A big THANK YOU to the Nottingham Girls High School

Every now and then the pupils of the High School for Girls have a non uniform day to raise money for local good causes.  Pip Flewitt, one of the leaders of our West Bridgford Open Voices project and ex head of 6th form at the school thought she would put a good word in for the Open Voices project and especially highlighting the need of the Ash Lea Special School. This school regularly sends a minibus of eager teenagers to our Tuesday meeting but find it hard to cover the transport costs. This morning we have just heard the good news that the High School for Girls has raised £300 to help us subsidise those costs.  Thank you to all those ‘non-uniformed’ girls and to Pip for putting a good word in for Open Voices.

EOES have the final word!

Yesterday afternoon the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra gave a wonderful performance of Holst’s Planets.  Those of you familiar with the work will know that the final movement, Neptune, requires an offstage ladies choir – enter the sopranos and altos of EOES to provide 3 mins of atmospheric, ethereal singing which is meant to fade into the distance!  Situated out of sight in the stairwell of the Albert Hall, the choir, on cue, started singing the extremely challenging choral score and the fade was achieved by gradually walking down the stairs into the foyer whilst still singing. The effect – magical!

  • And finally…
    Just under a hundred young string players had a great time at our Stringwise course and concert last weekend! Amongst the rehearsals, the younger ones also enjoyed some clapping games while the older ones had a great workshop on Bhangra music with Ann-Marie Shaw.

   

More pictures coming soon!

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18/11/2019

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In this week’s MfE Monday we take a moment to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by brave servicemen and women.

Classic FM has produced a list of reflective pieces to mark Remembrance Day: from the mournful cry of the solo bugle in The Last Post, to Butterworth’s bucolic The Banks of Green Willow.  Sadly Butterworth died just two years after composing The Banks of Green Willow during the Battle of the Somme, at the age of just 31. Other notable musicians who served in the First World War include Butterworth’s close friend Ralph Vaughan-Williams who upon the outbreak of war abandoned all composition for the duration of the conflict and enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps.  Vaughan Williams generally dislike musical associations being made with his works, but his Pastoral Symphony and Dona Nobis Pacem are usually regarded as his musical responses to the war.

Maurice Ravel, who didn’t weigh enough to serve in the French Military, found a way around regulations by joining the medical unit.  After the war, he wrote Le Tombeau de Couperin, in which each movement is dedicated to a friend who died in the war.   In 1929, another World War 1 veteran and talented pianist, Paul Wittengenstein, who lost his right arm in the war, commissioned Ravel to write his Piano Concert for the Left Hand.

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/music-for-remembrance-day/

  • Things are getting rather Christmassy in the office at the moment – we are busy putting together music packs for the Christmas Vocals course which will be going out this week! If you know a primary school aged young singer who’s ready for Christmas, why not encourage them to sign up? There’s still time! https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/vocals-christmas-is-coming/

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11/11/2019

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With Bonfire Night just hours away, we’d like to take you back to the year 1749 and the first performance of Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks which was a disaster and success at the same time. The excitement built up so much that around 12,000 people flocked to the performance in Green Park, causing a traffic jam that closed London Bridge for several hours! It also (predictably for this country) rained for the outdoor performance so most of the fireworks refused to light and the few that did caused the staging to catch fire! However, not put off by this, Handel went on to re-score it for a later indoor performance, incorporating strings (the King had insisted it only be for percussion, brass and wind originally) and to this day, remains one of his most famous works. Have a listen

If fireworks and bonfires aren’t your thing, why not stay inside and have your own Guy Fawkes celebration by listening to six of the best pieces of music based around fireworks: http://www.classical-music.com/article/six-best-pieces-music-firework-night

If you would prefer a calmer night in, Classic FM are providing an evening of music from 7pm designed to keep pets (and their humans) relaxed from the scary fireworks #petsounds.

  • Speaking of unforgettable music, the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra (featuring the EOES ladies), will be performing The Planets by Holst in their next concert, complete with visual displays from the University of Nottingham School of Physics & Astronomy. This is not to be missed on Sunday 17 November at 3pm in the Albert Hall. Tickets are available online (trch.co.uk) and accompanied children under 16 can come for free!

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During this half term when all of our regular rehearsing groups are taking a well-earned rest, here in the MFE office we’ve been thinking about some of the reasons people participate in music-making. And some of the less well-known benefits.

Studies show that listening to and participating in music has an effect on overall well-being, help regulate emotions, and create happiness and relaxation in everyday life.

For example –

  • Favourite tunes keep you calm
  • Mood music makes you eat less
  • Inspiring instrumentals improve your mental focus
  • Good music soothes and relaxes your blood vessels
  • Group singing makes you happy
  • Playing an instrument protects brain sharpness in later life
  • Music classes make children more cooperative
  • A mellow playlist eases road rage
  • Your work will get done faster
  • Your stress levels will go down

In fact, the list of benefits goes on and on. So, we are all very fortunate to have music in our lives. All the more reason to spread the word about all the opportunities MFE offers for both participating in and listening to music. Why not put a post on Facebook or tweet all your contacts about why you enjoy music so much? You might be surprised by the positive responses you get!

  • Why not take a look at our new Friends and Patrons page on our website? https://www.music-for-everyone.org/friends-and-patrons/ It would be great if you would consider joining the growing number of Friends and Patrons. Every donation makes a real difference to the various activities we offer. We’d love to welcome you as new member.

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28/10/2019

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Notts TV recently visited our fantastic Sherwood Open Voices group. Watch them in action practicing for their Christmas performance here.

We are enormously proud of the positive impact our Open Voices sessions are having on people’s lives, so we thought we would share some heart-warming quotes from our members to demonstrate just how much the sessions mean to them:

“I love being with Open Voices on a Friday morning, I really do.  I have come on leaps and bounds. I used to be shy but I am not now. I really enjoy it.”

“I like the Open Voices, we are like a family. Everyone enjoys it. It is definitely the place to be every week.”

“This group has given my husband and myself great joy. My husband has severe dementia but comes to life when singing at the choirs.”

“Thank you for this amazing group. It has been a privilege to come along and enjoy this time with my mum. It’s such a joyful time. You are BRILLIANT!”

“Community at its best.”


  • Today is National Gin and Tonic Day – Cheers!

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21/10/2019

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Last week we showed you how versatile (and flexible) the piano could be by playing backwards, upside down, etc. This week, we bring you clarinets in space!

10 year old Elin designed an engineered clarinet to go into orbit through a competition called Life on Mars asking children to redesign something they ‘couldn’t live without’ should they ever move to another planet.

The clarinet was successfully launched to the edge of the atmosphere from Ashbourne in Derbyshire where it reached a dizzying height of 35 km and freezing temperatures before hurtling back to earth at over 150mph, landing safely by parachute in North Lincolnshire. Watch the launch here! What would you take to space that you couldn’t live without?


  • What a performance on Saturday! Our Nottingham Festival Chorus combined with the Dutch Project Choir, wonderfully directed by Martin van der Brugge, showed all their hard work from the last week of rehearsals to perform Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man. We were also delighted to be joined by fantastic soloist Emma Brown and Tahir Mahmood for the Call to Prayer. Click here to see the action shots!
  • Open Voices Sherwood are featuring on Notts TV tonight (Monday 14 October) between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. Tune in to see what they’ve been up to!

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14/10/2019

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With our exciting collaboration with the Dutch Project Choir and their conductor Martin van der Brugge coming up this weekend to perform The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins, we thought we’d have a look at a particularly famous (you MIGHT have heard of him…) Dutch musician for this week’s MfEMonday.

André Rieu is a violinist and conductor best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra. They have managed to turn classical and waltz music into a worldwide concert touring act, as successful as some of the biggest global pop and rockstars!

Created in 1987 with just 12 members, the orchestra has grown quickly now with between 50 and 60 musicians involved. The orchestra is particularly well know for performing with a certain frivolity and joking with the audience, here they are having a ‘Strauss party’!! P.S. see if you can spot the Trombone player balancing his instrument on his chin!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H81t8Z_GPQg

  • We all know how important good posture is when playing and singing, but sometimes, you just need to change your rhythm a little to get the creative juices flowing! Here are some piano players who did just that… by playing backwards, upside down and sideways! https://www.cmuse.org/piano-playing-upside-down/
  • P.S. tickets are still available for this weekend’s performance of the Armed Man with solos from MfE alumni Emma Brown!

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07/10/2019

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On this day in 1791 Mozart’s Opera The Magic Flute premiered in Vienna.  The flute referred to in the title is a golden flute given to one of the opera’s heroes, Tamino, to protect him and help him in his search for the Princess Pamina who has been kidnapped.  This magic flute has the power to turn sorrow into joy, something that Anne and Kirstie in the MfE office do every time they pick up their flutes!

Speaking of amazing instruments, check out this impressive organisation who work to promote the use of adapted instruments for people who face physical disability.   From one-handed clarinets, to cellos that can be played with the feet only.  Mind blown! https://www.ohmi.org.uk

In the office we’re preparing for Blow the Dust in January and it got us thinking; has your instrument been missing you, is your instrument desperate for you to get it out of its case?  Click here for Classic fm’s take on ‘If your instrument could talk, what would it say?’ https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/instruments/instruments-talk/double-bass/

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30/09/2019

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With this week seeing the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup (did you see England play yesterday?!) here are some interesting facts about some of the National Anthems you might come across!

National anthems are generally played on national holidays, but it was Wales who were the first country to start the close connection with sporting events, during a rugby game against New Zealand in 1905.

Mexico – in 1853, Mexico held a contest to see who could write the most inspiring poem to serve as the lyrics for their official national anthem. A poet’s girlfriend tried to get him to enter, but he wasn’t interested, so she locked him in a room filled with pictures of scenes from Mexican history until he came up with something. His ten verse poem went on to become the national anthem and the girlfriend went on to become the wife!

France – while lots of national anthems are about the glory of a nationhood or liberation, ‘La Marseillaise’ should come with a parental warning with gory references to blood soaked flags and soldiers slitting throats… nice.

Japan (hosts of the Rugby World Cup) – ‘Kimigayo’ is one of the oldest anthems in the world with lyrics dating back to (somewhere) around 800. A short and operatic anthem, this tune uses a pentatonic scale. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29FFHC2D12Q

Switzerland – the ‘Swiss Psalm’ has different lyrics for each of the countries four official languages: French, German, Italian and Romansh.


  • What do you do during your lunch break? Not getting a proper break away from your desk? A SINGING break has a host of fabulous benefits, and could help you get through the rest of your afternoon too! The Nottingham Lunchtime Voices meets every Tuesday lunchtime at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham city centre, especially designed for workers who need a break! http://www.music-for-everyone.org/whats-on/adult-music/workers-lunchtime-choir/
  • Have you ever heard of a Hornucopian dronepipe? Or (my personal favourite) the Hyperbass Flute? Yes that’s right, they’re all instruments! Weird ones, but instruments none the less… click here to see the 13 weirdest musical instruments ever (electronic badger anyone?)

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23/09/2019

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Our new season is getting off to a great start with all of our regular rehearsing groups getting back together for the new season. This weekend saw three of our Youth Groups starting again – East Midlands Youth String Orchestra – conductor Richard Howarth, Strictly Strings – conductor Abi Smith and the East Midlands Youth Windband – conductor Phil Smith. All three groups met at NTU, Clifton at 2:00 yesterday afternoon and more information can be found on our website – https://www.music-for-everyone.org/whats-on/youth-music/

For those interested in stringed instruments, the first clear record of a
violin-like instrument comes from paintings by Gaudenzio Ferrrari.  In his Madonna of the Orange Tree, painted 1530, a cherub is seen playing a bowed instrument which clearly has the hallmarks of violins.  A few years later, on a fresco inside the cupola of the church of Madonna dei Miracoli in Saronno angels play three instruments of the violin family, corresponding to violin, viola and cello. The instruments Ferrari depicts have bulging front and back plates, strings which feed into peg-boxes with side pegs, and f-holes. They do not have frets. The only real difference between these instruments and the modern violin is that Ferrari’s have three strings, and a rather more extravagant curved shape.

Horsehair graces the bow for violins and cellos, and each bow has about 150 individual hairs. Horsehair has many small bumps that cannot be seen with the naked eye, and those bumps create the friction that produces the characteristic subtle weeping tone of the violin. The most popular horsehair, which is said to produce a good tone, is white horsehair from Mongolia.

Yet, this claim seems based mostly on the fact that horse breeding is a bustling industry in Mongolia, and their horses have relatively long, bushy tails for their height, making them a perfect source of horsehair. Yet, the horse sacrifices the hair of his tail for the sake of the tone of the violin, which is a bit sad. Who was it that said that when they play the violin they can hear the braying of a horse?


A double bass player arrived a few minutes late for the first rehearsal of the local choral society’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. He picked up his instrument and bow and turned his attention to the conductor. The conductor asked, “Would you like a moment to tune?” The bass player replied with some surprise, “Why? Isn’t it the same as last year?”


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16/09/2019

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