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What is Make Music Day UK?

Make Music Day UK is an annual UK wide, free day of music held in public spaces, from squares to libraries, bandstands to school halls and arts centres, held on the summer solstice, 21 June. This is the UK’s contribution to the international summer solstice music celebration which first started in France in 1982 and now takes place in over 120 countries and 750 cities across the world. Make Music Day UK aims to turn the country into a stage, and offer a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

  • Make Music Day UK is: performed by anyone, enjoyed by everyone.
  • A way for everybody in the UK to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a range of the fantastic music-making which goes on all year round.
  • A DIY celebration of music when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  • A chance for anyone to have a go at singing or trying an instrument, and finding out how they, too, can become musicians.
  • Make Music Day UK is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

When and where does Make Music Day UK take place?

Make Music Day UK takes place on the summer solstice, 21 June every year, in different spaces and places all over the UK. In 2017, over 140 events were affiliated with Make Music Day, bringing all sorts of venues to life with music.

Who is Make Music Day UK?

Make Music Day UK is currently supported by an alliance of over twenty organisations, headed by Making Music, Music for All and media partner Classic FM with support from Arts Council England, the Musicians’ UnionMusic Sales and the NAMM Foundation. Make Music Day UK is part of the international Make Music Alliance.

 

For further information, please email uk@makemusicday.org.

2017 Listings: Wednesday, June 21st

  

More Music

Thank you for coming to Make Music Day UK 2017. We hope you enjoyed it! If it has inspired you to make more music, we have handpicked some websites to enable you to continue your music making journey.

Find a music group to join

Search from thousands of amateur music groups across the UK: from choral societies to samba groups, symphony orchestras to festivals – www.makingmusic.org.uk/resources/find-a-group-list

Connect with a teacher

Find a music teacher and music lessons that are right for you at www.musicteachers.co.uk

Locate a music shop near you

For recommended music shops, visit www.trustedmusicstore.org.uk

Find your local Music Education Hub

Check out the opportunities with your local Music Education Hub at www.musicmark.org.uk

Take part in the 2018 Make Music Day

Whether you play an instrument, sing, DJ or run a band or group, Make Music Day 2018 needs you! Always on 21 June, there will be loads of ways to get involved. Sign up to our mailing list to receive all the latest news and registration details.

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We did it!

June 26, 2017

Make Music Day UK was a roaring success with 148 events happening all over the country. We’ve started a YouTube playlist of event videos – if you want us to add yours, just email us the URL. Have a look at some of the best photos from the day on Flickr. 148 registered events tookContinue Reading »

Make Music Day near you – London! (3/3)

June 19, 2017

Make Music Day is this Wednesday! If you want to celebrate in the UK and you are not already part of an event, use our interactive listings map to find events near you. We have all sorts of FREE concerts and performances going on in towns and cities throughout the country. In this post weContinue Reading »

Make Music Day near you – Wales and the South! (2/3)

June 19, 2017

Make Music Day is this Wednesday! If you want to celebrate in the UK and you are not already part of an event, use our interactive listings map to find events near you. We have all sorts of concerts and performances going on in towns and cities throughout the country. We’ve picked out some highlightsContinue Reading »

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Make Music Day UK is currently supported by an alliance of over twenty organisations, headed by Making Music, Music for All and media partner Classic FM with support from  Arts Council England, the Musicians’ UnionMusic Sales and the NAMM Foundation. Make Music Day UK is part of the international Make Music Alliance.

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Check out images from previous Make Music Days elsewhere in the world

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We did it!

Make Music Day UK was a roaring success with 148 events happening all over the country. We’ve started a YouTube playlist of event videos – if you want us to add yours, just email us the URL. Have a look at some of the best photos from the day on Flickr.

148 registered events took place all over the UK. We even discovered a few events via Facebook and Twitter that hadn’t registered on the website, so the actual number will be even higher. It’s an incredible achievement in a short space of time, and we would like to thank all the event organisers and performers who created such great musical experiences to share with the public, and at such short notice!

Geographically, there were events from Aberdeen to Falmouth, from Swansea to Norwich, in Nunthorpe, Shrewsbury, London, Swanage, Redhill, Watford, Stourbridge, Liverpool, Nelson and many more towns and cities.

Spaces used for events included bandstands, city squares, libraries, schools, churches, shopping centres, hospices, hospitals – and the London Eye.

Our Highlights

The Bring Me Sunshine flashmob in the heart of the City of London wowed the lunchtime crowds – thanks to ABRSM and Music in Offices). 

Lots of orchestras joined in…

…and choirs…

…bands filled bandstands…

…and there was lots of sunshine. I mean, LOTS of sunshine! Make Music Day was the hottest day of the year!

International day of music

As well as events in the UK, Make Music Day was celebrated around the world! Here are some of the most exciting things we could find:

USA

Make Music Day events took place in over 20 US states.

The New York Times wrote a round-up of the events in and around New York City. We also enjoyed watching this jam in Seattle.

World-famous landmarks including Niagara Falls were lit up orange to celebrate Make Music Day

(Photo property of Make Music Alliance)

France

Check out photos from Fête de la Musique Tous à Toulouse and watch clips of artists including Texas and Imany

Germany 

Watch this round-up of events in Henningsdorf

Nigeria

A huge celebration concert took place in Lagos

Japan

Watch the stream of a concert in Kohima

India

Rajib Sarkar decided to sing with strangers to celebrate

Thanks for coming with us on this crazy Make Music Day adventure, and here’s to an even bigger and better Make Music Day on 21 July 2018. Sign up to our mailing list for updates between now and then…

Make Music Day near you – London! (3/3)

Make Music Day is this Wednesday! If you want to celebrate in the UK and you are not already part of an event, use our interactive listings map to find events near you. We have all sorts of FREE concerts and performances going on in towns and cities throughout the country.

In this post we have picked out some highlights in London.

London Bridge: Performers will entertain commuters throughout the day, and there’s a singalong between 5.30pm and 6pm with The Choir with No Name. Plus head over to Redcross Garden at lunchtime with your ukulele for an alfresco strum-along with Ukulele Wednesdays’ own Lorraine Bow!

Westminster: Chamber trio Oboi perform in Westminster Music Library at 6pm.

City of London: There’s a special Big City Sing event in Paternoster Square at lunchtime – prepare to be amazed!

Embankment: The bandstand at Victoria Embankment Gardens will host live performers between 12.30-1.30. Bring your lunch and enjoy the show.

Also look out for: Various bands playing at The Beehive, Kender & Grove Park Singers in Deptford Lounge, the Culpeper poets with live music in Islington, and lots of open rehearsals, Open Mic nights and more.

I hope you can make it to some of our fabulous Make Music Day events. Don’t forget to use the listings map to find other events near you. Meanwhile, keep us up to date with your Make Music Day activities by tagging #MakeMusic and @MakeMusicDayUK in your social media posts.

Have a wonderful Make Music Day!

Make Music Day near you – Wales and the South! (2/3)

Make Music Day is this Wednesday! If you want to celebrate in the UK and you are not already part of an event, use our interactive listings map to find events near you. We have all sorts of concerts and performances going on in towns and cities throughout the country.

We’ve picked out some highlights in Southern England, East of England and Wales

WALES

Cardiff: Our flagship event in Wales features the intrepid  Ukulele Wolves and Making Music member choirs who will tour the city of Cardiff by bus, bringing pop up performances to various locations throughout the city.

Also look out for the Morristown Ladies’ Choir, holding an open rehearsal in Swansea

SOUTH WEST ENGLAND

Yeovil: Phoenix Voices give a concert in the Performing Arts Library in Yeovil

Newquay: Get into the summer solstice spirit with music, bbq and surf at Towan Headland in Cornwall.

Swanage: On the Dorset coast, Swanage Town Band will entertain the town with a big Swanage singalong.

Also look out for a night of folk performances at the Yew Tree Inn in Clifford’s Mesne, Gloucestershire,

EAST AND SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND

Norfolk: A whole host of performers line up to play at the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital and Chapelfield Bandstand.  

Farnham: Join Farnham Youth Choir at Lamb and Lion Yard for a rush-hour performance of some choral favourites  

Redhill: A special Midsummer listen, sing and sign concert in Redhill Memorial Park with The Include Choir and Vocal Dimension Chorus

Watford: Local bands Voyageurs Ambassadors of Music USA Star of Texas and The Iconics grace the beautiful period bandstand in Cassiobury Park.

Caterham: The North Downs Community Orchestra perform in the Church Walk Shopping Centre and invite all-comers to their regular rehearsal

Also look out for classical recitals at Benslow Music Trust and Esher Parish Church, and a whole heap of open rehearsals.

I hope you can find something to suit your tastes among these performances! One final blog to follow with teasers for Greater London events.

Don’t forget to use the listings map to find other events near you and keep us up to date with your Make Music Day activities by tagging #MakeMusic and @MakeMusicDayUK in your social media posts.

Make Music Day near you – Scotland, The North and The Midlands! (1/3)

Make Music Day is this Wednesday! If you want to celebrate in the UK and you are not already taking part in an event, use our interactive listings map to find events near you. We have all sorts of FREE concerts and performances going on in towns and cities throughout the country.

In this post we’ve picked out some of the highlights in Scotland, Northern England and The Midlands.

SCOTLAND

Aberdeen: Head over to Marischal College Quadrangle to hear a lunchtime performance by the Aberdeen City Council choir, including a singalong for all.

Edinburgh: At the Grassmarket you can catch InChorus choir performing at lunchtime, and in the evening rush hour join the Come and Sing event led by Stockbridge Colonies Choir and Jennifer Sterling, organised by Making Music Scotland.

Crieff: In James Square, Strathearn Singers Ladies Choral are performing some favourite songs in the afternoon.

Also look out for open rehearsals by Cadenza choir in Edinburgh and Lanarkshire Guitar and Mandolin Association near Glasgow.

NORTHERN ENGLAND

Leeds: In the Leeds Performing Arts Library a number of local performers including Stephandhersax and Bernie Haynes are appearing throughout the day

York: Make your way over to St Helen’s Square where the CanSing! Choir are performing at lunchtime, and various other acts appear throughout the afternoon

Nelson (Lancs): In Victoria Park, Odall UK will play some modern hits in the early evening

Also look out for A Guitar & Ukulele Music Celebration at Nunthorpe Academy in Middlesbrough, 0pen rehearsals in York (Cobweb Orchestra), Alderley Edge (Alderley Edge Orchestra) and Liverpool (Mersey Harmony)

MIDLANDS

Stourbridge: Several live bands perform in the bandstand at Mary Stevens Park

Retford: Acts throughout the day in the Market Square, including classical, folk and acoustic ensembles

Nottingham: Musical entertainment for all ages and tastes at NPALS (Radford-Lenton Library) between 2-9pm

Also look out for Choral evensong at Lichfield Cathedral, open rehearsals by the Got2Sing Choirs and Walsall College’s Party in the Park at Walsall Arboretum

I hope you can find something to suit your tastes among these performances! More blogs to follow with teasers for the rest of the country.Don’t forget to use the listings map to find other events near you and keep us up to date with your Make Music Day activities by tagging #MakeMusic and @MakeMusicDayUK in your social media posts.

 

Bring Me Sunshine!

You may or may not know that Make Music Day UK has an official song for 2017: Bring Me Sunshine. 

The song Bring Me Sunshine dates from 1966 (a good enough reason to adopt it as a theme song in the UK  surely – perhaps it can bring us some luck on the football pitch?!). The original music is by Arthur Kent, to lyrics by Sylvia Dee, but to almost everyone in the UK over a certain age, the song is indelibly linked to the effervescent comedy duo Morecambe and Wise (fun fact: apparently Morecambe’s childhood nickname was Sunshine). But that’s not the only reason we chose this catchy number to be our theme song for this year’s Make Music Day.

Celebrating the solstice

Make Music Day is celebrated on June 21 – otherwise known as the Summer Solstice. What better way to celebrate the longest day and the official start of summer than by singing about the sunshine? Come rain or shine on the day itself, we’ll be bringing sunshine to everyone through music.

Download the arrangements

If you’re performing on Make Music Day, why not use one of our free arrangements – including versions for choirs, instrumental ensembles and soloists – for your own group or band? Visit the Participate pages to view and download our specially commissioned arrangements.

Meanwhile, here’s a couple of recent covers to whet your appetite, or give you some inspiration: 

Bring Me Sunshine performed by University of Sheffield at UniBrass 2016

Bring Me Sunshine performed by Ashleigh Wood

Get ready to radiate that sunshine on Make Music Day!

What is Make Music Day?

It might not be something you’ve heard of before, but Make Music Day isn’t new. It’s actually been around for over 30 years. Make Music Day started out as a small music festival in Paris in 1982 but has grown into a huge international celebration of music, now marked in over 120 countries. It is always held on 21 June each year, the summer solstice day.

It doesn’t matter if your contribution to Make Music Day is big or small – anything goes, as long as it is free, musical and fun! If you don’t want to perform, we will also need volunteers on the day itself to help us co-ordinate events that are happening up and down the country.

An event can be anything: concerts, open rehearsals, jam sessions, pop up events, indoor and outdoor gigs, taster sessions. It can be in your school, college, local park, workplace…or wherever you want to perform. Help us to bring music to the whole of the UK this summer solstice. 

Contact

Alison Porter, Project Manager

uk@makemusicday.org

+44 (0)20 7939 6030

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