Which composer do you most associate with Christmas?  As one of the most celebrated composers of Christmas carols alive today, John Rutter’s carols have become as synonymous with Christmas as a mulled wine-stained jumper!…and for good reason, here are 5 festive facts about John Rutter’s Christmas music:

  • The popularity of John Rutter’s Christmas music lead him to be dubbed ‘The Composer Who Owns Christmas’ by the New York Times.
  • He composed his famous Shepherd’s Pipe Carol while still at school.
  • David Willcocks heard the carol when Rutter was a student at Cambridge and requested a copy of the manuscript. Before Rutter’s student days were up, the carol was published and recorded by EMI!
  • Willcocks went on to invite Rutter to join him as co-editor of the hugely influential Carols for Choirs anthologies that still largely determine what is sung at this time of year in churches worldwide.
  • 100 Carols for Choirs is Oxford University Press’ most-hired music in the lead up to the festive period. In 2018, two of Rutter’s Carol’s and a two of his arrangements appeared in the OUP’s ten top-hired carols and Christmas pieces.

“Christmas is still very dear in my heart,” Rutter says. “It’s kind of the world as we all wish it could be, for just those precious few days each year. A time of stillness and yet of rejoicing. So Christmas will always be very special in my heart and it’s always been celebrated in music.”

Come and hear some of Rutter’s most popular carols performed at MfE’s Christmas is Coming concert at the Albert Hall on Sunday 15 December.  The programme will also include performances of Christmas music by the Nottingham Community Voices, East of England Singers and the ‘Vocals!’ youth choirs.  Tickets are available online here or by phoning the office on 0115 958 9312.

  • Saturday 7 December is going to be a busy day for MfE: our Community Voices will be ‘carolling’ in Market Square from 10.30am – 12 noon (all welcome!) while MfE’s youth wind and string ensembles will be performing their Christmas concert at Kingswood Methodist Church at 3.30pm, and the EOES will be performing a Festive Baroque Christmas concert at Beeston Parish Church at 7.30pm. Tickets for all concerts are available on our website or by phoning the office on 0115 9589312.
  • And for those of you who feel it is still too early to be thinking about Christmas, next year marks John Rutter’s 75th birthday so we’ll be likely to hear a lot of his music throughout the year, perhaps even including this well-meant spoof!… https://www.classicfm.com/composers/rutter/choir-sings-john-i-cant-believe-its-not-rutter/

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02/12/2019

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Welcome back! We hope all that attended the Summer School last week enjoyed it as much as we did – what a Voyage of Discovery we had! If you missed any of the action, we had a blog running over the 3 days which can be seen on our website – lots of great photos too! http://www.music-for-everyone.org/about-us/blog/

After a few days off, the MfE team is back and looking forward to the next season of music-making, we will be bringing you full details very soon!

In the meantime… why don’t you check out some of the other musical events happening in the East Midlands? We regularly promote 3rd party events and opportunities through a special page on our website – take a look for yourself, or perhaps a family member, there are opportunities for adult and youth alike!

https://www.music-for-everyone.org/whats-on/third-party-events-and-opportunities/

  • The Great British Bake Off starts again next week, have a look at these very realistic ‘too good to eat’ musical cakes! Musical cakes
  • Musical Joke of the Week:

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19/08/2019

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Just a little #MfEMonday to say…

Next week, the MfE Office will be closed due to all staff attending our annual Summer School from Monday to Wednesday, followed by a well-deserved few days off before preparing for our new season! However, all 3 of our Bookwise shops (City Centre, Southwell and Newark) will still be open and if you are still in need of a good book for your holidays, why not pop in and say hello to our lovely volunteers!

All the book shops stock a wide range of reading material, from dictionaries to novels, biographies to cookbooks – as well as sheet music for all abilities and CDs.

The Summer School will be taking place in the beautiful Nottingham High School and we are really looking forward to a fantastic 3 days of music-making. We also have talented special guests Scaramella, Hilary Campbell, the Miyabi Duo and Zephyr joining us to take workshops and recitals. The Lunchtime Recital Series and Summer School Showcase Concert are open to all so why not pop along! http://www.music-for-everyone.org/event/ss-concerts-19/

PROMS THEME!

  • The Proms 2019 are off! Click here to find out 10 extraordinary facts about the history.
  • Ever wondered what the conductor looks like during a performance to the orchestra? Click here to see 10 conductors having the time of their lives at the 2017 Proms…!

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05/08/2019

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No particular theme for today’s #MfEMonday, just another place to share some news!

As always, please continue to send through your events & happenings to admin@music-for-everyone.org as would love to feature them.

Summer School
You can now book your lunchtime recitals and concert + buffet tickets online and through the MfE Box Office.

Open Voices
At Friday’s Open Voices Les Misérables concert over £200 was raised through generous donations. Thank you so much, and huge congrats to Open Voices. Here’s to your future!

Third Party Events page
Playing in any concerts? Looking for new members for your group? Want to see events happening near you? Our Third Party Events page on our website is chock-full of upcoming concerts and opportunities. Email admin@music-for-everyone.org if you have anything you’d like to advertise for FREE!


My last #MfEMonday…
“It has been my absolute pleasure to work for MfE as Adult Programme Assistant/Marketing Officer for the past 6 months. Angela + the office team have made me feel so welcome and I will forever be grateful for my time here! Rest assured I will continue to be a part of the excellent courses + concerts for as long as I can, but oh, how I will miss writing the #MfEMondays!!! All the best for the future, see everyone at Summer School!”

– Amy Howe

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29/07/2019

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A Tuesday #MfEMonday for you (it’ll make your week feel shorter!)…

Yesterday the MfE Office was dominated with the upcoming Summer School – music has been sent out to 150 excited participants, in preparation for three glorious days of music-making at Nottingham High School this August!

I’m sure you’ve all heard about our Summer School, and this one certainly is not one to miss. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we have a stellar repertoire list everyone can enjoy, including Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, the theme from The Onedin Line, an arrangement of Jupiter, Ola Gjeilo’s Across the Vast, Eternal Sky, the classic Fly Me To The Moon and more!

We also have talented special guests Scaramella, Hilary Campbell, the Miyabi Duo and Zephyr joining us to take workshops and recitals.

There is more information with a full repertoire list on the Summer School website. We are super excited for our 5thSummer School and hope to see you there!


On another equally as exciting note, Music for Everyone is delighted to announce that we have received a grant for our Open Voices initiative, all thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund!

This grant will support the group as it grows and continues to enlighten the lives of individuals and their communities.

Keeping the space-theme, we are OVER THE MOON to accept this grant!


Have a good week!

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23/07/2019

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After a year of planning and 6 months of activities, The Big Youth Music Experience weekend finally took place! Two full days of music, energy and entertainment spreading from Nottingham’s Albert Hall, to the Cathedral, Playhouse and Sky Mirror.

We were blessed with good weather so we were able to have some of our fringe events outside by the Sky Mirror, and we had healthy attendance for both days to make the most of what was on offer!

We are promising to keep this blog page updated with pictures and videos – if you attended any of the events/activities over the weekend and would like to share any pictures you have, please get in touch!

A huge HURRAH and thank you to everyone who attended over the weekend. Whether you were volunteering or taking part – we hope you had fun!


SATURDAY 13 JULY

Robin Hood Orchestra (City Music Hub) Flash Mob
FRINGE

What an idea, and what a response! The RHO flash mob made waves throughout Nottingham on Saturday – they started outside the Council House and passed through locations like the Arboretum and Trent Bridge. They were in bright green shirts and produced amazing atmospheres everywhere they went! Well done all!

You can see pictures from their locations on their Twitter page @NottMusicHub


‘Come & Try’ the Organ 
WORKSHOP

We began Saturday the best way possible – filling the Albert Hall up with the incredible sounds of the Binns Organ!

A handful of excited pianists each got a dedicated slot with Mike Smith, experienced organist and teacher and got to play on one of the finest instruments in the country!


Senior Percussion 
WORKSHOP

The first percussion workshop of the weekend was aimed at grade 4+ players looking to perform on the full range of percussion instruments! Glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone and marimba, as well as timpani, the drum kit and a variety of smaller items.


Pure Steel Band
FRINGE performance + ‘Come & Try’

Mansfield’s own Pure Steel joined us on Saturday afternoon at the Sky Mirror, providing a unique steel band performance – they even let people have a go themselves! It’s a lot harder than people realise, and takes good muscle-memory to know what note goes where!


Senior Strings
WORKSHOP

Under the tuition of accomplished violinist and conductor Chris George, the senior strings enjoyed a vibrant rehearsal in the Neville Studio above the Nottingham Playhouse Bar & Kitchen. Amongst the repertoire studied, senior strings later got the chance to play in the epic Game of Thrones piece, ‘Light of the Seven’!


Senior Wind Band
WORKSHOP

Another instrumental group that had Game of Thrones preparations for Saturday’s concert was the senior wind band.

MfE were happy to bring in Chris Swann (Sinfonia Viva, Royal Northern College of Music) to take the workshops, and also welcomed clarinet soloist Oliver Lee (Royal Northern student) in Weber’s Concertino.


Senior Singing – Gospel
WORKSHOP

By far one of the most popular workshops of the whole weekend, the Gospel workshop was led by award-winning local gospel artist Freddie Kofi.

He brought new approaches and techniques to singing and challenged participants to step out of their comfort zones and learn new ways of bringing songs to life – a few singers who had never sung solo before took the plunge and sang before the audience in the evening concert.

A unique day for everyone.

‘Come and Try’ Endangered Instruments
Windblowers stall

All of our fringe events were popular and well received amongst adults and youth. However, the particular favourite fringe “activity” of young people was in fact Windblowers’ stall!

With a gorgeous selection, people were free to try out an instrument they might have never laid their hands on before, including endangered instruments.

Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra
FRINGE

The Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra joined us on Saturday afternoon outside the Sky Mirror, presenting a set of uplifting and energetic pieces that got every foot in the audience tapping!

SUNDAY 14 JULY

Junior String
WORKSHOP

Kicking off Sunday’s activities was the junior string group. Guest professional conductor Rowen Cozens was fantastic with the young string players, and helped them learn a super range of music, including the Sailor’s Hornpipe, and a quirky Caribbean number which had players use their instruments as percussion!

Junior Wind Band
WORKSHOP

Also kicking off Sunday was the junior wind band, led by Chris Swann and joined by the junior percussion kids. They enjoyed a vivid selection of band music, including the impressive Aztlan by Victor Lopez, to be performed in the informal afternoon concert.

Samba Drumming
FRINGE WORKSHOP

Holding two fringe workshops throughout Sunday was Nikki from Artbeat. Bringing her own Portuguese drums and various percussion instruments, participants enjoyed learning rhythms and hearing how a traditional Samba group sounds altogether – explosive!

Bhangra Dancing
FRINGE

A highly-anticipated fringe event, crowds and participants were not disappointed with Vijay’s excellent performance and workshop. Most of the weekend’s youth had never witnessed Bhangra let along give it a go themselves!

Junior Percussion
WORKSHOP

Led by percussionist-extraordinaire Jackie Kendle, young percussion players really got a taste of everything there was on offer!

The Big Family Sing
WORKSHOP

Following on from the success of our February/March BIG FAMILY SINGING EXPERIENCE workshops, we couldn’t not bring it back for BYME!

The children and their families rehearsed in the Cathedral under the tuition of Helen Hayes – they sounded fab in those acoustics! – and had a selection of fun songs up their sleeve for that afternoon’s concert, including some with actions!

Capoeira
FRINGE

Another highly-anticipated fringe event was another unique one – Capoeira dancing from the group Capoeira Nottingham. Capoeira dancing is an Afro-Brazilian martial art, combining dance, acrobatics and music – simply put, it is something fascinating to watch!

Pictured below was the group’s lead ‘singer’ playing the berimbau. Keeping the tempo and singing to dancers in a ‘call & responce’ way, the berimbau and its player is essential to Capoeira.

Boy, was it hard to photograph them!

The Capoeira dancing begins at 1:00 minute in.

All photos/videos were taken by MfE staff unless otherwise specified. *More pictures coming soon!*

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15/07/2019

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With our Big Youth Experience officially under a week away, MfE’s Kirstie and Robin headed down to BBC Radio Nottingham this morning to chat to Andy & Sarah. 

Particularly interested in the ‘Come & Try Endangered Instruments’ fringe workshops taking place on both days, they were joined by East Midlands Youth Windband member Alistair, who explained why he loved playing the endangered Baritone Sax!

Andy & Sarah were also given a challenge – to learn the flute in a week! 

With a crash course from Kirstie, both presenters seemed up to the challenge. Find out how they get on by listening on Wednesday and hear their final performance on Friday.

More information on the BYME weekend can be found on our website homepage. Remember, BYME is celebrating the youth of Nottinghamshire, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t get involved too!

www.music-for-everyone.org
www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07d4qr7 (from 1.51.30)

Pictured: Kirstie (Youth Programme Officer), Alistair (member of MfE’s East Midland Youth Windband), Robin (Executive Director)

  • Big congratulations to the participants of Saturday’s Blow the Dust off your instrument – despite the dreary weather you helped create a vibrant day of music-making enjoyed by all! See you all in 2020 for the next one! 

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08/07/2019

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The past two weekends have seen our youth groups out & about, bringing their end of term performances to venues across Nottinghamshire!

Greeted by lovely crowds and even lovelier weather, Music for Everyone’s youth did not fail to impress in the gorgeous surrounds of Rufford Abbey, Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre and Rushcliffe’s Proms in the Park.

Click the names of our youth groups to learn more about them!

Saturday 22 June

Nottingham Youth Band @ Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre


Saturday 29 June

Nottingham Youth Band, Nottingham Youth Voices + Nottingham Junior Voices @ Rushcliffe ‘Proms in the Park’


Sunday 30 June

East Midlands Youth String Orchestra, East Midlands Youth Wind Band, + Strictly Strings @ Rufford Abbey

  • Nottingham Festival Chorus met on Saturday for a choral singing day of English Romantic Partsongs – songs about the delights and torments of the English Summer. Pictures on the website here. 
  • Our next NFC course is in October – The Armed Man, limited availability so book your place today!

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24/06/2019

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Music for Everyone is thrilled to announce the NEW Autumn course & concert, The Armed Man. Be a part of the Nottingham Festival Chorus and perform Karl Jenkin’s powerful The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace), and Mack Wilberg’s moving arrangement of All people that on earth do dwell

Plus, we are delighted that guest conductor, Martin Van Der Brugge will be bringing his choir from Holland to join us for this special concert!

Course: Saturday 5, Sunday 6 October
Concert: Saturday 12 October
Full enrolment fee £40. Benefit claimant/student £30. Music available to hire/purchase. More information & booking details on the web page.


  • Can’t wait until October? Join the Nottingham Festival Chorus this Saturday for a day of singing and strawberries! The NFC English Romantics workshop day presents a rare opportunity to explore the choral delights of the English Partsong, including Pearsall, Elgar and music set to Shakespeare texts. Places still available! Music available on the day. Book now online or by calling the office on 0115 9589312.
  • A huge congratulations to Freya Whitfield on winning Lincolnshire’s Young Music Maker of 2019! Thank you to everyone who voted for her following our 3 June #MfEMonday. We look forward to welcoming Freya to our Big Youth Music Experience weekend in July.
  • In collaboration with Sherwood Art Week and Daytime Voices, our Open Voices group are excited to share their inspiring energy in a fun and enjoyable performance entitled ‘Songs from Les Miserables’! Join them for FREE at St Martin’s Church in Sherwood this Friday. More information can be found on their Facebook event

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24/06/2019

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Less than a month to go! Our July BIG YOUTH MUSIC EXPERIENCE weekend is fast approaching. If you’ve been um-ing and ah-ing over whether to sign up, let this #MfEMonday serve as a reminder to do so!

It’s a large-scale festival weekend of youth music-making activities, and with nationally recognised tutors/conductors and top guest ‘acts’, this is a festival to truly celebrate the musical youth of the region.

However, it’s not just for Nottinghamshire’s youth! There are a fabulous selection of ‘festival fringe’ events suitable for everyone to get involved with on the day, regardless of age or experience! These include a steel band and Capoeira dancing (free events), samba drumming and a BIG FAMILY SING for all the family! (pre-booking fee applies).

(Be sure to check out our #MfEMondays blog about our last BIG FAMILY SINGING EXPERIENCE, and listen to the BBC Radio Nottingham feature to hear what’s to come in July! www.music-for-everyone.org/news/mfemondays-0804/)

There are also concerts each day open to the public to enjoy, including the Saturday evening Festival Concert, where an epic Game of Thrones piece brings orchestra, choir and organ together at the Albert Hall.

Full details & tickets can be found on our website: www.music-for-everyone.org/event/the-big-youth-music-experience/, or by ringing the office on 0115 9589312, and we hope you will join us on the 13/14 July to help celebrate Nottinghamshire youth music!


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17/06/2019

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