#MfEMonday – 1st August 2022

Next week is MfE’s much anticipated Summer School. We are excited to be welcoming back from last year’s event, guest conductors Hilary Campbell for the singers, Robert Hodge for the orchestra and strings and Gill Henshaw for the wind band. We also have amazing guest artists Carmen Flores, Anthony Thompson and Simon Theobald to complete the line up!

We’ll be sharing the Summer School experience on our blog over the 3 days and look forward to seeing many of you there!

As all staff will be at Summer School (tea/coffee making calls!) the office will be shut from Monday – Friday next week. But we’ll be back in from Monday 15th August to prepare for the new term.

Hearing your national anthem being played during a victory ceremony must be one of the most emotive moments of any sporting event.  In preparation for the Commonwealth Games, 50 members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra recorded new arrangements of all 72 anthems in an epic 3-day recording session at the CBSO centre in Birmingham.  The anthems will be played during the gold medal victory ceremonies and must last between 60 to 90 seconds to ensure they fit into the flag-raising time.  Arranger and conductor Philip Sheppard said, “The excitement and anticipation of the Games has most definitely been incorporated into these arrangements of the anthems and I cannot wait to hear them being played.”

If they are successful in winning gold, Team England will hear Jerusalem played as their flag is raised, but there are several nations who have chosen a much more familiar tune as their anthem. Bermuda, Montserrat, St Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands and Norfolk Island will all hear ‘God Save The Queen’ as their nation celebrates a gold medal.

  • Did you know the Commonwealth itself has its own anthem? Song for the Commonwealth – words and music by Simon Maw MBE – performed here by 53 members of the Commonwealth Children’s Choir and Musicians of The Household Division and dedicated to all the Children of the Commonwealth to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.

Have a good week!

Your friends at MfE.



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#MfEMondays are Music for Everyone’s 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.