Last weekend Music for Everyone celebrated two wonderful musical events.

DSC02171 copyThe first was over 100 Vocals! children singing their hearts out throughout their space themed concert in Nottingham’s Albert Hall, to the delight of the audience. The second, later in the day, was Sheku Kanneh-Mason winning BBC Young Musician of the Year, 2016. Sheku, aged about 6, along with other members of his family, played his cello in Music for Everyone’s Stringwise! Many congratulations, Sheku!

Music for Everyone wishes to recruit an energetic and enthusiastic Principal Youth Music Animateur. Details here. Although part-time, there is another part-time vacancy in the city’s music scene, and the two jobs could be combined.

The children had great fun at their Vocals! rehearsal weekend. Not only did they do lots of singing, they also had an awesome visit from Mad Science. Don’t miss their space themed concert, with a guest appearance by Mad Science, on Sunday 15 May, 3.30pm in Nottingham’s Albert Hall. Yes, that’s this coming Sunday! Book your space flight tickets here!

 

Travelling to Bluecoat Academy for rehearsals today are two groups of musicians who illustrate the breadth and diversity of Music for Everyone’s commitment to music-making for all.

DSC01669In one building, there will be an intensive workshop for advanced string players. During the day, under the baton of Richard Howarth, a distinguished violinist and conductor, the orchestra will focus on Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful Serenade for Strings and other pieces. They will give a FREE concert in St Peter’s Church Ruddington, 4pm tomorrow, Sunday 8 May. Last year’s concert was wonderful, so this one is not to be missed.
bluerktIn another building, nearly 100 primary school children will be blasting off into space themed songs. Their Reach for the Stars concert will be a week tomorrow, Sunday 15 May at 3.30pm in the Albert Hall, complete with the experimental antics of Mad Science! Will there be stinks and bangs and smoke and goodness knows what?!

The children have been learning their words and listening to the songs at home (just as our adult singers do) and will be rehearsing with Alison Bennett (Vocals! conductor), Ray McLeod (Youth Animateur and vocal coach) Phil Smith (MfE’s new Youth Programme Co-ordinator, conductor of Sherwood Daytime Voices), Jane McDouall (conductor of Girls Voice and West Bridgford Daytime Voices). Not forgetting, of course, MfE’s admin staff and all the wonderful volunteers who give of their time to look after the children and make the weekend and concert run smoothly. Here’s a HUGE MfE THANK YOU to the volunteers.

Imagine Major Tim Peake sending a message or song from space to MfE’s Vocals children. Wouldn’t it be amazing? tim-peake_3528246bWe need your help to make it happen.

On the principle of 3 – 6 degrees of separation between one person and another on (and off, in Tim’s case) the planet, you could well be able to contact him more directly than MfE tweeting him over and over (poor man). He probably gets many requests and might not know about the awesome work of Music for Everyone, and how singing and science are coming together for the youngsters in the next 10 days.
dreamstime_l_27523004background removed copy1smallIf you know someone who might know someone who might know someone else who might know Tim Peake, could you set a chain of contacts going to see whether we can reach him? There will probably be a Mars Bar or a Milky Way, and definitely our undying admiration and gratitude, for anyone who achieves our dream.

The children start rehearsing Reach for the Stars this weekend, and the concert of exciting space themed music is the following Sunday, 15 May, 3.30pm at the Albert Hall. It will also feature the amazing Mad Science, so do come along for a stunning, starlit, inter-galactic concert of music and entertainment. Tickets available here. Advance booking recommended.

awardYesterday, BBC East Midlands Today filmed some of both the rehearsal and concert of Music for Everyone’s Christmas is Coming. During the concert, founder and Artistic Director Angela Kay was presented with the Lady Hilary Groves Prize for her outstanding contribution to music in the community. Peter Lawson, Chair of Making Music, read a wonderful citation of Angela’s achievements. She was warmly applauded by musicians and audience alike for creating opportunities and enjoyment for so many people, and of all ages. Many congratulations, Angela.

We have managed to get the video of Angela on East Midlands Today, see if you can spot yourselves!