This weekend was another busy one for MFE! Saturday saw the Nottingham Youth Band performing at Proms in the Park in West Bridgford. The weather decided to do battle with the band – sunshine, rain and wind in the space of an hour! – however the band carried on undeterred and played a spectacular set to rapturous applause. Well done to Claire and all the players!!

 

At the same time, the Nottingham Festival Chorus were rehearsing for their Jubilee Concert, safely indoors away from the blustery weather. All their hard work really paid off, as the concert on Sunday afternoon in the Albert Hall was truly magnificent. Choir and orchestra gave rousing renditions of Handel’s The King Shall Rejoice and Parry’s I was Glad. The Nottingham Concert Orchestra played William Walton’s iconic march Crown Imperial, first performed at George VI’s coronation in 1937 and George Butterworth’s idyll The Banks of Green Willow.

The Nottingham Chamber Singers performed the Choral Dances from Britten’s opera Gloriana and Rachel Parkes solo in Mozarts’ Laudate Dominum was breathtakingly beautiful.

The concert finished with Vaughan Williams splendid arrangement of The Old Hundredth (All People that on Earth do Dwell) with audience participation. All in all, a truly wonderful royal celebration!

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Did you know the first Glastonbury Festival took place in 1914? 

In summer 2004, the Glastonbury Festival raised eyebrows when, alongside headline acts such as Paul McCartney, Muse and Oasis, it also staged English National Opera’s production of Wagner’s The Valkyrie. The unlikely performance went down a treat, though how many of those present realised it was actually echoing another, earlier Glastonbury – one that was just as charismatic?

Forget the tents, mud and rock acts. Over a century ago, the Somerset town of Glastonbury was host to a music festival of a very different kind. The original Glastonbury festival was largely the creation of one remarkable man, now almost forgotten. The composer Rutland Boughton.  The son of an Aylesbury grocer with no musical background, he was sent to the Royal College of Music by aristocratic patrons, alongside Holst, Vaughan Williams and others.

With Reginald Buckley, an aspiring poet, he proposed building a festival theatre along Bayreuth lines, which would stage Boughton’s own music-drama cycle about King Arthur, to Buckley’s libretti. The attractive little Somerset town of Glastonbury with its high green Tor and the mystical ambience seemed ideal for Boughton’s dream of a festival based on a communal farm, worked by the artists.

In August 1914 they launched the first festival programme, offering plays, ballets, children’s operas and concerts, but only excerpts from the uncompleted Arthurian operas. Instead, Boughton premiered what would prove his most significant music-drama, The Immortal Hour. Lacking the theatre, they held performances in Glastonbury’s small Assembly Rooms, with a grand piano instead of an orchestra and a chorus and staff drawn mostly from locals. Over the next few years, despite war constraints and eternal fundraising, an even more ambitious programme developed, with Easter festivals, summer schools, celebrity lectures, offshoots in Bristol and London and provincial touring performances. Neither theatre nor commune ever materialised, but the Festival acquired a small orchestra and a resident quartet, and produced a startling range of works, from operas by Gluck and Wagner, dance, by Isadora Duncan disciples Margaret Morris and Penelope Spencer, songs, choral works, and the mystery-play Bethlehem.

However, in 1926 the Glastonbury company staged vital fund-raising London performances of Bethlehem. Without consulting his fellow directors Boughton produced it with Joseph and Mary as striking miners and Herod as a caricature top-hatted capitalist. The concept, endorsed by GK Chesterton and others, was harmless enough – except that Boughton also depicted British bobbies and British troops marching off to massacre the Innocents. So soon after the First World War this caused enormous offence even with liberal London audiences. And so,Bethlehem made a disastrous loss. The other directors duly resigned; the Glastonbury townsfolk withdrew their support. The Festival was abandoned.

Ultimately, it was Glastonbury’s whole fey-folksiness which came to seem impossibly quaint, parochial and old-fashioned in the post-war era. Nevertheless, recent Boughton recordings, including songs, symphonies and Bethlehem, make a striking impression. Above all, The Immortal Hour, static and stylised as it seems, still conjures up something of that original, long-forgotten excitement: the authentic Glastonbury magic.


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After a couple of days of rather dramatic weather we were keeping our fingers crossed for more settled conditions for Willoughby Open Gardens yesterday – and we were not disappointed!

The sun was out, but there was enough cloud cover to stop our Sunday Afternoon Flute and Swing groups from melting as they performed in the stunning surrounds of the pretty village of Willoughby. Visitors and musicians alike enjoyed a lovely afternoon of garden gazing, plant buying and cake eating while being entertained by the variety of music performed by these two groups.

   

A share of the proceeds from this event will be going to support our Open Voices groups for adults with learning difficulties. Thank you and well done to all those who took part.

A big thank you also to Beeston and Chilwell Opens Gardens last weekend, who are donating some of their proceeds to Open Voices as one of their supported charities!


‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Tomorrow – 22nd June – marks the Summer Solstice here in the UK, aka the longest day from sunrise to sunset. Midsummer’s eve is traditionally celebrated on 23rd June, with Midsummer’s day on the 24th. With this in mind, we thought we’d offer you a small playlist for the week with which to perform your sun salutations and enjoy these extra-long days.

First up, you might welcome the dawn with the soundtrack to the Pride and Prejudice remake of 2005. Yes we know that Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth were the ONLY Lizzie Bennet and Mr Darcy worth remembering, but the soundtrack to the remake is pretty spellbinding, composed by Dario Marianelli and played beautifully by Jean-Yves Thibaudet here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vYY0aRH46I

Now, we know that we could continue in a gentle manner with ‘Sunrise’ from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, but we thought you might appreciate something a bit more impressive… and who better to give us that than Richard Strauss and his epic opening to ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szdziw4tI9o

After all that excitement, we probably need to calm down with an English art song… and although you’re probably all thinking of Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ soporific and shimmering ‘Silent Noon’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI36pV7JfNs but have you ever come across this charming offering from a contemporary of RVW’s at music college, the enormously talented Rebecca Clarke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oajJJmBk_Gc ? ‘June Twilight’ delivers us gently into that magical time of dusk when the moon grows and a pair of star-crossed lovers (or two!) might appear, and perhaps some mischievous fairies, a king, a queen, a tinker, a tailor and an unfortunate ass… it’s Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream of course! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEkcP8lZvZA


  • Finally, you might like to know that A Little Night Music composed by Stephen Sondheim, also plays upon the themes of Midsummer’s night. Set in Sweden around 1900, it involves a weekend in the country where a number of romantically entangled characters appear and all sorts of chaos ensues. At one point, an older member present at the party describes how the summer night “smiles” three times: first on the young, second on fools, and third on the old, and this is portrayed musically throughout in the returning theme of the Waltz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4MwJh7dRKY – it is also most famous for the timeless and heart-wrenching ballad Send in the Clowns, which we will leave you with, sung here by the inimitable Dame Judi Dench… try not to cry! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvZex3Qf7QQ

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Our Jubilee Celebration course (Saturday 25th) and concert (Sunday 26th) is coming up in just under a couple of weeks’ time. If you haven’t yet signed up, we’d love you to come and sing in the Nottingham Festival Chorus, rehearsing on the Saturday, or to support the Sunday afternoon Jubilee Celebration Concert at Nottingham’s Albert Hall. The sparkling programme will include great pieces from coronations and glittering state occasions, including Parry’s I Was Glad, Handel’s Coronation Anthem ‘The King Shall Rejoice’ and Walton’s Crown Imperial.

SPECIAL REQUEST: PLEASE JOIN US IN OUR JUBILEE RECRUITMENT DRIVE
WE WANT TO RECRUIT AS MANY NEW SINGERS AND NEW CONCERT-GOERS TO COME TO THIS CELEBRATION EVENT AS WE CAN.   PLEASE HELP US TO DO THIS.  WE ARE OFFERING:-

*Special Jubilee Deals*

FOR SINGERS NEW TO MFE

Do you know anyone who has NEVER sung with us before, who would enjoy singing the great music in our Jubilee programme? Please tell them about our SPECIAL DISCOUNTED ENROLMENTS FOR NEWCOMERS: They are invited to Come and Sing for £15, all music included. Link to book online: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/nfc-summer-workshop/

CONCERT TICKETS

GROUP DISCOUNT OFFER – 6 tickets for the price of 5! This discount is applied automatically when ordering online.

In addition, to encourage as many FIRST-TIME people as possible into our audience we are offering:

  • HALF PRICE tickets in all areas of the hall for NEW concert-goers. Invite someone along to the concert who has never experienced the variety and quality of an MfE Festival Chorus performance before!

To get as many of our EXISTING loyal supporters along to enjoy the concert as we can, we are offering the usual performers’ discount (can be included with the group discount):

  • if you are a PERFORMER, ordering tickets for friends/family who have been with us before, get 10% off the cost, just use the code provided in your music pack to take advantage of this offer.

Full details can be found here: Jubilee Celebration Concert (music-for-everyone.org)

LET’S GET MORE PEOPLE enjoying that MFE EXPERIENCE — BOTH PERFORMERS AND CONCERT GOERS!  WE KNOW YOU WILL DO YOUR BEST.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!

Well done to all the instrumentalists who had a fantastic day of music-making at our Blow the Dust off your Instrument event on Saturday with music from Elgar to Burt Bacharach!

     

Next Sunday 19th June the MfE Swing Band and Flute Choir will be performing at the Willoughby-on-the-Wolds Open Garden event. If you want to come along and support please see their website for further details: Open Gardens 2022: Sunday 19th June | Willoughby on the Wolds


Many studies have concluded that classical music is great for boosting concentration and firing up your brain cells. Now that the exam season is well underway (and probably over in many cases!) here are a few suggestions of music to listen to that will help you to focus, relax or study:

Bach opens your mind! Go for something like the Goldberg Variations to maximise your brain’s ability to take everything in. Bach’s intricate patterns and gradually unfolding textures are the perfect soundtrack to a little brain expansion. https://youtu.be/tCKQQxxUWBs

Although “the Mozart effect” is debatable, there is no denying that his music can be the perfect accompaniment to focus the mind: Mozart – Violin Sonata K 301  https://youtu.be/x7xPIyePmNk or the Piano Concerto in A major K488 https://youtu.be/DXeBFhqViYg

Or maybe you prefer something to help you relax and take more info in? Try Debussy’s Clair de Lune https://youtu.be/fZrm9h3JRGs or Chopin’s Nocturne No. 2 in E flat Major https://youtu.be/9E6b3swbnWg

Let us know how you get on!


  • Members of the Nottingham Youth Band had an exciting trip to the Concert Hall last Friday to watch the incredible saxophonist Jess Gillam performing with the Hallé orchestra. The programme included Bernstein’s electrifying Symphonic Dances from West Side Story…. Have you heard about Bradley Cooper starring as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro being released in 2023?  Here’s a first look at what’s in store:  https://www.classicfm.com/composers/bernstein-l/maestro-first-look-bradley-cooper-netflix/

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We hope that everyone had a wonderful long-weekend (and take our hats off to those who had to work) celebrating the Platinum Jubilee. If the weekend’s festivities got you in the mood for all things royal and musical, there is still time to sign up for our Celebrate the Jubilee – Come and Sing event on 25 and 26 June. You can find more details and a booking link here. If you sign up before this Friday you will be able to take part in an extra zoom rehearsal too!

Mussorgsky, Dvorak, Elgar, Mozart, Bacharach… this Saturday 11th June will see the return of our ever-popular Blow The Dust event, where players of all abilities come together to form a huge symphony orchestra, wind band and string orchestra. It’s set to be a wonderful day! With a few places still available for players of orchestral instruments Grade 2+, it’s not too late to get involved. But hurry! Only a few days left to book! All info is here.

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An MfE member is looking for a new home for this vintage Hammond organ… please let us know if you are interested or think you can help, and we’ll put you in touch! Picture is available here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/instruments-for-sale/ (scroll to bottom of page)


June is LGBTQ+ pride month and we are celebrating, even more so than the rest of the year, all of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer composers and musicians who bring joy, richness and diversity to our musical lives. If you’re looking to make your own playlist of LGBTQ+ Classical Music, check out this article for inspiration!


  • Last Wednesday was 1st June, which always makes us think of Leslie Uggam’s iconic and hilarious performance of Rogers and Hammerstein’s ‘June is Bustin’ Out All Over’ from Carousel – it reassures us that even the greatest Broadway divas sometimes forget the words… enjoy it here

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06/06/2022

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Things are a littler quieter this week as it’s the half term holiday – all regular rehearsing groups are having a break, it’ll be back to business as normal next week!

Preparations are underway for our next concert, a Jubilee Celebration with the Nottingham Festival Chorus and Concert Orchestra. Filled with music for royal occasions, this concert is on Sunday 26th June, 3.30pm at the Albert Hall, Nottingham. Tickets are now on sale! https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/jubilee-celebration-concert/


With all the excitement around Nottingham Forest this week (ask the football fans!) you may have forgotten that this week is the celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!

There is so much music to choose from to celebrate these royal occasions that we didn’t know where to start! Thankfully, Classic FM have done the hard work for us and put together a list of the top 15 for the Platinum Jubilee, guaranteed to not just motivate your Monday, but take you all the way through the Bank Holiday weekend… enjoy: https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/best-platinum-jubilee-classical-music/

We particularly like the new commission by Thomas Hewitt Jones, especially for the Platinum Jubilee (no.14 on the list) ‘In Our Service’ and Holst ‘I Vow to Thee My Country’ (no.1 on the list) Which is your favourite?



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30/05/2022

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From little alien Bumblesnouts saving the planet, to trekking through the jungle, to sailing across the ocean with Moana and Maui, Saturday’s Vocals concert had it all!

Conducted by Alison and Rachel, accompanied by Angela on the piano and Alex on the drums with fantastic narrator Mark, the children showed off their hard work from the weekend before and put on an amazing performance. Here are some photos from the concert…

Coming up next… for the adult instrumentalists and singers, Blow the Dust is on Saturday 11 June and Celebrate the Jubilee with Nottingham Festival Chorus on 25/26 June, places are still available on both courses! Find out more and book on our website: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/


Occasionally there are days when we struggle for inspiration for our Monday Motivation, so this week we thought we would hand it over to you, our lovely MfE family! We would love to hear from you about what musical moments have inspired or motivated you. Email us with your heart-warming, funny or even embarrassing stories and we will share them over the next few weeks!



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23/05/2022

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We had a great weekend at VOCALS on Saturday and Sunday. Over 80 children from across the East Midlands came to NTU in Clifton for a weekend of singing songs about the jungle (Yanamamo), saving the planet (with help from the Bumblesnouts!) and the Disney film Moana.

Here are a few photos from the busy weekend, Vocals 1 even found time to make Bumblesnout masks!

The Vocals children will be meeting again this coming Saturday, 21st May, to perform a concert in the Albert Hall, more details here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/vocals-concert/


Has anyone else caught Eurovision fever this weekend? From costumes to staging, it’s always entertaining. The UK were victorious after the jury vote, before finishing in 2nd place behind Ukraine’s entry, which proved popular with the public, in the final result.

This is the highest the UK have placed since a win in 1997! The entry this year, ‘Space Man’ by TikTok and social media star Sam Ryder, also won the Marcel Bezencon Press Award, a first for the UK in Eurovision history. You can hear the UK entry here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udsMTb2NIak

Interesting fact about Eurovision… do you recognise the theme tune when Eurovision opens each year? The Prelude to Charpentier’s ‘Te Deum’, composed in the late 1600s, has opened Eurovision for over 60 years, since it’s beginning in 1956. Here is the Prelude in full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwU37osOkQA



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16/05/2022

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If you follow MfE on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) you may have seen a lot of activity last Thursday when we spent a ‘Day in the Life of…’ following Josh on his busiest day working for MfE. Josh conducts the Daytime Orchestras, Thursday youth bands, Strictly Strings groups and accompanies the Lunchtime Voices – a total of six groups! Four of these groups meet on a Thursday and we posted regular updates so everyone can see a typical day in the MfE world!

Here is a recap of his pictures for those that missed it or were not able to see it. In between many rehearsals, Josh pops into the office for an admin catch up and a trip to Windblowers to collect some music!

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As we move into May with the first glimmers of summer on the horizon, surely we should have a spring in our step and joy and hopefulness in our hearts? Unfortunately with the cost of living crisis, the various debacles in Westminster and ongoing situation in Ukraine, you might be feeling less than positive at the moment!

However, here at MFE, we firmly believe in the life changing and affirming power of music, and it would seem that we are not alone in this thinking –

“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music”. – George Eliot

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything”. – Plato

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which nature cannot do without”. – Confucius

“As long as we live, there is never enough singing”. – Martin Luther

Most of us will have experienced a situation when listening to music or participating in music-making has brought much-needed relief or sense of perspective back into our lives. When we came across this video of the Kiev Symphony Orchestra playing Ukrainian composer Maksym Berezovsky’s Symphony No. 1, it certainly blew away some of the storm clouds away and let the warmth of the sunshine appear again. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/VviWab5J2ao


  • If you have a spare few minutes, why not try your hand at this Guess the Classical Composer quiz? Let us know if you get them all correct. Good luck! https://youtu.be/H2H0IoBB5os

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09/05/2022

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Greetings after yet another wonderful weekend of MfE music-making!

Saturday and Sunday saw the massed forces of the Nottingham Community Voices (featuring singers from our various daytime voices groups plus members from the Lunchtime Voices, Nottingham Chamber Singers and various other community choirs around the county), combining in a truly stunning ‘chorus line’ for our West End to Broadway musicals course.

Our singers worked hard on their renditions of the romantic and sumptuous scores of My Fair Lady and The King and I, along with smooth and sensual excerpts by the legendary Irving Berlin, before rounding it all off with their riotous rabble of revolutionaries in Les Miserables! They were accompanied by the stunning Nottingham Concert Orchestra, who serenaded us with a string of Broadway hits, including a heart-rending suite from Bernstein’s West Side Story. It was an absolute treat. Adding a little extra shimmer and sparkle to all of this, were the fantastic talents of Simon Theobald and Kate Taylor, whose performances left us simultaneously rolling in the aisles and weeping into our programmes. It was a triumph – huge congratulations to everyone involved!

   

Our Vocals weekend is next. With expert tuition from Alison Bennett and Rachel Parkes, this is an absolute steal at only £15.00 for the entire event (two workshop afternoons and a concert afternoon). Please tell all the young people (of primary school age) in your lives that it will be a wonderful chance to learn some new and entertaining music, as well as some well-known Disney tunes from Moana. These massed musical events tend to be formative in our experiences and memories, so help us to spread the word. We know you will want to come and support them in their concert on Saturday 21st May – tickets are available on our website.

Finally for those instrumentalists amongst you, our Summer Blow the Dust day is fast approaching. Tell your friends, or even bring someone along from out of town … it’s a wonderful day to relax, enjoy and bond with other like-minded orchestral players out there! If you fancy an extended chance to waggle those clarinet keys or refine your ‘ricochet’, then our Summer School is for you. More details available at www.music-for-everyone.org


With the sun shining, our minds at MfE are turning to our Summer School. We are really looking forward to returning to Trent College and hopefully enjoying their lovely grounds in the sunshine.  If you haven’t yet decided whether to come along, let us motivate you with a few facts about Vaughan William’s, who’s music we will be exploring to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth:

  • He was well connected; His great-uncle was Charles Darwin, and ceramics magnate Josiah Wedgewood was his great-great-grandfather.
  • During the Second World War, he is rumoured to have done a stint of cleaning at the local public toilets in Dorking.
  • The composer never took his privileged background for granted and worked all his life for democratic and egalitarian ideals. He viewed music as being part of everyone’s everyday life, rather than being the preserve of an elite. Something we wholeheartedly agree with at MfE!

  • As the French Presidential Elections closed yesterday, we found it fitting that the French national anthem was composed on this day in 1792, here is Berlioz’s arrangement ‘La Marseillaise’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZWabwLPUXc

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25/04/2022

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The MfE groups are taking a well-deserved break for Easter after a busy Spring term.

While the groups are off, the artistic and office team are busy prepping for a wonderful summer term full of music – all the details can be found on our website, below is a quick overview of what is coming up!

  • Musicals course and concert – 23/24 April
  • Vocals course and concert – 14/15 & 21 May
  • Blow the Dust playing day – 11 June
  • NFC Jubilee workshop and concert – 25/26 June
  • Summer School – 8/9/10 August

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We’re sure you are all familiar with the traditional Easter Egg (painted/decorated/chocolate/etc!) but we’ve found out some interesting facts about the ‘other’ type of easter egg… the ones that double as secret or hidden messages in music.

One of the first composers to do this was J.S. Bach and he hid one Easter Egg so well, it wasn’t discovered for 250 years in his Mass in B
Minor
!

He would often sign his name into his music B A C H as an ‘easter egg’ (in German notation, the letter H is used for B natural, and B is used for B flat). Whether these were always intentional will never be known, but it seems to most experts that he would add them to the beginning or end of a piece as a ‘signing off’.

Do you know of any others that he hid his name in?

Bach: Mass in B Minor – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FLbiDrn8IE

And for Easter, here is Bach’s St John Passion, composed in 1724 for the Good Friday Vespers service in the same year – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMf9XDQBAaI&t=4s

Happy Easter from the MfE Team!



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11/04/2022

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