Third Party Events and Opportunities

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

CBSO Youth Orchestra Applications for 2019-20 Season Now Open!

Open to all Midlands young musicians aged 13 (in year 9) to 21, the CBSO Youth Orchestra gives its members an unmatched opportunity to be part of an internationally renowned orchestral organisation, playing challenging music in prestigious venues with top professional conductors and soloists.

Members of the CBSO Youth Orchestra benefit from:

  • Sectional coaching from CBSO musicians
  • Performances with leading professional conductors
  • The chance to play in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, one of Europe’s finest orchestral concert venues
  • Performing exciting and adventurous music, including regular world and UK premieres
  • The support of the CBSO’s management team – exactly like a professional orchestra

Course Dates:

October Course:
Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November 2019

February Course:
Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February 2020

Academy Course:
Saturday 18 – Sunday 26 July 2020

To join the CBSO Youth Orchestra applicants need to undertake an audition with a panel of CBSO musicians, just like a professional orchestral audition.

We ask that applicants are working at a minimum of grade 7 standard for strings and grade 8 for woodwind/brass/percussion.

Auditions will take place in May, June and July 2019 – please see the website for further details:

If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact Sophie Adams on

Far from the Home I love
1st June 2019

Loughborough Town of Sanctuary, a local charity, are hosting a special piano concert by International pianist Margaret Fingerhut to raise awareness of refugee needs as well as to collect funds for City of Sanctuary refugee groups.

Further details may be found here

Or visit the website here:

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.

Musical Director, Nottingham

Lyrical soNGbirds is a lively, dedicated group of about 18 women who take our music seriously and wish to recruit a new MD to start in September 2019 to work with us to develop our choir to its maximum potential.

An accomplished musician, you will have experience of conducting choirs, and be willing to encompass a variety of musical styles. You will demonstrate commitment, reliability and organisational skills. Our ideal candidate would be able to accompany the choir on the keyboard at rehearsals, and incorporate modern voice training techniques into rehearsals.

An hourly teaching rate is paid for rehearsals, subject to negotiation. We meet in term-time on Tuesday mornings 10-12 at Bramcote, Nottingham and our recent pattern for performances has included two or three concerts a year with occasional smaller, less formal events on request.

For further details and to apply, please contact Carys Thomas. 01509 853975, email

Closing date:  16 July 2019

The Spooky Men’s Chorale with Stephen Taberner,  Nottingham 2019

I’m pleased to tell you the Spooky Men will be returning to Nottingham on the evening of Friday 19th July to play once again in the lovely St. Mary’s Church, High Pavement.  This is the link for tickets

The following morning, Saturday 20th July from 11 – 12.30, Stephen will be holding a workshop at St. Martin’s Church, Trevose Gardens, Sherwood.  If you would like to join us, please email me to put your name down.  The cost will be £10 unless you are coming to the gig, when it will be £7. It’s hard to describe Stephen’s sense of humour, or his excellent song choices, or the sound he can get out of any group of people .. you have to experience them!

For anyone who isn’t sure who I’m talking about, this is their promo video

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.