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
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
Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA
Sunday 12 November
SW 3&4: 12.30pm – 3.00pm
SW 1&2: 1.45pm – 3.00pm
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.