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.


Timetable

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)

Prices

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 and also a team of people to help with refreshments during the breaks. You may have a friend/partner who would be willing to help prepare and serve these – 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 admin@music-for-everyone.org

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.

Tickets

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)

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.

… featuring Gjeilo’s SUNRISE MASS

East of England Singers
New Classical Players
Angela Kay conductor

 

A concert of music exploring the mystery and wonder of light.

From Vivaldi’s sparkling Magnificat to Arvo Part’s haunting Morning Star, Randall Thompson’s Last Words of David to Gjeilo’s atmospheric Sunrise Mass

Music to inspire, comfort and uplift the human soul.

 

 

EOES tour 2017The Performers: East of England Singers One of the leading chamber choirs in the East Midlands, the East of England Singers have a busy concert schedule performing works across the full choral range. The choir’s refreshingly dynamic and committed performances have brought both critical and public acclaim.

The singers excelled … conveying beautifully the range of moods and the close marrying of text and setting. Graeme Whitehead – Nottingham Evening Post

 

 

Tickets:

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

Click ‘Book Tickets’ below to purchase tickets now, or phone the Box Office on 0115 9589312 to book/reserve over the phone.

 

Come to Stringwise! 2019, Music for Everyone’s 27th annual youth string weekend course and concert. Stringwise! gives you the chance to play a wide variety of music for strings and to take part in a range of orchestral groups and workshops, all in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This year we present a programme of DANCE! Guaranteed to get you moving!.

The Stringwise groups will perform a toe-tapping mix of music, concluding with a grand finale piece incorporating all players, Simple Gifts arranged especially for Stringwise!

Where and when is it?

Stringwise! will be held at Bluecoat Academy, Wollaton NG8 1EA over the weekend of 2 & 3 November 2019 followed by an informal concert for parents and friends at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, on Sunday 10 November. An outline of the schedule for all groups is given below.


Who will be there?

Lots of string players from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire: violinists, viola players, cellists and double bass players. The age range is 7 – 18. The orchestras and workshops will be led by a team of experienced string teachers and 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 recently started having lessons on a stringed instrument, this is for YOU! Players will be divided into four groups: Stringwise 1 (beginners – open strings and first fingers), Stringwise 2 (Grade 1), Stringwise 3 (grades 2 – 3) and Stringwise 4 (Grades 4 – 6).

MfE also runs two string orchestras which meet once every three weeks on a Sunday afternoon at NTU Clifton, NOTTINGHAM STRICTLY STRINGS for players of Grade 2 – 4 standard and the EAST MIDLANDS YOUTH STRING ORCHESTRA for players of Grade 5 and above. If you would like further information about these groups then just fill in the appropriate section on the Application form.


What are we playing?

An entertaining program including:

Stringwise 4:
Bollywood Strings Julie Liebermann
Drowsy Maggie Traditional

Stringwise 3:
‘A Conversation’ Mary Poppins Returns Marc Shaiman
Dance of the Reed Pipes Tchaikovsky

Stringwise 2:
Hasapikos Greek Traditional
Little Tango David Burndrett

Stringwise 1:
Spanish Dance Pat Legg
Open String Samba Peter Wilson


How do we learn the music?

By practicing the music which will be sent to you approximately four weeks before the course, and listening to the rehearsal tracks which you can choose to download as MP3’s from an email link or receive on a CD. These tracks can 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 orchestra are limited so please apply as soon as possible. The course fees are:

Stringwise 1: (Beginners)  £25.00

Stringwise 2: (Grade 1) £26.00

Stringwise 3: (Grades 2 -3) £27.00

Stringwise 4: (Grades 4 – 6) £28.00

Online Booking is now open! Click ‘Book Tickets’ below to enrol or download a form here


First weekend
Bluecoat Academy, Sutton Passeys Crescent, Wollaton NG8 1EA

Saturday 2 November                                                             
All Groups: 1.30pm – 5.15pm

Sunday 3 November                                                           
SW 1&2: 1.35pm – 5.00pm
SW 3: 11.00am – 5.00pm
SW4: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Second weekend 
Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA

Sunday 10 November
SW 3&4: 12.30pm – 3.00pm
SW 1&2: 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.  

Nottingham Festival Chorus, East of England Singers & Nottingham Concert Orchestra
Dutch Project Choir
Emma Brown soloist
Angela Kay, Martin Van Der Brugge conductor

Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace
Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Louis Bourgeois: All People that on Earth do Dwell
Ola Gjeilo: Across the Vast Eternal Sky
Hector Berlioz: Villanelle
Sir Edward Elgar: Where Corals Lie

MOVING…… POWERFUL….. UPLIFTING…..

The Armed Man shot to the top of the classical music charts on its first release. Using a popular French secular melody as its basis, the work sets a mass for choir and orchestra alongside texts from across Western poetry – from Malory to Kipling – and also includes Hiroshima poetry from Japan, Hindu literature and the Muslim call to prayer. Relish the universal ideas presented through Jenkins’ ardent depiction of the destructiveness of war and the exhilarating urgency of his plea for peace.

The programme also includes our soloist, Emma Brown, performing ‘Where Corals Lie’ from Elgar’s Sea Pictures and the exhilarating ‘ Villanelle’ from Berlioz’s Les nuits d’ete. The programme opens with Copland’s arresting Fanfare for the Common Man and also features a moving arrangement of All people that on Earth do Dwell and Gjeilo’s haunting Across the vast Eternal Sky performed by the East of England Singers.

 

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Music for Everyone invites you to come and be part of the Nottingham Festival Chorus performing Karl Jenkin’s powerful The Armed Man and Mack Wilberg’s moving arrangement of All people that on earth do dwell. 

We are delighted that guest conductor, Martin Van Der Brugge will be bringing his choir from Holland (the Dutch Project Choir) to join us for this special concert.

Enrolment fee: £40, Benefit claimant/Student: £30.

NB. To be eligible for the singing/playing member discount, you need to have an active membership for 2019/20. For more information please see here or get in touch with the office on admin@music-for-everyone.org, 0115 958 9312.

Priority booking for MfE Singing members closes 26 July.


Martin Van Der Brugge – guest conductor

Martin Van Der Brugge obtained his orchestra director’s diploma from the Rotterdam Conservatory under Arie van Beek in 1990 and his choir director’s diploma from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 1994, partly under the tuition of acclaimed directors Jan Boogaarts and Ed Spanjaard. In addition he attended master classes in Biel, Switzerland and the Weiner Meisterkurz given by Julius Kalmar. In later years, Martin successfully organised the first master class for directors in Bulgaria.

In 1996 he gave concerts with the Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra as guest director. Martin was appointed regular guest director of the Mersin State Opera and Ballet of Turkey, with various productions including Verdi’s Rigoletto performed under his direction. He has also performed as guest director of the Paliashvili Symphony Orchestra and Choir in Tbilisi, Georgia. Martin has held his baton performing in numerous countries among which the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Germany, Spain and Slovenia. He has been long-term director of several oratorium choirs and a chamber music ensemble in the Netherlands. He will be accompanied in October with the Dutch Project Choir.

www.martinvanderbrugge.nl


Timetable

Saturday 5 October 2019
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton 

9.30am – Registration opens
10.00am – Morning rehearsals
1.15pm – Meal break
2.15pm – Afternoon rehearsal
6.15pm – End of session

Sunday 6 October
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton

2.30pm – Rehearsal
5.30pm – End of session

Friday 11 October
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton

7.00pm – Rehearsal with visiting
Dutch choir & conductor

Saturday 12 October
Albert Hall, Nottingham

1.30pm – Assemble
2.00pm – Rehearsal
5.30pm – End of session
7.00pm – Assemble
7.30pm – Performance

Sectional Rehearsals (optional)
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton

T & B: Wed 11 Sept 7.30-9.30pm
S & A: Fri 13 Sept 7.30-9.30pm

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Download an enrolment form here. 

Music for Everyone Summer School 2019

Lunchtime Recital Series

The Founder Hall, Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham NG7 4ED

Come and enjoy lunchtime recitals performed by top professional artists in the beautiful surroundings of the Nottingham High School.

Tickets £6 each or £15 for all three lunchtime concerts. Tickets can be purchased on the door subject to availability.

 

Scaramella
Monday 12 August at 1.30pm

Pooling expertise from backgrounds in cathedral music, opera, close harmony and early music, Scaramella is a London based all male ensemble. Their members have sung with many of the finest professional choirs and consort groups in the UK and Europe and are successful soloists in their own rights.

Programme:There’s no deceit in Wine‘ – music for men’s voices from the dining and drinking clubs of Hanoverian London.

www.scaramella.co.uk

 

Zephyr Winds
Tuesday 13 August at 1.30pm

Formed by clarinettist Chris Swann in 1980, Zephyr is an energetic wind ensemble of renowned and experienced musicians from Britain’s leading orchestras. Their repertoire is varied and extensive, ranging from Mozart to the present day, enabling the creation of diverse, interesting and exciting programmes. Concerts are introduced from the stage with warmth, insight and humour in an atmosphere which creates maximum enjoyment for players and listeners alike.

Programme to include Arnold Three Shanties, Winter Two Miniatures, Grainger Walking Tune and an arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee.

www.zephyrwinds.co.uk

 

The Miyabi Duo
Wednesday 14 August at 1.30pm

Formed in 2017, the Miyabi Duo, Saki Kato and Hugh Millington, perform a variety of repertoire for two guitars, ranging from Renaissance lute duos to contemporary pieces. They also perform a range of music from the 19th century, including pieces using both a standard guitar and a terse guitar.

Rising stars, the duo made their debut performance in2 018 at the London Guitar Festival held at Kings Place and future engagements include a recital at the Wigmore Hall.

Programme: Rossini Overture from Cinderella, Mertz Pieces for guitar and terz guitar, Poole Wild Goose (1984), Gnattali Suite Retreats (Portraits)

www.hughmillington.com/miyabi-duo/index


Showcase Concert

…voyages of discovery!

The Player Hall, Nottingham High School, Waverley Mount, Nottingham NG7 4ED
6.30pm

Programme to include:
Richard Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra
Gustav Holst ‘Jupiter’ from The Planets
Eriks Esenvalds Stars
Handel ‘Let their Celestial Concerts all Unite’ from Samson
and other highlights form the three day Summer School

Tickets:
Concert £8.00
Post concert buffet £10.00


Tickets available on the door, or from the Summer School throughout the week.

Transport links: On-site parking, excellent bus service. No access via NET trams at High School stop.

NB Please note the office will be closed from Monday 12 – Friday 16 August.

 

Saturday 13 July SENIOR GROUPS

Enjoy a thrilling performance given by all the workshop groups plus our special guests – solo clarinettist Oliver Lee, RNCM string quartet and organist.

Marvel at the sound of the mighty Binns organ and the spectacular concert finale – an arrangement of ‘Light of the Seven’ from the acclaimed Game of Thrones.

Tickets: £8 (£4 children/students) throughout the hall. Available in advance from MfE and on the door.
NB If you are participating in the workshops, you will receive a special code to receive 10% ticket sales!

Tickets can be booked online via ‘Book Tickets’ at the bottom of this page.

 

Sunday 14 July JUNIOR GROUPS

A free concert showcasing our junior instrumental groups plus THE BIG FAMILY SING choir. An enjoyable concert for all!

Anyone is welcome to come along and listen, but please be aware spaces will be limited.

 

Festival Fringe

Don’t miss two days of free entertainment at the Sky Mirror, Nottingham Playhouse. Enjoy a barbecue from the Playhouse Bar and Kitchen while listening to local youth groups including the Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra and City Music Hub’s Band Factory. There will also be interactive performances from a steel band and Capoeira Nottingham – come and give it a go! And on Sunday, for those of you who like a good quiz, take part in our FESTIVAL MUSIC TRAIL, a walking quiz with clues situated around all the venues.

Visit the Festival Weekend webpage here>>