KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

I’m sure many of you will have watched the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.  One of our Wollaton Daytime Voices members, Elspeth Brien, sent me this very interesting article by John Rutter in which he reflects on the lack of comment on the excellent music included in the service.  It’s very interesting and well worth a read.

https://johnrutter.com/latest-blog/did-they-mention-the-music?fbclid=IwAR1BXpavVGoFlwji4dmI1RcPyhUm4bRyJS7O6d8wXEQkoyzr5fswbq60DcE

And whilst we’re talking about ‘having a read’ – our three Bookwise shops have all re-opened and are ready to welcome you through their front doors.  These shops successfully raise vital funds to support Music for Everyone’s programme of events and also raise the profile of MfE in the local community.  Selling excellent quality second hand books, they also have a wonderful selection of CDs and sheet music for sale all at bargain prices – why not come and have a browse!

Donations are always welcome and can often be collected and more volunteers are always needed, either in the shop or behind the scenes. Email admin@music-for-everyone.org for more details.

The opening hours for the shops are as follows:

Nottingham (10 Goose Gate, Nottingham NG1 1FF) Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm

Newark (2 Queen’s Head Court, Newark NG24 1EL) Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 4:30pm

Southwell (2 Queen Street, Southwell NG25 0AA) Monday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (Monday might have restricted opening due to lack of volunteers)

Daytime Voices is back!

We are holding two Daytime Voices rehearsals at the Albert Hall in Nottingham – one on Wednesday 26th May (2pm – 3.45pm) and one on Tuesday 15th June (2pm – 3.45pm).  If you would like to come along to have a good sing on either or both of these sessions but haven’t yet let us know then please fill in this very short questionnaire and we’ll contact you with all the details – just click here https://bit.ly/2Peswl2

We will, of course, be following all Covid protocols.

Hope you enjoyed the bank holiday despite the wet weather!

With all best wishes

Angela


  • MUSICAL FLASH MOBS PART 1. For May, each week we will bring you a different Flash Mob to watch and at the end, tell us your favourite! 1. In honour of Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you…) watch as one trumpet player turns into a whole orchestra playing the Star Wars main theme! Watch the video here:

Have a good week!

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04/05/2021

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KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

Last week saw our regularly rehearsing youth instrumental groups coming together and once again, making music!

Lots of happy faces and joyous sounds – these pictures give you a bit of an idea as to what went on!

(Nottingham Youth Band, West Bridgford and Beeston, followed by East Midlands Youth String Orchestra and Nottingham Strictly Strings)

And many of our adult singers had an enjoyable on-line rehearsal with ‘yours truly’ last Saturday morning. We were looking at the music we will be ‘bringing to life’ in Nottingham’s Albert Hall on Sunday June 27th (Vaughan Williams, Purcell, Rutter and Holst) and with over 150 singers already signed up for this workshop day, it should be really special. We can accommodate up to 200 singers so if you haven’t signed up yet and would like to come along then just click here for more details https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/summer-singing-workshop-day

Have a good week

With all best wishes

Angela


  • In honour of a MfE birthday over the weekend, we thought we’d share not one, but SIX different versions of the Happy Birthday tune, in the style of Beethoven, Mozart and more! Have a listen and see which is your favourite at the YouTube link here. https://youtu.be/OaZveHbxAYs

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26/04/2021

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KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

Have you been enjoying your new ‘freedom’ and the lovely sunshine we have all been enjoying over the past few days? Are you ready for some live music making?

Well if the answer is ‘yes’ then we have lots on offer.

Our Family Singing Workshop Afternoon on Sunday 23 May is the ideal way to get everyone singing – click here for details. https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/family-sing-workshop

And the MfE Summer School 2021 (9 – 11 August 2021) is now open for enrolments!

Trent College, Long Eaton

The MfE Summer School is your opportunity to immerse yourself in three days of wonderful music making.  The outstanding facilities of Trent College, Long Eaton provide the perfect location for this inspiring musical experience. Workshop sessions will be led by MfE’s artistic team plus nationally recognised guest artists and conductors: Hilary Campbell, Richard Cox, Chris Swann, Sam Sweeney and Martin van der Brugge.  Click here for further details or download the attached PDF. 

https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/summer-school-2021

As always, our website gives full details of all MfE activities.  https://www.music-for-everyone.org

With all best wishes

Angela


  • Watch this unique performance of The Swan from Carnival of the Animals… with Bill Bailey on cow bells!

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19/04/2021

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KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

Well we have now reached ‘Step  2’ – perhaps we are gradually creeping towards the ‘new normal’! 

And that ‘new normal’ means the return of MfE music activities.  Our website gives full details of our plans for the next 2 or 3 months. Please be assured that all events will be following Covid Secure protocols.  Just click here to see what is on offer https://www.music-for-everyone.org

Some good news!  Just before Easter we heard that we had been successful in receiving a £1,000 award from the Arnold Clark Community Fund towards our Open Voices project – thank you Arnold Clark!  Details about the fund can be found here https://www.arnoldclark.com/community-fund

Enjoy the sunshine.

With all best wishes

Angela  


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12/04/2021

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KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

We have had a terrific response to our Summer Singing Workshop on Sunday 27th June –  100+ so far and still rising!  And our Blow the Dust off your Instrument day on  Saturday 10th July is not far behind.  Further information about both events can be found on our website – please do take a look.

Singing workshop – https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/summer-singing-workshop-day

Blow the Dust off your Instrument day – https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/blow-the-dust-off-your-instrument-3

And we have not forgotten about families and associated bubbles!  We are holding a Family Singing afternoon on Sunday 23rd May at the Albert Hall.  This is going to be a fun event for all to enjoy.  Click on this link to find out more https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/family-sing-workshop/

Please be assured that these events will follow all Covid Protocols.

And next week – the MfE Summer School – so much to look forward to!

With all best wishes

Angela



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22/03/2021

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KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

I hope you are all keeping well, and with the children going back to school today, we are now all on the route map to normality – perhaps!

Looking to the future.

Our plans for workshops at the Albert Hall are coming together well.

Singing Day on Sunday 27 June – information emailed to all singers this coming Wednesday (10th March)

Blow the Dust off your Instrument Playing Day on Saturday 10 July – information emailed to all players this coming Friday (12th March)

Family Singing Afternoon on Sunday 23rd May – information coming out in next week’s MfEMondays (15th March)

Signing up for all these course will be via our website and will be a very straightforward process. 

Something to look forward to!  Keep your fingers crossed nothing goes wrong.

With all best wishes

Angela



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08/03/2021

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Our ‘Folk Song Challenge’ – has been a great success with 32 videos published so far, everything from unaccompanied traditional songs to contemporary folk music, tunes played on instruments, grandchildren and grandparents performing – so much talent out there.

Now to our next challenge! Many of you will know that this coming weekend should have been our West End to Broadway course and concert. We know how much many of you were looking forward to it, so what better challenge to follow Rachel’s Folk Song Challenge than Rachel’s Musicals Challenge!  

Backing tracks for many well known songs can be found on Youtube – for example, type in Backing track for Memory from Cats and you’ll see lots of versions come up. And, of course, you can always simple sing or play a melody without accompaniment. Instrumental renditions are just as welcome as vocal performances.

In this video Rachel introduces the challenge and there’s a ‘taster’ of a musicals video created by some familiar faces (from the comfort of their own homes, of course) to set the ball rolling.

Be brave and be creative, just record yourself on your mobile phone, computer or tablet and contact angela@music-for-everyone.org to find out how to upload your videos.  GOOD LUCK!

We’re sure you’ll enjoy this wonderful video too. Ellie Martin is a great friend of MfE and the conductor of our Sherwood Daytime Voices. Here she is performing her own composition – Corona Loner – the perfect ‘lockdown’ song!

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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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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Hello again and Happy New Year to you all! Here is a fun fact about celebrating the New Year to get us started!

Did you know that new year is celebrated 39 times in different time zones during the span of 26 hours around the world? If you want to be the first to say Happy New Year on dry land though, you will need to make your way to the Kiritimati atoll in Kiribati… or to be the last 26 hours later, Baker Island is the place to be!

2020 is off to a musical start at MfE with our first Blow the Dust off your Instrument event of the year taking place this past Saturday. Over 150 string, wind, brass, percussion and recorder players came along to the Albert Hall in Nottingham for a superb day of music-making, all rounded off with a fantastic concert for family and friends! Here are a few pics from the day…

           

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06/01/2020

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