It’s a new season of MfE, so it’s time for a new brochure!

See all the exciting events we have planned from March to August 2024, in our new brochure: https://simplebooklet.com/brochuremaraug24

Coming soon – From West End to Broadway Course and Concert – 23rd March

Places are still available for this course and concert and we are really excited to be welcoming back Simon Theobald, who will add his unique energy and charisma to the proceedings.  We are also thrilled to be joined by members of our inspirational Open Voices groups. 

It is going to be a wonderful evening of wine, music and smiles, so please join us!  Course places are available here, and concert tickets are available here.

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A British Concert in Darkest Peru! 

Attached is an interesting article from one of our members, David Gilmour, whose great-Aunt and Uncle took part in an extraordinary concert in Peru in 1869.


 

  • Tim Edwards, known to many of you for playing double bass at a number of MfE events, will be performing with his Viol Consort ‘Arculo’ at the cathedral on 15 March for a rendition of Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri.  More details attached.

 

Have a great week!

Your friends at MfE.

26/02/2024

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A message from Bookwise:

Bookwise need your help! They are planning some furniture moving around this week and would appreciate any help if anyone can come in any time this week to help.

There will be heavy lifting involved so please bear this in mind! 

For more info, contact Gary Directly on 07818423536. Many thanks!


Hello Eveyone,

We hope you’re all feeling energised and ready for some more music-making!

A spotlight on our Musicals workshop and cabaret for adults on Saturday 23rd March at the Rushcliffe Spencer Academy.

Enjoy the glitz and glam of the theatre with our special guest compere and baritone soloist Simon Theobald, conducted by MfE’s Assistant Artistic Director, Rachel Parkes, and accompanied by Angela Foan.

Come along and sing a selection of foot tapping numbers from Oliver and Guys and Dolls, unforgettable melodies from West Side Story and Chess, and moving songs from hit musical Blood Brothers.

The day will finish with an informal cabaret-style concert and we are really excited that singers from our Open Voices choir will be performing their favourite musical hits for us!

To sign up for the workshop visit: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/ncm-come-and-sing/

If you would like to come and watch, tickets are £8 and include a free pre-concert glass of wine or soft drink from 4pm. For tickets visit: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/from-west-end-to-broadway/

There is still time for any younger singers to sign up for our next Vocals ‘at the Movies’ event on 9th & 10th March. Music packs have now left the building and the excitement is building for this special weekend!   https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/vocals-mar-24/


 

Continuing the Musicals theme here are some fun facts about a couple of the shows which will feature in our workshop:

Chess – It’s written by the boys from ABBA and Sir Tim Rice!

What’s it about? Cold War, East vs West. In today’s era of Russia’s cyber-threat to Western Democracies, that seems more relevant than ever. Chess takes the rivalry, subterfuge and political plotting of two global super-powers and transfers the action to the World Chess championships, where defection, gamesmanship and espionage are as rife as in the corridors of power. It’s a love story between characters whose lives are torn apart by powers they cannot control. Chess is probably best summed up as “The Thinking-Person’s Musical.”

According to The Guinness Book of Records, the single “I Know Him So Well” remains the most successful ever by a female duo, retaining the No.1 spot in the UK Singles Charts for 4 weeks. It may also have broken the world record for the most cans of hairspray used on the video!! https://youtu.be/s2SDInk6voA?si=wsor_qnbPdt5wvGz

Guys and Dolls – A modern classic that explores the lives of two seemingly mismatched couples. It premiered on Broadway in 1950 and ran for 1,200 performances. In the smash-hit 1955 film adaptation of Guys and Dolls, the swingin’ and swoonin’ Frank Sinatra took on the role of powerful gambler Nathan Detroit. This was his first major film role, and the gamble paid off, he received critical acclaim for his performance!

The songs from the musical are total bangers and have been covered and adapted by numerous artists over the years, including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand. ‘Luck Be a Lady’ in particular gained widespread popularity and recognition and has even made appearances in shows such as The Simpsons, Family Guy and can even be heard in the family favourite movie Mrs. Doubtfire!

https://youtu.be/X69P_Vce9vw?si=rMKwOYS4udiJGv_i


 

  • String players! The Villiers quartet are about to launch their next online string quartet course this Sunday studying Haydn’s Emperor Quartet. The course is for amateurs who love to study their music in greater depth and want to explore the art of string quartet playing. For more information and booking visit: http://villiersquartet.com/vqdiscovery

 

Have a great week!

Your friends at MfE.

19/02/2024

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Aaaaaahhhhhnd…. Relax! We made it to half-term everyone, and the days are already getting longer. We hope you all have a lovely week off whilst our regular groups take a break. It’s already been such a busy start to the year, and there is still so much more to come.

So – here’s a run-down of what bookings are open, and what is on the horizon, so that you can mark your calendars and reserve your place…

Spring Term:

March 9th -10th – Vocals at the movies – Drop the kids off for a fun filled weekend of singing and crafts, rounded off with a spectacular concert in the Albert Hall 122 kids and counting….There’s still room for more!

Sign-Up Here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/vocals-mar-24/

March 16th – Nottingham Chamber Singers Concert – Our programme of Angels, Dreams and Flying Machines got a mention on BBC Radio 3 last week, the concert is 7.30pm at St Mary’s Clifton, book early to avoid missing out.

Book Here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/ncs-concert

March 23rd – NCM Musicals course and cabaret with guest performances by Simon Theobald and Open Voices – Bookings open to anyone, bring a friend who loves a good showtune, informal performance with wine open to friends and family.

Sign-Up Here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/ncm-come-and-sing/

Summer Term:

April 20th & 28th – Bandwise

Come and experience the joy of wind band playing at the Big Youth Music Experience for young woodwind, brass and percussion players.

Sign-Up Here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/byme-bandwise-apr24/

April 21st & 28th – Stringwise

Come and experience the joy of string playing at the Big Youth Music Experience for young violin, viola, cello and double bass players.

Sign- Up Here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/byme-stringwise-apr24/

June 8th – Nottingham Chamber Singers Concert – Bunny Church 7.30pm 

Booking Available Soon

June 9th – Family fun festival day – Join in a Family Sing, performances from SAM and youth groups, face-painting, cake-sale workshops and more – details to come!

Booking Available Soon

June 15th – Blow the Dust 

Sign-~Up Here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/blow-the-dust-off-your-instrument-jan/

July 6th – NFC Come and Sing Josef Haydn’s Harmoniemesse – MfE Artistic Director Alex Robinson will lead a come and sing day with full concert on Saturday 6th July, with a rehearsal the night before. Venue and further details to come.

Booking Available Soon

August 5th-7th – MfE Summer School

Sign-Up Here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/summer-school-2024/


Have you been celebrating Chinese New Year over the weekend? 

This year is the year of the Dragon, so here is a round-up of some musical dragons you may or may not have come across…

 

1. Wagner’s Siegfried

Though he’s actually a giant rather than a fire-breathing serpent, Fafner only appears in his scales in Siegfried the third opera of Wagner’s Ring cycle. Since the last time he appeared on stage in Das Rheingold, the power-hungry character has transformed himself, with the help of the magical tarnhelm. Unfortunately, the titular hero proves to be a superior fighter to Fafner, even in his reptilian form. Siegfried slays Fafner, collects his magical ring and the ability to understand woodland creatures through tasting Fafner’s blood.

2. Mozart’s The Magic Flute

As Mozart’s The Magic Flute opens, Prince Tamino is being chased a fearsome fire-breathing serpent. Perhaps this prince isn’t the bravest, since he faints and three harmonious ladies kill the dragon instead.

3. Tan Dun’s score for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Composer Tan Dun’s Oscar-winning score to Ang Lee’s kung fu ballet Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, is a metaphorical expression of the Asian dragon, which is mentioned in the heroine’s name. Tan Dun later adapted the music into a 45 minute solo piece for cello. Lee later set a visual montage from the movie.

4. Goldenthal and Taymor’s Grendel

Composer Elliot Goldenthal Julie Taymor and J.D. McClatchy set out to tell the monster’s side of the Beowolf story in the opera Grendel, based on John Gardner’s 1971 novel. The opera premiered in 2006 at the L.A. Opera with Eric Owens in the title role and Denyce Graves as the sage Dragon, from whom Grendel seeks advice on, of course, being a more fearsome monster.

5. Puff the Magic Dragon

Of course we couldn’t leave out “Puff, the Magic Dragon” (or just “Puff”) is a song written by Peter Yarrow from a poem by Leonard Lipton. It was made popular by Peter, Paul and Mary in a 1962 recording released in January 1963. The lyrics tell a story of the ageless dragon and his playmate, Jackie Paper, a little boy who grows up and moves on from the imaginary adventures of childhood, leaving a disheartened Puff on his own. The song’s story takes place “by the sea” in the fictional land of “Honah Lee”.


 

· Bookwise need your help! They are planning some furniture moving around this week and would appreciate any help if anyone can come in any time this week to help. There will be heavy lifting involved so please bear this in mind! For more info, contact the MfE office and leave a message for Gary. Many thanks!


 

Have a great week!

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19/02/2024

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Well, what a fantastic and Gloria-filled concert we had on Saturday! A huge congratulations to all the performers in the Festival Chorus, Chamber Singers and the Nottingham Concert Orchestra for a stunning performance. There were not just Glorias being sung on stage, there were also 3 Glorias in the audience! They were invited to chat with the sheriff in the interval about the event and their namesake.

We were also delighted that Dame Judith Weir spoke to Alex and Rachel last week via Zoom, about her piece in the concert ‘Stars, Night, Music and Light’, in which she expressed how thrilled she was we were performing the full orchestral version of her piece, which she said was “a rarity”. See the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zd2ztuXP90


 

We are now looking forward to our next singing event for community singers ‘From West End to Broadway’ on Saturday 23rd March, conducted by Rachel Parkes with special guest soloist Simon Theobald.

Come and join for a singing workshop day exploring songs from the musicals and theatre, with an informal cabaret performance and glass of wine to finish. Click here to sign- up: Workshop Day: NCM From West End to Broadway (music-for-everyone.org)


Today is a big day for John Cage’s composition ‘Organ2/ASLSP ‘As Slow as Possible’. We spoke about this piece on MfEMondays in 2022, the last time a chord was changed and today a single chord is again being changed in this piece, due to last for 639 years! Find out more on Classic FM website here: https://www.classicfm.com/composers/cage/as-slow-a-possible-aslsp-germany-organ-chord-change/


We think Mondays need a little brain boosting exercise to wake up for the week… try this quiz where the answers can all be spelt using music notes! Some are tricky and beware the dreaded alto clef! https://www.classicfm.com/lifestyle/quizzes/answer-only-music-notes/


Have a great week!

Your friends at MfE.

05/02/2024

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We are busy putting packs together for our next vocals singing weekend – ‘Vocals at the Movies‘!  On Saturday 9th March, our young singers will gather at Nottingham Trent University for a day of rehearsals and fun activities.  On Sunday the 10th they take to the stage at the Albert Hall to entertain the audience with well-known songs from classic shows and films including Trolls, Annie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. To sign up for this course, click here.

 

Our Nottingham Festival Chorus Singers were in excellent voice at Nottingham Trent University this weekend, and we can’t wait to hear them alongside the Nottingham Concert Orchestra at the Albert Hall this coming Saturday.  To ensure your ticket for this not-to-be-missed concert, online booking has now reopened, click here.  Alternatively, contact the office on 0115 958 9312.


2024 is well underway and all of our regular groups are back to rehearsals.  Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to get these groups up and running?  For the Daytime Voices groups alone we prepare 430 packs with 6 pieces of music. A massive thank you to our volunteers for coming into the office to help prepare and stuff music folders!

That’s 2,580 individual pieces of music that are chosen, sourced, printed, numbered, stamped and put into folders, not to mention 180 pieces of music for our Lunchtime Voices singers, 880 for our Daytime Orchestra players, and 270 for our youth bands and string ensembles!

And let’s not forget the 1,120 pieces of music that our Blow the Dusters got through last weekend and the 750 vocal scores our Nottingham Festival Chorus singers will use on Saturday.  That’s a whopping 5,780 pieces of music this year and it’s still only January!  Right, I’m off for a lie down!



Have a great week!

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29/01/2024

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#MfEMondays are Music for Everyone’s weekly emails designed to keep you up to date with MfE events & to circulate interesting finds, special features, and musical musings for your Mondays! We are aiming to send out something new each week.

The search is on for the Glorias of Nottinghamshire to step forward. The Nottingham-based Music for Everyone (MfE) is offering every Gloria a FREE ticket for their next big concert at the city’s Albert Hall, on Saturday 3rd February.

MfE’s Festival Chorus will be singing not one, but two of the most memorable pieces of music ever written that rejoice in the title of “Gloria!”

So, you’re thinking; where does the name Gloria come from…. you’ve probably heard of Gloria Vanderbilt, US heiress, and Gloria Estefan, singer. But where does the name come from? ‘GLORIA’ – meaning “glory” originates from the Portuguese and Spanish titles of the Virgin Mary.

So, to celebrate this wonderful name, the Nottingham Festival Chorus are inviting all the Glorias in Nottinghamshire to their next concert for FREE! as they perform choral Glorias by Poulenc, Rutter and more, all accompanied by a full symphony orchestra and conducted by MfE’s Artistic Director Alex Robinson. Join for this special occasion as this fantastic concert, featuring over 200 performers and French soprano soloist Clara Orif, in a programme that includes the delicate sounds of Claude Debussy to the fanfares by British composer Dame Judith Weir.

Anyone called Gloria can contact the box office on 0115 9589312 to book a ticket*, completely FREE, bring your ID on the day and experience the thrill of a concert that celebrates your name!

The Nottingham Festival Chorus is MfE’s flag-ship choir, a large-scale four-part chorus performing major classical, and twentieth century works. There are three intensive and highly enjoyable events per year for singers of all abilities. from a one-day workshop to a full weekend course and concert.

For more information on the full range of singing and orchestral courses for youth and adults and how to join in please see the MfE website: www.music-for-everyone.org. Tickets for the Glorias concert are available online and telephone at the MfE office on 0115 958 9312.

Notes: *one ticket per person. Additional tickets half price.

……..ENDS…….

For further information and requests for photographs and interviews:

John Hess – Chair E: john@johnhess.co.uk

Kirstie Hind – Marketing Officer 0115 958 9312

E: kirstie@music-for-everyone.org

Music for Everyone is an educational charity committed to making a difference to people’s lives through the creativity and enjoyment of music. It supports people to discover and develop their musical interests, abilities and aspirations at all levels. Music for Everyone is an open, welcoming and collaborative organisation. It builds a sense of community and belonging through the high-quality musical experiences provided for participants, audiences and our staff. MfE aspires to enhance the inclusivity of its programme by building partnerships with likeminded organisations so we can reach more people.

Music for Everyone has:

  • Board of Trustees, chaired by John Hess.
  • A small, dedicated staff team.
  • Over 400 subscribing members who regularly take part in core parts of our programme.
  • 200 friends who support the organisation within their communities and through financial assistance.
  • 18 performing groups, both choral and instrumental, involving over 1000 participants.
  • Many volunteers who do a huge range of work for the organisation from running vital parts of the programme to assisting at events.
  • A Patrons scheme supported by local businesses and private individuals, with major sponsorships-in-kind from Nottingham Trent University.
  • Music for Everyone is a key partner in Nottinghamshire Music Hub – Inspire

Brief History

Music for Everyone was originally formed as the Nottingham Choral Trust in 1983 by Angela Kay MBE (Founder/Artistic Advisor). The organisation celebrated its 40th Birthday in July 2023.

The founding aim was to promote weekend choral courses and concerts for singers from all walks of life in the Nottingham area. Committed from the beginning to an imaginative and adventurous approach to choral music, the work of the Trust has developed rapidly since then. We present a varied programme of high-quality concerts per season and work throughout the year in developing education programmes with schools and health and well-being initiatives in Nottingham and surrounding areas.

Congratulations to everyone who attended our Blow the Dust off your Instrument workshop yesterday. It was wonderful to see such a large ensemble and you certainly didn’t have any dust left on your instruments by the end of the day!! There was a lovely supportive atmosphere during the final performance and we were treated to music by Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Pharrell Williams and many more. A particular highlight was hearing the famous ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ performed by 9 oboists! Here are some photos if you missed it and a link to the wind band with an arrangement of ‘Happy’ by Pharell Williams: https://youtu.be/wQLsHELAYWo

Date for your diary – our next Blow the Dust course is Saturday 15th June.


 

You’ve heard of Gloria Vanderbilt, US heiress, and Gloria Estefan, singer. But where does the name come from? ‘GLORIA’ – meaning “glory” originates from the Portuguese and Spanish titles of the Virgin Mary and became one of the top 20 most popular female names in the early 20th century.  

To celebrate this wonderful name, the Nottingham Festival Chorus are inviting all the Glorias in Nottinghamshire to their next concert for FREE! as they perform choral Glorias by Poulenc, Rutter and more, all accompanied by a full symphony orchestra! Join for this special occasion as this fantastic concert, featuring over 200 performers and French soprano soloist Clara Orif, takes you on a journey from the delicate sounds of Debussy to the fanfares by Dame Judith Weir. 

So spread the word – anyone called Gloria can contact the box office to book a ticket, completely FREE! Call 0115 958 9312.

  • Do you know of a company or business who might like to advertise in a Music for Everyone concert programme or perhaps sponsor one of our groups?  If you do we would love to hear from you! For further information please contact Su Evans: su@music-for-everyone.org

 

Have a great week!

Your friends at MfE.

22/01/2024

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Greetings MfE followers!

This week sees Music for Everyone back into full swing with all of our regular rehearsing groups starting up again with brand new repertoire to sink your teeth into. If you haven’t been along to Daytime Voices in a while or have been meaning to get a long-neglected instrument out of the cupboard, January is the perfect time to dust it off and get playing and singing!

Our groups are warm, friendly and fun, so what are you waiting for?! Bring a friend and come along.

For more information on our current groups click here: Adult Music Groups & Courses | Music for Everyone (music-for-everyone.org

We also have a host of exciting concerts and events coming up including Blow the Dust and the Nottingham Festival Chorus Glorias! course and concert. Both events are a chance to work with Alex Robinson, MfE’s new Artistic Director, who brings a fresh approach and new enthusiasm and skill to Music for Everyone’s Artistic team, it’s going to be great working with him.

There are still spaces to join up, and we urge you to get involved if you’ve been apprehensive or putting it off. Last week, Rachel worked with the singers for the Gloria’s concert in sectionals, and we had the beginnings of some extremely exciting sounds. Participants are loving the programme and pieces, so if you’ve never sung these pieces before, it’s an opportunity not to be missed. It may seem challenging, but we know it’s going to be barnstorming.

Click here to sign-up for the gloria course and concert: NFC Singing Weekend Course & Concert (music-for-everyone.org)

However, if we can’t persuade you to sing, we hope we can encourage you to sell tickets. If every member of MfE sold 2 tickets for our concerts, it would ensure an incredible audience for our performers who work so hard, and help towards safeguarding the future of MfE and the arts. We know times are tough, a ticket may be the price of 4 coffees, 2 glasses of wine, or a pizza…. but the benefits of immersing yourself in live music for two and a half hours can far outlast those short-term treats. Maybe take a friend who hasn’t heard much classical music, or a teenager who you think could do with a bit more culture. The music we will be performing is youthful and colourful, with shining brass, noisy percussion and sumptuous strings. It’s going to be incredible.

Book now and don’t miss out! – Tickets available here: Gloria! Concert (music-for-everyone.org)


 

 

Last week members of our Open Voices Sherwood group went to the Panto to see Cinderella! The choir members and their carers had front row seats and absolutely loved the performance. One member was even given a red rose by one of the ugly sisters! Here are some photos that capture the fantastic day they had at the Nottingham Playhouse.


 

 

Want to test your knowledge of French composers? Rachel and Alex are here to provide obscure facts and questions about Poulenc, Debussy and Rameau which all featured in our upcoming concert ‘Gloria!’ on Saturday 3rd February, Albert Hall, Nottingham – not to be missed! Watch the video here:

 

·         As Daytime Voices are starting this week, we have been thinking what films they would be! Which films do you like the look of?


Have a great week!

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15/01/2024

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We are looking forward to a ‘glorious’ start to our 2024 concert season with the Nottingham Festival Chorus on 27/28 Jan and 3 Feb. Beat those January blues by joining us for the singing course and concert! If you sign up this week, you can collect your music before or at the sectional rehearsals on Wednesday (Tenors/Basses) or Friday (Sopranos/Altos).

The workshop weekend will be led by our wonderful Assistant Artistic Director Rachel Parkes, accompanied by Angela Foan.

Watch Rachel discussing the benefits of singing in this short video: https://youtu.be/WKHrusQMEWU

Click here for more information about the course and to sign up, click here.

The ‘Gloria!’ concert on Saturday 3 February marks a new a new chapter for MfE as our new Artistic Director, the young and dynamic Alex Robinson, makes his debut with the Nottingham Festival Chorus. Click here for a whistle-stop guide to the concert from Alex!

Tickets and info available on our website here


Our Spring 2024 term starts this week, with all the youth groups and Sunday Afternoon Big Band and Flute Choir. Daytime & Lunchtime Voices and Daytime Orchestras start again from week commencing 15th January.

Free taster sessions are available for all our groups for new singers and players – if you know a young musician or someone with a New Years resolution to start playing again, let them know! Details of groups and contacts below.

Nottingham Youth Band: Thursday 11th January at Beeston Methodist Church, 5.30pm – 7pm

Nottingham Strictly Strings, East Midlands Youth String Orchestra and East Midlands Youth Band: Sunday 14th January at NTU Clifton Campus, 2pm – 5pm (4pm finish for Strictly Strings)

Sunday Afternoon Big Band and Flute Choir: Sunday 14th January at NTU Clifton Campus, 2.30pm – 5pm

For more info about the youth groups, contact Kirstie (kirstie@music-for-everyone.org) and for SAM groups, contact Anne (anne@music-for-everyone.org)


A very Happy New Year from the whole MfE team, we’re looking forward to sharing a musical 2024 with you!

We’ve found the musical equivalent of a glass of something bubbly to welcome the start of a new year with Strauss’ Champagne Polka – subtitled ‘A musical joke’, this was written to imitate the sound of a champagne bottle being uncorked. We think that makes an interesting challenge to pop the cork at the right time!

Listen to it here and see how many ‘cork pops’ you can hear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AabK4l4pX98


BOOK DONATIONS WANTED! Bookwise are after new donations, in particular paperback contemporary fiction, paperback classics and CDs. If you’re having a clear out/spring clean to start the new year, small donations (a bag or 2) can be dropped in to any of our shops during opening hours, or for larger donations, please contact the shop to discuss: info@bookwiseshops.co.uk or 0115 9589312.


Have a great week!

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08/01/2024

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Dear MfE friends, supporters, volunteers, singers, blowers, pluckers, bowers, arm-wavers, ivory-tinklers and bangers (that’s percussionists in case you were wondering)…

As it is our last MfE Mondays of 2023, it falls to me to thank each and every one of you for all of your contributions, both musical and otherwise, to all of Music for Everyone’s endeavours over the past year.

It has been a very busy and exciting 40th Anniversary year, with us saying welcome to new members, staff, our Artistic Director Alex Robinson, as well as wishing a fond farewell to some wonderful and hard-working members of the team, not least our fabulous founder, Angela Kay, for 40 years of enthusiasm, inspiration and frankly – REALLY HARD WORK!

We hope you have enjoyed all of our weekly groups, special events and concerts as much as we have. Each and every one of these ventures takes an enormous amount of work, and we wish to especially thank our office staff of Anne, Kirstie, Laura and Su, as well as all their team of volunteer-office supporters, for making these events run so smoothly. We hope they all enjoy a restful Christmas break.

Yesterday saw the Albert Hall full of singing, laughter and seasonal spirit for our annual Christmas is Coming celebration. A huge thank you and well-done to all of the participants, the Daytime Voices Choirs Nottingham Community Voices, Nottingham Chamber Singers, members of the Nottingham Concert Orchestra and of course our fabulous Vocals groups for putting on an amazing show. The roof was raised with everything from the rousing carol O Come all ye faithful, to a beautiful sign-language spectacle of White Christmas and a wild and joyous ride of Jingle Bells, along with our children performing a witty and impressive sung panto of Roald Dahl’s Jack and the Beanstalk. We hope you all left feeling suitably festive, I know I did, and our special visitor Father Christmas told me he was REALLY impressed with the beautiful singing!

Wishing you a peaceful and joyful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

Rachel

Vocal animateur and Assistant Artistic Director, MfE


 

No Christmas concert would be complete without the iconic whip crack in Sleigh Ride. Look what happens when you give percussionists free ‘rein’ (see what we did there?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLrEujhHsjs

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/NOoF0DR9ESA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCLavUoX7Sc&list=RDWCLavUoX7Sc&start_radio=1


 

  • Don’t forget we will be singing carols at the Test Match Pub in West Bridgford, this Thursday 21st December 5.30-6.30pm for an informal sing in aid of open voices. Please meet us there for a 5.30pm – everyone is welcome.
  • The Office will be closed for a Christmas break from 1pm on Friday 22nd December. We will be back open on Tuesday 2nd January for an exciting new term!

Have a great week and a Merry Christmas!

Your friends at MfE.

18/12/2023

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