KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

I hope you have all been enjoying today’s very welcome sunshine and also the first step ‘little steps’ in the relaxation of Covid regulations. Spring is definitely in the air and perhaps things are slowly getting back to some sort of ‘normal’.

Last week you should have all received a link to a YouTube message from me – if it didn’t arrive then just click here to see what I said! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLW4TmAnwDQ

And today, Chair of MfE, John Hess, has surrounded himself in Easter eggs and posted a message to you all.  Here is the link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncct7–67BY

Our plans for youth activities continue to develop.  Details about our Youth Wind Band afternoon on Saturday 19th June and our Youth String Orchestra afternoon on Sunday 20th June are now available from our website.  This should be a great way to get young people back into playing so if you know anyone who might be interested then please do encourage them to come along.

Here is the link (click on the title of each event for more details): https://www.music-for-everyone.org/workshops-and-courses/

Next Monday is Easter Monday so MfEMondays is taking the day off!

Have a good Easter break.

With all best wishes

Angela


  • Online concert alert! Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, performed by members of Sinfonia Viva in the atmospheric surroundings of Derby Museum’s Joseph Wright Gallery, all led by MfE Summer School tutor and Sinfonia Viva principal clarinettist Chris Swann. The concert is available until 23 April, here’s the link: https://www.sinfoniaviva.co.uk/Event/wind-quintet-performs-pictures-at-an-exhibition
  • To celebrate Bach’s birthday (31st March… although some debate it’s the 21st!) here’s something interesting we found! Some very clever musicians designed this ‘musical signature’ using just a single note. Did you know that the Germans use the notation H for what we would call Bb, so if you rotate this very clever image starting at the bottom and name the notes from the corresponding clef (treble, tenor and alto) it spells B A C H!


Have a good week!

Your friends at MfE.

29/03/2021

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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 motivational moments for your Mondays! We are aiming to send out something new each week.

We’ve decided to make March our online fundraising awareness month and today we would like to share with you just how easy (and how completely free to you!) it is to support MfE – simply by shopping online. Yep, you read that right… 

Online shopping over the past year has grown by a massive 34.7% from 2019 thanks to the pandemic and being ‘locked down’ for large portions of the year. Not that this is a surprise… online shopping has evolved so much and it has never been so easy to buy a smartwatch or a surfboard at 2 o’clock in the morning.

Let’s start with Amazon. Who doesn’t enjoy a good browse for a cake tin and a garden spade, all in the same place, usually while sitting on the sofa in their pyjamas? 

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What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support every time you shop, at no cost to you and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping App for iOS and Android phones. When you shop AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices and convenient shopping experience as amazon.co.uk, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price to your selected charity.

How do you activate it I hear you ask? Simply click on the banner below and it will take you to the AmazonSmile home page where you will see in the top left corner of the menu, ‘Supporting Music for Everyone’. Then enjoy a good shopping spree… it really is that easy!

You can also install a free extension to your web browser so you don’t have to remember to visit Amazon Smile (we’ve all been there… there we are happily shopping online then only remembering that AmazonSmile or Easyfundraising works if you go through the right site, but by then you’re already at the checkout and how much faff is it to go back and start again!?) – Smilematic is a free Edge extension that will automatically turn your everyday Amazon purchases into AmazonSmile donations. You’ll never again miss an opportunity to raise money!

Find out more here: Smilematic | Automated AmazonSmile Extension (couponfollow.com)

Easyfundraising

If you don’t use Amazon all the time, Easyfundraising has over 4,000 online retailers involved with new ones being added all the time, making it so easy to raise funds, all from one main point!

Shops, including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com and M&S, are all a part of Easyfundraising – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.

All you need to do is:

  1. Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/musicforeveryone/?utm_campaign=raise-more and join for free.
  2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
  3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to Music For Everyone at no extra cost to you whatsoever!

There is also a handy tool on their website that adds a reminder to your web browser so if you’re shopping at your favourite retailer online, it will flash up and let you know you can raise funds – just click go!

Through our generous online shoppers, MfE receives approximately £250 a year through these schemes, did we mention it’s at no cost to you?

THANK YOU to those that already support us when they shop online, we are so grateful and every penny goes to support music making across the East Midlands for adult, youth, singers, players!

KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

We have had a terrific response to our Summer Singing Workshop on Sunday 27th June –  100+ so far and still rising!  And our Blow the Dust off your Instrument day on  Saturday 10th July is not far behind.  Further information about both events can be found on our website – please do take a look.

Singing workshop – https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/summer-singing-workshop-day

Blow the Dust off your Instrument day – https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/blow-the-dust-off-your-instrument-3

And we have not forgotten about families and associated bubbles!  We are holding a Family Singing afternoon on Sunday 23rd May at the Albert Hall.  This is going to be a fun event for all to enjoy.  Click on this link to find out more https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/family-sing-workshop/

Please be assured that these events will follow all Covid Protocols.

And next week – the MfE Summer School – so much to look forward to!

With all best wishes

Angela



Have a good week!

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22/03/2021

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KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

HOORAY – we have events happening at Nottingham’s Albert Hall!

  • For SINGERS – an exhilarating workshop day on Sunday 27th June.  Click here for full details about the course and how to enrol.

https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/summer-singing-workshop-day

  • For INSTRUMENTALISTS – an enjoyable playing workshop on Saturday 10th July. Full details on our website – just click here.

https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/blow-the-dust-off-your-instrument-3

  • For FAMILIES – an afternoon of fun singing for all the family!  Sunday 23rd May.  Full details available next week.

These dates have been chosen to follow the Covid Regulations as outlined in the ‘Government’s COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ published on 22 February 2021. We will, of course, ensure that all events are Covid secure and should any workshop need to be postponed due to any extension of these regulations then full refunds will be given.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to an MfE event very soon.

With all best wishes

Angela


  • Former ballerina with Alzheimer’s hears Swan Lake. The power of music – uplifting and moving, get your tissues ready! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT8AdwV0Vkw
  • We recently shared with you how shopping with Easyfundraising can support MfE, but did you know you can also shop on Amazon through Amazon Smile with the same effect! This link will take you straight to the Amazon homepage and you can check your selected charity from the menu items on the left side towards the top of the page – thank you to all those already supporting us! https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1153412-0

Have a good week!

Your friends at MfE.

15/03/2021

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KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

I hope you are all keeping well, and with the children going back to school today, we are now all on the route map to normality – perhaps!

Looking to the future.

Our plans for workshops at the Albert Hall are coming together well.

Singing Day on Sunday 27 June – information emailed to all singers this coming Wednesday (10th March)

Blow the Dust off your Instrument Playing Day on Saturday 10 July – information emailed to all players this coming Friday (12th March)

Family Singing Afternoon on Sunday 23rd May – information coming out in next week’s MfEMondays (15th March)

Signing up for all these course will be via our website and will be a very straightforward process. 

Something to look forward to!  Keep your fingers crossed nothing goes wrong.

With all best wishes

Angela



Have a good week!

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08/03/2021

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KEEPING IN TOUCH – Diary Dates!

Hello Everyone

In Monday’s email I said I would let you know our plans for the coming months just as soon as they were finalised – and here they are!

We’ll be letting you have further details about timings, repertoire etc. closer to the event – but at least you have something to put in your diaries and, we hope, look forward to!

Live music making is coming back – let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the government doesn’t have to change the ‘road map’!

With all best wishes

Angela


MfE Workshops and Concert Dates – 2021/22

Those in red are for youth, those in blue for adult and those in green for everyone!

2021

  • Sunday 23 May, Albert Hall – Family Singing Afternoon
  • Saturday 19 June, Albert Hall –Youth Wind Band Playing Afternoon
  • Sunday 20 June, Albert Hall –Youth String Orchestra Playing Afternoon
  • Sunday 27 June,  Albert Hall –Festival Chorus Workshop day
  • Saturday 10 July, Albert Hall –Blow the Dust off your Instrument Workshop Day
  • Saturday 17 July, Albert Hall – Festival of Youth Workshop Day
  • Mon – Wed 9, 10 & 11 August, Trent College (venue to be confirmed) –MfE Summer School

  • Sat/Sun 9 & 10 October, venue to be decided –Festival Chorus Singing Weekend
  • Saturday 16 Oct, Albert Hall –Festival Chorus Concert
  • Sat/Sun 6 & 7 November, venue to be decided –Youth Instrumental Playing Weekend
  • Sunday 14 November, Albert Hall –Youth Instrumental Concert
  • Saturday 11 Dec, venue to be decided –Youth Christmas Singing Afternoon
  • Sunday 12 Dec,  Albert Hall –Christmas is Coming Concert

2022

  • Saturday 8 January,  Albert Hall –Blow the Dust off your Instrument Workshop Day
  • Sat/Sun 29 & 30 January, venue to be decided – Festival Chorus Singing Weekend
  • Saturday 5 February, Albert Hall – Festival Chorus Concert
  • Sat/Sun 26 & 27 February, venue to be decided –Youth Instrumental Playing Weekend
  • Sunday 6 March, Albert Hall –Youth Instrumental Concert
  • Saturday 23 April, venue to be decided –Musicals Singing Workshop
  • Sunday 24 April, Albert Hall –Musicals Concert
  • Sat/Sun 14 & 15 May, venue to be decided –Youth Singing Weekend
  • Sunday 22 May, Albert Hall –Youth Singing Concert
  • Saturday 11 June, Albert Hall –Blow the Dust off your Instrument Workshop Day
  • Saturday 25 June, venue to be decided –Festival Chorus Workshop Day
  • Mon – Wed 8, 9 & 10 August, venue to be decided –MfE Summer School

KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

I promised you that I would have some ‘planning’ news for you this week.

I’m afraid there is nothing definite yet but this is what we are aiming for once we have reached ‘Step 3’ of the lifting of restrictions:

  • May – Family Singing Day
  • June – Festival Chorus Singing Workshop
  • June – Youth Playing Day
  • July – Blow the Dust off your Instrument Playing Day
  • August – Three day Summer School in August

We also hope to have some week day singing and playing activities. But we are still at the planning stage and hope to firm dates later on this week. We will let you have them as soon as they are finalised and you can put them in your diaries!

With all best wishes

Angela


Have a good week!

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01/03/2021

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KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

As I write this I am waiting for the statement from the Prime Minister as to how ‘lock down’ is going to be eased and of course, that will effect what MfE is able to offer in the coming months.

At the moment, all that we seem to know is that schools are going back on Monday 8th March – a collective sigh of relief goes round the country from many families delivering ‘home schooling’!

Tomorrow afternoon we have a staff planning meeting and we’ll let you know in the coming days and weeks what those plans might be.

In the meantime, our instrumental project still proves popular and more than 74 of you want to take part in our Singing Surgery scheduled for this coming Saturday.  If you would like to take part but haven’t quite got round to letting us know then please just click here and fill in the questionnaire.  https://bit.ly/3jIKZRO

Hope to have more news for you next week.

With all best wishes

Angela

  • Flash Mob’s have really taken off in recent years, here’s one of our favourites – Carmina Burana in a station, where you might least expect it!

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22/02/2021

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KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

What a difference a week makes, last Monday it was freezing cold and snowing; this Monday it’s well over 75F in my greenhouse, the sky is blue and the birds are starting to sing. Is Spring just round the corner? Let’s hope so!

Many of our singers have already replied to our Singing Project Questionnaire. If you have received this questionnaire information then please do reply – even if it is to say you no longer want to receive information! And if you haven’t received it then please do click on this link. https://bit.ly/3jIKZRO

Our friends at Lakeside Arts have contacted us to ask if we could let you all know about their online concert series. They currently have 4 forthcoming concerts to suit a variety of tastes, all of which are available to stream from home.

Here are the details:

  • Rachel Podger, baroque violinist, will be performing live tonight (Monday 15 February), and the concert will be available to stream until Monday 22 February.
  • Manchester Collective with guest Soprano Ruby Hughes will be streaming Sunday 21 – Sunday 28 February.
  • Abel Selaocoe, South African cellist, will be streaming Thursday 11 – Sunday 21 March.
  • Sura Susso, Gambian Kora player and percussionist, will be streaming Friday 19 – Monday 29 March.

You can read more on each of the concerts at this link: https://www.lakesidearts.org.uk/whats-on-search.html?category=music&from=21012021&venue=46

Enjoy the sunshine!

With all best wishes

Angela



Have a good week!

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15/02/2021

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KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

I hope you are keeping warm in this cold snap and enjoying the snow!

Good News! We have heard from the Nottinghamshire County Council COVID Community Fund that we have been awarded a grant of £1,550 towards our Open Voices project. This grant will ensure that we are able to keep our Open Voices sessions available online during the pandemic – hooray!

Our instrumental project Brush up your Playing went live last Friday and at the moment we have 107 instrumentalists accessing our playing videos from our YouTube channel.  If you would like to have a look at what we are up to then click here https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQAO4RYdubNrU8VzEQv6C-JSInwBG5wwm

And if you would like to be added to the Brush up your Playing email list then just contact admin@music-for-everyone.org

Well the sun is shining here now – time for the daily exercise!

With all best wishes

Angela


  • This would be a great home schooling activity for anyone looking for a fun idea to help with rhythm and timing! We would recommend hiding anything breakable first though… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL2zuOx24GM

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08/02/2021

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