KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone,

In two weeks’ time, just over 100 singers and players will be gathering at Trent College, Long Eaton to enjoy our annual Summer School.

Our recitalists this year include international folk violinist super star Sam Sweeney, virtuoso clarinettist Chris Swann and accomplished pianist Richard Cox. Add to the mix guest conductors Hilary Campbell (https://www.hilarycampbell.com) and Robert Hodge (https://www.robert-hodge.com) and you have a great music-making recipe!

There are still a few places available – please visit our website for further details. https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/summer-school-2021

Have a good week.

With all best wishes

Angela



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26/07/2021

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Hello everyone

We were all so terribly sorry that we couldn’t go ahead with the planned Singing Workshop on Sunday because of possible Covid infection amongst the artistic staff. I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that only one person has tested positive (and is only experiencing mild symptoms) and everyone else is fine. Thank you so much for your understanding – we will let you know ASAP if we are able to go ahead with the possible re-arranged date of 24thJuly.

But music did take place on Sunday! Our Nottingham Youth Band entertained the shoppers at the Sunday Market held at The Garage, Chilwell (former home of Bartons Transport). Here are a few photos capturing the atmosphere of the occasion – as you can see, a good time was had by all!

JOB VACANCY

Some of you might already know that Gill Henshaw, our Principal Woodwind animateur and conductor of the Daytime Orchestras, Blow the Dust workshop and our Summer School wind band is leaving MfE to return to full time teaching. We will all be very sorry to see Gill go – but you’ll be pleased to know she is not waving ‘goodbye’ completely – hooray! She is hoping to be able to return to conduct some of our workshops and also play in our Concert Orchestra.

So we are looking for a replacement Principal Animateur – it could be a wind or string player (or ideally both). Attached is a PDF of the job advert. Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested. Details can be found on the attached PDF or from our websitehttps://www.music-for-everyone.org/about-us/vacancies

Have a good week

With all best wishes

Angela



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28/06/2021

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KEEPING IN TOUCH

Hello everyone

HOORAY – we have events happening at Nottingham’s Albert Hall!

  • For SINGERS – an exhilarating workshop day on Sunday 27th June.  Click here for full details about the course and how to enrol.

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

  • For INSTRUMENTALISTS – an enjoyable playing workshop on Saturday 10th July. Full details on our website – just click here.

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

  • For FAMILIES – an afternoon of fun singing for all the family!  Sunday 23rd May.  Full details available next week.

These dates have been chosen to follow the Covid Regulations as outlined in the ‘Government’s COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ published on 22 February 2021. We will, of course, ensure that all events are Covid secure and should any workshop need to be postponed due to any extension of these regulations then full refunds will be given.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to an MfE event very soon.

With all best wishes

Angela


  • Former ballerina with Alzheimer’s hears Swan Lake. The power of music – uplifting and moving, get your tissues ready! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT8AdwV0Vkw
  • We recently shared with you how shopping with Easyfundraising can support MfE, but did you know you can also shop on Amazon through Amazon Smile with the same effect! This link will take you straight to the Amazon homepage and you can check your selected charity from the menu items on the left side towards the top of the page – thank you to all those already supporting us! https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1153412-0

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15/03/2021

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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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#MfEMondays are Music for Everyone’s new weekly emails designed to keep you up to date with MfE events & to circulate interesting finds, special features, and motivational moments for your Mondays! We are aiming to send out something new each week.

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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With this year being the 150th anniversary of the death of Hector Berlioz, we’re looking forward to performing Villanelle from his Les Nuits d’ete with Emma Brown at the Albert Hall on 12 October.

In contrast to the sinister psychopath in the BBC’s popular drama Killing Eve, Berlioz’s Villanelle is a carefree and flirtatious character who sings of love and the joys of spring!

The scoring of Villanelle is modest by Berlioz standards.  Berlioz was famed for his use of large orchestral forces (his last opera Les Troyens was so large it was never performed in his lifetime!), and his championing of unusual instruments such as the Octobass.

Click here to hear the Jaws theme played on the Octobass!!

https://www.cmuse.org/jaws-theme-octobass/

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09/09/2019

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Well, what a year 2018/19 was for Music for Everyone! Here are just some of the office team’s favourite highlights from the past year:

Summer School – an amazing 3 days of music making celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, all brilliantly captured on our blog by Helena (just in case you missed it!).

National Lottery Grant for Open Voices – an incredible £10,000 was awarded to MfE to help support the future of our 3 Open Voices groups.

Big Youth Music Experience – 6 months of events for young singers and players, culminating in the BIG weekend in July and plenty of radio/tv appearances (Robin’s a pro now!)

Sherwood Open Voices: Les Misérables – Sherwood Daytime Voices joined Open Voices for a spectacular performance of Les Mis, featuring solos from the choir members and amazing costumes for Sherwood Art Week, raising over £200 to boot for Open Voices!

The office is buzzing with the excitement of the new season starting soon, if you are in one of our regular groups, check out all the term dates on the website: http://www.music-for-everyone.org/whats-on/adult-music/ and http://www.music-for-everyone.org/whats-on/youth-music/

The Autumn term is filling up nicely and more details for events in 2020 (…yes, it really is 2020!…) will be coming out very soon. We’re looking forward to seeing you all over the next year for more MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS!

Have a good week!

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02/09/2019

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Welcome back! We hope all that attended the Summer School last week enjoyed it as much as we did – what a Voyage of Discovery we had! If you missed any of the action, we had a blog running over the 3 days which can be seen on our website – lots of great photos too! http://www.music-for-everyone.org/about-us/blog/

After a few days off, the MfE team is back and looking forward to the next season of music-making, we will be bringing you full details very soon!

In the meantime… why don’t you check out some of the other musical events happening in the East Midlands? We regularly promote 3rd party events and opportunities through a special page on our website – take a look for yourself, or perhaps a family member, there are opportunities for adult and youth alike!

https://www.music-for-everyone.org/whats-on/third-party-events-and-opportunities/

  • The Great British Bake Off starts again next week, have a look at these very realistic ‘too good to eat’ musical cakes! Musical cakes
  • Musical Joke of the Week:

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19/08/2019

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Just a little #MfEMonday to say…

Next week, the MfE Office will be closed due to all staff attending our annual Summer School from Monday to Wednesday, followed by a well-deserved few days off before preparing for our new season! However, all 3 of our Bookwise shops (City Centre, Southwell and Newark) will still be open and if you are still in need of a good book for your holidays, why not pop in and say hello to our lovely volunteers!

All the book shops stock a wide range of reading material, from dictionaries to novels, biographies to cookbooks – as well as sheet music for all abilities and CDs.

The Summer School will be taking place in the beautiful Nottingham High School and we are really looking forward to a fantastic 3 days of music-making. We also have talented special guests Scaramella, Hilary Campbell, the Miyabi Duo and Zephyr joining us to take workshops and recitals. The Lunchtime Recital Series and Summer School Showcase Concert are open to all so why not pop along! http://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/ss-concerts-19/

PROMS THEME!

  • The Proms 2019 are off! Click here to find out 10 extraordinary facts about the history.
  • Ever wondered what the conductor looks like during a performance to the orchestra? Click here to see 10 conductors having the time of their lives at the 2017 Proms…!

Have a good week!

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05/08/2019

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aviva-community-fund-banner-600x160Voting is open!

We have applied for £5000 for our SOUND WAVES  – music for wellbeing – programme, now we need your votes to (hopefully) bring that money to Music for Everyone:

  • more Open Voices (singing groups for adults with learning disabilities)
  • music sessions for teenagers with cancer in the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Nottingham Children’s Hospital, QMC
  • and other projects currently in the planning stages

Hogarth-nurse-base210 votes are allocated to every registered email address. We hope you’ll use all 10 (which you can) for Sound Waves and share your love of music-making.

Click on VOTE and, well, vote. Vote in less time than it takes to make a cuppa. Persist if the site’s busy, or try again later.

DSC04631Ask your friends, relatives, colleagues, fellow dog walkers, shop assistants, the postman, anyone you can think of, to vote, vote, vote for SOUND WAVES! Let’s share the joy of music-making! And copy and paste this link https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-4115  into an email, send a ’round robin’ to your entire address book asking them to vote too. You get the picture.