Nottingham Festival Chorus
Nottingham Concert Orchestra

Lizzie Humphries soprano, Jamie Wright baritone
Angela Kay conductor


Brahms Ein Deutches Requiem

Mozart Exsultate, Jubilate (K165)

Bach Kantate Nr. 50 (BWV 50) ‘Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft’

Written as a tribute to his mother, Ein Deutches Requiem is Brahms’ greatest choral work. Scored for chorus, symphony orchestra and soloists, this work sets words from Luther’s German translation of the Bible. Soaring melodies, atmospheric scoring and mighty choruses take the listener on a journey of hope and comfort.

Complementing this deeply moving work, Bach’s joyous Cantata Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft and Mozart’s stunning motet, Exsultate, Jubilate featuring our prize-winning soprano soloist, Lizzie Humphries.

Tickets: Full £9 – £16, Conc. £8 – £15, Child/Student £4.50 – £8

Available from:

MfE Box Office (Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm) 10 Goose Gate, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FF

0115 9589312 or email

Book online via the ‘Book Tickets’ button below to choose your own seats

Tickets can also be bought on the door, subject to availability

The Venue: Nottingham’s historic and elegant Albert Hall is a comfortable concert venue located in Nottingham’s Castle Zone, next to the Nottingham Playhouse (follow signs for the Playhouse)

Parking is available on neighbouring streets and in three multi-storey car parks nearby – Mount Street, Talbot Street and St James Street – all within easy walking distance.

Come and sing with the Nottingham Festival Chorus.

Rehearse and perform one of the greatest works of the choral repertoire, Brahms’ German Requiem. Additionally, and to complement this deeply moving work, Bach’s sparkling cantata, Nun ist das Heil.

The choir is made up of singers from all over the East Midlands and further afield. There are no auditions; all that’s required is a willingness to work hard and a sense of fun! Music for the course will be sent out in late November along with a rehearsal CD (or MP3 downloadable tracks).

Provisional timetable:

Saturday 25 January 2020
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton NG11 8NS

9.30am Registration opens
10.00am Morning rehearsals
1.10pm Meal break
2.00pm MfE AGM
2.40pm Afternoon rehearsals
6.00pm End of session

Sunday 26 January
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton NG11 8NS

2.30pm Rehearsal
5.30pm End of session

Saturday 1 February
Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA

1.30pm Assemble
2.00pm Rehearsal
5.30pm End of session

7.oopm Assemble
7.30pm Performance

Sectional Rehearsals (optional)
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton NG11 8NS

T & B: Wed 8 January 7.30 – 9.30pm
S & A: Fri 10 January 7.30 – 9.30pm

Enrol for the next Nottingham Festival Chorus course and concert online by clicking ‘Book Tickets’ below (NB Please note a booknig fee applies when paying by card) or alternatively, you can download a form here and post to the address at the bottom.

Come to Bandwise! 2020, Music for Everyone’s 21st annual youth Windband event. Bandwise! gives you the chance to play a wide variety of music for wind and percussion – from classics to pop and jazz – and to take part in instrumental groups and workshops, all in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Where and when is it?

Bandwise! will be held at the Bluecoat Academy, Sutton Passeys Crescent, Wollaton over the weekend of 11/12 January 2020 followed by an informal concert for parents and friends at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, on Sunday 19 January. An outline of the schedule for all groups is given below.

Who will be there?

Lots of wind and percussion players from all parts of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. All instruments are included: flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, saxes, horns, trumpets, cornets, trombones, euphoniums, tubas and percussion. The age range is 8 – 21. The Artistic Director is Gill Henshaw who is an experienced wind teacher, performer and conductor. She will be assisted in conducting and leading workshops by a team of specialists. There will also be a large support group of adult helpers and organisers.

How good do I have to be?

Whether you have been playing for years or have only just reached Grade 1, this is for YOU! Players will be divided into three groups: Bandwise 1 (Grades 1 – 2), Bandwise 2 (Grades 3 – 4), and Bandwise 3 (Grade 5 and above).

NB. Percussion players should be able to read music and play at the appropriate grade.

What are we playing?

A wide-ranging program including:

Bandwise 1: Wallace and Gromit Theme, Battle Pavan

Bandwise 2: Flight of the Condor, Sneak Attack

Bandwise 3: Start Up The Band, El Camino Real

How do we learn the music?

By practicing the parts which will be sent to you approximately four weeks before the course, and listening to the rehearsal tracks which you can choose to download from a link or receive on a CD. These tracks take you through the music and the rehearsals at the course carry on from where they leave off. If you have “done your homework” you’ll have no problems!

How do I apply?

Numbers in each band are limited so please apply as soon as possible. The course fees are:

Bandwise 1: (Grades 1 – 2) £25.00

Bandwise 2: (Grades 3 – 4) £27.00

Bandwise 3: (Grade 5 and above) £27.00

You can sign up online via the link below – click on ‘Book Tickets’ (NB please note a booking fee applies). Alternatively, you can download a form here, complete your details and post it to the office along with your payment. If you have any questions or problems, please phone the MfE Office on 0115 9589312.


Saturday 11 January, Bluecoat Academy NG8 1EA
All groups: 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Sunday 12 January, Bluecoat Academy NG8 1EA
Bandwise 1: 1.15pm – 5.30pm
Bandwise 2: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Bandwise 3: 10.00am – 5.30pm

Sunday 19 January, Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA
Bandwise 2 & 3: 12.30pm – 3.00pm
Bandwise 1: 1.45pm – 3.00pm

Informal concert: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Special discounts for families and subsidised places

We are offering a 10% discount to all families who have two or more  children taking part in the course. Just fill in the discount box on the application form. We run a subsidised places scheme for all our courses. For further information about this scheme or about any aspect of the course, please phone the MfE Administrator on 0115 958 9312.  

Did you learn to play an instrument when you were at school but haven’t got it out of the case for a long time? Or have you taken up playing an instrument in adult life just for fun? Do you like playing orchestral music? Were you a member of the school recorder group?

If the answer is YES to any of these questions then come to Blow the Dust off your Instrument 2020 course.

Conducted by Angela Kay and Gill Henshaw this playing day will give you the chance to renew your old skills or put new-found ones into practice in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment.

The music has been chosen to give scope to players of all abilities and will include the vibrant Joyeuse Marche by Chabrier, Elgar’s poignant ‘Nimrod’ from The Enigma Variations, Julius Fucik heroic Entry of the Gladiators, the well-known theme tune from Murder on the Orient Express and a foot tapping arrangement of the pop anthem – Y.M.C.A!

There will also be items for wind band and string orchestra. The recorder ensemble will also have a varied diet of music carefully chosen by their conductor, Liz Pike.

The instrumental parts will be sent out in advance of the course, to give you time to get to grips with the notes ahead of the day itself.

Please note: This course is not suitable for players of a standard below Associated Board Grade 2 (except recorders)


Full £38.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £18.00)

Recorders £22.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £10.00)

How to enrol

You can enrol for the course online by clicking ‘Book Tickets’ at the bottom of this page or booking over the phone on 0115 9589312. (NB Please note a booking fee applies for all card payments)

Alternatively, download a form here and post to the address listed.

Outline Timetable

Saturday 4 January 2020
Albert Hall, Nottingham

9.40am – Registration opens (NB Registration for recorders at 1.15pm)
10.00am – Morning rehearsals (to include coffee break)
12.30pm – Meal break
1.15pm – Registration opens for recorders
1.30pm – Afternoon rehearsals for all players (to include tea break)
4.45pm – Break
5.00pm – Informal concert for friends and family
6.00pm – End of course

Blow the Dust Helpers

Would you be willing to give up a little bit of time to help with the smooth running of the course? We particularly need help with registration – no great skill required! If you or a friend/partner would be willing to lend a hand then please indicate when you enrol – thank you!

For any further information about the course, please ring the MfE Office on 0115 9589312 or email

East of England Singers, Nottingham Community Voices, Vocals Youth Choir, New Classical Players

A traditional afternoon Christmas concert for all the family, with well-known carols and seasonal songs.


Full £11, £9, £7; Conc. £10, £8, £6; Child/Student £3.50

Tickets are available to book online via the ‘Book Tickets’ button below, or you can book over the phone by calling our Box Office on 0115 9589312 (NB Please note there is a booking fee when paying by card) We are happy to reserve your tickets whilst awaiting the arrival of your cheque, or you can pay when you collect at the venue.

Tickets will be available on the door, subject to availability. We can accept payment by cash or cheque (payable to Music for Everyone)

Nottingham Community Music Singing Workshop day and concert

On Sunday 15 December, Music for Everyone are giving a Christmas concert at the Albert Hall in Nottingham. We would very much like members of Nottingham Community Voices to join with the other MfE choirs, both adult and youth, in presenting this popular, traditional afternoon concert for all the family.


Workshop Day – Saturday 14 December
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton NG11 8NS

10am – 5.30pm

Concert Day – Albert Hall, Nottingham

Sunday 16 December:

Assemble 10.45am
Rehearsal 11.15am
End of session 1.45pm
Assemble 3pm

Concert 3.30pm

Optional Rehearsals details:

Southwell Methodist Church: Monday 9 December, 2 – 4pm
West Bridgford Baptist Church: Tuesday 10 December, 2 – 4pm
St Leonards Community Centre, Wollaton: Wednesday 11 December, 2.15 – 4.15pm
Sherwood Methodist Church: Thursday 12 December, 2 – 4pm

Enrolment Fee
£25 – to cover rehearsal and music costs and the hire of the Albert Hall.

Please note. Because of the capacity of the choir stalls at the Albert Hall, we are restricted as to the number of singers we can accept. Please fill your form in ASAP or click ‘Book Tickets’ below no later than Friday 15 November to guarantee yourself a place in the choir!

Fun singing afternoon and festive concert for primary school children

Join us for a fun Saturday afternoon workshop followed by a Sunday afternoon concert at Nottingham’s Albert Hall singing Christmas songs and fun seasonal music including hits from the well known Christmas film, Home Alone and Roald Dahl’s entertaining version of Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs! and perform well known Christmas songs with other members of the MfE ‘singing’ family!

Experience the excitement of a performance in the Albert Hall featuring over 200 performers!

Singers will be divided into three age-group choirs:

Vocals 1 (school yrs 1-2)
Vocals 2 (school yrs 3-4)
Vocals 3 (school yrs 5-7)

Cost: All Groups – £12 per child, 10% family discount if two or more children from the same family enrol.

Music packs, including lyrics and audio tracks, will be sent out approximately one month before the event, giving everyone the chance to learn the songs as best they can before the singing afternoon.

You can book online via the ‘Book Tickets’ button below or phone the office on 0115 9589312 to book your child’s place (NB Please note, a booking fee applies if paying by card) Alternatively, you can download a flyer here and post to the address at the bottom of the enrolment form.

Saturday 14 December Singing Afternoon
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton, Nottingham NG11 8NS
All Groups: 1.30pm – 5.15pm

Sunday 15 December Concert
Albert Hall, Nottingham
Rehearsal: 12.30 – 2.45pm
Concert: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

East of England Singers
Angela Kay conductor


Festive seasonal music from the age of the Baroque for chamber choir and orchestra – the alternative Christmas concert complete with candlelight, mince pies and mulled wine.

Programme to include:

Bach Magnificat (including the Christmas Interpolations)
Extracts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Wachet Auf
Corelli Christmas Concerto
Christmas Music from Handel’s Messiah

Ticket prices 

In advance/reserved – Full £10, Conc. £9, Child/Student £5
On the door – Full £12, Conc. £11, Child/Student £6

Tickets are available to purchase in advance via the ‘Book Tickets’ button below, alternatively you can book/reserve in advance over the phone by calling our Box Office on 0115 9589312. Tickets will also be available on the door, subject to availability.

East Midlands Youth String Orchestra
East Midlands Youth Windband
Nottingham Youth Band
Nottingham Strictly Strings

Saturday 7th December at 3.30pm
Kingswood Methodist Church
Lambourne Drive, Wollaton NG8 1GR

To welcome the festive season, a varied and entertaining concert presented by our youth instrumental groups.

Tickets: Full £8.00, Conc. £7.00, Child/Student £4.00


Tickets are available online, click ‘Book Tickets’ below, or from the Music for Everyone Box Office Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm 0115 9589312 and on the door, subject to availability.

Music for Everyone

Assistant Artistic Director

Employer: Music for Everyone

Hours: full time (flexible)

Salary: £26,000 – £30,000 subject to relevant skills and experience

Music for Everyone is a dynamic, independent, community-based arts organisation with over 35 years’ experience in devising and running innovative music participation events across Nottingham and the East Midlands. It enjoys a strong reputation for providing people of all ages with high quality opportunities to make music, develop creatively and have fun, all within a dynamic and caring environment. It provides progression pathways, culminating in specialist ensembles for both singers and instrumentalists.

The role of Assistant Artistic Director is an important new role at Music for Everyone.

We are looking for an experienced, creative and inspirational music educator/practitioner, with a commitment to oversee, support and enhance Music for Everyone’s existing artistic programme and the passion to lead a step-change in our youth outreach development and schools engagement work.

The successful candidate will be a music specialist with a proven professional track record of devising and running dynamic music projects for children of all ages, abilities and experience and working at an advanced level with adult ensembles. A particular interest in choral work would be an advantage.

The role is based at our Nottingham offices and is being partially funded by the Nottinghamshire Music Education Hub which is delivered by Inspire

Music for Everyone is pleased to consider applications on a full-time salaried basis.

Deadline for applications: Friday 13th December 2019

Starting date: Thursday 2nd January 2020 or as soon as is convenient for the successful candidate.

The interview process will have two stages. Formal interviews will be held in Nottingham on Tuesday 17th December and candidates successful at interview will then be invited to take a short rehearsal with MFE’s chamber choir, the East of England Singers, on the evening of Wednesday 18th December.

To read the full job and person description, and for further details on how to apply, please click here to download the application pack.

Music for Everyone – registered charity no. 1153412