Artists in residence Vida Guitar Quartet
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Perhaps we should have known that it was going to be an extraordinary year after the exciting way our first major event of the season, The Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, concluded. The first prize of £2000 was won in November 2015 by baritone Julien Van Mellaerts. Julien was the reserve finalist and only found out he was singing in the final in the Wigmore Hall at 6pm the night before it took place, when another candidate had to pull out. Perhaps the fact that he didn’t have much time to think about it helped steady his nerves! The 2016 final will be held in the Wigmore Hall on October 28th, I hope you can join us. Then in February we were delighted to win a major, national award for one of our large scale events. Our OperaPLUS project, (which sees children and young people perform alongside a professional cast in a full length performance of a well-known opera) won Best Classical Music Education Initiative in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, sponsored by Classic FM, via a public vote. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, we are thrilled by this recognition. The other exciting news I have to report is that Vida Guitar Quartet will be our artists in residence, commencing this year (see article page 4). Vida features two of our well known tutors, Mark Eden and Chris Stell of the Eden Stell Guitar Duo, who take our annual guitar course. We have a long association with the duo and many shared values with music education at the heart. We are very
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Last year I gave an update on our plans to build a new teaching studio at Jackdaws. It has been a long journey with many twists in the road, but we are still on course and have great hopes of the build being undertaken this year. I would like to thank everyone who has donated to the campaign, and if you would still like to do so there is further information on page 19.
Fri 30 – Sun 2 Oct Performance Anxiety: How About a Change in Focus? Ruth Harte | Piano | Page 7
It was with sadness that we learnt of the loss of a great friend to Jackdaws, Sarah Wheeler, who passed away in April 2016 after a long battle with cancer. She was an inspiration to many, myself included, when as a volunteer at Jackdaws she worked on several fundraising campaigns, including the one which enabled us to buy our premises. We also sadly lost one of our tutors, the extraordinary pianist and teacher Kenneth Van Barthold. They both touched many people’s lives and will not be forgotten at Jackdaws. We have a wonderful range of courses this season, featuring new tutors alongside familiar faces. The spotlight on new tutors (page 5) has more information. I think the Golden Age of Broadway with expert Paul Knight will be a big hit, as will the improvising for classical pianists with Mark Polishook, so do book early. You may want to consider becoming a “Friend” which includes early and discounted booking among its benefits. There is also a big anniversary for Granados in 2017 so we are very pleased to be welcoming back Carlos Aransay to help you with your “Singing in Spanish”! I look forward to seeing you all in the valley soon.
Fri 7 – Sun 9 October Singing & Imagination Ameral Gunson | Voice | Page 10 Fri 14 – Sun 16 October Memorisation, Sight-Reading & Piano Technique Melanie Spanswick | Piano | Page 7
Fri 24 – Sun 26 March The Complete Pianist Margaret Fingerhut | Piano | Page 8
Sunday 11 December Singing with Confidence Jessica Walker | One Day | Page 6
Fri 31 March – Sun 2 April A Song By Any Other Name Richard Jackson | Voice | Page 11
Friday 16 December Jackdaws Christmas Concert by Candlelight Great Elm Church | Concert | Page 23
Fri 7 – Sun 9 April Singing Handel Rosa Mannion | Voice | Page 11
Fri 27 – Sun 29 January Sing Sing Sing Evelyn Tubb & Michael Fields | Voice | Page 10
Fri 21 – Sun 23 October Recorder Weekend Anna Stegmann | Wind | Page 14
Thurs 2 – Sun 5 February Guitar Ensemble Eden Stell Guitar Duo | Strings | Three Day Course | Page 14
Fri 28 – Sun 30 October Finding your Voice at the Piano Stephen Savage | Piano | Page 7
Fri 10 – Sun 12 February Opera Workshop Mary Plazas | Voice | Page 11
Fri 4 – Sun 6 November The Healthy Voice Russell Smythe | Voice | Page 10
Fri 17 - Sun 19 February The City Musick - Renaissance Wind Band Music for Court & City William Lyons & Richard Thomas | Ensemble | Page 14
Fri 11 – Sun 13 November Bridge to Britten Ian Partridge | Voice | Page 10
Fri 24 – Sun 26 February Art Songs by Black British & African American Composers Michael Harper | Voice | Page 11
Fri 18 – Sun 20 November Audition Preparation Audrey Hyland & Saffron van Zwanenberg | Voice | Page 10 Fri 25 – Sun 27 November Practising the Piano Graham Fitch | Piano | Page 7
Fri 10 – Sun 12 March Improvisation: An Art for Everyone Mark Polishook | Piano | Page 8 Fri 17 – Sun 19 March English Song Sarah Leonard & Stephen Varcoe Voice | Page 11
Fri 30 June – Sun 2 July Rachmaninov & other Russian Composers Julian Jacobson | Piano | Page 9 Fri 7- Sun 9 July Chamber Music Sarah Francis, Robert Codd, Ian Mitchell & Stephen Gutman | Wind | Page 15
Fri 21 – Sun 23 April Oboe Workshop Sarah Francis & Jean Marsden | Wind | Page 15
Thurs 13 – Sun 16 July Staged Opera Scenes Saffron van Zwanenberg & Rosa Mannion | Voice | Three Day Course | Page 12
Fri 28 – Sun 30 April Piano Workshop - A New Departure Philip Fowke | Piano | Page 8
Fri 21 – Sun 23 July 20th Century and Beyond Linda Hirst | Voice | Page 13
Fri 5 – Sun 7 May Singing in Spanish Enrique Granados Carlos Aransay | Voice | Page 12
Thurs 27 – Sun 30 July Piano Summer School Mark Tanner | Piano | Three Day Course | Page 9
Fri 12 – Sun 14 May The Pianist Within Elena Riu | Piano | Page 9
Thurs 10 – Sun 13 August Unlocking Your Vocal Potential Jessica Walker | Voice | Three Day Course | Page 13
Fri 19 – Sun 21 May The Vocal Technician Joy Mammen | Voice | Page 12 Fri 2 – Sun 4 June From Reed to Recital Bassoon Workshop Robert Codd | Wind | Page 15 Fri 9 – Sun 11 June Discover your Voice Penny Jenkins | Voice | Page 12
Fri 3 – Sun 5 March Clarinets David Campbell | Wind | Page 15
Sunday 4 December One Day Guitar Course Chris Stell | One Day | Page 6
Saturday 10 December Freedom to Perform Ann Hetherington | One Day | Page 6
Saturday 3 December Singing for the Over 50’s Penny Jenkins | One Day | Page 6
Saffron van Zwanenberg Artistic Director
Fri 23 – Sun 25 September Singing in Russian Alexandre Naoumenko | Voice | Page 10
aPLUS Collecting our award for Oper
happy to be able to celebrate the work they do and to have their ongoing support in this way. There will be a number of future events featuring the quartet - sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date www.jackdaws.org.uk
Fri 16 – Sun 18 June Strings & Things Part 1 Elizabeth Turnbull | Strings | Page 14 Fri 23 – Sun 25 June The Golden Age of Broadway Paul Knight | Voice | Page 12
Thurs 17 – Sun 20 August Strings & Things Part 2 Elizabeth Turnbull | Strings | Three Day Course | Page 14 Thurs 24 – Sun 27 August Preparing a Role Phillip Thomas | Voice | Three Day Couse | Page 13 Fri 1 – Sun 3 September Singing in French Robin Bowman | Voice | Page 13 Fri 8 – Sun 10 September Stylish Baroque Theresa Caudle & Alastair Ross Ensemble | Page 17 Fri 15 – Sun 17 September Piano Workshop - A New Departure Philip Fowke | Piano | Page 9
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It has been a very busy season at Jackdaws with more people than ever taking part in one of our events for musicians of all ages and abilities.
concert. Tickets will be strictly limited and details announced through our newsletter; sign up at www.jackdaws.org.uk
Jackdaws has a long association with the Quartet through a longstanding relationship with Mark Eden and Chris Stell (the Eden Stell Guitar Duo), who have been teaching at Jackdaws for more than 20 years.
The VIDA Guitar Quartet brings together four guitarists of
As Artists in residence, the Quartet will be ambassadors for Jackdaws in the UK and around the world. Through our shared values and strong belief in music education for all, we will work together to promote common goals and the Quartet will contribute to Jackdaws’ award winning programme of music education events through masterclass and workshop opportunities and mentoring of young people involved in our projects. We will also look for any opportunities to bring the Quartet’s performances to our local community. To that end, we are thrilled that they have offered to celebrate their residency with a fundraising
exceptional artistry and “unerring musical instinct” (Gramophone). Since forming in 2007, VIDA has performed to critical acclaim in major UK, USA and European venues. They are sought-after
“Mark and Chris have been part of the unique Jackdaws family for many years and have made an outstanding contribution to all elements of our work, from their incredibly popular guitar ensemble course for amateur guitarists, to working with our local schools as part of our Year of Guitar, and sharing their wonderful performances with the local community on many occasions. Having them, and their two wonderful colleagues in the Quartet, as Artists in Residence reflects the quality of classical music and musicians we celebrate at Jackdaws.”
festival artists throughout the UK and Europe, and in 2011 VIDA made their US debuts in Los Angeles (LMU Guitar Festival) and New York (Baruch Performing Arts Centre). In 2012 VIDA were artists in residence at CSU’s Summer Arts program in Monteray Bay CA.
We pride ourselves on bringing you the finest selection of new and returning tutors each year. Alongside our long-standing favourites like David Campbell, Philip Fowke and the Eden Stell Guitar Duo, we are delighted to welcome many new tutors this season.
Following on from their acclaimed debut CD, ‘Love, the Magician’ (BGS118), VIDA released their second CD, ‘Rhapsody’ (BGS121), in 2013. It features works by George Gershwin, Malcolm Arnold and Adam Gorb. VIDA are D’Addario string classical artists.
Legendary vocal coach Phillip Thomas also joins us in Great Elm for the first time, having adjudicated at the prestigious Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards in 2015.
acting skills in the Golden Age of Broadway, (June 2017, page 12) for those singers of All abilities who want to see their name in lights!
His course for advanced singers demonstrates how to prepare a role (August 2017, page 13). Paul Knight also calls upon your
On the other side of 20th Century vocal music, Linda Hirst tackles everything from Modernism to Minimalism (July 2017, page 13) whilst Carlos Aransay adds
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“It’s been our pleasure and privilege to be part of Year of the Guitar. It’s such a wonderful experience to have brought the guitar to so many youngsters many of whom will remember their experience forever .... what you and the Jackdaws dream team are doing is amazing especially in difficult times ... so keep on going and you will always have our support when ever it’s needed.” - Mark Eden on the Year of Guitar project
Stephen Savage For Pianists, we welcome Stephen Savage (October 2016, page 7), whose course for All abilities looks at maximising physical comfort whilst playing, and jazz pianist Mark Polishook (March 2017, page 8) provides our first weekend dedicated to the Art of Improvisation.
Spanish to our popular “Singing in…” Foreign Language series by highlighting Enrique Granados in his centenary year (May 2017, page 12) see also Singing in French, September 2017 and Singing in Russian, September 2016). We are also privileged by the return of William Lyons of the Dufay Collective, alongside Richard Thomas with their City Musick course for Renaissance Wind Band, exploring Music for Court & City (February 2017, page 14), the perfect complement to our range of ensemble opportunities (see also Guitar Ensembles, Strings and Things Part I & II, Chamber Music & Stylish Baroque on page 14 & 17).
“The course itself was everything I hoped for: an expert, amazingly knowledgeable, and supportive tutor, inspiring fellow-students, and ideas for expanding my own repertoire.”
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We are delighted to announce that Vida Guitar Quartet will be Artists in Residence at Jackdaws as of April 2016.
Who’s New at Jackdaws this Year?
Vida Guitar Quartet - Jackdaws Artists in Residence
Any ability and no age limits, the singing voice can go on forever. This is a fun course for the over 50s (or thereabouts), rediscover your voice and the joy that singing can bring! It will enable you to make music for many years to come. Singing is a brilliant therapy that has been medically proven to improve happiness, health and general well-being. Come and find the thrill of setting your voice free.
Sat 10 December 10.30am - 4pm Freedom to Perform Ann Hetherington Course No. 3211 Level: All Fee: £45 includes lunch One Day Course
Sun 4 December 10.30am – 4pm One Day Guitar Course Chris Stell Course No. 3210 Level: All Fee: £45 includes lunch One Day Course
A day spent exploring how to encourage physical freedom in performance (Ann has taught the Alexander technique for many years) and clarity of vision on the music and its interpretation, so that, having applied informed thought on these areas, we can more successfully perform spontaneously.
Spend a day exploring the full range of the guitar as an instrument with classical styles and techniques. Perfect for the strummer who wants to add to their skills, or the aspiring Spanish/Classical player who would benefit from some tips from the best in the business.
“Jessica is a really great teacher, I came away absolutely inspired and feeling I know what to focus on with my singing.”
Fri 30 Sept – Sun 2 October Performance Anxiety: How About a Change in Focus? Ruth Harte Course No. 3200 Fee: £200 Level: All Solo Study Course Jessica Walker
Sun 11 December 10.30am – 4pm Free to Perform Jessica Walker Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3212 Level: All Fee: £45 includes lunch One Day Course Think you can’t sing a note? Scared to sing on your own? Always hiding at the back of the choir? Jessica Walker will show you how, in the space of a day, you can start to become a more confident singer through the use of key breathing and vocal exercises.
Does anxiety sometimes surface when you perform, if so how about a change of focus? For instance, choosing the type of sound and creating the tone quality we want through total absorption in the way we produce it, makes us listen far more intently and musically to the exclusion of anything else! We will discuss some of the technical possibilities and physical sensations of making tone – colour particularly in the Romantic English and French piano repertoire, but feel free to bring other pieces which attract your fancy, with a limit of three or four.
“I would rate Melanie’s weekend as one of the best weekend piano courses I have been on.”
Melanie Spanswick Fri 14 – Sun 16 October Memorisation, Sight-Reading & Piano Technique Melanie Spanswick Course No. 3202 Fee: £200 Level: All Solo Study Course Irrespective of ability, tension can be a real issue for many pianists; sight–reading skills are crucial and memorisation helps establish excellent sensory and aural facility. These skills are often sidestepped, but here different approaches will be investigated before everyone is given the chance to put theory into practice. Prepare two short pieces.
The course will focus on maximising physical comfort and control while playing, so creating best conditions for accurate listening and being in tune with the narrative of the music.
Fri 25 – Sun 27 November Practising the Piano Graham Fitch Course No. 3208 Fee: £200 Level: All Solo Study Course In this workshop we will look at what we should be doing in our daily practice to reach our musical goals. Feel free to bring along whole pieces, sections of pieces or just questions.
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Sat 3 December 10.30am – 4pm Singing for the Over 50’s Penny Jenkins Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3209 Level: All Fee: £45 includes lunch One Day Course
NEW Fri 28 – Sun 30 October Finding your Voice at the Piano Stephen Savage Course No. 3204 Fee: £200 Level: All Solo Study Course
Repertoire is your own choice; it is easier to focus on the ideas proposed in the teaching sessions when the works presented are already fairly secure.
“Graham was superb! His teaching style/approach was exemplary.”
Welcome tea/coffee at 10am. Teaching begins at 10:30
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NEW Fri 10 – Sun 12 March Improvisation: An Art for Everyone Mark Polishook Course No. 3219 Fee: £200 Level: All Solo Study Course In the 20th and 21st centuries improvisation by pianists and others became common practice in jazz and popular musical styles. Prior to the mid-19th century, composers and keyboardists so commonly improvised. In fact, it was expected they would know how to do so. In his course “Improvisation: an art for everyone,” Mark Polishook will show participants how and where to begin with this fascinating, fun, but sometimes elusive practice.
Margaret Fingerhut Fri 24 – Sun 26 March The Complete Pianist Margaret Fingerhut Course No. 3221 Fee: £200 Level: Advanced Solo Study Course This course offers the opportunity to explore the many different aspects of interpretation and pianism that go towards making the complete pianist. Bring 2 pieces or movements to work on in this relaxed and informal setting. There will be guidance on matters such as tone production, touch, articulation and phrasing, as well as tips on improving velocity, independence of fingers and accuracy. The fundamental issue of pedalling, “the soul of the piano”, will be an important part of the course.
After its debut at Jackdaws, this revolutionary course was hailed as a radical departure from conventional courses and was received with overwhelming enthusiasm. The course is the result of much feedback from and discussion with, participants over the years, A New Departure is designed for those who feel they have never really discovered how to learn a piece with confidence and security. It also addresses fundamental issues which are so often overlooked in the earlier stages of learning. This course provides a level playing field for all participants, is strictly non-competitive, and is a forum in which all can contribute usefully without pressure, without nerves and above all with pleasure.
“It was a very supportive class and a pleasure to enjoy music with them. I learnt a huge amount which I will feed off for many months to come.”
Participants should bring no music at all. Instead, a selection of very short pieces, or even just a few bars of an elementary to a modest standard, will be provided in the first session by Philip. Over the weekend, the piece or pieces will be studied in such a way as to make them ready for performance for the traditional end of course concert on the Sunday afternoon for those who feel willing to volunteer. There is no obligation to play whatsoever.
“Although I was by far the least experienced pianist taking part in the course, I was made to feel welcome and taken seriously.”
Elena is a professor at Trinity Laban and was recently a judge for BBC Young Musician of the Year. She is a champion of early contemporary and HispanoAmerican music so this repertoire is very welcome. Her classes are nurturing and lively and part of the weekend will focus on reducing performance anxiety, integrating some simple yoga, relaxation and visualisation techniques to benefit the ‘whole person’. Fri 30 June – Sun 2 July Rachmaninov and other Russian Composers Julian Jacobson Course No. 3233 Fee: £200 Level: Advanced Solo Study Course As well as writing some of the grandest works in the repertoire, Russian composers poured forth a stream of piano music that can be passionate, reflective, charming or fantastical but which always demands a heartfelt response and a big but varied tonal palette.
Composers such as Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Medtner, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Kabalevsky, Kapustin and many others have given us a wealth of exquisite music in preludes and other short forms. Julian Jacobson, himself of partly Russian descent, will guide you through this challenging and inspiring repertoire. Course suggested repertoire: two or three contrasted pieces of up to 5 minutes each. Thurs 27 – Sun 30 July Three Day Course Piano Summer School Mark Tanner Course No. 3237 Fee: £300 Level: Advanced Solo Study Course
improvisation, duets and more will all be discussed. Mark is an experienced examiner and will provide support for those taking grade and diploma exams as well as those who just want to play for pleasure. Fri 15 – Sun 17 September Piano Workshop A New Departure Philip Fowke Course No. 3245 Fee: £200 Level: All Solo Study Course See information on previous page.
Offering the opportunity to use the longer time of three days, this hugely popular course provides you with the time and space to get a better understanding of the sprawling piano repertoire. This lively course will concentrate on repertoire, style, technique and practice methods. How to choose music for diploma, grade exams and skeleton score study,
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The course will focus on three essential skills: the ability to (a) relax (b) listen individually and collectively, and (c) collaborate and partner with other musicians. At the conclusion of the course participants will know how to further pursue the art of improvisation individually and collectively in the genre or genres of music that interest them.
Fri 12 – Sun 14 May The Pianist Within Elena Riu Course No. 3227 Fee: £200 Level: All Solo Study Course
Fri 28 – Sun 30 April Piano Workshop – A New Departure Philip Fowke Course No. 3225 Fee: £200 Level: All Solo Study Course
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The course will touch on jazz and classical styles and is for musicians at any and every level of skill, ability, and experience, from beginners through to advanced practitioners. Previous experience in improvisation is not expected or required.
Russian language coach to the Royal Opera House, Alexandre, will discuss the common problems of singing in Russian to help you capture the essence and interpret the unique harmony and style. Bring something you are working on or repertoire suggestions can be made on request. Fri 7 – Sun 9 October Singing & Imagination Ameral Gunson Accompanist: Marion Lea Course No. 3201 Fee: £210 Level: Advanced Solo Study Course Singing is an activity first and foremost of the imagination, of us being alive imaginatively to the music, the drama and the poetry. We will work to try and ‘hear’ the sounds in our imagination before we sing, and anticipate how the resonance will ‘feel’ to keep us engaged when not actively
Fri 11 – Sun 13 November Bridge to Britten Ian Partridge Accompanist: Richard Shaw Course No. 3206 Fee: £210 Level: Advanced Solo Study Course Examining the relationship and journey from Frank Bridge, who ‘discovered’ and then taught Benjamin Britten, to our greatest home grown composer’s work itself.
Russell Smythe Fri 4 – Sun 6 November The Healthy Voice Russell Smythe Accompanist: Richard Shaw Course No. 3205 Fee: £210 Level: Advanced Solo Study Course Russell will introduce ideas to help develop a stronger technical basis for expressive singing: work on physical alignment, the appoggio balance between breath-flow, vocal fold inset/vibration, and clean resonation – the ideal setup for healthy bel canto – and other useful exercises. Please prepare two pieces from the classical repertoire.
From Love Went A Riding to Winter Words, there is a great choice of repertoire, and if you would like to compare other British composers then you are also welcome to do so. Singers could also bring any English songs from early 20th Century onwards to look at in this context. Fri 18 – Sun 20 November Audition Preparation Audrey Hyland & Saffron van Zwanenberg Course No. 3207 Fee: £210 Level: All Solo Study Course Are you a singer preparing to audition for a Music College or University, or perhaps you have your final recital or first professional auditions coming up? Spend a weekend working with opera director Saffron van
Zwanenberg and vocal coach Audrey Hyland, both experienced at sitting on audition panels and helping people prepare for auditions. Test yourself in a mock audition at the end of the course to give yourself the best possible chance of performing the way you want on the big day!
vocal technique, characterisation and interpretation will also be addressed. Participants may bring their own choice of repertoire.
Each participant will prepare two art songs and a spiritual. A list of anthologies and suggested repertoire is available on request.
Accompanists should liaise with a singer first to plan repertoire. The weekend will end with an informal concert.
There may be a final recital for friends, family, and friends of Jackdaws.
Fri 10 – Sun 12 February Opera Workshop Mary Plazas Accompanist: Nigel Foster Course No. 3215 Fee: £210 Level: All Solo Study Course
Evelyn Tubb Fri 27 – Sun 29 January Sing Sing Sing Evelyn Tubb & Michael Fields Accompanist: Clive Pollard Course No. 3213 Fee: £210 Level: Advanced Ensemble and Solo Study Course
Work on all aspects of singing with one of the great stage sopranos. We will consider style, characterisation and technique in the big picture of the stage and pared back for concert and audition platforms, to inform the way you approach your preparation in any context.
Michael Harper NEW Fri 24 – Sun 26 February Art Songs by Black British & African American Composers Michael Harper Accompanist: Nigel Foster Course No. 3217 Fee: £210 Level: Intermediate - Advanced Solo Study Course In this class, we will explore the influence of Samuel ColeridgeTaylor and Harry T. Burleigh on generations of composers in the genre of the American and British art song. With each song, we will explore stylistic interpretation, diction, poetry, and historic context of the song.
A workshop for singers and accompanists on lute or guitar, who want to refine their performance skills, build confidence, express their ‘authentic self’ and improve communication. the Issues of Mary Plazas
Composers included: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Harry T. Burleigh, Margaret Bonds, Florence Price, Hall Johnson, Aldophous Hailstork, Errollyn Wallen, et al.
Fri 17 – Sun 19 March English Song Sarah Leonard & Stephen Varcoe Accompanist: Nigel Foster Course No. 3220 Fee: £210 Level: All Solo Study Course There is a wealth of songs to explore and discover in the English language; from Purcell to Britten by way of Barber, Copland and Sondheim. Please prepare a minimum of three English or American songs and workshop them with two of Britain’s most distinguished singers in this field.
“I felt they could bring out something in me that I didn’t know was there.”
Fri 31 March – Sun 2 April A Song By Any Other Name Richard Jackson Accompanist: Richard Shaw Course No. 3222 Fee: £210 Level: All Solo Study Course Lied? Mélodie? Canzona? A weekend of German, French and Italian art-songs. How do composers illuminate text, and make a real marriage - or a very civil partnership - between words and music? We will make foreign language less foreign by exploring the meaning of the text itself, and consider how the words and music interact. Guaranteed enlightenment - guaranteed fun! Bring four pieces; suggestions provided on request. Fri 7 – Sun 9 April Singing Handel Rosa Mannion Accompanist: Craig Bissex Course No. 3223 Fee: £210 Level: Advanced Solo Study Course Explore and celebrate some of Handel’s wonderful arias with an aficionado of his music.
Fri 23 – Sun 25 September Singing in Russian Alexandre Naoumenko Accompanist: Richard Shaw Course No. 3198 Fee: £210 Level: All Solo Study Course
singing. Bring three pieces in English from any period and one ‘prop’ which you feel may help stimulate your imagination.
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We will look at the dramatic intention behind them as well as experiment with decoration, style,
This is a course for singers of intermediate to advanced standard. The tutors will also be very happy to suggest repertoire.
NEW Fri 5 – Sun 7 May Singing in Spanish – Enrique Granados & his vocal music on his centenary Carlos Aransay Accompanist: Ricardo Gosalbo Course No. 3226 Fee: £210 Level: Intermediate Solo Study Couse A chance to learn the phonetics and style of Spanish and Latin American classical vocal repertoire with two native tutors. These aspects will be integrated with singing technique and performance skills. You will learn how to pronounce Spanish and the differences
Fri 19 – Sun 21 May The Vocal Technician Joy Mammen Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3228 Fee: £210 Level: Advanced Solo Study Course For Advanced singers and singing teachers. Joy Mammen’s beliefs are based on those of her own teacher, Frederick Husler, who maintained that teaching is a relationship of both respect and commitment on each side. Singers will use their imagination and inherent musicality with confidence to sing expressively with beauty and freedom and, above all, to listen. Prepare two pieces from any area of the classical repertoire.
Fri 9 – Sun 11 June Discover your Voice Penny Jenkins Accompanist: Tim Nail Course No. 3230 Fee: £210 Level: All Solo Study Course A hugely popular beginners’ course in vocal technique, designed for singers who have not already acquired a solid technique and are interested in releasing their ‘true’ sound. Work will include a physical and vocal workshop; technical exercises and a chance to begin applying this newly learnt technique in a friendly and supportive atmosphere by performing solo songs from memory in a group tutorial.
The Golden Age of Broadway is the name given to the era between- 1943-1959 when there were an astonishing number of hit shows produced. Rodgers and Hammerstein pioneered a new form of narrative storytelling which brought in a new age of musical classics. These include - Oklahoma, On The Town, Carousel, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music to name a few! Paul Knight has huge experience working on this repertoire with a staggering breadth of knowledge about this genre of music. Bring a minimum of two pieces from this genre to work on. Thurs 13 - Sun 16 July Three Day Course Staged Opera Scenes Saffron van Zwanenberg & Rosa Mannion Course No. 3235 Fee: £300 Level: All Ensemble Course During this extended weekend course, renowned RCM professor Rosa Mannion will guide you
through the vocal preparation of your pieces whilst experienced opera director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, will direct you in a series of staged scenes culminating in a performance at the end of the course.
Bring two pieces by any composer and in any style from the 20th and 21st Century, repertoire suggestions can be made on request.
They will also work together to help solve some of the problems of technique vs performance!
NEW Thurs 24 – Sun 27 August Three Day Course Preparing a Role Phillip Thomas Course No. 3242 Fee: £300 Level: Advanced Solo Study Course
Each participant should offer one solo piece and 3 suggestions of roles they would like to tackle. They will then work on their solo and one ensemble piece, which will be one of their suggested roles IF POSSIBLE. (To make sure everyone has the opportunity to perform in an ensemble it may not be possible to allocate roles based on these suggestions, but every effort will be made and something suitable and mutually agreeable will be chosen otherwise.) Fri 21 – Sun 23 July 20th Century & Beyond! Linda Hirst Accompanist: Nigel Foster Course No. 3236 Level: All Fee: £210 Solo Study Course Discover the wealth of repertoire that exists from the last 117 years and explore how to approach and interpret it with one of the most celebrated champions of the era.
this in a performance setting. Course participants work on any pieces they feel comfortable to sing in front of a group. By the end of three days with Jessica, you should feel much more confident about your singing and performance!
Phillip Thomas NEW Thurs 10 – Sun 13 August Three Day Course Unlocking Your Vocal Potential Jessica Walker Accompanist: tbc Course No. 3240 Fee: £300 Level: All Solo Study Course Acquiring the skills to combine healthy vocal technique with direct communication in performance can feel like an uphill struggle for people learning to sing. On this course, Jessica works with participants both individually and in a group, unlocking a more physical approach to singing, and then developing
Through Phillip’s extensive work with singers and opera companies, his knowledge of the repertoire and the demands involved in preparing a full role are unmatched. Bring a role you would like to work on and immerse yourself for this longer weekend, which will be filled with advice on how to start, what to focus on, timescales as well as a closer look at the character and their musical identity. You do not need to have prepared the full role just have a good grasp of some of the music and a working knowledge of the rest. Repetiteurs are also welcome to attend.
Fri 1 – Sun 3 September Singing in French Robin Bowman Accompanist: tbc Course No. 3243 Fee: £210 Level: All Solo Study Course This course explores the joys and insights of Singing in French. Within the rich treasury of French song are works suitable for beginners and others of great complexity for those more advanced. All are welcome on this course. In addition to explaining and demonstrating the basic principles of singing in French, an easy and rewarding language to sing, Robin maintains that singing in French will improve your general vocal health. Participants are invited to prepare 3-4 songs to study over the weekend, at least one of them to perform in the informal concert at the end of the course.
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Fri 23 – Sun 25 June The Golden Age of Broadway Paul Knight Course No. 3232 Fee: £200 Level: All Solo Study Course
between Iberian and Latin American dialects. You may also bring repertoire in Catalan. It will provide a forum to explore the repertoire and discover the vocal landscape of Spanish speaking countries, with a special emphasis on the vocal music of Enrique Granados on his centenary. Opera, songs, zarzuela are all welcome at this course.
and deal with the technical issues they highlight. There will also be the opportunity to work with continuo.
Please submit your repertoire three weeks in advance.
Mark Eden & Chris Stell Thurs 2 – Sun 5 February Three Day Course Guitar Ensemble Eden Stell Guitar Duo Course No. 3214 Fee: £300 Level: All Ensemble Course Mark and Christopher (Eden Stell Guitar Duo) invite keen classical guitarists of any age and ability to join them for one of their favourite annual guitar courses. This longer three day course is a wonderful combination of guitar orchestra playing, individual lessons and/or coaching sessions for smaller ensembles.
This course provides a foundation in ensemble playing for adult beginners and inexperienced players of Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass. It is perfect for late starters and those who have returned to playing after many years and would like to play in groups and orchestras but need to develop confidence. This is the opportunity to develop your ensemble playing skills in a small supportive group. There is time to deal with all the issues arising - intonation, bowing, articulation, tone quality, rhythm and counting. The repertoire is carefully chosen to be challenging but not intimidating. Parts are sent out in advance and the weekend is spent in a rehearsal situation dealing with the skills of string playing in great detail. Suitable for musicians of Grade 1-4 ability.
“Just what I was looking for. Elizabeth’s “instructions” were spot-on”
Thurs 17 – Sun 20 August Three Day Course Strings & Things Part 2 Elizabeth Turnbull Course No. 3241 Fee: £300 Level: Intermediate Ensemble Course Specifically for amateur string players who are searching for the opportunity to experience intensive and detailed rehearsal on string repertoire. There is no sight reading required as all music is sent out in advance. Attention will be given to working in detail on issues such as ensemble, articulation, rhythm, intonation and style. Seating will be rotated in order to give everyone the chance to understand the different roles in ensemble playing. Because of the necessity of creating a balanced group acceptance on this course will be subject to some selection.
“I learnt a lot throughout the day, I particularly enjoyed the ensemble session in the afternoon.”
Wind Fri 21 – Sun 23 October Recorder Weekend Anna Stegmann Course No. 3203 Fee: £200 Level: Advanced Ensemble Course This weekend represents an exciting opportunity for recorder players to work with one of the foremost teachers and performers. Explore the vibrant and varied world of the recorder; solo and consort, ancient and modern, playing both individually and in ensemble. Repertoire suggestions can be made on request. NEW Fri 17-Sun 19 February The City Musick: Renaissance Wind Band Music for Court & City William Lyons & Richard Thomas Course No. 3216 Fee: £210 Level: Intermediate Ensemble Course This is a course that explores the rich and varied repertoire of musicians from court and city in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The course is for players of wind and brass instruments: cornett, sackbut, shawm, dulcian, recorder and crumhorn.
Music will come from the part books associated with major European courts including that from the English court of James I and Charles I, the Regensburg part books and those from the royal court in Copenhagen as well as dance and masque music by Praetorius, Holborne, Adson, the Hessen brothers, Susato and others. Players should have their own instruments and be of a sufficient technical ability to enjoy this music at its best.
Fri 3 – Sun 5 March Clarinets David Campbell Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3218 Fee: £210 Level: Intermediate Ensemble Course Workshop led by David Campbell, Chair of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society GB, featuring a mixture of clarinet choir, quartets and masterclass sessions, culminating in an informal concert. Fri 21 – Sun 23 April Oboe Workshop Sarah Francis & Jean Marsden Accompanist: David Price Course No. 3224 Fee: £210 Level: Intermediate - Advanced Ensemble Course
“The course, was as usual, beautifully masterminded by Sarah and the wonderful tutors.”
Explore the oboe repertoire and improve your ensemble playing. There is a session for cor anglais players with specialist Jean Marsden, and help with reed making and adjustment. You will enjoy working with our experienced accompanist and playing in small groups with professional help. Sarah Francis is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and has given masterclasses in Amsterdam, Geneva, Moscow and Cologne.
Fri 2 – Sun 4 June From Reed to Recital – Bassoon Workshop Robert Codd Accompanist: David Price Course No. 3229 Fee: £210 Level: Intermediate - Advanced Ensemble Course A course for bassoonists to experience playing together in small groups; anything from duos to octets, developing sight-reading and enjoying the sheer exhilaration of working in ensembles. Accompanist and co-tutor, David Price, will focus on working on repertoire for bassoon and piano. Many aspects of bassoon technique will be examined and explained; from reed adjusting to fingerings and tackling those tricky passages. The weekend would be invaluable in helping to prepare for A-level performances, end-ofyear recitals, grading exams or just working through those pieces that you have never had a chance to explore before. There will be a Participants Concert, which is completely voluntary.
Fri 7 – Sun 9 July Chamber Music Sarah Francis, Robert Codd, Ian Mitchell & Stephen Gutman Course No. 3234 Fee: £220 Level: Advanced Ensemble Course An opportunity for wind players to enjoy playing ensemble music from the 18th to 20th centuries with professional coaching. There will be a tutors’ concert on the Saturday evening. Please note that in order to provide a suitable balance of instruments and abilities this is a selected course; the earlier you apply the sooner we can let you know.
Fri 16 – Sun 18 June Strings & Things Part 1 Elizabeth Turnbull Course No. 3231 Fee: £200 Level: Beginner - Intermediate Ensemble Course
More information: www.jackdaws.org.uk
Fri 27 – Sun 29 January Sing Sing Sing Evelyn Tubb & Michael Fields Accompanist: Clive Pollard Course No. 3213 Fee: £210 Level: Advanced Ensemble and Solo Study Course
Sarah Francis Thurs 2 – Sun 5 February Three Day Course Guitar Ensemble Eden Stell Guitar Duo Course No. 3214 Fee: £300 Level: All Ensemble Course Please see page 14
Please see page 10
The course is for players of wind and brass instruments: cornett, sackbut, shawm, dulcian, recorder and crumhorn. Music will come from the part books associated with major European courts including that from the English court of James I and Charles I, the Regensburg part books and those from the royal court in Copenhagen as well as dance and masque music by Praetorius, Holborne, Adson, the Hessen brothers, Susato and others. Players should have their own instruments and be of a sufficient technical ability to enjoy this music at its best.
Sarah Francis is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and has given masterclasses in Amsterdam, Geneva, Moscow and Cologne. David Campbell Fri 3 – Sun 5 March Clarinets David Campbell Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3218 Fee: £210 Level: Intermediate Ensemble Course Please see page 15 Fri 21 – Sun 23 April Oboe Workshop Sarah Francis & Jean Marsden Accompanist: David Price Course No. 3224 Fee: £210 Level: Intermediate - Advanced Ensemble Course Explore the oboe repertoire and improve your ensemble playing. There is a session for cor anglais players with specialist Jean Marsden, and help with reed
Fri 2 – Sun 4 June From Reed to Recital – Bassoon Workshop Robert Codd Accompanist: David Price Course No. 3229 Fee: £210 Level: Intermediate - Advanced Ensemble Course Please see page 15 Fri 16 – Sun 18 June Strings & Things Part 1 Elizabeth Turnbull Course No. 3231 Fee: £200 Level: Beginner - Intermediate Ensemble Course Please see page 14
“Brilliant! I enjoyed it even more than last year” - Participant after Strings & Things Part 2
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Elizabeth Turnbull Fri 7 – Sun 9 July Chamber Music Sarah Francis, Robert Codd, Ian Mitchell & Stephen Gutman Course No. 3234 Fee: £220 Level: Advanced Ensemble Course An opportunity for wind players to enjoy playing ensemble music from the 18th to 20th centuries with professional coaching. There will be a tutors’ concert on the Saturday evening. Please note that in order to provide a suitable balance of instruments and abilities this is a selected course; the earlier you apply the sooner we can let you know.
Thurs 17 – Sun 20 August Three Day Course Strings & Things Part 2 Elizabeth Turnbull Course No. 3241 Fee: £300 Level: Intermediate Ensemble Course
Fri 8 – Sun 10 September Stylish Baroque Theresa Caudle & Alastair Ross Course No. 3244 Fee: £210 Level: Advanced Ensemble Course A Baroque chamber music course for both individual players and pre-formed groups, preferably on instruments at A415, although it may be possible to accommodate a group at A440.
This is a course that explores the rich and varied repertoire of musicians from court and city in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
Thurs 13 - Sun 16 July Three Day Course Staged Opera Scenes Saffron van Zwanenberg & Rosa Mannion Course No. 3235 Fee: £300 Level: All Ensemble Course
Please see page 14
“A lovely weekend with a very friendly bunch of fellow musicians. I can see why people return each year.”
Ensemble More information: www.jackdaws.org.uk
Fri 21 – Sun 23 October Recorder Weekend Anna Stegmann Course No. 3203 Fee: £200 Level: Advanced Ensemble Course This weekend represents an exciting opportunity for recorder players to work with one of the foremost teachers and performers. Explore the vibrant and varied world of the recorder; solo and consort, ancient and modern, playing both individually and in ensemble. Repertoire suggestions can be made on request.
making and adjustment. You will enjoy working with our experienced accompanist and playing in small groups with professional help.
NEW Fri 17-Sun 19 February The City Musick: Renaissance Wind Band Music for Court & City William Lyons & Richard Thomas Course No. 3216 Fee: £210 Level: Intermediate Ensemble Course
All - Open to anyone who wants to work with the tutor or within the theme of that particular course. Course content will reflect a variety of repertoire; you should feel confident to tackle some of the repertoire suggested at whatever level you are currently working. Tutors will adapt their teaching on an individual basis.
You may not be able to read music and do not need to have had any formal training at all, or may have forgotten any formal training you have had and want to get started again.
Intermediate - You may have had some individual tuition at some point in your life and want to refresh this. You may be moving on to the next stage, e.g. thinking about having regular lessons or playing/ singing in a more formal ensemble on a more regular basis; perhaps you are working towards a grade exam or performance in some capacity. You can probably read some music.
Advanced - You have had some individual tuition with a teacher and play or sing regularly and probably solo. You may be working towards an advanced grade exam or diploma or be a current or recently graduated music student. You may be a more seasoned performer who wants to work on a specific area or work in ensembles.
Ways to support Jackdaws
Find the Jackdaws page on www.justgiving.com and make a one off donation to our Development Fund to help us build a more certain future for education in Somerset.
As with all small charities we are dependent on support from a wide range of sources. The donations generously given by individual supporters are a very important part of this. If you are able to make a donation, no matter how large or small, you are enabling us to continue in our mission to Bring Music to Life by Enabling Creative Expression for musicians of all ages and abilities. Thank you very much! Become a Friend
Friends provide Jackdaws with a regular contribution we can rely on throughout the year whilst providing you with benefits such as a discount on course fees, advance booking, complimentary tickets to our Education shows like OperaPLUS and Year of… and the exclusive Friends newsletter.
Do you shop online? If you do, you can use EasyFundraising to support Jackdaws. This means large companies like Amazon, Wiggle, John Lewis, the major supermarkets and many more will make donations to charity on your behalf when you shop with them online. The best part is, it doesn’t cost you a penny. www.jackdaws.org.uk/ easyfundraising
A one year subscription as a Jackdaws Friend also makes a wonderful gift for a friend or loved one with a passion for music and education. Donate monthly or annually as you prefer from as little as £5 per month. Visit www.jackdaws.org.uk/friends
Legacy Donating a gift in your legacy is a wonderful way to provide Jackdaws with security and a foundation for our valuable Education work. You can donate a fixed amount or contribute a Residuary
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legacy after your Pecuniary endowments have been provided for. As Jackdaws is a charity, your donation will be taken off from the value of your estate before Inheritance Tax is calculated (and even reduce this rate if you donate more than 10% of your estate to charity). Speak to your lawyer to append a Codicil, a small legal document, to your will to donate. If you add us in a Codicil to your Will, please let us know so that we can thank you personally.
Simply text “JDWS20 £xx” to 70070 putting in the amount you wish to donate. This one off donation is deducted from your next phone bill and goes toward establishing a purpose built studio at Jackdaws for our courses and the local community. Cheque or Card To make a one off donation or subscribe as a Friend, send a cheque to the Jackdaws Office at: Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3NY Alternatively, you can speak to someone at the office about how you can help by calling us on 01373 812383.
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Beginner - For people who have a little limited experience of the voice or relevant instrument, perhaps they have sung/do sing in a choir or played an instrument at school.
Can I do that? More information: www.jackdaws.org.uk
Here are some guidelines to help you decide whether a course is suitable. They are only guidelines and it is a subjective area, so if you would like any further information or guidance then please do contact us.
How to Find Us
Term and Conditions
Jackdaws will take care of all your accommodation needs.
Good quality bed and breakfast is available in warm and friendly family homes nearby, some within walking distance and some with en-suite facilities or sole use of bathroom.
Leave Frome by the A362 heading Northwest to Radstock. After roughly half a mile outside the built-up area, turn left, onto the road signposted “Hapsford, Great Elm, and Mells”. Great Elm is reached in about 1.5 miles; you will pass 2 signs welcoming you to Great Elm!
By making a booking you agree to our terms and conditions which include;
One Day Course fee £45 (Deposit £45, non-refundable) Observer Rate (two day course) £120 (Deposit £40, non-refundable) Three Day Course fee £300 (Deposit £70, non-refundable) All course fees include meals as appropriate, cooked on the premises by our dedicated cooks Alex and Loo. B&B (continental breakfast) From £36 per person per night How to Book On the website; register and pay the deposit on the website www.jackdaws.org.uk By post; complete the booking form on the back of this brochure and send together with a cheque for the deposit (see above). By phone; call the office on 01373 812383 to book and pay your deposit by credit/debit card. Please note that deposit payments are non-refundable. Once we receive your booking we will confirm your place and provide a questionnaire for you to complete and return to us detailing your choice of repertoire. Bed & Breakfast places will be allocated several weeks in advance of the course; we will send you full details.
Accommodation rates start at £36.00 per person per night. Alternatively, if you prefer, we can book accommodation in nearby country inns and hotels. Please call 01373 812383 to discuss your requirements. All other meals and refreshments are included in the cost of the course and are provided at Jackdaws, cooked by our talented and dedicated cooks, Alex and Lou, who provide delicious home cooked food using local ingredients where possible. Please inform us at the time booking whether you have any dietary allergies or requirements and we will endeavour to accommodate your needs.
Coming to the middle of the village, on the left hand side is a large tree on a grassed area - turn left here. Proceed around a sharp bend and down a steep hill; Jackdaws is on the left just before the river bridge. By Train A frequent service of mainline express trains operate to Bristol, Bath and Westbury, where you can change for connecting services to Frome. For more specific information visit the national rail website.
• Deposit payments are non-refundable. Full balance is due 3 weeks before the course. • If a booking is cancelled it is sometimes possible to transfer the deposit to another course in this brochure only, otherwise the deposit is forfeit.
Taxis are available from Frome station for a short ride to Jackdaws, or your B&B.
Jackdaws gift vouchers are available for any amount.
For the full terms and conditions visit www.jackdaws.org.uk /terms-and-conditions
Why not buy a voucher for a weekend course for a special friend or relative? Or perhaps make contribution towards a course for a deserving young musician? For more details telephone: 01373 812383
We are situated on National Cycle Network route 24. For more information visit www.sustrans.org.uk
A printed copy can be sent on request.
Bursaries Part bursaries available in limited numbers for all courses to students in full time education. Applicants need to submit a letter and CV to the Artistic Director to be considered for a bursary. They are granted at the Artistic Director’s discretion on the grounds of availability and suitability.
“My first experience of a Jackdaws workshop last weekend was absolutely wonderful… that includes everything about it, from the initial booking through to the B&B accommodation and the food and facilities, as well as the workshop itself. What a fantastic place… I’m so grateful to have been able to go along and participate.”
For more details about travel including train and bus services please visit the website of our village, www.greatelm.org
Founder Maureen Lehane Wishart President Sir James MacMillan CBE Vice Presidents Sarah Walker CBE James Bowman CBE Roger Vignoles Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg Trustees Andrew Wall - chairman Rosa Mannion Neil Kirkman Alan Burgess Sue Attenborough Philip Fowke Advisers Mark Hunter FCA Mark Brierley RBA Graham Jeffs LL.B Development Manager Katharine Meadows Office Manager Karolyn Curle Projects & Digital Officer Joshua Bishop
Meals & Accommodation
Standard Two Cay Course fee £200-£220 (Deposit £50, non-refundable)
More information: www.jackdaws.org.uk
Booking Information www.facebook.com/JackdawsMusic
Course Fees 2015/16
1st Prize £2000 2nd prize £1000 3rd Prize £500 Accompanist Prize £1000 Audience Prize £250 Applications are invited from singers and accompanists aged 22-30 inclusive, presenting a programme of Handel, Peter Wishart and their own choice in each round. Preliminary auditions October 8th & 9th Guildhall, London
In 2016 four SEN schools across Somerset took part in Song Story, a composer led project based on a specific composer or piece of music
Closing date for applications Thursday September 29th, 5pm Entry fee: £25
We’ll also help you boost your achievements by earning an Arts Award qualification and celebrate your progress by performing in our concerts.
Weekly sessions in term time at 4.30-6pm Fridays at Jackdaws, Great Elm, BA11 3NY
More information www.jackdaws.org.uk/mlva2016
Costs £2 per session (additional costs to take an Arts Award). 2015 winners & Judges
Vivaldi’s Four Season’s was this year’s subject and each Jackdaws Christmas Concert by Candlelight Friday 16 December
We’ll introduce you to new ideas and challenge you to try new things to develop your musical skills every week, all at Jack’s Music Club.
We are a registered Arts Award Centre with two trained advisors in house who can support you though your Bronze and Silver level Arts Award.
Final October 28th 1-4pm Wigmore Hall, London.
We’re looking for young musicians – just like you – musicians of any ability who want to use music as a social opportunity to play in groups and ensembles. If you’re between 12 and 18 years old, come and get involved for a chance to meet other teenagers with a passion for music.
6.30pm Great Elm Church Tickets £12 in advance, £15 on the door.
Year of the Reed In the 4th instalment of “The Year of” project we brought the Gelachter Wind Trio to Somerset where they worked with 12 schools across the county and then performed with 150 young players in a wonderful finale concert in the Cheese & Grain in Frome on March 22nd. Not only did every one there get involved in a very rousing version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star but there were many fantastic solo contributions as many of the young players improvised in C Jam blues.
On February 25th our Artistic Director, Saffron and two colleagues from the OperaPLUS programme, Music Director Audrey Hyland and baritone René Bloice-Sanders, attended the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence prize giving ceremony. OperaPLUS had won the “Best Classical Music Education Initiative” category and the team accepted the award from Sam Jackson, Managing Editor of Classic FM, who sponsored the award. In April 2016, our new OperaPLUS production of The Love Potion by Donizetti
worked with 16 schools across Somerset, involving workshops, rehearsals and finally performances. Up to 100 children and young people performed alongside the professional cast in each of the 5 shows.
“I found the experience really moving - the opera in its own right, and seeing all the children engaged with it. I have never been to an opera or anything even a bit opera-like, so this was a great experience for me as well as my son.”
school took charge of a season and created music to inspired by Vivaldi’s masterpiece, as well as performing elements of the original alongside violinist Flora Curzon and composer William Carslake. For further information www. jackdaws.org.uk/frome-voices Summer Production Week 2017 Monday 31st July Friday August 4th
Celebrate Christmas with Jackdaws at the beautiful church in Great Elm.
A week long performance project for young people aged 10 to 17 years.
Featuring performances from Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, Jackdaws Songbirds and other friends of Jackdaws with seasonal roof raisers to start the Christmas Holiday in a festive mood.
9.30am to 4.30pm each day, with a Performance at 5pm on the Friday.
Tickets: £12 in or 01373 812383
Frome Voices; Come & Sing Saul A dramatic Oratorio in 3 acts by G. F. Handel Performance: March 2017, Frome
Projects round up
Supported by The Mercers’ Company, Rosemary Bugden Charitable Trust, Cooper Hall Emerging Artists and Frome Voices
New Look Jack’s Club
Cost £70 per place, some assisted places available – please contact us for details. The Summer Production is always a fun, stimulating and exciting way to spend a week in the summer holidays, discovering how to create a show from scratch!
Maureen Lahane Voal Awards
Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2016
Open to all, with no experience required – just bring enthusiasm and energy!
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