…a Grand European Tour

Music for Everyone’s 2020 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.

This year we embark upon a Grand European Tour of choral and instrumental music, singing and playing works from many countries and centuries. Enjoy the expertise of our tour guides, including nationally and internationally recognised tutors and recitalists.

Repertoire for the orchestra will include Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No 5 and to remind us all of the annual New Year’s Day concert from Vienna, Johann Strauss’ Thunder and Lightening Polka. For instrumentalists and singers, Gabriel Faure’s haunting Cantique de Jean Racine, and to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary, a special arrangement of Ode to Joy. 

The windband, string orchestra, and choir will explore especially selected repertoire, including – for windband, Holst’s First Suite in Eb for Military Band, plus the opportunity to work with guest recitalist Chris Swann. For strings an arrangement of Mozart’s Sinfonietta K381, and for choir, we travel to Italy with excerpts from Pergolesi’s sunny Magnificat and the atmospheric O Lux beata Trinitas by contemporary Slovenian composer Andrej MakorAdd 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 2020 guest artists: Hilary Campbell, Richard Cox, Chris Swann, Sam Sweeney and Martin van der Brugge.


Conductors – Hilary Campbell and Martin van der Brugge

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. 




Martin van der Brugge obtained his orchestra director’s diploma from the Rotterdam Conservatory in 1990, and in 1994 his choir director’s diploma from the Royal Conservatory, The Hague. In 1996 he gave concerts with the Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra as guest director, and was appointed regular guest director of the Mersin State Opera and Ballet of Turkey. Last year, Martin guest conducted MfE’s performance of Karl Jenkins’, The Armed Man.




Recitalists – Richard Cox, Chris Swann and Sam Sweeney


We are delighted that or regular accompanist Richard Cox is returning this year as both accompanist and recitalist.

Richard studied music at the University of Nottingham specialising in piano performance with Brenda May. He has combined a career of musician with that of running a mail-order and online business specialising in selling recordings of classical music to collectors all over the world.



Prize winning soloist Chris Swann studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has pursued a varied freelance career, playing Principal Clarinet with the BBC Symphony, Halle, Royal Philharmoni, BBC Philharmoni, Scottish Chamber, Manchester Concert and Sinfonia Viva orchestras.

He has made a number of concerto appearances including Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the RLPO and has performed chamber music with the Maggini, Allegri and Alberni String Quartets.



Former member of the award winning folk band Bellowhead, Sam Sweeney is recognised as one of the finest multi-instrumental English folk musicians.

Born in Nottingham, Sam won the BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Folk Award in 2015 and has gone on to further success releasing various albums and appearing at venues throughout the country.

The fiddler with the Midas touch… The Guardian


How to Enrol 

You can book online now via the ‘Book Tickets’ button below, by telephone 0115 9589312, or by completing & returning the enrolment form to Summer School Enrolments, Music for Everyone, 10 Goose Gate, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FF

The Music of John Rutter

A one-day summer workshop exploring the musical world of John Rutter.

Come to Music for Everyone’s Summer Singing Workshop – Spend an enjoyable day immersed in the musical world of John Rutter. Explore the remarkable range and variety of this master of choral writing in a workshop that encompasses his early part songs and later, larger works.

And to celebrate singing and Summer there will be a bowl of strawberries and cream during the afternoon break – all part of the workshop experience!

Music is available to borrow on the day.


Saturday 27 June 2020
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton NG11 8NS

9.45am      Registration opens
10.00am    Morning session (with refreshment break)
12.30pm    Lunch Break (please bring a packed lunch)
1.30pm      Afternoon session (with ‘strawberries’ break)
5.30pm     End of session

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 swaggering ‘Polka‘ from Schwanda the Bagpiper by Weinberger, Tchaikovsky’s well known ‘Waltz of the Flowers‘ from Swan Lake, Eric Coates By the Sleepy Lagoon (better known as the theme tune to Desert Island Discs) and, to bring back memories of childhood, The Thunderbirds March!

There will also be items for wind band and string orchestra. 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)


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) Download and print off a form here


Outline Timetable

Saturday 13 June 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 admin@music-for-everyone.org

East of England Singers
Angela Kay conductor

Summer Serenade!

An entertaining Saturday evening of music from the choir’s recent concert tour. There will be melody, harmony, instrumental items and plenty of rhythm. Not forgetting strawberries and a summer cup during the interval.



In advance/reserved – Full £9, Concession £8, Child/Student £4.50
On the door – Full £10, Concession £9, Child/Student £5

Available online via the Book Tickets button below (please note booking fee applies) 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.


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 musicfrom well known films and musicals including My Fair Lady, The King and I, Les Miserables and Oklahoma plus solo items by our guests, Kate Taylor and Simon Theobald.


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

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


Musicals workshop day and concert

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 30 March.


Workshop Day – Saturday 25 April
NTU Clifton Campus, Nottingham NG11 8NS

10.00am – 5.30pm Workshop Day

Concert Day – Sunday 26 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 30 March 2 – 4pm
  • West Bridgford Baptist Church
    Melton Road, West Bridgford NG2 7NF
    Tuesday 31 March 2 – 4pm
  • St Leonard’s Community Centre
    Bramcote Lane, Wollaton NG8 2ND
    Wednesday 1 April 2.15 – 4.15pm
  • Sherwood Methodist Church
    Devon Drive, Sherwood NG5 2EN
    Thursday 2 April 2 – 4pm

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding Coronavirus and will follow the advice from Public Health England at all times.


If anyone has any concerns about symptoms, we advise you follow the NHS online checklist. Otherwise we encourage all staff and visitors to wash their hands regularly.

For updates please check our news pages or social media channels.

Nottingham Strictly Strings
East Midlands Youth String Orchestra
East Midlands Youth Windband
Nottingham Youth Band – Beeston & West Bridgford

Joy Bower, Richard Howarth, Phil Smith, Gill Henshaw & Jane Storey  conductors

Come and enjoy an entertaining programme filled with the exuberance of youth performed by our talented young instrumentalists.




Tickets prices: Full £7, Concession £6, Child/Student £3.50


Tickets available from the Music for Everyone Box Office Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm 0115 9589312 and on the door, subject to availability.

A ‘Music in Quiet Places’ concert

East of England Singers
Angela Kay conductor

Exquisite a cappella repertoire for chamber choir.

Experience the remarkable qualities of unaccompanied voices blended one with another in atmospheric soundscapes. Encounter the pure beauty of Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor, Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry disclosing it’s haunting mystery, the dark terror of Kalmer’s When Shall We Three Meet Again and much more.


In advance/reserved – Full £9, Concession £8, Child/Student £4.50
On the door – Full £10, Concession £9, Child/Student £5

Available online via the Book Tickets button below (please note booking fee applies) 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.



Nottingham Strictly Strings and the East Midlands Youth String Orchestra invite YOU to a FREE taster afternoon for ensemble playing and fun activities! Reserve a place now or just turn up on the day!

If you are grade 1 – 5+ and aged 7 – 21, we have a group for you. Find out more about the groups here>>

Spaces available for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass players.

Email admin@music-for-everyone.org or phone 0115 9589312 for more details and put your name down!

Sunday 2 February 2020 at Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus NG11 8NS in the Teaching and Learning Building