Our talented young musicians offered a splendid end to the season with their The Sound of Summer concert at the Grange Hall in Radcliffe.  Not only was the audience treated to top-notch musical entertainment, but there were outdoor activities for the children and refreshments for the audience.  A huge ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ to all who took part – children, helpers and conductors!  We bid a fond farewell to Mike Shaw, conductor of Nottingham Strictly Strings, and wish him all the best for the future.

Booking for the Autumn Term for Daytime Voices, Daytime Orchestra, Sunday Afternoon Flutes and Big Band is now open. To book, please follow this link Music For Everyone (savoysystems.co.uk) We look forward to seeing you next term!


Well, what an exciting weekend of sport that was!  But what would sport be without music?  Imagine a football match without the anthems, chants and the occasional trumpet bursts of The Great Escape theme tune.

The first few notes alone of ‘Light and Tuneful’ the Wimbledon theme tune, is enough to put you in mind of strawberries and cream!  Music provides athletes with motivation and focus making it a powerful tool during training sessions and competitions. The beats and melodies can help regulate breathing and pace, contributing to better performance and endurance. In the arena, music unites spectators, creating an exhilarating atmosphere that amplifies the excitement of the event. From energizing pre-game anthems to celebratory victory songs, the fusion of music and sport demonstrates how sound can inspire physical prowess and create a sense of community and shared enthusiasm among athletes and fans alike.


  • And while we’re on the subject, who spotted Djokovic’s musical celebration? Apparently, it is for his six-year-old daughter, who is currently learning the violin. Perhaps she can help him work on his technique?!!


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15/07/2024

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What an enjoyable weekend with the Nottingham Festival Chorus and a wonderful performance of Haydn’s Harmonie Mass!  Masterfully directed by Artistic Director, Alex Robinson and skilfully accompanied by organist Peter Siepmann.  Thanks also to our four amazing soloists as pictured.

Last week saw the end of term performances for our Daytime Orchestras in Loughborough and Nottingham. Some fabulous playing everyone, well done! Hope you enjoy a well-earned break and we look forward to welcoming you back in September.

Our Lunchtime Voices singers also gave a final performance in very blustery conditions outside Yarn this week. A special mention to Alex for keeping the accompaniments going despite his music flying away!

Upcoming performances:

Our Youth Bands and String Orchestras have their Sound of Summer performance on Sunday 14th July at 3.30pm at The Grange Hall in Radcliffe-on-Trent. Book your tickets here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/yth-concert/

Open Voices Sherwood are putting on a show of Oliver! Come and join them on Friday 19th July at 11am at St Martin’s Church, Sherwood. 


Following the election of our new Prime Minister Keir Starmer last week, did you know he had such a musical background?  Click the link below to hear him talking about the importance of music, playing flute, recorder, piano and violin and his love of Beethoven:


  • Song Community Festival taking part in Derby on Sunday 14th July: Are you a singing practitioner, facilitator, choir director or teacher, who runs community choirs, amateur choirs or singing groups for health conditions such as dementia? 

Or, do you want to learn more about singing and its benefits for health and well-being? Do you want to find out more about how to lead Mental Health Inclusive Group Singing? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, come to the Community Song Festival!   https://www.derby.ac.uk/events/latest-events/song-community-festival-/


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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.

How is your obscure Haydn knowledge? Ahead of the next Nottingham Festival Chorus event focussed on Haydn’s Harmonie Mass, click here to see Alex quiz Rachel on some of the lesser-known facts about Haydn’s life. Let us know how you get on! 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear this magnificent work performed by our wonderful choir and soloists at Beeston Parish Church on 06 July. Concert tickets are available here.

Our youth groups will be presenting a delightful summer concert at Grange Hall, Radcliffe on Trent on Sunday 14 July, 3.30pm. Tickets are available here or on the door. Come along to hear our wonderful young musicians in action!


Ahead of our trip to the Olympics at this year’s Summer School, here is three-time Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel opening the final day of the US Olympic Swim trials with a performance on violin that blew the audience out of the water!

P.S. Summer School places are still available – no sporting prowess necessary!


  • One of our members has a bass recorder (Hornby Bass 900H) that they would like to give to a good home.  If anyone is interested, please contact the office.
  • If there are any young string players in your family looking for something to do over the Summer, the Charnwood Youth Strings Experience takes place from 19 – 23 August at Mountsorrel Memorial Centre.  See the attached flyer for more information.
  • Our Lunchtime Voices will be performing at Yarn, adjacent to the Royal Concert Hall, on Thursday 04 July at 1pm.  Join us for some lovely music and maybe a chilled glass of wine before you head off to the Polling Stations!

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01/07/2024

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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.

Summer has finally arrived, just as the end of term approaches!

This week, all the Daytime Voices choirs will host an informal performance to finish their summer term, with refreshments and cake sales. Concerts take place in the last hour of the usual rehearsal time, if you’d like to pop along to listen and have a cup of tea and piece of cake with Daytime Voices, see where the groups rehearse here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/whats-on/adult-music/daytime-voices/ Plus, all cake sale donations go towards supporting Open Voices!
Looking ahead, online booking for the Recorder Workshop Day is now open to kickstart the 2024/25 season!
On Saturday 14th September, join Chris McDouall for an informal day of recorder ensemble playing, with an optional advanced repertoire session in the afternoon for those that wish to. The workshop day, taking place at NTU Clifton, will finish with an informal performance to family and friends. Find out more and book online here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/recorder-workshop-day/

We were thrilled to read that John Rutter has received a knighthood in The King’s Birthday Honours List 2024, in recognition of a career that stretches back 60 years! Here are a couple of our favourite Sir John Rutter compositions MfE have performed recently.

Gloria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaYkpoOC3S4 (NFC in February 2024)
The Sprig of Thyme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQe9tn_DyzU (NCS in June 2024)

Book donations wanted! Bookwise Nottingham (10 Goose Gate) are keen for donations of paperback fiction books. If you’re having a clear out, small donations (couple of bags worth max.) can be dropped off at the shop, Monday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm. Or if you have a larger donation, please contact first on info@bookwiseshops.co.uk to arrange drop off or collection.


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24/07/2024

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Congratulations to all the adult instrumentalists who gathered at the Albert Hall on Saturday to ‘Blow the Dust Off’ their instruments. It was great to see so many new faces and we had wonderful day of music making together. The orchestra, wind band and string ensembles tackled some challenging music and gave a really enjoyable and polished performance that belied the fact that they had only met for the first time that morning!   

We can’t wait for the next Blow the Dust event and hope that you can join us again at the Albert Hall on Saturday 11th January.


 

For the Bridgerton fans among you, season 3 has been treating audiences to a host of classical delights from Mozart and Scarlatti to Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ Piano Sonata, alongside Kris Bowers’ score and those beloved string quartet pop music covers. One of these pop covers is Taylor Swift’s ‘You Belong with Me’, which MfE Administrator Laura had a great time singing along to when seeing Taylor Swift live in Liverpool on Friday night!

Click here for Classic fm’s deep dive into the music of Bridgerton!


 

You are cordially invited to the MfE Daytime Orchestras’ end-of-term concerts!!

The Loughborough Daytime Orchestra concert takes place on Tuesday 2nd July in their new home of Emmanuel Church (Forest Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3NW), and the Nottingham Daytime Orchestra concert takes place at St Martins Church (Trevose Gardens, NG5 3FU). 

Our adult instrumentalists have been working really hard, so please put these dates in your diary and come along to support them. Join us at 11am for a cuppa and a biscuit before the concert at approx. 11:20.

We hope to see you all there!


 

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17/06/2024

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What a fun-packed musical weekend!

On Saturday evening the Nottingham Chamber Singers and Angela Kay brought a floral bouquet of music to St Mary’s Church in Bunny with their entertaining programme of evocative part songs, colourful folk-songs and foot tapping swing numbers. Accompanied by the wonderful Angela Foan and joined by violinists Isobel Bounford, Sarah Trevers and flautist Dave Hatherly it was perfect for a sunny summer’s evening.

There was a great buzz in Beeston on Sunday at our first Family Festival. Lots of you got involved with so much going on including drumming workshops, lullaby bank, Open Voices and Family Sing sessions. The sun made an appearance and the beautiful garden at Middle Street Resource Centre was filled with a great variety of stalls and performances from folk bands to ‘a cappella’ group the Ooh La La’s. A special thanks to our Youth Bands, Daytime Voices and the many volunteers who made the day such a success. For those of you who missed it, here are a few photos to give you a flavour!


Following on from so much birdsong in the concert on Saturday and in the garden at our Family Festival yesterday it got us thinking about music inspired by our feathered friends.

We bet you can think of lots of suggestions but follow the link below if you’re stuck for ideas!

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/classical-music-inspired-by-birdsong/


What is your favourite birdsong? Perhaps a blackbird, song thrush, nightingale even?! If you’re a fan of Springwatch you might have seen the presenters get very excited the moment a nightjar interrupted the live broadcast: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0j0xyrj

Or maybe you prefer this lockdown version of blackbird from our very own Rachel Parkes: https://youtu.be/FQpcXqzic6I?si=ScDAPRwC-aU8j04Z


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10/06/2024

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We’re treating you to not one, but TWO MfE events this weekend!

Saturday 8th June, 7.30pm at St Mary the Virgin Church, Bunny – Nottingham Chamber Singers ‘A Choral Garland’ concert

Join the chamber choir for their next concert. The music is perfect for a summer evening, all flowers and birdsong! The programme ranges from colourful folk-song arrangements to lovely part songs by English composers including John Rutter, Sir Edward Elgar, Cecilia McDowall and Gustav Holst, plus foot-tapping ’standards’ such as Blue Skies and Let’s do It – a concert guaranteed to entertain and raise the spirits!

The historic church of St Mary the Virgin dates from the 14th century and can be found in the old part of the village of Bunny, on the right hand side of the A60 as you travel from Nottingham towards Loughborough. There is plenty of parking on surrounding streets or in the local primary school car park.

Complimentary ‘summery’ refreshments will be served to you by members of the choir during the interval.

Tickets (full £12, concession £11, child/student £5) can be purchased from the MfE office 0115 958 9312 or just reply to this email saying how many tickets you would like and they will be available for you to pick up and pay for on the door. Buy tickets in advance here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/ncs-june-concert/

Sunday 9th June – Family Festival Day

Workshops, performances, cake, stalls and games – it’s all happening!

Join us at Middle Street Resource Centre in Beeston from 1pm – 5.30pm this coming Sunday for lots of musical activity, whether you’re joining a workshop (sign up here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/family-festival/) or would like to come and enjoy all the performances, we hope to see you there.


Blow the Dust alert! Places are filling up fast for the next course on Saturday 15th June and we’re nearly at capacity, book your place now to avoid disappointment: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/blow-the-dust-off-your-instrument-jan/

FUN FACT for Blow the Dusters… Did you know the orchestra that recorded Elmer Bernstein’s rousing and Oscar-nominated score for the Magnificent Seven (which the wind band will be tackling with Josh on the 15th) featured a young piano player who would later become a legendary soundtrack composer himself: John Williams!


  • The MfE Wordsearch! With 20 of our favourite words/phrases relating to MfE, see how fast you can find them all

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03/06/2024

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Family Festival

MfE will be holding its first ever Family Festival on Sunday 9th June at Beeston Resource Centre.

From World Drumming workshops to singing sessions for the whole family, and music to enjoy in the garden, there is something for everyone. We’ll also have a cake stall, sweets, glitter tattoos and a whole host of games/activities in and around the venue.

Click here for more information.

Summer School – last chance to enrol!

There are limited places remaining on our 2024 Summer School. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to enjoy high-quality music-making, and experience some exceptional performances from international soloists in the wonderful surroundings of Trent College. Book your place now to avoid disappointment!

We particularly welcome enrolments from bassoons, trumpets, saxophones, violas, tenors and basses.  All other instruments and voice parts will be closed for enrolment after today.

You can enrol online here or by calling the office on 0115 958 9312.

Strictly Stings seeks new conductor

We are seeking an inspiring and charismatic musician to direct the Nottingham Strictly Strings, our string ensemble for young players of approximately grade 1 – 4 standard, most of whom are joining a group for the first time.  If you know anyone who might be interested, please direct them to the advert on our website: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/about-us/vacancies/


 

Ever wondered what happens if a conductor has to cancel just hours before a performance? Well, if you’re James Lowe, the answer is ‘don’t cancel’! 

When the conductor of the Spokane Symphony,  Morihiko Nakahara, had a fall requiring hospital treatment 3 hours before the curtain went up on a live performance of the Empire Strikes Back, James Lowe bravely stepped in to help.

Conducting a full symphony through the score of a movie live is no mean feat. “Conducting a movie is an incredibly complicated thing, because obviously the movie doesn’t adjust,” Lowe said. “There’s no room for error at all.”  Read the full account of this extraordinary performance here.


 

  • Do you know any young clarinet players? 

Friend of MfE, Charlotte Reavley, has written a book of fun pieces for young clarinettists called ‘The Clariphant and the Kazoos’ featuring some very creative animals with musical names such as the Chinese Flutiflies and the Hippiano! More information is available from her website Home – Clariphant (theclariphant.co.uk)


 

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20/05/2024

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A recent article from Chad online about our Open Voices Mansfield group:


A MANSFIELD-BASED group making a difference to people’s lives through the creativity and enjoyment of music is celebrating its first birthday.

Open Voices, whose weekly music sessions are particularly suitable for adults with learning disabilities, allows people to connect through singing or simply listening.

Singer and pianist Cliff McArdle, who leads the sociable sessions said: “It’s such a privilege to lead everyone in singing fun songs and occasionally watching someone visibly blossom as a massive smile crosses their face. You just know you’re seeing them achieve something new. It’s lovely to see them enjoying themselves”

Mansfield Open Voices is one of four groups across Nottinghamshire run by the charity Music for Everyone as part of its health and wellbeing programme.

Open to all, the group meets at Portland College on Fridays from 1.45pm to 3.15pm.

It would welcome more members, including volunteers. Volunteer helper Rosanne Richardson said: “I wasn’t at all sure what to expect at Mansfield Open Voices when I was first going to help out, but it didn’t take many minutes to realise what a happy fun group it is. Songs with actions are particularly popular.”

Among the guests at the first birthday celebrations were Mansfield mayor Andy Abrahams and trustees of Music for Everyone.

John Hess, chairman of the trustees, said: “It is quite astonishing what has and is still being achieved. Our numbers of participants and different groups are growing as people recognise the joy of music in their lives. We believe music participation should be on socail prescription.!

For more information about Mansfield Open Voices, email Andy at newstart@portland.ac.uk or call 01623 499111 or visit www.music-for-everyone.org

Gift Stall – Call out for volunteers!!

After over 30 years of service Janice Weston-Smith is stepping down from the running of the MfE Gift Stall at the end of this season.

We are looking for a team of volunteers to help with the Gift Stall at MfE events, setting the stall up and down, manning it throughout the day and selling merchandise. The big events we would expect the gift stall to be at are the youth courses/concerts Bandwise, Stringwise & Vocals, NFC/Blow the Dust weekends and Summer School event. Participants in these events would still be able to volunteer to help with the gift stall as this would not interfere with music-making sessions.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact Su via email su@music-for-everyone.org or call 0115 958 9312.

Nottingham Festival Chorus – singers wanted!

There are still places available for Haydn’s Harmonie Mass workshop and concert with Alex, Rachel and the Nottingham Festival Chorus on 5th & 6th July. The workshop on Friday 5th July will take place in the evening at NTU Clifton, followed by a workshop and concert on Saturday 6th July at the beautiful Beeston Parish Church, located in the centre of Beeston, a short distance from The Square. There are excellent facilities nearby and local trams and bus routes serve Beeston Bus Station, which is a short walk from the church.

Find out more about this stunning course and book here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/nfc-singing-course-concert-july-2024/


 

Mansfield Open Voices is 1 year old! They had a party to celebrate last week, attended by Mansfield Mayor Andy Abrahams, MfE trustees Janet and John and of course the Mansfield Open Voices team – Cliff, Andy and learners from Portland College. Happy Birthday OV!

We were thrilled to get a first look at a position statement on Arts and Health, written by a MfE volunteer and youth group parent for the Institute of Health Promotion and Education.

As part of the statement, IHPE state “Arts subjects urgently need to be given a higher priority in education. In the UK additional resources are needed to provide equal opportunities for arts provision, particularly musical instrument playing in schools, to contribute to the prevention of widening inequalities.” And “Arts provisions should form an integral component of social prescribing, as part of a balanced approach to the social and medical models of health and be adequately resourced to increase availability and access across all areas of society, including marginalised groups.” To read the full statement, see here: https://ihpe.org.uk/resources/position-papers/


 

  • It was the Eurovision grand final on Saturday, with Switzerland taking the crown for their 3rd win with a gravity defying performance on a large spinning disk (only in Eurovision!)
  • EUROVISION FACT: Did you know up until 1998, each act was supported by a live orchestra and every country brought its own conductor? Dutch conductor Dolf van der Linde conducted for a record number of 7 countries; Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland before the rules changed and acts could perform with a pre-recorded backing track.

 

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13/05/2024

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