Third Party Events and Opportunities

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


Big Band Bash promises to banish the winter blues!
Sunday 26 January

Nottingham Concert Band is delighted to have been invited to take part in a fund-raising ‘Big Band Bash’ on Sunday 26 January. Running all afternoon at Oakleigh Lodge Social Club, Highbury Vale, the event is in aid of the Radford Care Group and is dedicated to the memory of vintage music fan Brian Fisher, whose daughter Lucy is a member of the band’s clarinet section.

Starting at 12.30pm, the vintage-themed ‘bash’ will be introduced by vocalist Jayne Darling, with the afternoon’s entertainment including a quiz, a raffle and a classic afternoon tea. Nottingham Concert Band takes to the stage at 2.00pm and MD Robert Parker promises to lead the 50-strong band through a playlist ranging from Count Basie and Glenn Miller to Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé and timeless toe-tappers from the rock & roll era.

‘There’ll be something for everyone,’ says Lucy and her family. ‘The bar will be open, tea and coffee will be flowing – and vintage 40s-50s dress is optional!’

Oakleigh Lodge Social Club is located at 1 Highbury Road, Highbury Vale, Nottingham NG6 9DD, with easy access to public transport and ample off-road parking.

Tickets are now on sale (£10, non-refundable) and advance booking is advised: email bigbandbash2020@gmail.com or ring 0115 978 6133. Raffle tickets can be bought in advance (£1 each/£5 for a book) and donations can also be made via www.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/BigBandBash2020

Founded in 1991, Nottingham Concert Band rehearses weekly at Rushcliffe School in West Bridgford. Interest in membership and concerts is always welcome: call Jeff or Jill on 01949 860126 or visit www.nottinghamconcertband.org


COME AND SING  ‘A CAPELLA’

Brighten up your February!

No singing experience or music reading skills necessary,

just come along and have a fun day singing!

(Supported by the Cranmer Company of Singers)

THOMAS CRANMER CENTRE MAIN STREET, ASLOCKTON NOTTS NG13 9AL

 SATURDAY 1st  February 2020    10.00am – 4.00pm

£20 (tea/ coffee, cake included; bring your own picnic lunch)

Spend a winter Saturday enjoying a fun and informative day with the charismatic and talented choral leader PETER HIGGINS, learning singing technique, breathing exercises and four-part Sea Shanties, Folk Songs, Rounds, and much more! Music provided.

To book a place please contact: Sarah Hadfield on 01949 850303 

or Sylvia Harkness at sylviaanddoug@btinternet.com

Limited places so please book early to avoid disappointment.


Nottingham Hospitals Choir 50th Anniversary

Singing Day with Bob Chilcott
Saturday 8 February 2020

St Michael and All Angels Church
Church Street, Bramcote
Nottingham NG9 3HD

We will sing Bob Chilcott’s Gloria, Move Him into the Sun and other pieces.

For further details contact: Sally Lancaster 0115 9334197 slancaster@waitrose.com


BIG EVENSONG    15 February 2020

There’s going to be a very special BIG Evensong Service at Southwell Minster.

Over 80 upper voices will be singing in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society – a charity chosen because the singers know many people with dementia love to sing and so believe this is a most appropriate fundraiser.

Patrick Craig is directing the choir. A renowned countertenor himself and international conductor, he sang for 20 years with the Tallis Scholars and is currently Vicar Choral at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The musical settings  will include works by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, Hugh Blair and Franz Biebl.

David Quinn, former Minster Organ Scholar, is the accompanist.

It’s BIG because that’s a lot of singers and because they will be raising a BIG amount for the work of The Alzheimer’s Society. They want a BIG congregation to fill the Minster and raise even more money – do come and be part of it.

It is a normal church service so please arrive and be seated before the 5.30pm start, with an expected finish time of 6.15pm when there will be a bucket collection for the charity.

Donations can also be made at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bigevensong

Enquiries to Margaret Hunt       hotmice@hotmail.com


SINGING MASTERCLASS WITH RODERICK WILLIAMS

FOR STUDENTS AGED 16 – 21 YEARS

Nottingham Bach Choir is delighted to be able to offer the opportunity of a singing masterclass led by Roderick Williams.

Date:                     Saturday, 14th March 2020, at 2.00pm

Venue:                 McMahon Room, Nottingham Cathedral Hall

Tickets:                Adult Observers – £5;   Participants and students – FREE

This is a fantastic opportunity for local, young aspiring singers, aged 16 to 21, to perform to, and be coached by, one of this country’s leading professional singers. The masterclass is one of the choir’s initiatives aimed at encouraging young singers supported by a generous legacy from a longstanding Choir member, Liz Chant.

Roderick Williams is one of the most sought after baritones of his generation. He began singing as an academical clerk, reading music, at Magdalen College, Oxford, and now performs a wide repertoire from baroque to contemporary music in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital all around the world, which has included a performance at “The Last Night of the Proms” in 2014.

His numerous recordings include Vaughan Williams, Berkeley and Britten operas for Chandos and an extensive repertoire of English song with pianist Iain Burnside for Naxos.

Roderick Williams is also a composer and has had works premiered at the Wigmore and Barbican Halls, the Purcell Room and live on national radio. He also presents on BBC Radio 3.

Roderick Williams is currently singer-in-residence for “Music in the Round” in Sheffield, presenting concerts and leading on dynamic and innovative learning and participation projects that introduce amateur singers, young and old, to performing classical song repertoire. He has recently performed all three major Schubert song cycles in recital, in both German and English translation, and has taken “Winterreise” into schools around the country working on interpretations of the text with pupils.

Roddy has said “A masterclass is not a singing lesson. It is an opportunity for a student to work with a professional singer in an informal atmosphere considering the approach to a song, with a focus on conveying their interpretation of the text through performance, in front of a sympathetic audience”.

He was awarded an OBE for services to music in June 2017.

For further details regarding the masterclass please visit the Choir website at www.nottinghambachchoir.org.uk

For more information about Roddy, visit www.grovesartists.com/artist/roderick-williams


Harps and Flutes weekend at Higham Hall
Friday 8 May – Sunday 10 May 2020

The course begins at 6.30pm on Friday 8 May until 1.30 pm on Sunday 10 May and is £258 residential and £189 non-residential. The course presents opportunities for flute ensemble work as well as mixed gatherings with the harps. This all takes place in the lovely setting of Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH. Further information about the course can be found at: www.highamhall.com. To enjoy the course they would suggest that to be Grade 3 standard and above would be preferable.


NEW SINGERS WELCOME !

The Cranmer Company of Singers is looking for a few additional singers to join us for an exciting year of singing.

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. In 2020 we have been invited to sing at Christchurch Priory, Lichfield Cathedral and Palma Cathedral in Mallorca ! Our trip to Mallorca in April, 2020 will be a wonderful experience singing in the incredible Cathedral and in several other venues on this beautiful island. In addition to this we will host our annual Good Friday charity ‘Come & Sing’ at Bottesford Church, singing the beautiful Rutter ‘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 0775 909 1160 or email cranmercompany@googlemail.com for more information or just to have a chat about the possibility of joining us.