Third Party Events and Opportunities

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


‘Let’s Make a Soundtrack!’- Nottinghamshire Family Orchestra & Chorus

Saturday 9 March, 10am-4pm
Saturday 16 March, 10am-1pm
Metronome, Huntingdon Street NG1 1AP

This unique, creative and fun event is called Let’s Make A Soundtrack, where we form a Family Orchestra and Choir to create and perform a short soundtrack as a part of the Sound Stage Festival of Music and the Moving Image ( We have a good number signed up already, but we now need more violinists.

This year, they’ll help to create a new musical soundtrack to Georges Méliès’ 1905 silent film, An Adventurous Automobile Trip.

The new piece will be created in just one day, on Saturday 9 March, where most of the ideas will come from the participants, and then developed with help from the BBC Philharmonic team, including animateur, Richard Taylor and BBC Philharmonic cellist Rachel Morton. This session will be informal, inspiring and, most importantly, fun! Then there’s a rehearsal on the morning of Saturday 16 March, when it all gets put together, before a public performance at 1pm.

Whatever your instrument, at whatever level, you can come and join in.

And it’s all FREE! You just have to bring at least one other member of your family with you.

If your family member doesn’t play, then that’s fine too, as they can play percussion in the orchestra or sing with the choir.

Sat 9 March       10am – 4pm – Creative session at Metronome.
Sat 16 March     10am – 12pm – Rehearsal for performance
1pm – Performance

The rehearsals take place at Metronome on Huntingdon Street in Nottingham city centre. All sessions and entrance to the performance are FREE.

To sign up for the Family Orchestra and Chorus, please fill in the online form here:

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Sunday 17 March, 3pm
The Venue @ De Montford University, Leicester

Internationally renowned National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is a glittering showcase for the UK’s finest young professional jazz musicians.

NYJO returns to De Montford University to perform a variety of well known jazz classics alongside brand new commissions from some of today’s most exciting composers, with guest appearances from DMU Jazz Band and members of Leicestershire Music Service Big Band.

Tickets available at, all enquiries please email


Do you have a passion for taking part in theatre?

Do you love to sing? Or act?

Do you want to work with Nottingham Playhouse’s Artistic Director, Adam Penford?

Then come and join our Coram Boy community company!

We’re looking for up to 100 people to join our acting company and choir for this summer’s production of Coram Boy, an epic adventure play based on the award winning novel by Jamila Gavin, at Nottingham’s iconic Albert Hall.

You’ll have the chance to work with leading industry professionals, develop your performance skills and be part of a diverse and talented group of performers. No experience is necessary, it’s free to take part and you need to be aged 12 years or over. 

For more information and to apply, visit and search ‘Coram Boy Community Company’. The application deadline is 17thMarch 2019.

You will need to commit to weekly evening and Saturday morning rehearsals from mid-May, with technical rehearsals running each evening and Saturdays from 22ndJuly and performances 7th– 10thAugust.

Watch this short trailer:

Aurora Saxophone Ensemble with St Martin’s Cafe Concert

Saturday 16 March, 2pm
St Martin’s Church,

Tea, coffee, cake and great music in a relaxed cafe style setting. Tickets on the door £3/£2 concessions.

For further information please email

Peacock Angell

Saturday 16 March, 7.30pm
Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road

Peacock Angell draws the audience into the world of working-class Northern Irish shipyard poet and dramatist Thomas Carnduff, performing original musical settings of poems interwoven with biographical excerpts, and giving a fascinating insight into life of early-20th century Belfast. A truly captivating mix of the historical, political and personal.

Tickets available from church office – 0115 9431164

The University of Nottingham Choir, Chamber Choir & Philharmonia

Saturday 16 March, 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, High Pavement

Bruckner Motets: Libera me, Afferentur regi & Christus factus est
Louise Farrenc Symphony No.3
Mozart Requiem

Jonathan Tilbrook
Katie Temple
Henry Chappell
Zoe Nendick

The concert will open with Bruckner’s ever popular Motets: Libera me, Afferentur regi & Christus factus est, then Farrenc’s Symphony No.3 with its bold and energetic melodies, before closing with Mozart’s Requiem. Although Mozart died before completing his Requiem it is one of the most popular works in the choral canon and has not been performed by the University in 20 years, making this a concert not to be missed!

£13 (£11 concessions, £10 students, £6 UoN students)

Nottingham Concert Band presents a ‘Springtime Serenade’

Saturday 23 March, 7.30pm
Parish Church of St John the Baptist, NG9 1GA

A ‘Springtime Serenade’ is promised on Saturday 23 March when Nottingham Concert Band returns to Beeston with an evening of music in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist. The concert starts at 7.30pm and is in aid of Emmanuel House.

The 60-strong band is planning an exciting programme and MD Robert Parker is looking forward to serenading the audience with some delightful musical gems. ‘We’ll be embracing a huge range of tastes and styles – from swing-era evergreens to popular light classics – so I’m sure there will be something in the programme to please everyone!’ he says.

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 or through

Founded in 1991, Nottingham Concert Band rehearses weekly in West Bridgford. Interest in membership and concerts is always welcome: call Jill or Jeff on 01949 860126 or visit

Julian Bliss Jazz Septet

Thursday 28 March, 7.30pm
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Virtuoso clarinettist Julian Bliss and his jazz septet of hand-picked musicians from across the jazz circuit return to Nottingham Royal Concert Hall for an evening of knockout arrangements of music by George Gershwin and his contemporaries.

This performance will bring some of the Gershwins’ better-known music, combining George’s mastery of classical composition and arrangement techniques with a knack for writing catchy melodies. Expect favorites such as: The Man I Love, Porgy and Bess Suite, Lady Be Good (Rifftide), Fascinating Rhythm, I got Rhythm and Sweet Georgia Brown.

The Septet has played at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals around the world, including the famous Ronnie Scott’s, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bermuda Jazz Festival, and, in 2018, two sell-out shows at Lincoln Center, New York. Their debut recording – A Tribute to Benny Goodman – was released to critical acclaim from jazz and classical reviewers alike.


Students can access £5 tickets through the FREE Go Card scheme:

A Musical Theatre Chorus

Saturday 13 April, 10am-10pm
Sherwood United Reformed Church

Soundswell Choir are opening their doors and inviting you to a musical theatre workshop day lead by singer, actor and chorus coach Rob Gildon.

For full information please see this pdf document: A MUSICALTHEATRE CHORUS

Tickets £15 for the morning/afternoon session, £8 for the evening, or £18 for the whole day.

Come & Sing – Mozart’s ‘Requiem’

Good Friday 19 April, 4.30pm
Bottesford Parish Church

The Cranmer Company of Singers and Musical Director Deborah Davies are  hosting another charity Come & Sing. This popular event, where time and talents are freely given, raised a record £1,908 in 2017 then £1,400 in 2018, so bring your voice, bring a friend, have a good time and see how much we can raise in 2019.

The Guardian describes it as uniquely breathtaking music that shows us pain, lament and fleeting serenity. All who sing it feel the intensity of the score and few can help wondering about the chilling mystery around its composition. The stories fuelled the famous play and film Amadeus.

All welcome – £6/8/10 to sing, tiered as we ask you to select the amount you wish to give. Music provided if required.

Donations on door from audience. Money raised will go to charity – Tearfund Yemen Crisis Appeal.

Rehearsal starts 4.30pm (arrive earlier), charity performance  7.30pm.

Singers please book your place by contacting Anny: or 07415 512729

Local Soloists: Rachel Cropley, Sarah Morris, Colin Reed, Geoff Harbach
Organist: Paul Hayward
Conductor: Deborah Davies

Singers – if you wish, bring a picnic supper to have between rehearsal and performance. Sober dress  –  Men: suit & tie, Ladies: sober Sunday best.

Come …. and ….Sing, or Come & Listen, you will be made very welcome.


May 3rd at 18:30 to May 5th at 13:30

Friendly and relaxed, with music available for Harp (all abilities) and Flute (suggested level Grade 3 and above). Build confidence and reduce anxiety about performing. Opportunities for separate ensembles as well as a mixed gathering. After a free informal midday concert you will deserve your lunch!

Anna Christensen (Harp) and Rachel Holt (Flute)

Residential: £253 Non-residential: £186 

Wild Voice Festival of Singing

Friday 31 May – Sunday 2 June
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Northamptonshire

The Wild Voice Festival of Singing will bring together Singing workshops, well-being and adventurous activities from yoga…tai chi…archery…paddle boarding…singing around the campfire… and so much more! It promises to be an incredibly enriching weekend and is being held in the beautiful grounds of Kelmarsh hall and Gardens, Northamptonshire, Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June.
The tickets are on sale to the general public for £199 but we are offering anyone that sings in a choir a special ticket rate of £99 for the whole weekend.
The ticket price includes all the workshops and activities & a space to camp/bring a caravan/campervan (food and drink are not included but there will be places for you to buy/eat).
Alternatively choir members can choose to visit for the day/wknd or if you like a bit of luxury you can upgrade to ‘glamping’ – details of which are all featured on our website.
You can see a lot more information about the festival here:
People that are interested in attending please email or ring Jess on 01604 549201.

Musicians Wanted!

Since its formation in 1996, Ashby Concert Band has grown to become one of the foremost concert bands in the East Midlands, with over 50 committed and enthusiastic woodwind, brass and percussion players. However, due to people moving away, we find ourselves in need of more musicians- prominently trumpets/cornets and a tuba player. We would also welcome any trombonists, bassoon and kit players who would like to join too. We rehearse on Monday evenings from 7:30-9:30pm at Holy Trinity Church in Ashby de la Zouch, taking a break for socialising and a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits (or very often, cake!)

Through a regular programme of high quality concerts, often raising money for local charities, the Band entertains its audiences through a wide musical repertoire, including classics, original works for bands, film music and music from the musicals. We draw large audiences and have played at venues across the East Midlands, on tours in the UK and Europe and of course, in Ashby de la Zouch itself.

If you are of grade 5 or above standard (you do not need to have taken the exam) and are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact Adrian Ashton (Musical Director) on or find us on Facebook.


The Cranmer Company of Singers is looking for a few additional tenors and basses to join us for an exciting year of singing. Whilst we are particularly looking for a few more men, we would also welcome enquiries from altos and sopranos.

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. This year we have been asked to sing at Beverley Minster, Tewkesbury Abbey and at the Bazilika in Budapest! In addition to this we will host our annual Good Friday charity ‘Come & Sing’ at Bottesford Church, this year singing the powerful and beautiful Mozart ‘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 01949 851030 or 0775 909 1160 or email for more information or just to have a chat about the possibility of joining us.