With the Paralympics coming to a close, this month we have a look at music and musicians at the Paralympics.

Japanese violinist, Manami Ito, undoubtedly brought the 2020 motto ‘United by Emotion’ to life in her show-stealing performance at the opening ceremony in Tokyo, and this isn’t even her day job!  After losing her right arm in motorbike accident at the age of 20, Manami went on to defy the odds by not only becoming the first amputee nurse in Japan and competing as a swimmer in the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics, but thirteen years after her accident, with a new lightweight prosthetic arm and a specially made prosthetic bow, returning to playing the violin!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAhfnv-tlss

Welcome to the new look MfEMondays! Every week, we will be sharing interesting finds and a quick MfE update with you – we hope you enjoy it!

Our regularly rehearsing youth groups meet again from this week! If you know of any young musicians who are looking for an opportunity to join a group, please tell them about our FREE Come & Try sessions which are happening next week, see the flyer for more details.

  • At Bookwise Nottingham, we have acquired from donations a lot of Sacred and Secular Sheet Music for various groups of singers from Unison to SSAATTBB Single Choir with some Double Choir pieces. We are unable to sell them in the shop due to lack of space to display them. Some individuals whom I have met at MfE courses have taken some in the past. However, due to lack of storage space in the shop to store the music, we would like to offer the music to any interested groups or individuals, free of charge, asking them to make a donation to Bookwise Nottingham in return.
  • This offer will be open to anyone interested, MfE members, friends or acquaintances,  up to October 16th when it is planned that the remaining items will be brought along. After that time, the music will be recycled. MfE have had access to the music, but it is surplus to their requirements. If you would be interested in seeing a list of the music, please contact me: Jane McDermott, Voluntary Music Manager at Bookwise Nottingham, E mail: jachmcd@gmail.com.

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06/09/2021

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Hello everyone

There seems to be a bit of a nip in the air which means autumn is on its way and it also means Music for Everyone is resuming normal service!

As from September 1st

  1. the MfE office will be open 5 days a week (Monday to Friday – 10 Goose Gate, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FF tel 0115 958 9312)
  2. our regularly rehearsing groups, both adult and youth, are recommencing
  3. a programme of playing and singing workshops have been scheduled for the coming months
  4. ‘live’ concerts are back! Saturday 25th September, 7.30pm at St John’s Church, Beeston – music inspired by Italy including a performance of Handel’s sparkling Dixit Dominus.  Flyer attached – more information here  https://www.music-for-everyone.org/news/tag/nottingham-chamber-singers

But we have not forgotten that the Covid virus is still about so please be assured that we will be following all government advice and sensible precautions will be taken at our event venues i.e. availability of hand sanitiser, plenty of ventilation and regular breaks for ‘fresh air’.  If you wish to wear a mask for added protection whilst moving around then that’s fine.

Attached is a list of dates for the coming months.  Please start filling up your diaries and also help ‘spread the word’ to your friends, families and work colleagues of all the musical goodies on offer!  Further details can be found on our website https://www.music-for-everyone.org

And finally – as MfE is now back up and running and the staff are no longer furloughed, this will be the last MfEMondays that actually comes from me.  I hope that during the last 18 months this e-news has helped you keep in touch with each other and with MfE and that you have enjoyed the many ‘on-line’ activities we have managed to devise – from our ‘challenges’ to our virtual Summer School, our Christmas concert to our on-line choir and orchestra rehearsals and performances.

Thank you for all your support, encouragement and appreciative comments and emails.  It’s been a strange time for everyone, but MfE is still here and raring to go!

I very much look forward to seeing you at a Music for Everyone event very soon.

With all best wishes

Angela

  1.  Our Adult Singing Workshop (postponed from June) is now taking place on Saturday 16th October.  It is now possible to book for this workshop on line – just click here https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/autumn-singing-workshop-day/

If you have already carried over your enrolment to the October workshop from the postponed one in June then you need not enrol again – we will be in contact with you soon.

Details about our first youth instrumental event – The Big Youth Experience – can also be found on our website https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/big-youth-music-experience


  • You may remember a while back, we were contacted by someone who was looking to rehome a piano. We had quite a lot of interest in it and I’m pleased to tell you someone else is looking to rehome a piano! If you are interested, please reply to this email and we will put you in touch. The piano is free, but would need collecting and tuning.

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30/08/2021

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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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Hello everyone,

Something positive – at last!

We have just had a wonderful weekend of LIVE music making!

Over 120 of our youth instrumentalists came along to Nottingham’s Albert Hall (wind band players on Saturday and string players on Sunday) and played a kaleidoscopic array of entertaining music. From Bizet’s Toreador March to Queen Greatest Hits, a Rameau Overture to Summer Stomp!! From 4year olds to late teens – they all had a great time.

A big THANKYOU to the conductors, helpers and MfE staff for making it such a great Covid secure musical success.

Here are a few pictures to give you a flavour of the event.

With all best wishes

Angela



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21/06/2021

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Hello everyone,

Today was meant to be the day we would all hear that Step 4, the final unlocking was going to take place, as scheduled, on Monday 21st June.  But as we now all know – that isn’t going to take place.

So where does that leave us as far as everything we have planned for the remainder of this season?

At the moment, this is how things stand:

  • Tuesday 14th June – Daytime Voices rehearsal at the Albert Hall. This has been cancelled.
  • Saturday 19th June 1.30 – 5.30pm – Youth Windband Workshop afternoon at the Albert Hall.  Still going ahead and places available. Visit here to sign up https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/youth-wind-band-workshop
  • Sunday 20th June 1.30 – 5.30pm – Youth String Workshop afternoon at the Albert Hall. Still going ahead and places available. Visit here to sign up https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/youth-string-workshop
  • Sunday 27th June 10am – 5pm – Adult Singing Workshop at the Albert Hall. ‘Let all the world in every corner Sing!’  We are awaiting guidance from Making Music, the national organisation which represents amateur music making societies, to see if this can still go ahead.  More information to follow very soon.
  • Saturday 10th July 10am – 5.30pm – Adult Playing Workshop at the Albert Hall. ‘Blow the dust off your Instrument’. Still going ahead and places available.  Visit here to sign up https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/blow-the-dust-off-your-instrument-3
  • Saturday 17th July 1.30 – 4.30pm – Family Sing Workshop afternoon at the Albert Hall. We are awaiting guidance from Making Music to see if this can still go ahead. More information to follow very soon.
  • Monday 9th – Wednesday 11th August – MfE Summer School at Trent College.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that all restriction will have been lifted by August – so – still going ahead and places available.  Visit here to sign up https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/summer-school-2021

We hope things will be clearer by next week – in the meantime, we try and stay optimistic and positive!

Have a good week.

With all best wishes

Angela


Have a good week!

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14/06/2021

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Hello everyone,

Hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine!

I’m afraid there is nothing much to report this week, we just wait for the next announcement from the government scheduled for 14th June – I don’t think they are going to have a change of heart on singing indoors until then!

But MfE is still busy and we have youth instrumental events happening at the Albert Hall over the weekend of 19/20 June.  Visit our website to find out more!

WIND BAND – https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/youth-wind-band-workshop

STRINGS – https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/youth-string-workshop/

Best wishes

Angela



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07/06/2021

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Hello everyone – Angela here again!

Well we have now moved to Step 3 of the easing of lockdown – hooray.

As you know, our first event is the Family Singing Afternoon this coming Sunday. Robin Reece Crawford, who many of you know, was recently interviewed on Radio Nottingham by Frances Finn.  She asked him about who was leading the workshop, how we were going to make the whole event Covid Secure, and most importantly, what were people going SING!

Click here to listen to the entertaining interview – it lasts about 5mins.  https://youtu.be/Tokn-S3tQIM

Wanted – a good home for a PIANO!

A lady has contacted MfE to ask if we know anyone who might like an upright piano – no charge, just needs to be collected.  If you are interested, then please reply to this email and we’ll put you in contact with the owner.

Short and sweet this week – have fun avoiding the showers!

Angela


  • MUSICAL FLASH MOB PART 3. This week’s video is from a group of Irish musicians entertaining Dublin visitors with an Irish jig, but it nearly gets ruined by a spoilsport security guard… or does it?! Watch the video here:

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17/05/2021

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Hello everyone

I’m sure many of you would have heard the welcome news that, as from Monday 17th May, we will have all moved (if you live in England) from Step 2 to Step 3 in the lifting of Covid restrictions.

This is really good news for MfE and it means that our first planned event at the Albert Hall, our Family Sing Workshop has got the green light! 

This fun afternoon of singing is especially designed for children aged 5+ with their families – mums, dads, grandparents, carers, aunts and uncles – come and make a bubble!  And if you are an adult and would just like to come for a good sing then you would be made very welcome.

Let’s raise the roof of the Albert Hall with SINGING!!

Enrolling for the workshop is easy – just click here and follow the links. https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/family-sing-workshop/

Really looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Have a good week

Angela


  • MUSICAL FLASH MOBS PART 2. To celebrate Classic FMs 20th birthday in 2012, they surprised Morrisons shoppers with a performance of Zadok the Priest. Bet that would catch you off guard whilst picking up a loaf of bread! Watch the video here:

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10/05/2021

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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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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!

Have a good week!

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19/04/2021

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