Festival Fringe Events


Everyone (adult or youth) is welcome to turn up to any of the events, concerts and workshops to take part!

Full information can be found at the Albert Hall throughout the weekend.

Music for Everyone look forward to seeing you there!


Festival Fringe at a Glance

Saturday 13 JulySunday 14 July
9am – 5pm City CentreFLASH MOB Robin Hood Youth Orchestra (Nottm City Music Hub)Throughout the dayFESTIVAL MUSIC TRAIL Look for clues around all the venues and win a prize (£1 per sheet)
11am St Peter’S ChurchFAMILY CONCERT Villiers Quartet11.30am Albert HallSAMBA DRUMMING 1
12 noon Sky MirrorPURE STEEL BAND Performance, Come & Try11.30 – 12.30pm Sky MirrorBEATFEET BHANGRA
12 noon Sky MirrorBarbecue opens12.30pm Albert HallSAMBA DRUMMING 2
4pm – 5pm Sky MirrorNYJO12 noon Sky MirrorBarbecue opens

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Saturday 13 July: Robin Hood Youth Orchestra – Flash Mob

9am – 5pm: Across the City Centre

The Robin Hood Youth Orchestra will be part of the celebrations in July to mark the 50 years of friendship with Nottingham’s twin city of Karlsruhe, Germany.  The friendship between Nottingham and Karlsruhe started on 26 July, 1969, and the twinning has led to many joint cultural activities.  The Robin Hood Youth Orchestra (RHYO) has a close friendship with Jugendorchester Stadt Karlsruhe (JOK), which is a youth orchestra based in Karlsruhe, Germany.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations and the Big Youth Music Experience, RHYO will be performing flash mobs around Nottingham City on July 13, 2019 from 9am to 5pm! You can look out for them at some of the city’s most iconic points including the Robin Hood statue by the castle, train station and outside the Theatre Royal & Concert Hall.  RHYO will also be part of the celebrations in Karlsruhe later in July as they go on a residential to Germany on July 19!

Saturday 13 July: Pure Steel Band

12 noon – 2.30pm: Sky Mirror

Pure Steel Band consists of anything from 2 to 25 players, who perform in various settings around the UK and abroad. They rehearse in Mansfield once a week where they are supported by Inspire Youth Arts. Pure Steel have an extensive repertoire which means they can create the party atmosphere of a carnival or present a formal concert in a professional capacity. 

The band was founded in 2002 and currently consists of players from both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire that range in age from 11-21.

Over the years the band have performed at numerous events both locally and internationally.  We are very proud to have played at Disneyland Paris as well as various towns surrounding Lake Garda, Italy during several summer tours.

Pure Steel Band will be performing by the Sky Mirror and all are welcome to watch, listen and then have a go yourselves!

Saturday 13 July: Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra

4pm – 5pm: Sky Mirror

Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra exists to enable young, talented local musicians, of school or secondary college age, to develop their shared interest, skill & enjoyment in playing & performing jazz. With an emphasis on live performance, NYJO players develop lots of practical life skills too, such as time management and presentation, in addition to honing their craft of jazz musicianship through playing alongside other gifted players.

NYJO is happy to discuss requests to hire a smaller Combo or Big Band for functions ­ with rates for private and charity performances. NYJO can provide entertainment for Weddings, Conferences, business and social functions, festivals, charity events and more.

Sunday 14 July: Samba Drumming – Artbeat Projects

11.30am – 12.30pm: Albert Hall
12.30pm – 1.30pm: Albert Hall

Learn to play the carnival sounds of Samba from Brazil!

The rhythms are intoxicating and guaranteed to get everyone moving and grooving! Think big, loud and energetic!

Artbeat provides workshops in Samba drumming -the Carnival sounds of Brazil, using a range of traditional large Samba drums and smaller handheld instruments. This is an energetic, loud and fun workshop where participants will learn to play rhythms from the streets of Brazil. 

Children and their parents/carers are welcome to attend together, please book now to avoid disappointment – spaces are limited! Book online here

Cost: £3 per person

Sunday 14 July: Beatfeet Bhangra

11.30am – 12.30pm: Sky Mirror

Drumming naturally creates a sense of belonging and community. Everyone involved in our unique sessions is part of an unfolding musical and mindful process, that leaves both mind and body energised. People always leave group drumming feeling focused and ready to inject new found creativity into daily life, wherever this may be! 

Join Vijay for an interactive dance workshop where you’ll discover and explore the iconic rhythms and moves of the popular Punjabi dance style – Bhangra dance! Enjoy the thunderous sound of the dhol drum and how to move your body to the beat.

Sunday 14 July: Capoeira Nottingham

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Sky Mirror

Capoeira Nottingham founded in 2000, and became a Community Interest Company in 2010We are part of the worldwide group Cordão de Ouro, meaning ‘belt of gold’.

Our group is dedicated to the promotion of afro-Brazilian culture, and in particular Capoeira: its health, social and educational benefits. Our group is a diverse community, with everyone from young professionals, to students, and whole families engaging in what we do, from grandparent to grandchild.