1 week to go until Make Music Day 2018!

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Make Music Day takes place next Thursday 21st June, on the longest day of the year (aka The Summer Solstice)!

It’s an annual worldwide celebration, with free music events taking place in venues and public spaces – from shops to libraries, bandstands to town squares and train stations.

You can get involved in an event near you while joining thousands of other music lovers around the world in over 120 countries

With events across the UK, there’s bound to be something for every musical taste.

As we’ve explained in our previous articles, Make Music Day is a DIY event that needs you to make it happen. There’s loads that the event can do for your business. There’s still time, it’s not too late to hold an event or register yourself or your venue on the website: makemusicday.co.uk/register/

Or, if you’re sitting back and enjoying this year’s festivities, get thinking about your MMD 2019 event!

Here’s some of the highlights from around the country. Use this interactive map to find out what’s happening near you!

Northern England and The Midlands

LIVERPOOL: Mersey Harmony, Liverpool’s only female barbershop chorus, are hosting a Make Music Day takeover in the Bombed Out Church, hosting groups including Staged Kaos, Liverpool Signing Choir, Liverpool Ukulele Band and the Tone Roses.

NORTH YORKSHIRE: Family singalong session at Malham Tarn Field Centre in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales as part of the Rural Music theme. This will be held outdoors and involves singing, dancing and enjoying making music together in this stunning setting!

GRANTHAMIsaac’s iPod is a short musical event relating famous portrait paintings and their artists to the music of their time, performed in Grantham Library by Sixteen-Eighty-Five on a variety of period instruments including recorders, crumhorns, symphony and percussion, along with local singers.

Southern and Eastern England

NORWICH: Join a scratch orchestra drop-in at Norwich Playhouse, or head to the Martineau Memorial Hall for a special performance of Terry Riley’s In C, performed by a large ensemble of disabled musicians who have worked with the charity Musical Keys.

BRISTOL: Making Music presents a showcase of the best local talent from Bristol and beyond. Join us on Castle Park bandstand for performances by school groups and choirs, opportunities to have a go on instruments and much more.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE: Music for midsummer’s eve at the National Perry Pear Centre
an acoustic evening for choirs, musicians and singers of all genres. Perry and other refreshments will be available.

London

LONDON BRIDGE: The MMD flagship London event takes place at More London’s The ScoopKinetika Bloco will lead a carnival-style procession across London Bridge. Live music in the evening includes: The Great Malarkey, The Tribe and a Brass Band Jam, all hosted by Carmen Mon Oxide.

THE BRITISH LIBRARY hosts a gospel performance on the piazza featuring John Fisher and IDMC Gospel Soul Choir, the Gospel Music Industry Alliance (GMIA), Juliet Fletcher and the Nostalgia Steelband.

TOWER HAMLETS primary schools perform at Rich Mix, in the culmination of their singing project with vocal supergroup Apollo5.

FARRINGDON: Deaf Rave and The Midi Music Company present X-posé in partnership with Fabric Nightclub featuring an eclectic mix of Deaf and female DJs, Sign Song emerging artists and special guests.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

NEW QUAY, CEREDIGION: Music Bunker have a big day of music events planned to celebrate Make Music Day and the Summer Solstice.

BANGOR, CO DOWN: Creating Connections is a night of creative collaborations curated by Beyond Skin at Bangor Castle, for Make Music Day and Refugee Week.

EDINBURGH: A feast of choirs and bands will entertain the crowds.at Make Music Day’s flagship Scottish event from the spectacular roof terrace of the Waverley Mall in Edinburgh. Enjoy free music and a singalong for everyone, while taking in the incredible views of the city.

For all information, please see: https://makemusicday.co.uk/