Third Party Events and Opportunities

Please find below other musical events and groups that may be of interest.


Beeston Voices Youth Choir
Starting 25 February, John Clifford School, Beeston

Join us for this exciting opportunity to be part of a brand new local choir – Beeston Voices Youth Choir!
Building on the success of Beeston Voices Community Choir, we are looking to attract children aged 9-12 who love singing and want to share this passion with others in the area to form an amazing local youth choir!

We’ll be singing a range of songs; mainly contemporary and will be looking to work on quality singing in unison and harmony with lots of expression and percussion thrown in too!

This half term may include songs by One RepublicTones and IMadonnaCharlie Puth,  Tiesto/Rita Ora and Mary Mary.

To sign up for the first free taster session please go to the ‘Enrol’ page and enter your details.


SINGING MASTERCLASS WITH RODERICK WILLIAMS

FOR STUDENTS AGED 16 – 21 YEARS

Nottingham Bach Choir is delighted to be able to offer the opportunity of a singing masterclass led by Roderick Williams.

Date:                     Saturday, 14th March 2020, at 2.00pm

Venue:                 McMahon Room, Nottingham Cathedral Hall

Tickets:                Adult Observers – £5;   Participants and students – FREE

This is a fantastic opportunity for local, young aspiring singers, aged 16 to 21, to perform to, and be coached by, one of this country’s leading professional singers. The masterclass is one of the choir’s initiatives aimed at encouraging young singers supported by a generous legacy from a longstanding Choir member, Liz Chant.

Roderick Williams is one of the most sought after baritones of his generation. He began singing as an academical clerk, reading music, at Magdalen College, Oxford, and now performs a wide repertoire from baroque to contemporary music in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital all around the world, which has included a performance at “The Last Night of the Proms” in 2014.

His numerous recordings include Vaughan Williams, Berkeley and Britten operas for Chandos and an extensive repertoire of English song with pianist Iain Burnside for Naxos.

Roderick Williams is also a composer and has had works premiered at the Wigmore and Barbican Halls, the Purcell Room and live on national radio. He also presents on BBC Radio 3.

Roderick Williams is currently singer-in-residence for “Music in the Round” in Sheffield, presenting concerts and leading on dynamic and innovative learning and participation projects that introduce amateur singers, young and old, to performing classical song repertoire. He has recently performed all three major Schubert song cycles in recital, in both German and English translation, and has taken “Winterreise” into schools around the country working on interpretations of the text with pupils.

Roddy has said “A masterclass is not a singing lesson. It is an opportunity for a student to work with a professional singer in an informal atmosphere considering the approach to a song, with a focus on conveying their interpretation of the text through performance, in front of a sympathetic audience”.

He was awarded an OBE for services to music in June 2017.

For further details regarding the masterclass please visit the Choir website at www.nottinghambachchoir.org.uk

For more information about Roddy, visit www.grovesartists.com/artist/roderick-williams


Nottingham Concert Band promises a ‘Round Britain Whizz’
Saturday 21 March, 7.30pm – Beeston Parish Church

A musical ‘Round Britain Whizz’ is promised in Beeston on Saturday 21 March when Nottingham Concert Band returns with a programme drawing inspiration from every corner of the country. Taking place in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, the concert starts at 7.30pm and is in aid of Emmanuel House.

Led by Ashley Parnell, the 60-strong band will be presenting a huge diversity of music, with the playlist featuring fresh takes on familiar folk tunes and medleys of classic film soundtracks alongside toe-tapping evergreens and archive gems from the heyday of British light entertainment.

The church is located on Middle Street in the centre of Beeston (NG9 1GA), just a short distance from The Square, with plenty of nearby parking and easy access to public transport.

Tickets are £10/£8 (accompanied children free): call Chris/Steph on 0115 925 8494. Reservations can also be made via Kathryn on 07709 756949, e-mail beeston.parish@gmail.com or through music@nottinghamconcertband.org

Founded in 1991, Nottingham Concert Band rehearses weekly in West Bridgford under Music Director Robert Parker. Interest in membership and concerts is always welcome: call 01949 860126 or visit www.nottinghamconcertband.org


Musical Seascapes

Mendelssohn The Hebrides
MacCunn The Wreck of the Hesperus
Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Howells Sir Patrick Spens
Stanford Songs of the Fleet

Saturday 21st Mar 2020 7:30PM

Nottingham Harmonic Choir
Orchestra da Camera

Conductor Richard Laing

Bass-Baritone James Oldfield
Organ Simon Hogan

Our island nation has always been fascinated by the sea, and our greatest composers have been irresistibly drawn to it. Here we present Stanford’s rollicking nautical entertainment alongside Britten’s atmospheric musical pictures, a dramatic cantata by Herbert Howells and an extraordinary melodrama by the great Romantic Hamish MacCunn, (probably never heard in Nottingham before) all prefaced by the anglophile Mendelssohn’s wonderfully vivid picture of Fingal’s Cave. Bring your waterproofs!

Tickets: https://www.nottinghamharmonic.org/concerts/concert/?cname=2020-march


Aquinas Piano Trio

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 7 pm
University Hall, NTU City Campus, Nottingham

Experience an evening of dramatic music in University Hall, as the Aquinas Piano Trio perform works by three of the great romantic composers; Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Saint-Saëns.

Tickets: £5 – £25.

Schumann: Piano Trio No.3 in G minor, Op.110

Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No.1 in G minor

Saint-Saëns: Piano Trio No.2 in E minor, Op.92

Ruth Rogers – violin

Katherine Jenkinson – cello

Martin Cousin – piano

https://www.ntu.ac.uk/about-us/events/events/2020/03/aquinas-piano-trio-at-university-hall


Nottingham Hospitals Choir
Music for Easter

including pieces by Bob Chilcott (Gloria, Jubilate), John Rutter and Eric Whitacre.

Saturday 28th March at 7.30pm

Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Beeston NG9 1EH

Tickets – £5 in advance from the church or call 07891 494377, or £8 on the door.

Registered charity no. 1158462


Saturday 28 March 2020, 10:30am–5pm  |  CBSO Centre

The CBSO are delighted to present our Spring Play-Along Day, where young musicians will have the opportunity to be coached by, and play amongst, members of the CBSO on Saturday 28th March 2020.  If you or someone you know would be interested in applying, please save the date ahead of applications opening the in new year.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with some of the UK’s foremost orchestral musicians, conducted by Chloé van Soeterstède. This year’s repertoire consists of Mussorgsky’s Night on Bare Mountain, and Marquez’s Danzon No.2.

This full-day session will include sectional coaching on the selected repertoire during the morning, followed by tutti rehearsals in the afternoon, with CBSO musicians joining each section to provide ongoing mentoring throughout the rehearsal process.

The day will conclude with an informal final sharing performance to enable participants to share their work from the day with friends and family.

The event will be held at the CBSO’s own rehearsal space – CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF from 10:30 – 17:00, with the final sharing performance taking place at approximately 16:30.

Attendance costs £50 per person and booking is essential. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis following an online application, however ensemble balance will be taken into account.  Please note, we ask that participants are a minimum of grade 5 standard and are in school years 7-13 only (ages 11-18). Applications close on Friday 7 February 2020.


National Youth Recorder Orchestra of Great Britain
7th – 11th April 2020

The NYRO Easter Course is once again at our regular venue, Rugby School. There will be auditions for the Summer Course 2020 during the week, which are also open to students not attending the Easter Course.

This relaxed and informal course includes technique and beginner bass classes as well as chamber music and recorder orchestra sessions. No audition is required, so it is the perfect starting point for younger and less experienced players as well as providing playing challenges for the more advanced.

Players will work in smaller groups according to their playing level. There will also be sessions when everyone plays together. The course will culminate with a concert at Rugby School on the Saturday afternoon for families and friends.

For players who live locally or have less experience of residential courses, we have provided a day student option at a lower cost. Players wishing to take this option will arrive in time for the first morning session and return to their families after the evening playing. Lunch and an evening meal are included in the day rate.

The course is suitable for players aged 10-21 and of around Grade 4 standard up to Diploma level. Parents of children who will  be under the age of 10 years at the start of the course or who have not reached Grade 4 standard should consult the Administrator before booking – admin@nyro.org.uk.

The fees are £345 for full board and £255 for day students. A non-refundable deposit of £75 is required to secure your place.


Harps and Flutes weekend at Higham Hall
Friday 8 May – Sunday 10 May 2020

The course begins at 6.30pm on Friday 8 May until 1.30 pm on Sunday 10 May and is £258 residential and £189 non-residential. The course presents opportunities for flute ensemble work as well as mixed gatherings with the harps. This all takes place in the lovely setting of Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH. Further information about the course can be found at: www.highamhall.com. To enjoy the course they would suggest that to be Grade 3 standard and above would be preferable.


BINGHAM CHORAL SOCIETY COMPOSING COMPETITION
Composers are invited to submit a piece for the Bingham and District Choral Society Composing Competition.
Open to composers under 30 who normally live in the East Midlands.
There is no entry fee.
THE BRIEF
Bingham Choral will be performing a concert on April 24th 2021 which will include:
Bernstein Chichester Psalms (harp, organ, percussion)
Rutter Requiem (flute, oboe, percussion, harp, cello, organ)

Composers are invited to produce a piece to open this concert, as follows:
A setting of words from the psalms (just one psalm, or more than one: extract(s) are fine).
In English, Latin or Hebrew (if the latter, of course, tranliterated phonetically into the English alphabet)
One movement or a group of shorter ones. Total duration 8 to 12 minutes.
Any idiom, but suitable for a non-audition choir. The appropriateness of the piece for a non-audition choir will be a major consideration in the judging. If a submitted piece is going to prove a major challenge for the choir, then it has not met the criteria and would not be judged the winner.
For SATB choir (with maybe occassional divisions) and piano (or organ), but the winner will be asked to score the accompaniment for all or some of: flute, oboe, percussion, harp, cello and organ after the competition is judged, and to provise the full score and parts.
One soloist (soprano, or counter-tenor) may be used if desired.
THE PRIZE
£500
A performance in the above-mentioned concert, for which the winner will received up to four free tickets.
The society will pay for the production of vocal scores, and the composer will be able to keep these, plus full score and parts, after the concert for use with other choirs in the future.
THE DEADLINES
Closing date for entries is July 31st 2020.
Judging will be completed by September 30th 2020, and the participants notified of the result.
The winner will then have until January 31st to complete the scoring.

Full details: http://www.binghamchoral.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/BDCS-composing-competition-rules-and-info-for-those-taking-part-1-converted.pdf


NEW SINGERS WELCOME !

The Cranmer Company of Singers is looking for a few additional singers to join us for an exciting year of singing.

We are a welcoming, friendly choir who have a lot of fun socially whilst singing absolutely wonderful music in brilliant venues around the U.K. and abroad. In 2020 we have been invited to sing at Christchurch Priory, Lichfield Cathedral and Palma Cathedral in Mallorca ! Our trip to Mallorca in April, 2020 will be a wonderful experience singing in the incredible Cathedral and in several other venues on this beautiful island. In addition to this we will host our annual Good Friday charity ‘Come & Sing’ at Bottesford Church, singing the beautiful Rutter ‘Requiem’. Everyone is welcome to join us for this event. We also put on concerts in the local area, sometimes with an orchestra which is always very exciting.

Come along and join us for a few rehearsals to see how you get along !

Please contact Deborah Davies on 0775 909 1160 or email cranmercompany@googlemail.com for more information or just to have a chat about the possibility of joining us.