Hello! If you thought January and February were cold and dormant months, then you’ve obviously never been in the office at MfE!

We’ve already had a busy and exciting Blow the Dust day and the youth groups fantastic New Year Concert, whilst our daytime groups have been up and running in full swing for two weeks. This week in particular is a special one for us, as it sees the culmination of the massive hard-work and effort that goes into the Nottingham Festival Chorus weekend. Part of the unique selling point of MfE is that we are able to give people the chance to be part of a large-scale musical event, accompanied by our fabulous full orchestra, without asking for vast time commitment in the run-up. Singers have been busily learning their notes from our carefully curated ‘CD practise tracks’, whilst some came along in person to our friendly sectional rehearsals in deepest darkest January. This past weekend saw the massed chorus meeting at NTU Clifton to look at their notes in detail with Angela Kay and Rachel Parkes, and we can tell you that the results were stunning. Much fun was had, and many different muscles – singing, brain and body (!) were stimulated. There were also many biscuits consumed!

We thought they sounded magnificent, and if you’d like to hear the results for yourself, make sure you book your ticket for Saturday 4th Feb 7.30pm at the Albert Hall this week. **10% discount available for MfE members and all singers on the course.**

https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/nfc-concert/

We hope to see you there!


As part of our varied programme of musical delights on Saturday, the choir and orchestra will be performing some of the spirituals from Michael Tippett’s Child of Our Time. These immensely moving works take their origins from African-American songs dating from the slave-trade. As we near Oscar season, we thought we’d leave you with some incredible examples of how these tunes have been used over the decades in movies on the big screen… perhaps you have some more examples for us, we always love hearing them!

  • O Brother Where Art Thou (2000) — “Down to the River to Pray
  • The Apostle (1998) — “I’m a Soldier in the Army of the Lord,” “Nearer My God to Thee,” “There Is a River,” “In the Garden,” “I Love to Tell the Story,” “Victory Is Mine,” “There Is Power in the Blood”, “I’ll Fly Away”
  • Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) — “Oh Happy Day,” “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”.
  • 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  • Selma (2014) ‘Take my hand precious lord’
  • Harriet (2019)


Have a great week!

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30/01/2023

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It’s concert week for the MfE youth groups! The Strictly Strings, East Midlands Youth String Orchestra, Nottingham and East Midlands Youth Bands have been working hard over the Autumn term towards their New Year concert at Kingswood Methodist Church, Wollaton on Sunday 22 January, 3.30pm. Tickets are available in advance and on the door: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/new-year-concert/

The next MfE concert will be the Nottingham Festival Chorus performing Vaughan Williams ‘Toward the Unknown Region’ and featuring soloist Richard Cox on piano on Saturday 4 February at the Albert Hall, Nottingham. Definitely not to be missed! Book tickets and select your seats here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/nfc-concert/

The Lullaby Banks (in partnership with Inspire Music Hub) are back this term and looking forward to welcoming new mums and babies. If you, or someone you know, has a little one aged 0 – 9 months, the sessions are completely free and take place in Beeston and West Bridgford libraries. Booking is essential to guarantee a place as space is limited. https://www.inspireculture.org.uk/whats-on/the-lullaby-bank/


The two most popular New Year’s resolutions in the UK are to exercise more and improve fitness or improve their diet with more healthy eating.

Although we’re already halfway through January (who knows how long these resolutions last!) here’s a twist on a January diet for you… a musical diet especially for the first month of the year. Take 5 – 10 minutes each day to be an ‘active listener’ and enjoy this specially crafted playlist by The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2023/jan/01/feed-your-soul-the-31-day-classical-music-diet-for-january-fiona-maddocks


  • Quick joke: Why couldn’t the string quartet find their composer?
    Answer: He was Haydn…

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16/01/2023

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Happy New Year from all of us at Music for Everyone. We hope you have had a good Christmas break.

New year, new term.

Our regular groups resume rehearsals next week with the exception of Nottingham Daytime Orchestra who start again on Thursday, and our Lunchtime Choir which also starts on Thursday. If you are not familiar with our Lunchtime Choir they meet every Thursday in the Level 4 Foyer of the Royal Concert Hall from 12:30 – 13:30.  Lead by the Dynamic Duo of Rachel Parkes and Josh Goodman, the group provides a great opportunity for city workers to take a proper break during Thursday lunchtimes and enjoy singing a range of music from folk and pop to blues and classical, in preparation for an informal performance at the end of the term.  A singing break has a host of fabulous benefits. It gives you confidence, builds teams, increases motivation and focus, develops creativity and even improves your posture and breathing. Above all, it’s a lot of fun!  This friendly and relaxed group is open to everyone who loves to sing and you don’t need to be able to read music to take part.

Blow the Dust

It was fantastic to have so many people join us for Blow the Dust at the Albert Hall last Saturday. 170 musicians gathered to perform works for orchestra, wind band and string orchestra. The final strains of Nessum Dorma are probably still ringing through the Albert Hall now!  Please click  here to hear some (Dr) miraculous playing from the full orchestra!

News from the MfE office

As you may know, with the departure of Robin Reece-Crawford, Anne Jackson has taken on the role of Adult Music Programme Coordinator.  We will also be advertising for a new-part time administrator to join the team in the next few months.


Welcome to a newly refreshed section of MfE Mondays: ‘Monday Musings’ where we bring you some interesting musical thoughts, articles, playlists and more!

In our 40th Anniversary Season we will be highlighting the achievements of women in music. Research carried out by online classical music magazine Bachtrack, based on over 27,000 listings for performances that took place in 2022, found that almost half of the world’s contemporary composers in 2022 were women. Click here for the full article on ClassicFM.


  • To welcome the new year, our youth groups will be performing a celebratory varied and entertaining concert on Sunday 22 January at Kingswood Methodist Church. Tickets are available here.

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09/01/2023

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What an amazing concert yesterday to end such a Christmassy week for MfE! A great big WELL DONE to all the singers in Vocals and Nottingham Community Voices for a great performance and a special thank you to Santa for taking the time to drop by.


We have been getting into the festive spirit with this great playlist of classical Christmas favourites – perfect for tree decorating, present wrapping and anything else that requires an alternative to Chris Rea!

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/occasions/christmas/best-festive-classical-music/


  • There are still a few places left for Blow The Dust Off Your Instrument! If you are looking at that cello in the attic, clarinet in the garage or trumpet in shed (don’t keep trumpets in sheds please) you have just a few days left to sign up for our 7th January BTD! All the info and how to book online is here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/blow-the-dust-off-your-instrument-3/

Stay warm and have a great week!

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12/12/2022

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Happy Advent! The festive season is finally upon us, and here at MfE we certainly know how to kick off in style.

Yesterday afternoon saw St Mary’s Church in Bunny aglow with candlelight as the Nottingham Chamber Singers took us on a mystical journey through Chilcott’s setting of the great ‘O Antiphons’ interspersed with advent carols and images.

What started as an audio and visual feast then became an actual feast, as wassail cups and ginger cake were passed around, and the choir (and audience!) really got into the spirit of Christmas. There were rousing drinking songs such as Landlord fill the flowing bowl, Good Ale and the Boar’s Head Carol and a highly raucous Twelve Days of Christmas!

However, don’t worry if you think you’ve missed out as there will be plenty more where that came from…..

More festive dates this week:

Tuesday 6th December

  • 11.30am the Loughborough Daytime Orchestra and guest singers will be performing a festive concert at All Saints church in Loughborough as part of their Christmas Tree Festival. Free.

Thursday 8th December  – THREE EVENTS!!!

  • 11am the Nottingham Daytime Orchestra will be presenting their end of term concert at St Martin’s church Sherwood. Free.
  • Approx 1.15pm – 1.45pm the Lunchtime Voices will be singing some of their repertoire, along with popular Christmas songs and carols to join in with on the 2nd Floor of John Lewis Department Store (home furnishings) within the Victoria Centre. We’d love to see some friendly faces, and we will be shaking the MfE donation buckets in time to Jingle Bells!!!
  • 6pm at Nottingham Train Station – The Youth Bands will be playing festive music in the main ticket hall, so if you can drop by and support after work, they’d greatly appreciate it!

AND FINALLY!

The ‘O antiphons’, likely dating from the sixth century, were traditionally used at vespers on the last seven days of Advent in Western Christian traditions. They contain an interesting and clever twist, as the first letters of their titles appear to form a Latin acrostic Sarc Ore, which when flipped around become Ero cras, meaning ‘Tomorrow, I will be there’, mirroring the theme of the antiphons.


  • Christmas pun alert!

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05/12/2022

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Congratulations to all those Daytime Voices singers who took part in end of term performances last week.  Not only did you raise the roof, but various cake sales also raised a very impressive £460 for their associated Open Voices groups!  Click here to hear West Bridgford Daytime Voices absolutely rocking ‘Like an Eagle’. A special mention must also go to the newly formed Hucknall Daytime Voices group who were invited to perform at the Jon Godber Centre’s Christmas fair last Sunday – you were brilliant!

Coming up – Daytime Orchestra Loughborough will be performing at All Saints Church Loughborough on Tuesday 06 December at 11:30 as part of their Christmas Tree Festival.  The concert is free and they will finish with a carol singalong!  Please come along, it will be a wonderful way to kick off a month of festivities.


We are busy putting together the music and information packs for Blow the Dust and are particularly looking forward to hearing the orchestra perform the overture to Dr Miracle by Bizet. In typical operatic fashion, Dr Miracle is a bizarre story about how forbidden love is overcome with the use of a poisoned omelette! There is even an entire quartet dedicated to the serving of the omelette.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to pay homage to the humble omelette – there are still places available on Blow the Dust, click here for more information and here to sign up. And don’t forget to tell your friends!


  • On Saturday 26 November, Bingham and District Choral Society will be joining forces with Mansfield Choral Society and the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra to celebrate their 50th Jubilee with a Last Night of the Proms concert at Southwell Minster. Why not join them to celebrate this Golden Jubilee milestone? Full details attached or on their website here.

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21/11/2022

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November is just around the corner, that must mean that MfE Christmas and 2023 events are now open for booking!

Concerts

Nottingham Chamber Singers present A Mystical Christmas at 3.30pm on Sunday 4th December at St Mary the Virgin Church in Bunny.

Christmas is Coming! On Sunday 11th December, members of the MfE ‘singing family’ come together for MfE’s annual Christmas concert at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, featuring a special appearance from Father Christmas! Children tickets are just £5 each.

Further details and ticket booking link for concerts can be found here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/whats-on/concerts/

Workshops/Courses

Christmas Vocals – open to all primary aged singers, a singing afternoon on Saturday 10th December, then join the Christmas is Coming concert to perform on Sunday 11th December! https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/vocals-christmas-is-coming/

Nottingham Community Voices – Christmas. Members of Daytime Voices and Community Voices are invited to join Vocals on Sunday 11th December at the Albert Hall, Nottingham for MfE’s annual Christmas concert. Optional rehearsals from 28th November, https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/christmas-is-coming-daytime-voices/

Blow the Dust off your Instrument Saturday 7th January 2023

https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/blow-the-dust-off-your-instrument-3/

Nottingham Festival Chorus workshop weekend and concert 28/29 January & 4 February 2023

https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/nfc-course-weekend/


The Nottingham Festival Chorus will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams in their next event, a singing weekend course and concert in January/February 2023, performing the stunning work Toward the Unknown Region.

The anniversary itself is being commemorated and celebrated throughout 2022 (our celebration comes a little later than the actual anniversary!) with October being the anniversary of his birth.

A champion of music-making in the community, he was a central figure to British musical life. His work The Lark Ascending is regularly voted the UK’s favourite classical work, and he was well known for writing for most major forms of genre in music, including film and stage.

Have a listen to brighten a rainy Monday to The Lark Ascending: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR2JlDnT2l8


  • Bake Off fever has hit the office again, we’ve been enjoying some musical puns linked to baking – this one in particular made us giggle!


Have a good week!

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24/10/2022

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The Music for Everyone family would like to thank Robin Reece-Crawford for his contributions to the organisation over many years, as he has decided to leave his current role as Senior Adult Co-ordinator.  Robin’s first involvement was as part of the first choral event (Verdi Requiem) in July 1983. He enjoyed singing in the East of England Chamber Choir for years and became a member of the core staff team over eight years ago.  Robin has worked in various capacities within the charity and will be missed. Although he is stepping away from his current role he is looking forward to continuing to sing at festival choir events. Well done for organising a hugely successful event on Saturday with Brian Kay, which was a sell-out. We wish you all the best in your next chapter Robin!

Jen Adams has been volunteering with Music for Everyone for fifteen years. She has supported the organisation as choral librarian, she has catalogued all our music, doing a wonderful job. Jen has been singing with us for many years and will continue to sing. We look forward to seeing her at future events and would like to say a big thank you!

Both Robin and Jen were thanked formally at a presentation on Saturday at the NUT Clifton Campus in the middle of the Brian Kay event.  We wish you the very best for your future endeavours.

What a fabulous way to spend a Saturday. Singers enjoyed a stimulating day of choral music with former King Singer, Brian Kay including works by Chilcott, Dyson and Vaughan Williams.

Instruments looking for a new home – do you know anyone who might like this clarinet or cello? For further details please contact su@music-for-everyone.org

   


Today is ‘World Mental Health Day’ so we thought it would be a good opportunity to shine a spotlight on the many ways that music can benefit our mental health and wellbeing. It has been found to reduce stress, manage pain, help us to sleep better, improve our motivation, enhance our mood and help reduce symptoms of depression.

According to the charity Mind, researchers found that music releases dopamine, the feel-good chemical in your brain. It also found that this feel-good chemical goes up 9% when listening to music you enjoy. Powerful stuff.

Music-making exercises the brain as well as the body, but singing is particularly beneficial. Here are some of the reasons that singing in a group is particularly good for our wellbeing:

  • Increases confidence and promotes creativity
  • Builds community and a sense of belonging
  • Combats anxiety and is a natural antidepressant
  • Strengthens immunity and cuts down on illness
  • Produces endorphins and makes you feel energised
  • Reduces stress and helps you sleep better
  • Teaches posture, improves breathing and gives your body a workout
  • Boosts circulation an can help you live longer
  • Improves morale and fosters a sense of achievement

No wonder then that social singing is now being prescribed by doctors! We totally approve so let’s get everyone singing!!


  • The insanely talented singer/songwriter Jacob Collier got his audience singing in 3 part harmony at a recent gig and the effect is spine-tingling: https://youtu.be/3KsF309XpJo

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10/10/2022

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We are really looking forward to welcoming Brian Kay back to conduct our Nottingham Festival Chorus workshop this Saturday.  There are only a few spaces left for this marvellous opportunity to explore Bob Chilcott’s Dances of Time, George Dyson’s Three Songs of Praise and Vaughan Williams’ Linden Lea.

For more details click here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/autumn-singing-workshop-day/


Has this weekend’s marathon coverage inspired you to get active? If, like me, you’re a lifelong gym-avoider, perhaps these tunes chosen by ClassicFM will be the motivation you need to get moving!

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/classical-music-for-exercise-workout/

And if high-octane cardio is not your thing, how about a bit of Erik Satie while you practice your downward dog, or some gentle stretches to one of Chopin’s Nocturnes?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NDyhOCetQg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p29JUpsOSTE


  • Research has shown that ‘Gonna Fly Now’ – the theme from Rocky – has proven to be a popular choice when exercising and helps motivate runners! Our young Bandwise and Stringwise players will be performing a special arrangement of this tune in the next Big Youth Music Experience concert in November! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioE_O7Lm0I4

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03/10/2022

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Last Saturday over 30 recorder players took part in a wonderful playing day at Wollaton Hall. The day culminated in an informal outdoor performance in the courtyard – a real treat for visitors and players alike.

   

We are really looking forward to seeing you all back at the regular rehearsing groups that start back again next week. We are particularly excited to welcome new singers to our first Hucknall Daytime Voices rehearsal on Monday 12 September at the John Godber Centre. All dates, venues, timings and fees can all be found on our website here: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/whats-on/adult-music/


Many people associate the recorder with memories of playing London’s Burning in a primary school classroom, but there is so much more to the humble recorder than meets the eye:

  • We are all familiar with the standard soprano, descant, treble, tenor and bass recorders, but did you know that the recorder family is even bigger: ranging from the Garklein recorder at only 16 cm long, to the Subcontrabass recorder at around 3 meters! The largest fully functioning recorder ever made was as tall as a giraffe! At 16 feet (5 metres), it has holes about 3.3 inches (8.5 centimetres) wide and is so large that despite being fully functional, it would be almost impossible to play correctly!
  • A recorder orchestra is a sight to behold due to the number of instruments needed. If you were going to put together a strict recorder orchestra, you would need at least 60 individual musicians and each of them would have to carry and play at least 9 different recorders, all different sizes, interchangeably. That’s at least 540 individual instruments!
  • Soldiers in the RAF who were held prisoner by the Germans during WW2 were given recorders to play to ease their time in prisoner of war camps.
  • Recorders ‘rock’! Paul McCartney integrated the recorder’s sound into a few of his solo works, but more notably, into the Beatles’ “Fool On The Hill”. Besides that, the recorder also features in the music of David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, and Lou Reed. Though plenty of rock stars used the instrument, not all of them were proud of it.  Allegedly, Jimi Hendrix was so embarrassed to have played a recorder on “If 6 Was 9” that he asked for it to be listed as a flute on the album credits!

  • Free to a good home!
    – 1 sheet music cabinet, 5 drawers. 75cm high 47cm wide.
    – 1 piano stool. Adjustable, black padded seat.

Contact Liz Price at liz@air-receivers.co.uk or phone 07970789677

  • The CBSO Youth Orchestra is reopening auditions for our 22-3 Season in order to recruit more violins, violas, cellos, basses, horns, bassoons, percussion/timpani, and piano/celeste players. Register your interest to apply here:

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The course dates are below and further information about the Youth Orchestra can be found on our website https://cbso.co.uk/take-part/young-people/youth-orchestra


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05/09/2022

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