Hooray for Hollywood!

There will also be items for wind band and string orchestra. The recorder ensemble will also have a varied diet of music carefully chosen by their conductor, Sheila Richards.

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)

Prices

Full £38.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £18.00)

Recorders £22.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £10.00)

How to enrol

To book online, click on ‘Book Tickets’ at the bottom of this page (NB Please note a booking fee applies). Alternatively, you can download a form here to post to the office along with your cheque (made payable to Music for Everyone).

Outline Timetable

Saturday 5 January 2019
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 admin@music-for-everyone.org

Fun singing afternoon and festive concert for primary school children

Join us for a fun Saturday afternoon workshop followed by a Sunday afternoon concert at Nottingham’s Albert Hall singing Christmas songs and fun seasonal music including hits from well known Pantomimes. Perform Roald Dahl’s entertaining version of Jack and the Beanstalk, sing hits from the Walt Disney film Aladdin and perform well known Christmas songs and songs with other members of the MfE ‘singing’ family!

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 – £12 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.

To enrol, click ‘Book Tickets’ below (booking fee applies) or download a form here

Saturday 15 December Singing Afternoon
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton, Nottingham NG11 8NS
All Groups: 2.00pm – 5.15pm

Sunday 16 December Concert
Albert Hall, Nottingham
Rehearsal: 12.30 – 2.45pm
Concert: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

East of England Singers
Angela Kay conductor

 

Come with us around the world on this entertaining tour of Christmas!

Enjoy the colourful variety of music, legends and images as we travel from Dickensian London to festive Prague and from the splendour of Venice to the razzamatazz of New York.

Ticket prices 

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

Tickets available on the door. Online booking is now closed.

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

Alex Patterson, Richard Howarth & Lilla Dimiceli conductors

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

 

Tickets prices: Full £7, Conc. £6, Child/Student £3.50*

*Special Offer! If purchasing tickets to both the Junior and Senior youth concerts, full price is £10, conc. £9, child/student is £5 for both concerts (offer is available online)

Tickets available from the Music for Everyone Box Office Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm 0115 9589312 and on the door, subject to availability.

Nottingham Junior Voices
Nottingham Youth Band
Nottingham Strictly Strings

Come and enjoy an entertaining festive 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*

*Ticket offer! If purchasing tickets to both the Junior and Senior youth concerts, full price is £10, conc. £9, child/student is £5 for both concerts (offer is available online)

Tickets are available from the Music for Everyone Box Office Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm 0115 9589312 and on the door, subject to availability.

Come to Stringwise! 2018, Music for Everyone’s 26th 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 a magical performance experience on the theme of ‘Magic and Mystery’.

The Stringwise groups will perform a spellbinding mix of music, concluding with a grand finale piece incorporating all players, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang‘ by Richard and Robert Sherman.

Where and when is it?

Stringwise! will be held at Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane NG8 5GY over the weekend of 10 and 11 November 2018 followed by an informal concert for parents and friends at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, on Sunday 18 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 NTU Clifton, 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 marvellous program including:

Stringwise 4: Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre
Williams Harry Potter Theme

Stringwise 3: Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Menkin & Rice A Whole New World from Aladdin

Stringwise 2: Grieg Hall of the Mountain King
Williams Theme from the Chronicles of Narnia

Stringwise 1: Debussy Clair de Lune
Grainer Dr Who Theme


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?

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

Bookings for the Stringwise course has now closed. If you would like to know about future events, please email admin@music-for-everyone.org 


First weekend
Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane NG8 5GY

Saturday 10 November                                                             
All Groups: 1.30pm – 5.15pm

Sunday 11 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 18 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.