…the English connection
NB The course is now full and bookings are closed.
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.
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
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.
NB The course is now full and bookings are closed.