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
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
Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA
Sunday 18 November
SW 3&4: 12.30pm – 3.00pm
SW 1&2: 1.45pm – 3.00pm
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.