#MfEMonday – 21st February 2022

The MfE Summer School is now open for booking! 

This year we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vaughan Williams by exploring his musical connection with English composers such as Walton, Britten and Purcell.

Guest artists will include trumpeter Anthony Thompson from Sinfonia Viva, violist Carmen Flores of the acclaimed Villiers Quartet and inspirational baritone Simon Theobald. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

For full details or to book a place follow this link: https://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/summer-school-2022/

For fans of Beethoven…

Bookwise has collected a large donation of books and CD’s on Beethoven. The donor very sadly is terminally ill and he has given his lifelong collection to the shop to benefit the Music for Everyone charity. It is a wonderful and generous donation. The books, which are in excellent condition, have now been collated and typed up (all 163 of them!) and are ready and available for purchasing at discounted prices.

If you are interested in looking at the list and subsequently buying any, please contact Jane McDermott, the Voluntary Music Manager at Bookwise, Nottingham:

Email jachmcd@gmail.com or telephone 07976 354 747.

The books will be sold on a “first come, first served” basis.

The CD collection covers the whole of Beethoven’s music with multiple recordings by different conductors. There is a Deutsche Grammophon Complete Set of 87 CD’s in Volumes 1-19 with Volume 20 being Historic Recordings. It was made to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Deutsche Grammophon in 1998. Included is a 304 page book on the Complete Edition. The huge collection is in the process of being collated and typed up and will be available in the very near future. However if anybody wishes to contact Jane about any requests, please do so.

Finally, please feel free to inform anybody that you know who may be interested in these Beethoven books and CD’s as it is a great opportunity to raise valuable funds for MfE and to value our generous donor’s lifelong passion and collection.

Thank you!

Over the past two weeks the Winter Olympics have been taking place in and around Beijing and Team GB leave with two medals – gold in the women’s curling and silver in the men’s event. In homage to this fortnight of skiing, skating, curling and boarding here are pieces that conjure up thoughts of winter sports!

Ravel’s Bolero – back in 1984 Nottingham legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean glided graciously to Gold in Sarajevo with a knockout routine to Ravel’s Bolero, memorably receiving sixes across the board!


Fonteyn’s Pop Looks Bachchosen by the BBC as their Ski Sunday theme tune, this catchy number for strings and timps instantly evokes images of perfect powder and snowy slopes!


Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony – a dramatic and atmospheric depiction of the majestic mountains. If you don’t have time to listen to the whole 50 minute tone-poem here is a snippet from the spine-tingling climax:


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.