…the English connection

Music for Everyone’s 2022 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.

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

Repertoire for full orchestra will include Vaughan Williams’ hauntingly beautiful Prelude: 49th Parallel and Ron Goodwin’s 633 Squadron. In separate groups, the wind band will explore the well known Folk Song Suite by Vaughan Williams and music by Grainger and Arnold. For the strings Britten’s tender Sentimental Saraband plus workshops with guest viola recitalist Carmen Flores.

For the choir there will be a rich variety of folksong arrangements by Vaughan Williams and contemporary composer Cecilia McDowell, anthems by Purcell and choruses from well-loved Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Singers and instrumentalists will come together for William Walton’s rousing Agincourt Song from the soundtrack of Henry V starring Laurence Olivier.

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.


Guest Artists

Workshop sessions will be led by Music for Everyone’s artistic team and our highly talented 2022 guest artists: Hilary Campbell, Gill Henshaw, Robert Hodge, Anthony Thompson, Carmen Flores and Simon Theobald.


Conductors – Hilary Campbell and Robert Hodge

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. 




Gill Henshaw studied music at the University of Birmingham and has over 15 years’ experience of both teaching and conducting music groups in the Nottingham area. She is an accomplished performer on clarinet and saxophone and is principal clarinetist with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra. After more than six years of being a valued member of the MfE artistic team, Gill returned to full time teaching in September 2021.




Robert Hodge teaches conducting at the Royal School of Music and is known for his considerable skill, clarity of technique and excellent rapport with musicians.
He is the Musical Director of three symphony orchestras – City of Cambridge, Essex and Aylesbury – and works with many other orchestras, adult and youth, including the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.




Recitalists – Carmen Flores, Anthony Thompson and Simon Theobald


American violist, Carmen Flores has created a distinguished career as a passionate advocate for viola repertoire and chamber music. Originally from San
Diego, Carmen has appeared as soloist and guest principle viola with orchestras and ensembles including English National Opera, Britten Sinfonia and the English
Chamber orchestra.
She is a founding member of the acclaimed Villiers Quartet, currently in residence at the Jaqueline du Pré Building, Oxford University


Anthony Thompson is one of the busiest trumpeters in the North of England! He has performed with major orchestras such as the Hallé, RPLO and CBSO, often as principle trumpet. In 2002 he was appointed principal trumpet and soloist of the New English Sinfonia, and in 2008 joined Sinfonia Viva as principal trumpet.
He enjoys teaching and has played on recordings with artists as diverse and Normal Wisdom and Shirley Bassey!



Nottingham born and bred, baritone Simon Theobald caught the singing bug at school when ‘frogmarched’ into a leading role in Fiddler on the Roof. At university his vocal studies culminated in an audition at the Wigmore Hall for the operatic baritone, Tito Gobbi.
A five-times winner of ‘Best Male Performer’ at the International Waterford Festival, Simon is well known for his characterful interpretation of musicals and operetta, with solo appearances across the North and Midlands.


How to Enrol 

The cost of the Summer School is £110.

To sign up online, click the button below. Complete the form and pay using your PayPal account or a debit/credit card.

NB Most orchestra places are now full, we still have a few spaces for Oboe, Bassoon, Trombone, Violin and Viola. Please contact us if you require more information.

If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please download this form and send with your payment, to the address listed. Alternatively, you can phone the office on 0115 9589312 to place your booking over the phone.

Nottingham Chamber Singers
Angela Kay, Rachel Parkes conductor

Words & Music – A Music in Quiet Places Concert

Join the Nottingham Chamber Singers in the peaceful village setting of historic Clifton Church and enjoy a wealth of poetry turned into song. Treasured nursery rhymes, ballads of love and woe, folksongs and familiar words from Shakespeare and Nottinghamshire’s romantic poet, Lord Byron.

A rich variety of music awaits you, with settings by Rutter, Britten, Neaum Pearsal and Stanford. A guaranteed evening of entertaining words and music.


Full £10, Concession £9, Child/Student £5

Available online via the Buy Tickets button or from the MfE Box Office on 0115 9589312.
In person (in advance) – Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm: 10 Goose Gate, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FF. We accept payment by cash, cheque or card.

Also available on the door, subject to availability.

MQP July 2022 flyer

A performance by Music for Everyone’s Youth Groups.

Sunday 3 July, 3.30pm

The Grange Hall, Radcliffe-on-Trent NG12 2FB

Featuring East Midlands Youth Band, East Midlands Youth String Orchestra, Nottingham Strictly Strings and Nottingham Youth Band

Conductors Claire Franklin, Josh Goodman, Richard Howarth

A cabaret style concert with refreshments and an ice cream van! Celebrate our youth groups end of term with a variety of music from Telemann to music from Disney’s Aladdin.



Adult £9, Concession £8, Child/Student £5 (includes concert refreshments)

Available to buy in advance via the ‘Buy Tickets’ link above or phone the office on 0115 9589312. Tickets will also be available on the door, subject to availability.

Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA

Nottingham Festival Chorus and Concert Orchestra, Nottingham Chamber Singers

Angela Kay and Rachel Parkes conductors

Join us to celebrate the splendour and pageantry of the Queen’s reign through glorious music inspired by great royal occasions. The sparkling concert programme will include:

  • Handel Coronation Anthem ‘The King shall Rejoice’
  • Mozart Laudate Dominum (soloist Rachel Parkes)
  • Parry I Was Glad
  • Walton Crown Imperial Coronation March

Tickets: Full £10 (£9) – £15 (£14), Child/Student half price. GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE – Buy 5 tickets and get a 6th ticket for free!

Download the flyer here

Use code ‘NEW50’ on the ticket booking form if you haven’t attended an MfE concert before!

Also available from: MfE Box Office tel. 0115 9589312

Platinum Jubilee Celebration Course and Concert

Singing Workshop Day: Saturday 25th June, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton
Concert: Sunday 26th June, Albert Hall, Nottingham

What better way to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than by singing with the Nottingham Festival Chorus in a concert of glorious music for royal occasions!

Rehearse and perform Handel’s joyous Coronation Anthem The King Shall Rejoice, Parry’s thrilling I was Glad and Vaughan Williams’ stunning All People that on Earth do Dwell – all with splendid full orchestra.

Book online here or download this form

How do I learn the music?
Music scores and a rehearsal CD/MP3 will be sent out approximately 6 weeks before the Saturday workshop. There will also be an optional zoom rehearsal in early June to help you learn the notes. The workshop day will take you through the music in detail ready for the performance with the orchestra on the Sunday at the Albert Hall.

Provisional Timetable

Saturday 25 June 2022
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton NG11 8NS

9.30am      Registration opens
10.00am    Morning session (with refreshment break)
1.00pm     Lunch Break (please bring a packed lunch)
1.45pm     Afternoon session (with ‘strawberries’ break)
5.00pm     End of session

Sunday 26 June 2022
Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA

10.30am   Rehearsal
1.30pm    End of session
3.00pm    Assemble
3.30pm    Performance

Friday 10 June
7.00pm    Optional ‘zoom’ rehearsal


How to enrol


Book online via the button below

MfE Members – £30

Non-Members – £35

Benefit Claimants/Students – £20

Or you can download this form, complete your details and post with your payment to Music for Everyone, 10 Goose Gate, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FF. If you have any queries, you can contact the office on 0115 9589312, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Orchestral Playing Day: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Albert Hall, North Circus St,
Nottingham NG1 5AA


Josh Goodman, Gill Henshaw, Angela Kay conductors

Let’s Blow the Dust off our instruments

Music for Everyone invites you to a friendly, relaxed playing day at Nottingham’s Albert Hall.

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?

If the answer is YES to any of these questions then come to Blow the Dust off your Instrument 2022.

Conducted by Angela Kay, Gill Henshaw and Josh Goodman, 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 Mussorgsky’s well known Gopak, Dvorak’s lyrical Waltz in Bb, Elgar’s nostalgic ‘Minuet’ from Beau Brummel and a ‘memory lane’ medley of Burt Bacharach Hits!

There will be items for wind band and string orchestra. The instrumental parts will be sent out in advance of the workshop to give you time to get to grips with the notes ahead of the day itself.
NB Please note: This course is not suitable for players of a standard below Associated Board Grade 2.

Workshop Day Timetable

9.40 am          Registration opens

10.00 am       Morning rehearsals (to include coffee break)

12.30 pm       Meal break

1.30 pm          Afternoon rehearsals for all players (to include tea break)

4.15 pm          Break

4.30pm           Informal performance for friends and family

5.30pm           End of course

Informal Performance This performance is designed to be part of the workshop experience for participants to enjoy. Friends and family will be welcome to attend. There will be no tickets but voluntary contributions in support of MfE will be much appreciated via a retiring collection.

Any Covid security regulations still in place will be implemented in full.

Workshop Day Fee

The fee includes all music, optional online rehearsals, the workshop experience and coffee or tea at the morning and afternoon breaks.

Orchestra players

Members of Music for Everyone      £30

Non Members                                  £35

Benefit Claimants/Students             £20


How to Enrol

Online – pay by card:

Just click the button below and fill in your details. Payment can be made via PayPal or debit/credit card.

Online booking is now closed for the June workshop. Please contact the office for information on future events.

By post – pay by cheque:

Please download and complete this pdf form and post it, together with your enrolment cheque (made payable to Music for Everyone) to Music for Everyone, 10 Goose Gate, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FF

For any further information, email admin@music-for-everyone.org or telephone 0115 958 9312 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)

vocalssplatExperience the musical world of Disney’s Jungle Book and Moana and lots more! Let the children’s voices, performing great music together as they help to save the planet and explore the jungle in this exciting concert, fill the Albert Hall in Nottingham.

This entertaining programme will include songs from the Bumblesnouts, Yanamamo and of course, hit songs from the Jungle Book and Moana.



Full £5 – £8, Children £3 (all children’s seats (under 18s) are priced at £3 throughout the hall)

To purchase tickets, click the ‘Buy Tickets’ button below to choose your seats. You can also buy and reserve tickets by phoning the box office on 0115 9589312. Tickets will be available to buy at the Vocals course the weekend before and on the door.



A fun workshop and concert open to all primary school children

14 & 15 May Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus

Saturday 21 May Albert Hall, Nottingham 

Come and sing songs from Disney’s Moana, Jungle Book and lots more! Help to save the planet and explore the jungle in these exciting workshops.

Music for Everyone has over 30 years experience of running music events for young people. Led by our experienced tutors, the singing workshops and concert will be full of great songs. 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 5-6)

Music packs, including lyrics and CD or downloadable 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 weekend.

How much does it cost?

The enrolment fee for Vocals 2022 is £15. (Less 10% discount if two or more children from the same family are enrolling for this course).

Booking is now closed for this Vocals course. To be included on the mailing list for future events, please email admin@music-for-everyone.org

Booking is now open online via the button below. Alternatively, you can download this form, complete the details and return to the address listed along with your payment by cheque. For more information, please email admin@music-for-everyone.org


Saturday 14 May & Sunday 15 May

Nottingham Trent University, Clifton NG11 8NS
All Groups 2.00 – 5.00pm

Saturday 21 May Concert

Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA
Rehearsal: 2.00 – 4.00pm TBC
Concert: 4.30 – 6.30pm TBC

Supported by:


Come and revel in that Big Show sound!

Nottingham Community Voices & Nottingham Concert Orchestra

Kate Taylor soloist and Simon Theobald guest presenter and soloist
Angela Kay conductor


A Sunday afternoon concert of foot-tapping music from well known films and musicals including My Fair Lady, The King and I, Les Miserables, Oklahoma and Irving Berlin’s Let’s Dance, plus solo items by our guests, Kate Taylor and Simon Theobald.


Full £14, £10, £7; Conc. £13, £9, £6; Child/Student £6.50, £5, £3.50

Available to buy online via the ‘Book Tickets’ button below or contact our Box Office on 0115 9589312. In person – 10 Goose Gate, Hockley. The office is open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm.

Tickets will be for sale on the door, subject to availability.

Musicals workshop day and concert: From West End to Broadway! 

Music for Everyone invites you to come and sing in their annual musicals course and concert.

The programme will include foot-tapping music from well-known films and musicals including My Fair Lady, The King and I and Oklahoma, orchestral items performed by the Nottingham Concert Orchestra plus solo items performed by our guests, Kate Taylor and Simon Theobald.

The singing workshop will take place the day before at Nottingham Trent University and optional pre-rehearsals will be held during the week of 28 March.


Workshop Day – Saturday 23 April
NTU Clifton Campus, Nottingham NG11 8NS

10.00am – 5.00pm Workshop Day

Concert Day – Sunday 24 April
Albert Hall, Nottingham, NG1 5AA

10.45am Assemble
11.00am Rehearsal
1.45pm End of session
3.00pm Assemble
3.30pm Performance

Optional Rehearsals

  • Southwell Methodist Church
    Westgate, Southwell NG25 0JH
    Monday 28 March 2 – 4pm
  • West Bridgford Baptist Church
    Melton Road, West Bridgford NG2 7NF
    Tuesday 29 March 2 – 4pm
  • St Leonard’s Community Centre
    Bramcote Lane, Wollaton NG8 2ND
    Wednesday 30 March 2.15 – 4.15pm
  • Sherwood Methodist Church
    Devon Drive, Sherwood NG5 2EN
    Thursday 31 March 2 – 4pm


The course fee for this event is £28. Book online via the button below or complete this downloadable form and return to the office at Music for Everyone, 10 Goose Gate, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FF. Please make cheques payable to Music for Everyone.
NB 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 in your form ASAP to guarantee yourself a place in the choir!