East of England Singers
Angela Kay conductor


Come with us around the world on this entertaining tour of Christmas!

Enjoy the colourful variety of music, legends and images as we travel from Dickensian London to festive Prague and from the splendour of Venice to the razzamatazz of New York.

Ticket prices 

Full £9; Conc. £8; Child/Student £4.50

Available to book online – click ‘Book Tickets’ below – from the MfE Box Office 0115 9589312 office hours Monday – Friday and on the door, subject to availability.

Come to Stringwise! 2018, Music for Everyone’s 26th 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 proudly present a magical performance experience on the theme of ‘Magic and Mystery’.

The Stringwise groups will perform a spellbinding mix of music, concluding with a grand finale piece incorporating all players, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang‘ by Richard and Robert Sherman.

Where and when is it?

Stringwise! will be held at Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane NG8 5GY over the weekend of 10 and 11 November 2018 followed by an informal concert for parents and friends at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, on Sunday 18 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?

A marvellous program including:

Stringwise 4: Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre
Williams Harry Potter Theme

Stringwise 3: Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Menkin & Rice A Whole New World from Aladdin

Stringwise 2: Grieg Hall of the Mountain King
Williams Theme from the Chronicles of Narnia

Stringwise 1: Debussy Clair de Lune
Grainer Dr Who Theme

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

First weekend
Bluecoat Academy, Aspley Lane NG8 5GY

Saturday 10 November                                                             
All Groups: 1.30pm – 5.15pm

Sunday 11 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 18 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 subsidized 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 subsidized 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
Angela Kay conductor

Ellie Martin soprano, Kay Smith alto, James Beddoe tenor, Matthew Jordan bass

Mozart – REQUIEM (Duncan Druce edition)

… classical music at its very best!


Experience the sublime beauty of Mozart’s Requiem, featured in the film Amadeus, with Duncan Druce’s subtle revisions as performed at the Proms. And to complement this great work, a thrilling anthem by Haydn and a sunny Mozart Divertimento



Full: £15 £8, Conc.: £14 – £7, Child/Student: £7.5o – £4

Available from the MfE Box Office (Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm) 10 Goose Gate, Hockley NG1 1FF — 0115 9589312 or email admin@music-for-everyone.org — Book online via the ‘Book Tickets’ below

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

Come and sing with the Nottingham Festival Chorus.

Experience the sublime beauty of Mozart’s Requiem, immortalised in the film Amadeus, with Duncan Druce’s subtle revisions as performed at the Proms. And to complement this great work, a thrilling anthem by Haydn.

A choral course full of lyricism, drama and ethereal beauty.

Provisional timetable:

Saturday 27 October 2018
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton NG11 8NS

9.30am Registration opens
10.00am Morning rehearsals
1.15pm Meal break
2.15pm Afternoon rehearsals
6.00pm End of session

Sunday 28 October
Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA

10.30am Rehearsal
1.30pm End of session

3.oopm Assemble
3.30pm Performance

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

T & B: Wed 10 October 7.30 – 9.30pm
S & A: Fri 12 October 7.30 – 9.30pm

Come and enjoy this relaxing concert of music for voices and strings

East of England Singers
Emanon String Quartet
Angela Kay conductor


Our entertaining programme has something for everyone, from Mendelssohn to Arvo Pärt, from a Haydn String Quartet to folk songs performed ‘King’s Singers’ style.

Rich harmonies, soaring strings and tea and scones during the interval – what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Pieces include:

Mendelssohn Motets
Haydn String Quartet Op 20, No. 4
Holst Choruses from the Rig Veda
Whitacre Five Hebrew Love Songs
Ešenvalds I have Loved Hours at Sea
Arvo Pärt The Deer’s Cry
Britten The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
Eric Coates Bird Songs At Eventide


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: Full £9, Conc. £8, Child/Student £4.50

Online booking is now closed. Tickets will be available on the door.

Music for Everyone’s 2018 Summer School will be a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in quality music-making in a stimulating, friendly environment.

This year we are delighted that Trent College is hosting our Summer School. The excellent facilities, rolling parkland, excellent transport links and on site parking make this the perfect location for an inspiring musical experience.

This year we have chosen music inspired by ‘The Americas’. From Sousa’s Liberty Bell to Gershwin’s Summertime, Eriksson’s atmospheric To the Mothers’ of Brazil to the moving last movement for soloists, choir and orchestra from Bernstein’s masterpiece Candide. Add workshops and recitals given by top professionals and you have a wonderful three days of 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, exploring a range of repertoire, both challenging and fun. You will receive copies of the music about four weeks in advance.

DSC04418DSC04462All workshops and rehearsals start at 10am with registration on Monday between 9.30 – 10am. Rush hour recitals on Monday and Tuesday start at 5.15pm and last for around an hour. The Summer School Showcase Concert will take place early Wednesday evening followed by a farewell buffet (approx. 7.30pm). A detailed timetable will be sent out with the music packs.



Gain unique insights into performance through our special programme of workshops and recitals DSC04489given by professional singers and instrumentalists of national and international standing.


DSC04407Be part of the social buzz. Extended breaks give you time to chat to tutors, browse the stands and enjoy the college grounds. A welcome ‘drink and nibbles’ on the first day and a ‘farewell buffet’ after the Wednesday evening Summer School Showcase Concert also gives plenty of opportunity for people to get to know each other in a relaxed social setting.



The Summer School fee of £95 covers all tuition plus tea and coffee in the mid-session breaks, the DSC04483Monday ‘drink and nibbles’ and the ‘end of Summer School’ buffet. It is possible to purchase (if booked in advance) a two course hot lunch on each of the 3 days at a total cost of £125. Or if you prefer to picnic, the surrounding parkland is ideal. Trent College is also able to provide B & B accommodation for the duration of the Summer School, please indicate on the enrolment form if you would like details.


The music to be studied will include:

Orchestra: (all instrumentalists)
Leonard Bernstein ‘Make our Garden Grow’ from Candide
John Philip Sousa Liberty Bell
George Gershwin Summertime

Gilbert Tinner Sparkling Samba
Victor Lopez Aztlan

String Orchestra:
Aaron Copland ‘Hoe Down’ from Rodeo
Astor Piazzolla Libertango

Leonard Bernstein ‘Make our Garden Grow’ from Candide and ‘Gloria Tibi’ from Mass
Anon Hanaq pachap kusikuyin (17C South American)
Lars Jansson/arr. Gunnar Eriksson To the Mothers’ of Brazil
Eric Whitacre Lux Aurumque


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Workshop sessions will be led by Music for Everyone’s artistic team: Angela Kay, Victoria Barlow, Gill Henshaw, Ellie Martin, Ann-Marie Shaw and Phil Smith. They will be joined by the highly talented professional choir Blossom Street, celebrated violinist Owen Cox and brass duo Simon Baker (Trombone) and Tim Thorpe (French Horn). Accomplished pianist, Richard Cox will be our repetiteur.

Blossom Street VOLF

Professional choir, Blossom Street, is a highly versatile and vibrant chamber choir comprising some of the UK’s best young singers. They perform regularly on TV and radio as well as on the concert platform and have released two critically acclaimed CDs on the Naxos label. Directed by Hilary Campbell, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, the group was formed in 2003, while many of the singers were undergraduates at the University of York.

“A fantastic choir” Greg Beardsell, BBC Radio 3


Owen Cox is an experienced violinist who has held numerous positions in British orchestras, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestrsa and BBC National Orchestra of Wales (principal). He has been a member of several quartets performing all over the globe. He is a dedicated teacher and is currently Assistant Head of Strings at Chetham’s and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Nottingham. Owen has recently written a PhD about a late Beethoven String Quartet.



Simon BakerTim Thorpe 2Brass Duo, Simon Baker and Tim Thorpe have years of experience playing in top professional orchestras including the CBSO, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Symphony Orchestra, the RPO plus as session musicians in top West End Shows.




How to Enrol

Booking is now closed for this course. If you would like to know about future Summer School and MfE events, please email admin@music-for-everyone.org

Music for Everyone Summer School 2018

Lunchtime and Rush Hour Recitals

The Chapel, Trent College, Derby Road, Long Eaton NG10 4AD

Come and enjoy recitals performed by leading professional artists in the wonderful acoustic of the Chapel at Trent College. Further information about the Summer School can be found here.

Blossom StreetBlossom Street VOLF
Monday 13 August at 5.15pm – Rush Hour

Professional choir, Blossom Street, is a highly versatile and vibrant choir comprising some of the UK’s best young singers. They perform regularly on TV and radio as well as on the concert platform and have released two critically acclaimed CDs on Naxos.

“A fantastic choir” – Greg Beardsell, BBC Radio 3

Programme to include works by Warlock, Vaughan Williams, Barber and Whitacre

Owen Cox and Hilary Sucklingowen-cox (002)
Tuesday 14 August at 5.15pm – Rush Hour

Owen’s career as a top violinist has encompassed many aspects of the performance world; he has held positions in many of the top British orchestras including the CBSO and BBC Philharmonic. He has been a member of several quartets whose work has included concerts in the USA, Finland, Belgium and Germany, including a live performance on Netherlands radio, and was most recently a member of the Galitzin Quartet.

Pianist Hilary Suckling is an accomplished and versatile musician and teacher, with extensive performing and educational experience. A graduate from The Royal Academy of Music and University of Cambridge, she has given recitals as soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK and Europe.

Programme to include Copland Appalachian Spring and Elgar Sonata

Simon Baker and Tim Thorpe Simon BakerTim Thorpe 2
Wednesday 15 August at 1.30pm – Lunchtime

Accomplished brass players, Simon Baker (trombone) and Tim Thorpe (French Horn) have years of experience playing in top professional orchestras including the CBSO, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the RPO plus as session musicians in top West End Shows.

Programme to include Kenny Fanfare, Weber Romance, Guilmant Morceau Symphonique

*Special Offer*
Brass players are welcome to attend the afternoon workshop with Simon and Tim on Wednesday 15 August from 2.30pm – 3.30pm (after the recital) for £5 per player for just the workshop or £8 for the recital and workshop (NB Those already enrolled on Summer School are automatically allocated a place)

Tickets £5 each or £12 for all three concerts. Available on the door each day.

NB Please note the office will be closed from Monday 13 – Friday 17 August.



Estimated finish time is around 3.30pm.

Music for Everyone presents a concert performed by all our youth groups in the beautiful setting of the May Hall at Trent College in Long Eaton.

Nottingham Junior Voices
Nottingham Senior Girls Voices
Nottingham Youth Voices
Nottingham Youth Band – Beeston
Nottingham Youth Band – West Bridgford
East Midlands Youth Windband
Nottingham Strictly Strings
East Midlands Youth String Orchestra

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To celebrate the culmination of Music for Everyone’s Year of Youth, a summer concert performed by over 100 of our young singers and instrumentalists. Set in the picturesque grounds of Trent College, Long Eaton, the entertaining programme will have something for everyone! From Sibelius to Harry Potter, well known songs from Grease to ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman.

And to add to that summer feeling, a bowl of strawberries and cream to be served during the interval.

Tickets: £7 Adults, £6 Concessions, £3.50 Children/Students

Tickets will be available on the door.

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 Summer 2018 course.

This playing day will give you the chance to renew your old skills or put new-found ones into practice in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The conductor will be Angela Kay, the Artistic Director of Music for Everyone who blends expertise and enthusiasm with a great sense of humour!

The music has been chosen to give scope to players of all abilities and will include the well known ‘March‘ from Bizet’s Carmen, movements from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, and to get your foot tapping, the well known signature tune from The Pink Panther!

There will also be items for wind band (conductor Gill Henshaw) and string orchestra (conductor Ann-Marie Shaw). The recorder ensemble will also have a varied diet of music.

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)

Booking for this course is now closed. If you would like to know more about future Blow the Dust events, please contact the office admin@music-for-everyone.org


Full £38.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £18.00)

Recorders £22.00 (Benefit Claimant/student £10.00)

Outline Timetable

Sunday 10 June 2018
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 enrolment secretary, Isobel Bounford, on 01623 653354 or email admin@music-for-everyone.org

vocalssplatExperience the musical world of the hit film Sing! and songs from Oliver!  Let over 100 children’s voices, performing great music together with special lighting and sound effects, transport you through the galaxies.

This entertaining programme will include well known songs such as I’m still standing by Elton John, It’s a hard-knock life from Annie and Food Glorious Food from Oliver!



Full £5 – £9, Children £3 (all children’s seats (under 18s) are priced at £3 throughout the hall)

Online booking is now closed. Tickets will be available to buy on the door.