Here at MFE we are hoping that you are coping with the extremely strange times we are all experiencing at the moment. It is very odd to have no weekly groups running and we are sure, for those of you who participate in them, very sad not to be able to not have your usual musical rehearsal. That is why we are looking at ways of continuing to make music virtually with you all. We hope most of you have seen Angela’s video on You Tube, if not, here’s the link to watch it –

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQAO4RYdubNrJrXVvwUmOFQw8mtASoNVE

We will continue to update you as we produce other videos for you to watch and hopefully sing or play along to. However, we are sure some of you will be making music at home either with your families or on your own. If you’d like to send a photo of what you’ve been doing via email and are happy to share with others in MFE, we can then post them online. We feel it is really important that we try and maintain a sense of community in these days of isolation.

Monday March 30th is a date with a number of national days associated with it. Not only is it Doctor’s Day, whom we are sure everyone would want to celebrate and take a moment to thank the fantastic job doctors (and all other health workers) are doing at the moment, it is also Pencil Day!

For those of you who have been associated with MFE (or NCT, as it was originally) for any length of time you will know that the humble pencil is an essential part of any musician’s toolkit. We know that many of you prize your MFE pencils, denoting which courses or concerts you have participated in and some of you have quite a sizeable collection. We wondered who has the most number of MFE pencils and if anyone has one from the first NCT course, the Verdi Requiem in 1983? Do let us know.

Have a good week!

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30/03/2020

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Did anyone catch Angela on BBC Radio Nottingham last Wednesday? If not, you can catch up here – start listening at 2hr27.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p084lq01

As you can hear we are working on a whole host of plans to keep your spirits up and keep our MfE family connected and involved during the coming weeks.  Watch this space for more announcements.  We will not be silenced!!

Many professional musicians are taking to social media to entertain the masses while the concert halls are closed.  Yo-Yo Ma will be treating us to a series of performances which he hopes will “give musical peace amid the disruption and uncertainty surrounding coronavirus.”  Use the hashtag #SongsOfComfort to find these performances.

The streets, concert halls and opera houses of Italy may be deserted, but you can still hear the music.  We have all seen how the Italians have taken to their balconies to use singing and playing to connect to the outside world and show solidarity for those at the front line of medical services.  Click here to see Tenor Maurizio Marchini take this to the next level by serenading the rooftops of Florence with Puccini’s famous aria “Nessun Dorma”!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-X43RQM3Lc

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23/03/2020

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We know that many of you have been following the amazing journey of Robert Cleave, husband of MfE soprano Christine Cleave. He has recently completed a solo round the world cycle ride, raising money for Cancer Research UK, Traidcraft Exchange and BREAD (small charity helping a village in Tanzania)…

Follow this link to hear a selection of music recorded along the way in China, Australia, Japan and the USA : https://1drv.ms/u/s!AjHPi84UoETlh4YVbyXThnWLhAd5vQ?e=2tKLTl

Since his return to Nottingham in October 2019, a film has been produced telling the inside story of his journey. It’s to be shown at the Savoy Cinema in Nottingham… Robert’s Ride 18,000 – The Movie

World Premiere – Monday 30th March 6pm / Thursday 2nd April 1pm

For more information about this incredible adventure visit: https://robertsride18000.com/

Have a good week!

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16/03/2020

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Sunday 8 March marked International Women’s Day – a chance to celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women whilst encouraging awareness of equality.

There are too many women in music that have made important contributions to the industry to name in one MfEMonday, but here are just a few that you may or may not know about!

“The first female composer” is known to be Kassia of Constantinople, born around the year 805. A Byzantine composer and hymnographer, Kassia is one of the first composers whose scores are able to be interpreted by modern scholars. Moving through the years takes us past notable names such as Clara Schumann, a trendsetter in her own right as one of the first pianists to perform from memory, which is now considered standard practice for most professional pianists. In the 20th century, Delia Derbyshire became a ‘heroine of British electronic music’, she is particularly well-known for composing one of the most recognisable electronic tv theme tunes – Dr Who!

Female conductors are making history with their achievements, many are now in high demand for prestigious events such as the Proms. But as Marin Alsop says, she is “shocked that we can be in this century and there can still be ‘firsts’ for women.” See some of the greatest living conductors here: https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/instruments/conductor/best-women-conductors/

And for a laugh, check out these ridiculous reasons why women ‘can’t’ be conductors – we think Angela and Gill might have something to say about these! No offence intended, enjoy a giggle! https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/women-cant-be-conductors-because/

  • The East of England Singers present a concert on Saturday 14 March at St Mary’s Church, Clifton – Simply Voices – exquisite a cappella music as part of their Music is Quiet Places series. Tickets are available at a discounted price if bought in advance, full details on our website: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/music-in-quiet-places/
  • Coronavirus – MfE is fully aware of the current situation and is following the guidelines set out by the chief medical officer and therefore all MfE activities will continue as normal until such time the situation changes and we are advised otherwise.

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09/03/2020

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This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, so we’re sure to be hearing a lot more about the great man over the next 12 months. Interestingly, Beethoven’s exact date of birth is unknown. Many historians claim that his actual birth date is 16 December 1770. They stumbled on this date as his official baptism occurred on the date of 17 December 1770 and German laws and customs insisted that babies be baptized within 24 hours of their birth. Despite this evidence, Beethoven himself claimed that he was born in the year of 1772!

Test your Beethoven knowledge with this quick quiz.

  • Welcome back Su! Our General Manager, Su Evans, returns to the office this week after maternity leave and we’re all delighted to have her back!
  • Ideas month – Thank you to all those who responded to last week’s call for ideas. Please keep those ideas coming in! We’ve had some really interesting suggestions that we are following up on including holding a music amnesty. If you have any MfE music that you’ve been meaning to return and just haven’t got round to it, now’s your chance – no matter how old the music is, no questions asked! We will have music amnesty collection boxes at all Daytime Voices rehearsals and in all 3 Bookwise shops throughout March.

Have a good week!

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02/03/2020

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Here in the MfE office we’ve noticed that next month is International Ideas Month. Which has got us thinking. Most of the impressive things in our modern world started as a vague idea in someone’s head. Without those initial thoughts we wouldn’t have smartphones, CT scanners or the Hadron Collider! International ideas month is all about realising the value of an idea, no matter how silly it may seem. If there’s something you’ve been mulling over for a while, an idea you’ve had but not really thought of making it a reality, then this month is the time to get your great idea rolling. Now you may be thinking I’m not sure I have any great ideas. Well, what about coming up with a new way to support MFE? Here’s some ideas we’ve come up with –

  • HAVE A CELEBRATION – Hold an evening soiree, a three-course dinner or a pancake party in your kitchen. Invite your friends to donate to MFE.
  • HOST A COFFEE MORNING – Pick a time and place and host your own coffee morning. Have a chat, a brew and raise money for a good cause.
  • GET CRAFTY – Make homemade cards for Mother’s Day, Easter or birthdays and sell to family and friends.
  • GIVE SOME TIME – You can give of your time by offering to volunteer at one of our events or in the office
  • SPEND YOUR MONEY – When buying on Amazon switch to Amazon Smile and choose MfE as your charity, a donation will come to us at no extra cost to you.

  • Booking for this year’s Summer school is now open. This year’s event will take place between 10 – 12 August at Trent College, Long Eaton. Full details can be found  at https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/summer-school-2020/ Looking forward to seeing many of you there!
  • NB Please note the MFE office will be CLOSED tomorrow – Tuesday 25 February – due to a staff First Aid training day, business as normal on Wednesday!

Have a good week!

Your friends at MfE.

24/02/2020

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Today is Random Acts of Kindness day, so we are taking a little time out of our day to tell all you lovely people how much we appreciate every single one of you!

A study by Cambridge University shows that engaging in musical activities on a regular basis greatly improves a child’s ability to empathise with others.  An increased ability to empathise can lead to behaviours such as kindness, patience and cooperativeness which benefit the educational environment – for example, children who score higher on an empathy scale are more likely to help others being bullied.  They found music to be one of the most effective ways to work with children on social and emotional communication, allowing them to experience another person’s emotional state and produce a kind response.

Imagine the impact in schools and the wider community if teaching emotional intelligence through music became part of the curriculum!

If you know of any young people who may benefit from participating in a musical activity, check out what we have on offer for young people over on our website.

  • Music Divas of the World Unite For Concert To Mark International Women’s Day, Royal Concert Hall: 8 March 2020 The iconic anthems of female superstars from Shirley Bassey to Beyoncé are to be celebrated in an uplifting live music show to mark International Women’s Day.  Diva brings together the 50-piece Limelight Orchestra with pop, soul, jazz and musical theatre vocalists for a special one-off event at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on 8 March 2020.  The concert will also be raising money for the Nottingham Women’s Centre, which has been working for more than 40 years to help women gain the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential.

Tickets are available from the TRCH Box Office.
Have a good week!

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17/02/2020

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With Storm Ciara sweeping through the East Midlands yesterday, we’ve been having a look at various ways the elements have been used to create music.

The singing ringing tree is a 3 metre tall musical sculpture made from steel pipes, swirled to form the shape of a tree. The pipes are blown by the wind and produce a melodious hum covering several octaves with a simultaneously discordant and melancholy sound.

The Aeolian Harp is made up of a small wooden box with a sounding board and strings attached to 2 bridges. Small ones can often be found outside windows or in gardens to enjoy the ‘ghostly’ tunes plucked by the wind! There are several slightly bigger versions, for example, this one in San Francisco stands at 27 feet tall! Have a listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtzSm76ppS4 

For those that enjoy a good science fact, the wind plays the harp by creating little spirals of air called vortices that move to either side making oscillations. The strings of an aeolian harp are tuned to the same note, which means these will vibrate only when the wind’s  frequency of the oscillation matches the frequency of the string tuning. In other words, an aeolian harp will only make sound for a particular wind speed.

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10/02/2020

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Congratulations to all those involved in last Saturday’s performance of the Brahms Requiem at the Albert Hall.  Thankfully the Nottingham Festival Chorus’ performance was more successful than the work’s premiere in which the timpanist apparently misread p (quiet) for ff (very loud) and drowned out the rest of the orchestra!

Click here for William Ruff’s 4* review in the Nottingham Post.

  • Our Nottingham Youth Bands and East Midlands Youth String Orchestra have been successful in an application to take part in the Music for Youth Festival in Sheffield on 17 March.  This is a prestigious, nationwide event and it is a great achievement to have been selected to perform.  Watch this space for more information on how the groups get on.
  • While we’re still in a Brahmsian frame of mind (yes, it’s a real word!), check out this Fast and Friendly guide to Brahms, or if you’d prefer something a bit more relaxing watch this video of a cellist soothing fellow transatlantic passengers to sleep with his rendition of Brahms’ Lullaby!

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03/02/2020

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Today marks Mozart’s 264th birthday! To celebrate, MfE’s Nottingham Concert Orchestra will be performing his Exsultate, Jubilate motet this coming weekend at the Albert Hall in Nottingham as part of the Nottingham Festival Chorus performance of Brahms German Requiem – there are still tickets left, find out more here!

We are also opening the doors to our youth instrumental groups this week and hosting Open Days where interested players can come along for free to see what it is like to play in a band or an orchestra. If you know a young instrumentalist that is looking for a group to join, why not let them know? We have groups for all abilities!

  • Today, Monday 27 January, is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day! Whilst the ‘official’ use of bubble wrap is to transport goods securely (they first attempted to market it as insulation but it wasn’t successful, eventually the perfect purpose was discovered!) I can imagine you will all agree that it is an excellent stress relief method (and perhaps a bit addictive) so why not celebrate tonight with a sheet of bubble wrap and see if you can pop every single bubble! How very satisfying…

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27/01/2020

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