Third Party Events and Opportunities

Please find below other musical events and groups that may be of interest.

CBSO Youth Orchestra Applications for 2019-20 Season Now Open!

Open to all Midlands young musicians aged 13 (in year 9) to 21, the CBSO Youth Orchestra gives its members an unmatched opportunity to be part of an internationally renowned orchestral organisation, playing challenging music in prestigious venues with top professional conductors and soloists.

Members of the CBSO Youth Orchestra benefit from:

  • Sectional coaching from CBSO musicians
  • Performances with leading professional conductors
  • The chance to play in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, one of Europe’s finest orchestral concert venues
  • Performing exciting and adventurous music, including regular world and UK premieres
  • The support of the CBSO’s management team – exactly like a professional orchestra

Course Dates:

October Course:
Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November 2019

February Course:
Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February 2020

Academy Course:
Saturday 18 – Sunday 26 July 2020

To join the CBSO Youth Orchestra applicants need to undertake an audition with a panel of CBSO musicians, just like a professional orchestral audition.

We ask that applicants are working at a minimum of grade 7 standard for strings and grade 8 for woodwind/brass/percussion.

Auditions will take place in May, June and July 2019 – please see the website for further details:

If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact Sophie Adams on

Losing Her Voice

Lakeside is thrilled to premiere University of Nottingham Composer Elizabeth Kelly’s first opera. Losing Her Voice brings to life in music and film the story of the early 20th-century American opera diva Geraldine Farrar who became a silent film star and performed Carmen silently in an acclaimed 1915 Cecil B. Demille film. Alongside celebrating Farrar’s achievements, the opera explores ideas surrounding the cult of celebrity and the impact of social media. The production experiments with interactive technologies and encourages audience engagement through a specially designed app. Audience interaction is encouraged and mobile devices are welcome. Tickets are free, advance booking required at

A Musical Theatre Chorus

Saturday 13 April, 10am-10pm
Sherwood United Reformed Church

Soundswell Choir are opening their doors and inviting you to a musical theatre workshop day lead by singer, actor and chorus coach Rob Gildon.

For full information please see this pdf document: A MUSICALTHEATRE CHORUS

Tickets £15 for the morning/afternoon session, £8 for the evening, or £18 for the whole day.

Come & Sing – Mozart’s ‘Requiem’

Good Friday 19 April, 4.30pm
Bottesford Parish Church

The Cranmer Company of Singers and Musical Director Deborah Davies are  hosting another charity Come & Sing. This popular event, where time and talents are freely given, raised a record £1,908 in 2017 then £1,400 in 2018, so bring your voice, bring a friend, have a good time and see how much we can raise in 2019.

The Guardian describes it as uniquely breathtaking music that shows us pain, lament and fleeting serenity. All who sing it feel the intensity of the score and few can help wondering about the chilling mystery around its composition. The stories fuelled the famous play and film Amadeus.

All welcome – £6/8/10 to sing, tiered as we ask you to select the amount you wish to give. Music provided if required.

Donations on door from audience. Money raised will go to charity – Tearfund Yemen Crisis Appeal.

Rehearsal starts 4.30pm (arrive earlier), charity performance  7.30pm.

Singers please book your place by contacting Anny: or 07415 512729

Local Soloists: Rachel Cropley, Sarah Morris, Colin Reed, Geoff Harbach
Organist: Paul Hayward
Conductor: Deborah Davies

Singers – if you wish, bring a picnic supper to have between rehearsal and performance. Sober dress  –  Men: suit & tie, Ladies: sober Sunday best.

Come …. and ….Sing, or Come & Listen, you will be made very welcome.

Janna Hüneke Flute Recital –

Friday 26 April, 7.30pm

Tickets £8/ £10

Janna Hüneke, was born in Germany and studied the flute with Averil Williams at the Guildhall School. She was also taught by Geoffrey Gilbert, Peter Lloyd, Kate Lukas & Patricia Morris (piccolo). In the early 90s she played the piccolo in premieres of Stockhausen’s opera Dienstag aus Licht. Janna has played with Grange Park Opera, Pimlico Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, Brighton Philharmonic and many other orchestras. Janna has given many recitals and played concertos with numerous orchestras. She has appeared as a soloist on BBC Radio 3 and on WDR3 in Germany.  She is a founder member of the ensemble Harmoniemusik which has been together for 28 years.

Programme to include

Francis Poulenc: Sonata

FJ Gossec: Tambourin (Performed with the Nottingham Girls’ High School Flute Choir)

Artur Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango

Steve Reich: Vermont Counterpoint

Mike Mower: Sonnet for Alto Flute

CPE Bach: Sonata “Hamburger”

Ian Clarke: The Great Train Race

Tickets available at

An Evening of Contemporary Iranian Poetry

Monday 29 April, 6.30pm
Waterstones Nottingham Sillitoe Room

This special evening of readings is dedicated to contemporary Iranian poetry in celebration of Nottingham Poetry Festival and the launch of The Book of Tehran – a new collection of short stories from ten contemporary writers from Iran.

Join us at Waterstones Nottingham Sillitoe Room to enjoy exciting new Iranian poetry in collaboration with Visiting Arts, Comma Press, Nottingham based Iranian community organisation YANA and World Jam!


A Weekend for Harps ‘n’ Flutes

May 3rd at 18:30 to May 5th at 13:30

Friendly and relaxed, with music available for Harp (all abilities) and Flute (suggested level Grade 3 and above). Build confidence and reduce anxiety about performing. Opportunities for separate ensembles as well as a mixed gathering. After a free informal midday concert you will deserve your lunch!

Anna Christensen (Harp) and Rachel Holt (Flute)

Residential: £253 Non-residential: £186 

Far from the Home I love
1st June 2019

Loughborough Town of Sanctuary, a local charity, are hosting a special piano concert by International pianist Margaret Fingerhut to raise awareness of refugee needs as well as to collect funds for City of Sanctuary refugee groups.

Further details may be found here

Or visit the website here:

Wild Voice Festival of Singing

Friday 31 May – Sunday 2 June
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Northamptonshire

The Wild Voice Festival of Singing will bring together Singing workshops, well-being and adventurous activities from yoga…tai chi…archery…paddle boarding…singing around the campfire… and so much more! It promises to be an incredibly enriching weekend and is being held in the beautiful grounds of Kelmarsh hall and Gardens, Northamptonshire, Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June.
The tickets are on sale to the general public for £199 but we are offering anyone that sings in a choir a special ticket rate of £99 for the whole weekend.
The ticket price includes all the workshops and activities & a space to camp/bring a caravan/campervan (food and drink are not included but there will be places for you to buy/eat).
Alternatively choir members can choose to visit for the day/wknd or if you like a bit of luxury you can upgrade to ‘glamping’ – details of which are all featured on our website.
You can see a lot more information about the festival here:
People that are interested in attending please email or ring Jess on 01604 549201.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale with Stephen Taberner,  Nottingham 2019

I’m pleased to tell you the Spooky Men will be returning to Nottingham on the evening of Friday 19th July to play once again in the lovely St. Mary’s Church, High Pavement.  This is the link for tickets

The following morning, Saturday 20th July from 11 – 12.30, Stephen will be holding a workshop at St. Martin’s Church, Trevose Gardens, Sherwood.  If you would like to join us, please email me to put your name down.  The cost will be £10 unless you are coming to the gig, when it will be £7. It’s hard to describe Stephen’s sense of humour, or his excellent song choices, or the sound he can get out of any group of people .. you have to experience them!

For anyone who isn’t sure who I’m talking about, this is their promo video

Musicians Wanted!

Since its formation in 1996, Ashby Concert Band has grown to become one of the foremost concert bands in the East Midlands, with over 50 committed and enthusiastic woodwind, brass and percussion players. However, due to people moving away, we find ourselves in need of more musicians- prominently trumpets/cornets and a tuba player. We would also welcome any trombonists, bassoon and kit players who would like to join too. We rehearse on Monday evenings from 7:30-9:30pm at Holy Trinity Church in Ashby de la Zouch, taking a break for socialising and a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits (or very often, cake!)

Through a regular programme of high quality concerts, often raising money for local charities, the Band entertains its audiences through a wide musical repertoire, including classics, original works for bands, film music and music from the musicals. We draw large audiences and have played at venues across the East Midlands, on tours in the UK and Europe and of course, in Ashby de la Zouch itself.

If you are of grade 5 or above standard (you do not need to have taken the exam) and are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact Adrian Ashton (Musical Director) on or find us on Facebook.


The Cranmer Company of Singers is looking for a few additional tenors and basses to join us for an exciting year of singing. Whilst we are particularly looking for a few more men, we would also welcome enquiries from altos and sopranos.

We are a welcoming, friendly choir who have a lot of fun socially whilst singing absolutely wonderful music in brilliant venues around the U.K. and abroad. This year we have been asked to sing at Beverley Minster, Tewkesbury Abbey and at the Bazilika in Budapest! In addition to this we will host our annual Good Friday charity ‘Come & Sing’ at Bottesford Church, this year singing the powerful and beautiful Mozart ‘Requiem’. Everyone is welcome to join us for this event. We also put on concerts in the local area, sometimes with an orchestra which is always very exciting.

Come along and join us for a few rehearsals to see how you get along!

Please contact Deborah Davies on 01949 851030 or 0775 909 1160 or email for more information or just to have a chat about the possibility of joining us.