…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.

 

 

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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.

KEEPING IN TOUCH – Diary Dates!

Hello Everyone

In Monday’s email I said I would let you know our plans for the coming months just as soon as they were finalised – and here they are!

We’ll be letting you have further details about timings, repertoire etc. closer to the event – but at least you have something to put in your diaries and, we hope, look forward to!

Live music making is coming back – let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the government doesn’t have to change the ‘road map’!

With all best wishes

Angela


MfE Workshops and Concert Dates – 2021/22

Those in red are for youth, those in blue for adult and those in green for everyone!

2021

  • Sunday 23 May, Albert Hall – Family Singing Afternoon
  • Saturday 19 June, Albert Hall –Youth Wind Band Playing Afternoon
  • Sunday 20 June, Albert Hall –Youth String Orchestra Playing Afternoon
  • Sunday 27 June,  Albert Hall –Festival Chorus Workshop day
  • Saturday 10 July, Albert Hall –Blow the Dust off your Instrument Workshop Day
  • Saturday 17 July, Albert Hall – Festival of Youth Workshop Day
  • Mon – Wed 9, 10 & 11 August, Trent College (venue to be confirmed) –MfE Summer School

  • Sat/Sun 9 & 10 October, venue to be decided –Festival Chorus Singing Weekend
  • Saturday 16 Oct, Albert Hall –Festival Chorus Concert
  • Sat/Sun 6 & 7 November, venue to be decided –Youth Instrumental Playing Weekend
  • Sunday 14 November, Albert Hall –Youth Instrumental Concert
  • Saturday 11 Dec, venue to be decided –Youth Christmas Singing Afternoon
  • Sunday 12 Dec,  Albert Hall –Christmas is Coming Concert

2022

  • Saturday 8 January,  Albert Hall –Blow the Dust off your Instrument Workshop Day
  • Sat/Sun 29 & 30 January, venue to be decided – Festival Chorus Singing Weekend
  • Saturday 5 February, Albert Hall – Festival Chorus Concert
  • Sat/Sun 26 & 27 February, venue to be decided –Youth Instrumental Playing Weekend
  • Sunday 6 March, Albert Hall –Youth Instrumental Concert
  • Saturday 23 April, venue to be decided –Musicals Singing Workshop
  • Sunday 24 April, Albert Hall –Musicals Concert
  • Sat/Sun 14 & 15 May, venue to be decided –Youth Singing Weekend
  • Sunday 22 May, Albert Hall –Youth Singing Concert
  • Saturday 11 June, Albert Hall –Blow the Dust off your Instrument Workshop Day
  • Saturday 25 June, venue to be decided –Festival Chorus Workshop Day
  • Mon – Wed 8, 9 & 10 August, venue to be decided –MfE Summer School

Do you play an instrument and are approximately grade 2+? ‘Brush Up Your Playing’ is MfE’s latest online project for all instrumentalists (youth and adult!) looking to get playing again during lockdown while we are not able to hold rehearsals ‘in person’.

Instrument warm up videos

Over the first 4 weeks we will publish 4 ‘getting back into good working order’ videos, one for each of the instrument sections (as listed below) on our YouTube channel with a new one published each Friday. These will last about 8 – 10 mins.

The videos will remain on YouTube over the coming months so you can look at them at a time to suit you.

Instrument sections and tutors:

1) Violins and Violas with Joy Bower

2) Cellos and Double basses with Jenny Merriman

3) Woodwind with Gill Henshaw

4) Brass with Stuart Bower

What’s next?

We then hope to develop the project with interactive sessions, group playing etc and we hope that the whole project will culminate in a summer Blow the Dust course at the Albert Hall – Covid-19 permitting!

How to sign up

To sign up for this free online project, please fill in the registration form via the green ‘Book Tickets’ button at the bottom of this page.

Simply complete your details and press ‘Submit’. You will then be on the mailing list for each new session, sent out on Fridays.

Firstly, the closing date for applications for the exciting post of a Principal Youth Music Animateur is this Friday, 10th June. Information here.

And secondly, Blow the Dust is back on Saturday. This is a day for adult instrumentalists to make music together. So whether you play the tuba, the viola or the recorder, etc, now’s your chance. Book here. We just ask that instrumentalists are Grade 2 and above, and recorder players can read music and play at a steady speed in an ensemble. There is an informal concert at 5pm, lasting about an hour. Albert Hall, Nottingham.

Gardens-Open-signFinally, an extremely pleasant fund raiser. All welcome. This weekend is the Beeston and Chilwell Open Garden Trail. The East of England Singers will be giving a jolly performance at 60 Park Rd, 2pm, Sunday 12 June. Money raised by the garden owner is generously being donated to Music for Everyone – refreshments available, and a beautiful garden to enjoy. Perhaps come on the tram, Chilwell Rd stop, and then a short walk.