It doesn’t feel like a year since we were last here, writing about Summer School – but how great it is to be back!

We are once again using the beautiful setting of Trent College in Long Eaton, with many familiar and new faces taking part in this years course. The welcome ‘drink and pastry’ at registration gave everyone a chance to catch up with friends with Robin and Angela kicking things off with an introduction to the 3 days.

The orchestra, conducted by Rob Hodge, got underway with a warm-up involving a lot of standing up and sitting down to get the hearts pumping, then it was into the rousing 633 Squadron for the first rehearsal of the day.

The choir, delighted for Hilary Campbell’s return, enjoyed their morning sessions in the chapel, accompanied by the wonderful Richard Cox with some familiar MfE faces joining the choir this year.

Break time and it’s tea, coffee and biscuits outside in the sunshine, with a browse of the Bookwise stalls. With the help of our lovely volunteers and Chair of Trustees John Hess, teas and coffees were served, with John learning the secret to how many tea bags make a great pot of tea!

The first guest of Summer School 2022 is Anthony Thompson, making Monday the day of the brass instrument with a splendid lunchtime recital on trumpet and flugelhorn. Accompanied by Graziana Presicce on piano, they performed a beautiful and varied programme from Elgar and Vaughan Williams to pieces composed especially for this duo – including the first live performance of Anthony Hedge’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano – what a treat!

The brass players then got a chance to get really stuck into technique and more in their brass workshop with Anthony during the afternoon… For those who ever wondered what the secret to good note production and articulation is – it’s all down to keeping your ears clean… who knew!

We are beyond thrilled that Gill is back at Summer School to take the wind band, rehearsals and sectionals were sounding great with lots of twiddly notes and scale runs to keep all on their toes!

The orchestra were also joined by an extra, unannounced guest (a remnant of a party over the weekend before we arrived) keeping Rachel company in the horn section, credit to Anthony Thompson for the ‘Tyrana-HORN-us Rex’ pun… wonder if he’ll stay with us the whole 3 days…

Looking forward to Day 2 tomorrow, with more sunshine and hot weather on the way, it promises to be a scorcher!

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!

Bookwise Southwell are looking for a new manager

Bookwise Southwell was our first shop in the trio of shops that give Music for Everyone substantial financial support every year. Now in its fifteenth year it urgently requires a part time manager in a voluntary or paid situation, able to offer up to 7 hours a week of practical management of  the shop premises, with banking and the reporting of sales, assisted by a management team of two, part of the shop’s volunteer staffing. You would need to have a hands-on practical attitude and ability to handle sales reporting using Excel software. If this post interests you please get in touch with Andrew James,  chairman of the Bookwise shops at andrewjames.home@btinternet.com or telephone him on  01636 704588.


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.


  • Free to a good home! A Buffet B12 Bb Clarinet with box. It does need some refurbishing, pictures below. For more details, contact Anna on 07980 308035.
     

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27/06/2022

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Hello everyone,

We continue to be making LIVE music!

Yesterday our youth band, Nottingham Youth Band and two youth string orchestras, East Midlands Youth String Orchestra and Strictly Strings gave a concert to family and friends in the garden of Middle Street Resource Centre.  Sitting on blankets, garden chairs, under gazebos and trees an enjoyable time was had by all, despite a short ‘rain stops play’ time out!

A really big ‘thank you’ from us all to everyone who braved the weather to come and listen, to the conductors of the groups and of course, to all the young talented players who entertained everyone so well.

Here are a few photos.

Adults – we haven’t forgotten about you!

This coming Saturday we are holding our Blow the Dust off your Instrument workshop.  We are full in all sections BUT if you are a viola player, a trumpeter or a descant recorder player we still have room for YOU!  Full details about the workshop can be found on our website.  https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/blow-the-dust-off-your-instrument-3

I always very much enjoy conducting Blow the Dust so I am particularly looking forward to this weekend – our adult instrumentalists making music together once again – terrific!

And in August we are holding our Annual Summer School.  I’m sure many of you will remember our Virtual Summer School last year – our ‘In Person’ Summer school is even better! Full details can be found here – do come along and have a good sing or play.

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

And finally – Bookwise

Jane McDermott has asked me to let you know that we have 3 large bags of Church Music looking for a good home.  Attached are details.

With all best wishes

Angela



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05/07/2021

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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:

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04/05/2021

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