voyages of discovery!

Music for Everyone’s 2019 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 Nottingham High School is hosting our Summer School. Their outstanding facilities, excellent bus and tram links and on-site parking make it the perfect location for an inspiring musical experience.


To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing & Sir Robin Knox-Johnson’s completion of the first single-handed circumnavigation of the globe, the theme of this year’s Summer School is Voyages of Discovery.

Repertoire for the orchestra will include Richard Strauss’ thrilling Also sprach Zarathustra and Khachaturian’s ‘Adagio’ from Spartacus, better known as the theme from The Onedin Line. For instrumentalists and singers there is a special arrangement of Jupiter from Holst’s masterpiece, The Planets‘Let their Celestial Concerts all Unite’the final chorus of Handel’s oratorio Samson. String orchestra and choir will enjoy the beautiful, sweeping melody of Ola Gjeilo’s Across the Vast, Eternal Sky. The windband, string orchestra, and choir will explore especially selected repertoire – for windband, The Pioneers, for strings an arrangment of the 2nd mov. from Haydn’s Op 20 ‘Sun’ Quartet No 4, and for choir, a capella works including Stars, an atmospheric wonder by celebrated Estonian composer, Ēriks Ešenvalds. And, as a final salute to our theme, a jazz arrangment of Fly me to the Moon. Add to all this workshops and recitals given by top professionals and you have three superb 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.

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, 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 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 college grounds. A welcome ‘coffee and pastries’ 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 £110 covers all tuition, tea and coffee at mid-session breaks – including pastries on Monday – and Wednesday evening’s buffet. Please bring a packed lunch – the grounds of the school are ideal for a picnic. Cafés and sandwich shops can be found a short walk away.


Guest workshop leaders and recitalists


Workshop sessions will be led by Music for Everyone’s artistic team and our highly talented 2019 guest artists…



Pooling expertise from backgrounds in cathedral music, opera, close harmony and early music, Scaramella are 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.

Tristram Cooke-Counter-Tenor | Geoff Williams-Baritone/Bass | Matthew Pochin-Tenor | Michael Ronan-Bass


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. Hilary has released two award winning Naxos recordings and is a published and prize-winning composer. Her project work includes quest conducting ensembles including the BBC Singers.



Formed by clarinettist Chris Swan 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 humor in an atmosphere which creates maximum enjoyment for players and listeners alike.

Rachel Holt-Flute | Maddy Aldis-Evans-Oboe | Chris Swann-Clarinet | Helen Peller-Bassoon | Lindsey Stoker-Horn


Miyabi Duo are a guitar duo comprising of Saki Kato and Hugh Millington, talented and dedicated guitarists currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music. They perform a variety of repertoire for two guitars, from Renaissance lute duos, to 19th Century and more modern pieces using both a standard guitar and a terz guitar. They have collaborated and performed works with composers including Edward Cowie, Geoffrey Poole, and Mat Martin, and have recently performed at the London Guitar Festival at Kings Place and in a masterclass to the Assad Brothers.



How to Enrol 

You can book online now via our booking page, 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

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 2019 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 Eric Coates’ nostalgic Summer Days, Chabrier’s festive Espana and Rimsky-Korsakoff’s energetic Dance of the Tumblers.

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.

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

Online booking is now open for this event. Please click here to enrol.

Download an enrolment form here

Outline Timetable

Saturday 6 July 2019
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

English Romantics!

Come and celebrate the sounds and sights of the English summer, from birds and bees to sudden storms of derring-do.

A one-day choral workshop exploring the delights of partsongs by major English Romantic composers.

A rare opportunity to spend a day exploring the intimate choral delights of the English Partson, come and sing exquisite choral gems, including Pearsall’s poignant Lay a Garland and heroic Sir Patrick Spens, Elgar’s vivid As Torrents in Summer and Sterndale Bennett’s inviting Come live with me alongisde settings of Shakespeare texts by George MacFarren and Charles Wood.

The workshop will consider the style of singing required by these pieces and techniques for conveying their stories.

And to celebrate Summer, a bowl of strawberries served during the afternoon – all part of the workshop experience!

Music is available to borrow on the day.

Click ‘Book Tickets’ below to enrol online or download an enrolment form here


Saturday 29 June 2019
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)
5.00pm     End of session

Fun singing workshops for primary school children over the weekend of 11/12 May, plus a concert at the Albert Hall, Nottingham on the following Sunday 19 May.

Songs from the hit films The Greatest Showman, Mary Poppins (old + new!) and lots more!

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?

If applying before 23 April, the EARLY BIRD enrolment fee for Vocals 2019 is £12. After that date, the fee increases to £16.

Book online by clicking ‘Book Tickets’ below or download an enrolment form here


Saturday 11 May & Sunday 12 May

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

Sunday 19 May Concert Book Tickets Online Here

Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA
Rehearsal: 12.30 – 2.15pm
Concert: 3.30 – 5.30pm

Nottingham Community Voices
Nottingham Concert Orchestra

Kate Taylor soloist
Simon Theobald presenter and soloist
Angela Kay conductor

Come and enjoy heartwarming songs from the classic 1965 film, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, foot tapping numbers from the hit musical and film MAMMA MIA and unforgettable melodies from
Gershwin’s musicals including PORGY AND BESS.

The programme will also feature items performed by the orchestra and our guest soloists, Kate Taylor and Simon Theobald.

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

Hits of Stage and Screen

Music for Everyone invites you to come and sing in an entertaining concert of well known hits from Stage and Screen.

The programme will include heartwarming songs from the classic 1965 film The Sound of Music, foot tapping numbers from the hit musical and film Mamma Mia and unforgettable melodies from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

The singing workshop will take place the day before at Nottingham Trent University and optional pre-rehearsals will be held during the week of 1 April.

Click ‘Book tickets’ below to enrol online or download a form here


Workshop Day – Saturday 27 April
NTU Clifton Campus, Nottingham NG11 8NS

10.00am – 5.30pm Workshop Day

Concert Day – Sunday 28 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 1 April 2 – 4pm
  • West Bridgford Baptist Church
    Melton Road, West Bridgford NG2 7NF
    Tuesday 2 April 2 – 4pm
  • St Leonard’s Community Centre
    Bramcote Lane, Wollaton NG8 2ND
    Wednesday 3 April 2.15 – 4.15pm
  • Sherwood Methodist Church
    Devon Drive, Sherwood NG5 2EN
    Thursday 4 April 2 – 4pm

Nottingham Junior Voices, Nottingham Youth Voices, Nottingham Youth Band – Beeston & West Bridgford

Andy Hatherly, Gill Henshaw, Sara King, Ellie Martin, Alex Patterson, Jane Storey conductors

Come and enjoy an afternoon serenade of music presented by our talented young instrumentalists and singers.


Tickets prices: Full £7, Child/Student £3.50*

*Special Offer! If purchasing tickets to both the Junior and Senior youth concerts, full price is £10, child/student is £5 for both concerts (offer is available online)

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

Mark De-Lisser: Choral workshop *FREE*

Saturday 23 March 2019, 1pm – 4pm
Nottingham Cathedral Hall

Specifically for singers aged 12 – 18.

You’re invited to participate in an exclusive FREE workshop with inspirational vocal coach Mark De Lisser.

About Mark De Lisser

Do you remember hearing the stunning choir arrangement of Stand By Me at Harry and Meghan’s wedding last summer? Mark De Lisser arranged it, and we are delighted to say he is coming to Nottingham to lead a special vocal workshop this March at the Cathedral.

Mark De Lisser is a vocal coach, choral director, arranger and author who has been working in the music industry for over 18 years. He sang as a boy in a church choir in Brixton, South London and his love of spiritual music, soul and gospel shine through his unique approach.

He’s worked as a voice coach on The Voice UK (ITV 2016), The Choir (BBC2 2016), Pitch Battle (BBC1 2017), Eurovision (BBC1 2017-19) and SING: Ultimate Acapella (SKY 2017). Mark is currently leading the vocal team on All Together Now.

We are very excited Mark is visiting Nottingham this March and we’re sure he’ll lead an inspirational session with plenty of ideas and techniques for singers to take away. Whatever your singing background may be, don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

If you’d like to participate, secure your place by emailing

On the day contact will be Alex Patterson 07792618634. This is a 3 hour workshop so please bring plenty to drink.

This event is free (100% subsidised by Arts Council England/DfE) and is organised by Nottinghamshire Music Hub, Nottingham Cathedral Music and Music for Everyone.

Supported by:


Nottingham Strictly Strings
East Midlands Youth String Orchestra
East Midlands Youth Windband

Lilla Dimiceli, Richard Howarth & Abigail Smith  conductors

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




Tickets prices: Full £7, Child/Student £3.50*

*Special Offer! If purchasing tickets to both the Junior and Senior youth concerts, full price is £10, child/student is £5 for both concerts (offer is available online)

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

… from sunrise to sunset

East of England Singers
New Classical Players
Steve Hicking flute
Angela Kay conductor


“Where dreams may come, both dark and deep,
Of flying wings and soaring leap…”

The East of England Singers invite you to their pastoral concert, featuring excerpts from Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Concerto Grosso, and Bliss’ Pastoral amongst a variety of partsongs. A moving concert that is not to be missed.


Pieces include:

Handel Acis and Galatea (excerpts)
Pastoral ‘Lie strewn the white flocks’
Concerto Grosso Op6 No6, Mov. 3 ‘Musette’
Partsongs by Rheinberger, Stanford, Whitacre and Jackson


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 £11, Conc. £9, Child/Student £5.50

Online booking for this concert is now closed, tickets will be available on the door to buy.