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


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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



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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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KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

I know that many of you are familiar with our Open Voices project – music sessions especially designed for adults who have some learning difficulties.

Due to the pandemic, our three regularly meeting groups have had to be temporarily suspended and so we have been running sessions via our Youtube channel. We have produced a very short video giving an idea as to the sort of thing we do, just click here to have a look

As you can see – the sessions are a lot of fun!

Now we are on-line we feel we are able to reach out to more people who might enjoy the sessions. We’re hoping that you might be able to help us ‘get the word’ out there that this free resource is available to all. Do you know of an individual or perhaps a residential care home or day centre who might be interested in having a sing?  If yes, then please email Robin Reece-Crawford, our Senior MfE Co-ordinator with the details and he will contact them to see if they might be interested. robin@music-for-everyone.org

And now for another video.

As you all know, our 2019/20 season was a very unusual one and so we thought we would produce a video of some of the highlights!

The video is about 30mins long and presents MfE’s wonderfully rich array of normal activities in the autumn and through Christmas, followed by several equally extraordinary but very different months of socially-distanced creativity. It was shown at our recent ‘on-line’ AGM and was an instant hit!

It’s quite a spectacle and well worth a watch, you might spot yourself or a friend onscreen!  Here is the video link, I hope you enjoy it.

And that’s enough from me for now.

With all best wishes

Angela


  • If you play in one of our regular instrumental groups, you should have received an exciting update last week about our NEW online project for players of all ages and abilities, if you haven’t done so yet, don’t forget to sign up! You can do so by filling in this form: https://bit.ly/39tA6j0 More details are coming to our website soon.
  • Great news that singing and its many benefits can help those suffering from long COVID, finally getting the recognition it deserves! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55819360

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01/02/2021

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Highlighting the power of music… Ex-music teacher Paul Harvey became an internet sensation last year with his piano skills while suffering with dementia. Since then he has improvised a piece of music, using just 4 notes which the BBC Philharmonic orchestra felt inspired to turn into a full orchestral piece – you can listen to it here:

Beautiful! Watch all the way through to see just how it has been received (including by a famous composer!) – warning: it’s a tear jerker!

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25/01/2021

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I think we can safely say that most of us are glad to see the back of 2020 and could do with a bit of good luck for the coming year. Here are some New Year good-luck traditions from around the world that you may wish to try…

In Denmark, people go around smashing plates on the doorsteps of their friends and family. The more shards there are the next day, the luckier and more well-liked you are.  Also in Denmark, people stand on their chairs and “leap” into January at midnight to bring good luck and banish bad spirits. Climbing on chairs after a New Year tipple? What could possibly go wrong?!

In Colombia, people take empty suitcases and run around the block as fast as they can. It’s supposed to guarantee a year filled with travel, which will hopefully be possible in 2021.

In Latin America, it is believed that the colour of your underwear can bring good things to you in the next 12 months. Yellow is for luck, red is for love, and white is for peace. You may want to wear yellow undies if you’re ever in Puerto Rico on New Year’s Eve, where they believe that chucking a bucket of water out of the window drives away evil spirits.


This time last year, we were preparing for our January Blow the Dust course, the youth Bandwise weekends and the first NFC singing course of the year. Here’s a look back at some of MfE’s 2020 highlights in pictures, enjoy the throwback to a time when we could cram 200+ people into the Albert Hall and if you were involved, we hope it brings back memories and look forward to a time when we can safely do these activities again.


Filming the Christmas Concert – December 2020


Nottingham Youth Band – December 2020


NFC – January 2020 and Blow the Dust – January 2020

  • Following on from our discovery a while ago of John Cage’s 639 year long composition, this 1000-year-long song known as “Longplayer” might be giving it a run for its money! The song began on Jan 1, 2000 and will continue until Dec 31, 2999, where it will come back to the starting point of the song and begin again. https://longplayer.org/about/overview/

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04/01/2021

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Yesterday began the Christian season of Advent – a season of expectation and preparation for celebrating Christ’s coming (adventus) into this world and looking ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time.

In the northern hemisphere the natural symbols of darkness and light are powerfully at work in the traditional Advent themes of Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell, captured in this setting of the Advent Prose: Drop Down ye Heavens from Above, by Judith Weir https://youtu.be/ymcjEPOwEGQ

And here’s an acoustic version of the Advent hymn Creator of the Stars of Night https://youtu.be/5ihAaM57rIE

A favourite for the East of England Singers at this time of year is James MacMillan’s O Radiant Dawn, sung here by Apollo 5, who you might remember from our first ever MfE Summer School https://youtu.be/5drCQq73ZBE (Oh to have their breath control!)

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30/11/2020

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Yesterday was the feast day of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music and musicians.

Legend has it that the devout Cecilia was forced to marry a pagan against her will. On her wedding night she told her husband she had taken a vow of virginity and had an angel protecting her. Her husband asked to see the angel as proof, and Cecilia told him he would be able to see the angel if he was baptised. He did so, and was met by a vision of Cecilia talking to the angel, after which he converted to Christianity.

Cecilia angered the Roman authorities by distributing her possessions to the poor. She was ordered to be burned, but her purity protected her. When the flames did no harm, she was beheaded and thus martyred.

She became the patron of music and musicians because it is said that she ‘sang in her heart to the Lord’ as musicians played at her wedding. Her feast day is the occasion of many concerts and music festivals, and a number of musical compositions are dedicated to her, including:

Purcell Hail! Bright Cecilia

Set to a text by Irish poet Nicholas Brady in 1692, this ode to St Cecilia is full of references to musical instruments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AGUGdLj3Vo

Handel A Song for St Cecilia’s Day

Handel’s cantata, composed in 1739, was set to a poem by England’s first Poet Laureate, John Dryden. The text is centered around the theme of harmonia mundi, the theory that music was a central force in the Earth’s creation.  Here are Cecilia Bartoli and Sol Gabetta performing What passion cannot music raise and quell:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJGYTlxkCGg

Haydn St Cecilia Mass

It is believed that the original manuscript of this piece was lost in 1768 in a fire in Haydn’s hometown of Eisenstad.  The poor chap had to rewrite the piece from memory!  Enjoy this clip of the Kyrie Eleison:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FkJnkd5cVQ

Britten Hymn to St Cecilia

It is no surprise that Britten wrote a piece for St Cecilia, having himself been born on her feast day (Happy Birthday, Britten!). Britten set the work to a poem by WH Auden while spending time in the US, but on his return to the UK officials confiscated his manuscripts, as they feared they may have been a type of code. He then had to re-write the manuscript, in a manner not dissimilar to Haydn – is there some sort of St Cecilia curse?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETqLiTm556Y

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23/11/2020

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