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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Hello everyone

I hope you have all been enjoying today’s very welcome sunshine and also the first step ‘little steps’ in the relaxation of Covid regulations. Spring is definitely in the air and perhaps things are slowly getting back to some sort of ‘normal’.

Last week you should have all received a link to a YouTube message from me – if it didn’t arrive then just click here to see what I said! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLW4TmAnwDQ

And today, Chair of MfE, John Hess, has surrounded himself in Easter eggs and posted a message to you all.  Here is the link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncct7–67BY

Our plans for youth activities continue to develop.  Details about our Youth Wind Band afternoon on Saturday 19th June and our Youth String Orchestra afternoon on Sunday 20th June are now available from our website.  This should be a great way to get young people back into playing so if you know anyone who might be interested then please do encourage them to come along.

Here is the link (click on the title of each event for more details): https://www.music-for-everyone.org/workshops-and-courses/

Next Monday is Easter Monday so MfEMondays is taking the day off!

Have a good Easter break.

With all best wishes

Angela


  • Online concert alert! Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, performed by members of Sinfonia Viva in the atmospheric surroundings of Derby Museum’s Joseph Wright Gallery, all led by MfE Summer School tutor and Sinfonia Viva principal clarinettist Chris Swann. The concert is available until 23 April, here’s the link: https://www.sinfoniaviva.co.uk/Event/wind-quintet-performs-pictures-at-an-exhibition
  • To celebrate Bach’s birthday (31st March… although some debate it’s the 21st!) here’s something interesting we found! Some very clever musicians designed this ‘musical signature’ using just a single note. Did you know that the Germans use the notation H for what we would call Bb, so if you rotate this very clever image starting at the bottom and name the notes from the corresponding clef (treble, tenor and alto) it spells B A C H!


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29/03/2021

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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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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!

If you had been walking past the Albert Hall in Nottingham yesterday you would have been forgiven for thinking the National Brass Band Championships had come to town! In fact, it was the the culmination of two weekends of Bandwise, our annual event for young brass, wind and percussion players from Grades 1 – 8. However, the standard of playing within the concert was second to none and would have been well placed in any national competition! There was great variety in the programme, ranging from a 16th century Flemish dance, Battle Pavan,  an arrangement of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana and  a foot tapping version of Tequila by all our percussionists. The concert finished with all three Bandwise groups coming together to play Instant Concert, a remarkable piece which contains 30 well known melodies in just over 3 minutes! So well done everybody!

With Christmas now feeling a very long time ago, some of you may already be making plans for summer. Well, why not come and join us for three days of splendid music making at our annual Summer School? This year’s event is going to held at Trent College in Long Eaton (our venue in 2018) between the 10th & 12th August. Plans are well underway for the 2020 event school with music being chosen around the theme ‘A Grand European Tour’. Guest artists include Hilary Campbell, Chris Swann and Sam Sweeney. Booking will open very soon so watch this space.

Have a good week!

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20/01/2020

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DSC03287Stringwise bookings are flying in from people catching the earlybird price. This offer ends tomorrow, places will be £1.50 more from Thursday 5 October. Ann-Marie Shaw is Artistic Director of Stringwise, a playing experience for youngsters aged 7-18.  Whether you have only recently started playing the violin, viola, cello or double bass, or have been playing for years, there will be music you can play. You’ll practise in both a small group and DSC03198the big orchestra. All the music will be within your ability, whether you can play opens strings only or are up to Grade 6 (or more!) There will be plenty of people there to help you in every way. We’re sure you’ll have fun, and perhaps make new friends.

We send the music and a CD to you so you can look at your part and play along at home. There are then two days of rehearsals at Bluecoat Academy, Aspley, 4 & 5 November 2017. The following weekend you’ll have the amazing experience of performing in a concert at Nottingham’s Albert Hall, Sunday 12 November. All your family and friends can come to the concert, and no doubt give you a huge round of applause.

Click through for futher information and the booking button 

Did you know, Music for Everyone also has regular groups for young string players? There’s Strictly String for Grades 2-4 and the East Midlands Youth String Orchestra for players of Grade 5 and above. New members are always welcome.

 

Rounding off the splendid 2017/18 MfE season was a Festival of Summer Music. Groups of all ages took part: Nottingham Youth Band, East Midlands Youth Windband, Girls Voices, Young Voices, Nottingham Youth Voices, Stictly Strings, East Midlands Youth String Orchestra, Adult Flute Choir and Swing Band.  (Apologies if I’ve missed anyone!) There was a relaxed atmosphere and the audience enjoyed stawberries and cream while the music played on. Spot the clothes pegs securing music to stands! It was a windy day, but the challenge of hanging on to the copies added to the fun.

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Thank you to everyone who made a donation during the season to enable MfE to set up new singing projects for people with learning difficulties. It was much appreciated. The 2017/18 focus will be The Year of Youth. We want to make it possible for as many youngsters as poosible to experience the joy and friendship that comes from making music together. More to follow.

The Music for Everyone Summer School begins at the University of Nottingham tomorrow and ends with a concert on Wednesday evening. We’ll be blogging about it each day. Also catch the news on our social media @mfenotts #mfesummerschool