…a Grand European Tour
Music for Everyone’s 2021 Summer School is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in quality music-making in a stimulating, friendly environment.
This year we are delighted that the Summer School will be hosted once again by Trent College. Their outstanding facilities, excellent bus and tram links and on-site parking make it the perfect location for an inspiring musical experience. And for those travelling a distance, the nearby town of Long Eaton has a selection of overnight accommodation and two hotels can be found at Junction 25 of the M1, just 2 miles away from Trent College.
This year we embark upon a Grand European Tour of choral and instrumental music, singing and playing works from many countries and centuries. Enjoy the expertise of our tour guides, including nationally and internationally recognised tutors and recitalists.
Repertoire for the orchestra will include Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No 5 and to remind us all of the annual New Year’s Day concert from Vienna, Johann Strauss’ Thunder and Lightening Polka. For instrumentalists and singers, Gabriel Faure’s haunting Cantique de Jean Racine, and to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary, a special arrangement of Ode to Joy.
The windband, string orchestra, and choir will explore especially selected repertoire, including – for windband, Holst’s First Suite in Eb for Military Band, plus the opportunity to work with guest recitalist Chris Swann. For strings an arrangement of Mozart’s Sinfonietta K381, and for choir, we travel to Italy with excerpts from Pergolesi’s sunny Magnificat and the atmospheric O Lux beata Trinitas by contemporary Slovenian composer Andrej Makor. Add to all this workshops and recitals given by top professionals and you have three days of superb music-making.
The Summer School Experience
Playing or singing, develop your music-making through a series of workshops and rehearsals led by our expert and friendly tutors and guest conductors. With them you will explore a range of repertoire, both challenging and fun. Copies of the music will be sent to you about four weeks in advance.
All workshops and rehearsals start at 10am with registration on Monday between 9.30 – 10am. Recitals from our guest artists on each day will last for around an hour. The Summer School Showcase Concert will take place early Wednesday evening. A detailed timetable and repertoire list will be sent out with the music packs.
Gain unique insights into performance through our special programme of workshops and recitals given by professional singers and instrumentalists of national and international standing.
Be part of the social buzz. Extended breaks give you time to chat to tutors, browse the stands and enjoy the school grounds. There will be a welcome ‘coffee and pastries’ on the first day and a ‘farewell buffet’ after the Wednesday evening Summer School Showcase Concert – lots of opportunity to meet new people in a relaxed social setting.
The Summer School fee of £110 covers all tuition, tea and coffee at mid-session breaks and Wednesday evening’s buffet. Please bring a packed lunch – the grounds of the school are ideal for a picnic – alternatively, cafés and sandwich shops can be found a short walk away.
Workshop sessions will be led by Music for Everyone’s artistic team and our highly talented 2021 guest artists: Hilary Campbell, Richard Cox, Chris Swann, Sam Sweeney and Martin van der Brugge.
Conductors – Hilary Campbell and Martin van der Brugge
Hilary Campbell is a freelance choral specialist based in London. She is founder and director of professional chamber choir, Blossom Street, and Musical Director of Bristol Choral Society, Music Makers of London and Chiswick Choir. She has also recently been appointed assistant conductor of Ex-Cathedra. Hilary has released two award winning Naxos recordings and is a published and prize-winning composer.
Martin van der Brugge obtained his orchestra director’s diploma from the Rotterdam Conservatory in 1990, and in 1994 his choir director’s diploma from the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. In 1996 he gave concerts with the Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra as guest director, and was appointed regular guest director of the Mersin State Opera and Ballet of Turkey. Last year, Martin guest conducted MfE’s performance of Karl Jenkins’, The Armed Man.
Recitalists – Richard Cox, Chris Swann and Sam Sweeney
We are delighted that or regular accompanist Richard Cox is returning this year as both accompanist and recitalist.
Richard studied music at the University of Nottingham specialising in piano performance with Brenda May. He has combined a career of musician with that of running a mail-order and online business specialising in selling recordings of classical music to collectors all over the world.
Prize winning soloist Chris Swann studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has pursued a varied freelance career, playing Principal Clarinet with the BBC Symphony, Halle, Royal Philharmoni, BBC Philharmoni, Scottish Chamber, Manchester Concert and Sinfonia Viva orchestras.
He has made a number of concerto appearances including Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the RLPO and has performed chamber music with the Maggini, Allegri and Alberni String Quartets.
Former member of the award winning folk band Bellowhead, Sam Sweeney is recognised as one of the finest multi-instrumental English folk musicians.
Born in Nottingham, Sam won the BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Folk Award in 2015 and has gone on to further success releasing various albums and appearing at venues throughout the country.
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How to Enrol
Booking for Summer School 2021 is now closed. If you would like to be on the mailing list for future events, please fill in the form below with your name, email and voice/instrument.