Come to Stringwise! 2019, Music for Everyone’s 27th 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 present a programme of DANCE! Guaranteed to get you moving!.

The Stringwise groups will perform a toe-tapping mix of music, concluding with a grand finale piece incorporating all players, Simple Gifts arranged especially for Stringwise!

Where and when is it?

Stringwise! will be held at Bluecoat Academy, Wollaton NG8 1EA over the weekend of 2 & 3 November 2019 followed by an informal concert for parents and friends at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, on Sunday 10 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?

An entertaining program including:

Stringwise 4:
Bollywood Strings Julie Liebermann
Drowsy Maggie Traditional

Stringwise 3:
‘A Conversation’ Mary Poppins Returns Marc Shaiman
Dance of the Reed Pipes Tchaikovsky

Stringwise 2:
Hasapikos Greek Traditional
Little Tango David Burndrett

Stringwise 1:
Spanish Dance Pat Legg
Open String Samba Peter Wilson

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

Online Booking is now open! Click ‘Book Tickets’ below to enrol or download a form here

First weekend
Bluecoat Academy, Sutton Passeys Crescent, Wollaton NG8 1EA

Saturday 2 November                                                             
All Groups: 1.30pm – 5.15pm

Sunday 3 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 10 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 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.  

voyages of discovery!

Music for Everyone’s 2019 Summer School will be a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in quality music-making in a stimulating, friendly environment.

This year we are delighted that Nottingham High School is hosting our Summer School. Their outstanding facilities, excellent bus and tram links and on-site parking make it the perfect location for an inspiring musical experience.


To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing & Sir Robin Knox-Johnson’s completion of the first single-handed circumnavigation of the globe, the theme of this year’s Summer School is Voyages of Discovery.

Repertoire for the orchestra will include Richard Strauss’ thrilling Also sprach Zarathustra and Khachaturian’s ‘Adagio’ from Spartacus, better known as the theme from The Onedin Line. For instrumentalists and singers there is a special arrangement of Jupiter from Holst’s masterpiece, The Planets‘Let their Celestial Concerts all Unite’the final chorus of Handel’s oratorio Samson. String orchestra and choir will enjoy the beautiful, sweeping melody of Ola Gjeilo’s Across the Vast, Eternal Sky. The windband, string orchestra, and choir will explore especially selected repertoire – for windband, The Pioneers, for strings an arrangment of the 2nd mov. from Haydn’s Op 20 ‘Sun’ Quartet No 4, and for choir, a capella works including Stars, an atmospheric wonder by celebrated Estonian composer, Ēriks Ešenvalds. And, as a final salute to our theme, a jazz arrangment of Fly me to the Moon. Add to all this workshops and recitals given by top professionals and you have three superb days of music-making.


The Summer School Experience

Playing or singing, develop your music-making through a series of workshops and rehearsals led by our expert and friendly tutors, exploring a range of repertoire, both challenging and fun. You will receive copies of the music about four weeks in advance.

All workshops and rehearsals start at 10am with registration on Monday between 9.30 – 10am. Recitals from our guest artists on each day will last for around an hour. The Summer School Showcase Concert will take place early Wednesday evening, followed by a farewell buffet (approx. 7.30pm). A detailed timetable will be sent out with the music packs.

Gain unique insights into performance through our special programme of workshops and recitals given by professional singers and instrumentalists of national and international standing.


Be part of the social buzz. Extended breaks give you time to chat to tutors, browse the stands and enjoy the college grounds. A welcome ‘coffee and pastries’ on the first day and a ‘farewell buffet’ after the Wednesday evening Summer School Showcase Concert also gives plenty of opportunity for people to get to know each other in a relaxed social setting.

The Summer School fee of £110 covers all tuition, tea and coffee at mid-session breaks – including pastries on Monday – and Wednesday evening’s buffet. Please bring a packed lunch – the grounds of the school are ideal for a picnic. Cafés and sandwich shops can be found a short walk away.


Guest workshop leaders and recitalists


Workshop sessions will be led by Music for Everyone’s artistic team and our highly talented 2019 guest artists…



Pooling expertise from backgrounds in cathedral music, opera, close harmony and early music, Scaramella are a London based all male ensemble. Their members have sung with many of the finest professional choirs and consort groups in the UK and Europe and are successful soloists in their own rights.

Tristram Cooke-Counter-Tenor | Geoff Williams-Baritone/Bass | Matthew Pochin-Tenor | Michael Ronan-Bass


Hilary Campbell is a freelance choral specialist based in London. She is founder and director of professional chamber choir, Blossom Street, and Musical Director of Bristol Choral Society, Music Makers of London and Chiswick Choir. Hilary has released two award winning Naxos recordings and is a published and prize-winning composer. Her project work includes quest conducting ensembles including the BBC Singers.



Formed by clarinettist Chris Swan in 1980, Zephyr is an energetic wind ensemble of renowned and experienced musicians from Britain’s leading orchestras. Their repertoire is varied and extensive, ranging from Mozart to the present day, enabling the creation of diverse, interesting and exciting programmes. Concerts are introduced from the stage with warmth, insight and humor in an atmosphere which creates maximum enjoyment for players and listeners alike.

Rachel Holt-Flute | Maddy Aldis-Evans-Oboe | Chris Swann-Clarinet | Helen Peller-Bassoon | Lindsey Stoker-Horn


Miyabi Duo are a guitar duo comprising of Saki Kato and Hugh Millington, talented and dedicated guitarists currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music. They perform a variety of repertoire for two guitars, from Renaissance lute duos, to 19th Century and more modern pieces using both a standard guitar and a terz guitar. They have collaborated and performed works with composers including Edward Cowie, Geoffrey Poole, and Mat Martin, and have recently performed at the London Guitar Festival at Kings Place and in a masterclass to the Assad Brothers.



How to Enrol 

You can book online now via our booking page, by telephone 0115 9589312, or by completing & returning the enrolment form to Summer School Enrolments, Music for Everyone, 10 Goose Gate, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FF

Saturday 13 July SENIOR GROUPS

Enjoy a thrilling performance given by all the workshop groups plus our special guests – solo clarinettist Oliver Lee, RNCM string quartet and organist.

Marvel at the sound of the mighty Binns organ and the spectacular concert finale – an arrangement of ‘Light of the Seven’ from the acclaimed Game of Thrones.

Tickets: £8 (£4 children/students) throughout the hall. Available in advance from MfE and on the door.
NB If you are participating in the workshops, you will receive a special code to receive 10% ticket sales!

Tickets can be booked online via ‘Book Tickets’ at the bottom of this page.


Sunday 14 July JUNIOR GROUPS

A free concert showcasing our junior instrumental groups plus THE BIG FAMILY SING choir. An enjoyable concert for all!

Anyone is welcome to come along and listen, but please be aware spaces will be limited.


Festival Fringe

Don’t miss two days of free entertainment at the Sky Mirror, Nottingham Playhouse. Enjoy a barbecue from the Playhouse Bar and Kitchen while listening to local youth groups including the Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra and City Music Hub’s Band Factory. There will also be interactive performances from a steel band and Capoeira Nottingham – come and give it a go! And on Sunday, for those of you who like a good quiz, take part in our FESTIVAL MUSIC TRAIL, a walking quiz with clues situated around all the venues.

Visit the Festival Weekend webpage here>>

Booking is now open! Click ‘Book Tickets’ at the bottom of this page to enrol online

Download enrolment forms here:

The Big Youth String Experience
The Big Youth Wind Band Experience
The Big Youth Singing Experience
The Big Family Singing Experience


BYME is an exciting festival of music-making opportunities over the weekend of 13 & 14 July 2019.

Fantastic workshops and performances, many open to family and friends, will take place in and around the city centre throughout the weekend.

Saturday activities include workshops for INSTRUMENTALISTS grade 5-8+ and SINGERS aged 12-25. These groups will come together to present a ticketed evening concert at Nottingham’s Albert Hall, culminating in a spectacular performance of ‘Light of the Seven’ from Game of Thrones. This will feature all performers plus the mighty Binns organ and Steinway grand piano!

Sunday workshops are especially designed for INSTRUMENTALISTS grades 2-4 and for families, there’s a fun vocal time to be had at THE BIG FAMILY SING. All groups will entertain family and friends with a late afternoon relaxed performance in the Albert Hall.

On both days there are FESTIVAL FRINGE EVENTS. These are open not only to participants of the BYME groups but to any youngsters and their families and friends who would just like to ‘give it a go’. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer: Samba Drumming, Pure Steel Band performance and Come & Try, Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra, Capoeira Dancing and much, much more. Performances are also open to everyone. A small charge may apply to Fringe Events.

With nationally recognised tutors and conductors for the BYME groups, and top guest ‘acts’, this is a festival to truly celebrate the musical youth of the region.

Friday 12 July

7pm – Cathedral Youth Choir Concert – Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo (Ticketed – Click link for more info)

7.30pm – Villiers Quartet Concert (Nottingham High School) Find out more about the Nottingham Chamber Music Festival here

Saturday workshops (strings, woodwind, brass, percussion and singing): £10 – includes access to all FESTIVAL FRINGE workshops.

Saturday 13 July

9.30am – Organ workshop – for pianists and organists grade 5+ Download a form here!

9.30am – Percussion workshop for experienced players (grade 4+)

1pm – Workshops: BYME Windband grade 5-8+, Strings grades 5-8+, Singers aged 12-25.

5pm – Full BYME orchestra rehearsal for Windband, Strings and Singers

7pm – Concert: all BYME Saturday groups Book Tickets and find out more here!

FESTIVAL FRINGE EVENTS include: Villiers String Quartet Family concert, Steel Band, RHYO flashmob, Nottingham Youth Jazz orchestra

Sunday workshops (strings, woodwind, brass and percussion): £8, (Big Family Sing): Adults £6, Child £4 – includes access to all FESTIVAL FRINGE workshops.

Sunday 14 July

10.00am – Workshop: BYME Windband grades 2-4, Strings grade 2-4

11.30am – Samba (workshop)

11.30pm – Percussion workshop (no prior experience necessary)

12.30pm – Samba (workshop)

12.30pm – Percussion workshop (percussion/kit players grade 2+)


4.00pm – Informal concert: – BYME Sunday instrument players plus BIG FAMILY SING FREE to attend – find out more here!

FESTIVAL FRINGE EVENTS include: Capoeira Dancing, An ‘on the move’ Music Quiz, Bhangra

Click on the banners to find out more about individual events:


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 Eric Coates’ nostalgic Summer Days, Chabrier’s festive Espana and Rimsky-Korsakoff’s energetic Dance of the Tumblers.

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.

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)


Full £38.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £18.00)

Recorders £22.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £10.00)

How to enrol

Online booking is now open for this event. Please click here to enrol.

Download an enrolment form here

Outline Timetable

Saturday 6 July 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

English Romantics!

Come and celebrate the sounds and sights of the English summer, from birds and bees to sudden storms of derring-do.

A one-day choral workshop exploring the delights of partsongs by major English Romantic composers.

A rare opportunity to spend a day exploring the intimate choral delights of the English Partson, come and sing exquisite choral gems, including Pearsall’s poignant Lay a Garland and heroic Sir Patrick Spens, Elgar’s vivid As Torrents in Summer and Sterndale Bennett’s inviting Come live with me alongisde settings of Shakespeare texts by George MacFarren and Charles Wood.

The workshop will consider the style of singing required by these pieces and techniques for conveying their stories.

And to celebrate Summer, a bowl of strawberries served during the afternoon – all part of the workshop experience!

Music is available to borrow on the day.

Click ‘Book Tickets’ below to enrol online or download an enrolment form here


Saturday 29 June 2019
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton NG11 8NS

9.45am      Registration opens
10.00am    Morning session (with refreshment break)
12.30pm    Lunch Break (please bring a packed lunch)
1.30pm      Afternoon session (with ‘strawberries’ break)
5.00pm     End of session

East of England Singers
Angela Kay conductor

Summer is a-comin’ in!

With a summer fruit cup to greet you on arrival, come and enjoy a musical tour around Europe to celebrate summer – from England to Hungary, France to Scandinavia.

The East of England Singers present a varied and entertaining programme with choral, solo and instrumental items featuring music by Holst, Elgar, Kodály, Ešenvalds and more!


Ticket Prices:

Full £8.00; Concessions £7.00; Child/Student £4.00

Tickets are available on the door

Who’s it for? Young string players grade 2 – 8+ and young wind, brass and percussion players grade 5 – 8+.

When is it? Sunday 2 June, 2pm – 5pm

Where is it? Ada Byron King Building, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, NG11 8NS

Calling young musicians! We would like to invite you to a fantastic FREE afternoon of music making with the East Midlands Youth String Orchestra, Nottingham Strictly Strings and East Midlands Youth Windband! With great music and specialist conductors, these regularly rehearsing groups provide opportunities for ensemble playing plus much more and have performed in a variety of concerts, including in the Albert Hall!

You can reserve a place in advance by emailing stating your name, instrument and grade, or just turn up on the day!

For more information about these groups, please visit our website or contact the office on 0115 9589312.



Fun singing workshops for primary school children over the weekend of 11/12 May, plus a concert at the Albert Hall, Nottingham on the following Sunday 19 May.

Songs from the hit films The Greatest Showman, Mary Poppins (old + new!) and lots more!

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 5-6)

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 23 April, the EARLY BIRD enrolment fee for Vocals 2019 is £12. After that date, the fee increases to £16.

Booking is now closed for the Vocals course. For information on future courses, please email


Saturday 11 May & Sunday 12 May

Nottingham Trent University, Clifton NG11 8NS
All Groups 2.00 – 5.00pm

Sunday 19 May Concert NB Please note tickets will not be available online from Friday 10 May – Monday 13 May, they will be available at the course.

Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA
Rehearsal: 12.30 – 2.15pm
Concert: 3.30 – 5.30pm

Nottingham Community Voices
Nottingham Concert Orchestra

Kate Taylor soloist
Simon Theobald presenter and soloist
Angela Kay conductor

Come and enjoy heartwarming songs from the classic 1965 film, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, foot tapping numbers from the hit musical and film MAMMA MIA and unforgettable melodies from
Gershwin’s musicals including PORGY AND BESS.

The programme will also feature items performed by the orchestra and our guest soloists, Kate Taylor and Simon Theobald.

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Full £14, £10, £7; Conc. £13, £9, £6; Child/Student £7, £5, £3.50


Online booking is now closed. Tickets will be available at tomorrow’s course for singers to buy and on the door at the Albert Hall on Sunday.