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2012/13 bringing music to life

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www.jackdaws.org.uk 01373 812383


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Our core values are inspiration access and inclusion To enable creative expression by bringing music to life

Office Hours Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm Jackdaws Music Education Trust Great Elm, Frome, Somerset BA11 3NY Telephone: 01373 812383 e-mail: music@jackdaws.org www.jackdaws.org.uk Find Jackdaws on Facebook.com Registered Charity No. 1037073

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It has been a very busy and exciting year at Jackdaws. I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of you who supported our “Memories of Maureen” campaign which so far has raised £15,000, and I hope that those of you who were able to come to the finale gala at St Georges in October enjoyed it as much as we did. The final rousing chorus of Handel’s Hallelujah sung by everyone present from staff to volunteers, the Songbirds, our Young Artists and colleagues to the audience members (for whom it was a total surprise!). You all did Maureen and Jackdaws proud!

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2013 happens to be the 20th anniversary of the founding of Jackdaws which seems fitting as we take steps towards a new and sustainable future. So we are launching a new campaign to show the depth and breadth of support there is for Jackdaws, “20 Jackdaws”. We will be asking you, our tutors, young artists, our local community and our supporters to sign a statement noting your support of Jackdaws and all of the work we undertake to fulfil our mission of Enabling Creative Expression by Bringing Music to Life. So look out for the “Twenty Jackdaws” display when you come to visit us and at our events, and help us show the world why Jackdaws is so important. If all of our participants, tutors and colleagues were also to donate a one off gift of £20 to commemorate this important anniversary we would be well on the way to raising the £40,000 needed to refurbish our premises and make it a wonderful space for music and creativity for the next 20 years! You can make a donation on our new justgiving page, www.justgiving.com/jackdaws I know times are very tight for everyone but like most small charities, we are reliant on our supporters to stay afloat. I would also like to welcome the new tutors we have joining us this year and encourage you to take the plunge and give one of them a whirl, they are all very excited about their courses. Did you know that a course is not viable unless it is at least two thirds full and only contributes to our overall running costs if it is full? So please spread the word and help us continue being able to invite musicians of this calibre to come and share their experience and passion with you. Saffron van Zwanenberg - Artistic Director

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DIARY

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JACKDAWS NEWS

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CONCERTS

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YOUNG ARTISTS

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COURSE NEWS

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NEW TUTORS

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ONE DAY COURSES

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PIANO

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STRINGS

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VOICE

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ENSEMBLES

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WIND

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BOOKING

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INFORMATION

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BOOKING FORM

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Cover picture: Madeline Mitchel

Brochure design: jtdesign www.jtcompletedesign.co.uk


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2012 Mon 17 Sept 7pm Concert James Lisney & Lorna Anderson Page 5 Fri 5 - Sun 7 Oct Recorder Weekend Pamela Thorby Course No. 3010 Page 21 Fri 12 - Sun 14 Oct Violin Workshop Madeleine Mitchell Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3011 Page 8 Fri 19 - Sun 21 Oct Put some Drama into your Singing! Neil Jenkins Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3012 Page 15 Tue 23 Oct 1pm Wigmore Hall Finals of The Maureen Lehane Vocal Award Page 6 Fri 26 - Sun 28 Oct Variations &/or Preludes Ruth Harte - piano Course No. 3013 Page 11 Fri 2 - Sun 4 Nov A Pianistic Pot-Pourri Peter Jacobs Course No. 3014 Page 11 Fri 9 - Sun 11 Nov Audition Preparation Saffron van Zwanenberg & Audrey Hyland Course No. 3015 Page 15

Sat 17 Nov 11am - 3pm Anyone Can (learn to) Sing Jessica Walker Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3016 Page 9 Sun 18 Nov Music Exams in the spotlight Mark Tanner Course Nos. 3017-19 Page 9 Sat 24 Nov 11am - 3pm Singing for the Over 50’s Penny Jenkins Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3020 Page 9 Sun 2 Dec 11am - 3pm Taking the leap & Singing Solo Penelope Davies Course No. 3021 Page 9 Sat 8 Dec 11am - 3pm Alexander Technique for singers & players Tim Soar Course No. 3022 Page 8 Sun 9 Dec 11am - 3pm Come & Sing an Opera Chorus Will Carslake Course No. 3023 Page 10 Sun 16 Dec 11am - 3pm How to Play Jazz a brief introduction Ralf Dorrell Course No. 3024 Page 8 Fri 21 Dec 6.30pm Concert Great Elm Village Church Christmas Concert Page 5

2013 Fri 11 - Sun 13 Jan The Complete Pianist Margaret Fingerhut Course No. 3025 Page 11 Fri 18 - Sun 20 Jan Guitar Ensemble Mark Eden & Christopher Stell Course No. 3026 Page 19 Fri 25 - Sun 27 Jan Sing Sing Sing Evelyn Tubb & Michael Fields Accompanist: Clive Pollard Course No. 3027 Page 15 Fri 1 - Sun 3 Feb The Pianist Within Elena Riu Course No. 3028 Page 12 Fri 8 - Sun 10 Feb The Operatic Voice Power, Projection, Passagio Julian Gavin Accompanist - David Price Course No. 3029 Page 15 Fri 15 - Sun 17 Feb Schubert James Lisney - piano Course No. 3030 Page 12 Sat 23 Feb 10am “Brahms” The solo piano & chamber musicSteven Elliot Listeners’ Course Course No. 3031xq Page 10

Fri 1 - Sun 3 Mar Performance vs Technique Rosa Mannion Accompanist: Craig Bissex Course No. 3032 Page 16 Sat 2 Mar Come & Sing Page 5 Sun 3 Mar 2pm Concert Rook Lane Chapel Chamber Philharmonic Europe Page 5 Fri 8 - Sun 10 Mar The Jackdaws Elastic Band! Mark Tanner & Gillian Poznansky Course No 3034 Page 19 Fri 15 - Sun 17 Mar Clarinets David Campbell Accompanist: Colin Hunt (Sat only) Course No. 3033 Page 21 Fri 22 - Sun 24 Mar Britten - On This Island Ian Partridge Accompanist: David Barnard Course No. 3035 Page 16 Fri 5 - Sun 7 Apr A Song by Any Other Name Richard Jackson Accompanist: Richard Shaw Course No. 3036 Page 16 Fri 12 - Sun 14 Apr Oboe Workshop Sarah Francis & Jean Marsden Accompanist: David Price Course No. 3037 Page 21

Fri 19 - Sun 21 Apr Al Manere Minstrelsy The Music of the Medieval Minstrel William Lyons of the Dufay Collective Course No. 3038 Page 19 Thur 2 May 5.30pm Cheese & Grain Opera Plus Semele Page 6 Fri 10 - Sun 12 May Piano Workshop Philip Fowke Course No. 3040 Page 12 Fri 17 - Sun 19 May “In Spring a Young Man’s Fancy...” Sarah Walker Accompanist: Anna Le Hair Course No. 3041 Page 16 Fri 24 - Sun 26 May Pianos for All Caecilia Andriessen Course No. 3042 Page 12 Fri 31 May - Sun 2 June Russian Miniatures Julian Jacobson Course No. 3043 Page 12 Fri 7 - Sun 9 June Discover Your Voice Penny Jenkins Accompanist: Tim Nail Course No. 3044 Page 17 Fri 14 - Sun 16 June From Reed to Recital Robert Codd & Maria Mealey Accompanist: David Price Course No. 3045 Page 21

Fri 21 - Sun 23 June Advanced Vocal Technique Teresa Cahill Accompanist: Richard Shaw Course No. 3046 Page 17 Fri 28 - Sun 30 June The Vocal Technician Joy Mammen Accompanist: Anna le Hair Course No. 3039 Page 17 Fri 5 - Sun 7 July Any Prelude & Fugue Kenneth van Barthold Course No. 3047 Page 13 Fri 12 - Sun 14 July Chamber Music Weekend Sarah Francis, Robert Codd, Ian Mitchell & Michael Dussek Course No. 3048 Page 13 Fri 19 - Sun 21 July Simple Gifts Dinah Harris Accompanist: Robert Aldwinckle Course No. 3049 Page 8 Thur 25 - Sun 28 July 3 day course Piano Summer School Mark Tanner Course No. 3050 Page 13 Thur 1 - Sun 4 Aug 3 day course Staged Scenes Saffron van Zwanenberg & Rosa Mannion Course No. 3051 Page 18

Thur 15 - Sun 18 Aug 3 day course Strings & Things Ensemble Course Elizabeth Turnbull Course No. 3052 Page 14 Thur 22 - Sun 25 Aug 3 day course Chamber Choir William Carslake & Jessica Walker Course No. 3053 Page 18 Fri 30 Aug - Sun 1 Sept Singing in French Accompanist: Robin Bowman Course No. 3054 Page 18 Fri 6 - Sun 8 Sep Stylish Baroque Theresa Caudle & Alastair Ross Course No. 3055 Page 20 Fri 13 - Sun 15 Sep Piano Workshop - All Philip Fowke Course No. 3056 Page 13 Fri 20 - Sun 22 Apr Singing & Imagination Ameral Gunson Accompanist: Marion Lea Course No. 3057 Page 16 Fri 27 - Sun 29 Sep Playing with Poise Lauretta Bloomer Course No. 3058 Page 8

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JACKDAWS NEWS

Year of The String Quartet Jackdaws has a very busy outreach and education programme and we are delighted to announce that, thanks to part funding from the Arts Council and other trusts, we are launching a three year project with the Primary, Middle and Special schools in our community which will see them all working with chamber ensembles and performing with them in a huge community event at the end of the school year. In the first year the fabulous Carducci String Quartet will be our visiting ensemble.

Piano Club Donation The piano club continues to go from strength to strength meeting at Jackdaws monthly and playing together as often as possible. If you would like to join then please contact us for more details, new players are always welcome! We are also extremely grateful to the Piano Club for using the proceeds from some of their concerts to buy a new piano stool for the Jackdaws main studio, a fitting partner for our concert Steinway at last! Thank You All!

Music Club Every Friday in term time 4-5.30pm there is a Jack’s music club session at Jackdaws for teenagers who enjoy making music in groups. It is very relaxed and informal and open to young musicians of all abilities. Last year saw the group work with around 20 of our weekend course tutors, all exceptional professionals in their fields on a wide variety of topics from conducting to song writing.

Email No one will have escaped the knowledge that postage costs have rocketed and it is not possible for Jackdaws to send out mailings by post on a regular basis. The brochure is the only mailing we now post. We do however send regular newsletters, special offers, and info on newly arranged events by email so please stay in touch be making sure we have your most up to date email address and by following us on facebook and twitter. New Faces at Jackdaws We are happy to have two new members of staff at Jackdaws, a new administrator, Karolyn Curle and media assistant Joshua Bishop who will be joining Saffron and Kate in the office and Alex and Lou in the kitchen’. We all look forward to speaking to you and meeting you over the course of the year. If you have any questions at all about the courses or how things work at Jackdaws then please do call us on 01373 812 383 and we will be happy to help.

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Some of our favourite things Alex “My favourite instrument in the kitchen is the food processor - hugely versatile even though a slightly irritating pitch! and I love the bassoon - it looks so beautiful and produces the most rich sound...” Lou “My Favourite instrument is - a ‘wooden bassoon’ or if we’re getting serious - a wooden spoon!.” Josh “My favourite symphony is - Scriabin's Prometheus: The Poem of Fire. He believed he was to write a piece of music so great it would bring about the end of the universe after it's first performance, luckily he died before he finished it.” Saffron “My favourite opera is - Too many to choose just one but the top two would be Falstaff by Verdi and Ariadne auf Naxos by R Strauss!.” Karolyn “My favourite thing at Jackdaws is - Handel “Messiah” Being involved in the Jackdaws community project ”Come and sing Messiah” earlier this year was a wonderful experience; challenging but inspiring!” Kate “My Favourite composer is - it is difficult to decide on one favourite composer but I'll choose Vaughan Williams because I find his music is so evocative.”


Venue: Jackdaws Mon 17 sep 7pm James Lisney - piano Lorna Anderson - soprano Brahms Intermezzi, opus 117 schumann Frauenliebe und Leben, opus 42 Debussy Suite bergamasque songs by Faure and Britten A very popular regular at Jackdaws, James Lisney’s career takes him seamlessly from concerto and recital soloist - to chamber musician, song accompanist and pianist director. For this concert he is joined by the soprano Lorna Anderson who has appeared in opera, concert and recital with major orchestras and festivals throughout Europe and elsewhere. Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door

Venue: Great Elm Church Fri 21 Dec 6.30pm Christmas Concert by Candlelight Mulled wine and mince pies Celebrate Christmas with Jackdaws at our own Christmas Concert in the beautiful church at Great Elm. Featuring Christmas music performed by children from Mells First School and our own Jack’s Music Club, some favourite operatic solos from our AD, Saffron van Zwanenberg and Friends plus seasonal, congregational roof raisers to get you in the festive mood. Tickets £10

Venue: Christ Church, Frome sat 2 March 7pm “Come & Sing…” Following the huge success of this year’s Come and Sing Messiah we are delighted that there will be a second Come & Sing performance in March 2013. Details to be announced shortly but keep this date free! Tickets tbc

CONCERTS

During 2012 & 2013 Jackdaws will be promoting occasional concerts both in Frome and at our home base in Great Elm. If you would like to be kept up to date with our concert programme please e-mail the office at music@jackdaws.org to be included on our concert-goers e-mail list. Tickets are now available from Jackdaws on: 01373 812383 or music@jackdaws.org

Venue: Rook Lane Chapel, Frome sun 3 March 2pm Chamber Philharmonic Europe Tickets £15 on the door, £13 book in advance from Jackdaws, Cheese and Grain or RL Coffee Concerts. (Joint promotion Jackdaws, RLAT & RL Coffee Concerts) Vivaldi Concerto for Violin No.4 in A minor RV 357 “La Stravaganza” A. Ponchielli Concerto in F Major, for trumpet and orchestra J. s. Bach Double Concerto For Two Violins in D Minor BWV 1043 A. Corelli Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.4 in D Major G. Faure Pavane Op. 50 e. Grieg Holberg-Suite Op.40

Rehearsal - Come & Sing

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Maureen Lehane

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Vocal Awards 2012 Supported by Penelope Davies

Accompanist Prize supported by Geoffrey & Margaret Batten Audience Prize supported by Jackdaws Trustees.

First Prize £2,500 Second Prize £1,000 Third Prize £500 Accompanists Prize £750 Audience Prize £250 Judging committee chaired by Saffron van Zwanenberg Judges: Sally Burgess, Julian Gavin & Iain Ledingham

Applications are invited for young singers(aged 22-30 inclusive) to take part in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2012 supported by Penelope Davies Preliminary Round: Saturday 13 October at Jackdaws, Great Elm, Somerset

Sunday 14 October at the Royal Academy of Music, London Final Tuesday 23 October 1pm at the Wigmore Hall, London

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All entrants must present a programme consisting of a Handel Aria, a song by Peter Wishart and one piece of applicant’sown choice, for each round Closing date for applications: 5 October, 5pm Entry Fee £25

Application forms available from: www.jackdaws.org.uk or call:01373 812 383

wed 12 June 2013 - 10am Schools Picnic & Perform A chance for all the schools in Frome and the surrounding villages to come together in the Jackdaws Rose Garden to perform to each other the pieces they have been working on during the last year and then picnic in amongst the Rose bushes.

the Great Elm Village Hall. Choosing from a selection of stories, composers and artists, the cast get to devise and perform their own story, music and designs, supported by a professional team of director, designer and musician.

Fri 26 April - Thu 2 May 2013 Opera Plus - Semele Open to Young Artists aged 22-30, auditions for all roles in January date tbc, course fee £325 includes all accommodation and food, part bursaries available. Apply with CV by Monday 3 December. Following very popular productions of works by Mozart and Rossini, Jackdaws’ Opera Plus project turns its spotlight on to the works of Handel with a performance of Semele. As usual the production will feature talented young artists about to embark on their professional career and will be directed by Saffron van Zwanenberg, with Music Director Audrey Hyland and will feature children form three local schools who will take part in workshops with the cast leading to the performance at the Cheese and Grain which takes place at 5.30pm on Friday 3 May and is open to all. Mon 5 - Fri 9 Aug 2013 Jackdaws Summer Production For 11 - 17 year olds An exciting and fun way to spend a week in the Summer holidays. Jackdaws Summer Production is open to all 11 - 17 year olds who would like to try their hand at creating and putting together a show for a performance in

Young Artists and local school pupils in the 2012 Opera Plus production of Cinderella Photo: Jo Walton


“Can I do that?” This is a question we are often asked and we are happy to nearly always be able to say YES! We have refreshed our ability guide to be clearer, as you can see here. It is quite hard with such a diverse and personal subject to be totally specific, but we have tried to give you some helpful guidelines. That said, the main thing if you are not sure is to please call or email us for advice. We will make every effort to help you and if we do not know the answer to your query we are very happy to put your enquiry to the relevant tutor. All- Open to anyone who wants to come and work with that tutor or within the theme of the particular course. Course content and repertoire will reflect a wide variety and you should feel confident to tackle some of the repertoire suggested at whatever level you are currently working to. The tutors will adapt their advice and teaching on an individual basis. Beginner- For people who have perhaps 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. They may not be able to read music and do not need to have had any formal training at all. May have forgotten any formal training they have had and want to get started again.

Intermediate- May have had some individual tuition at some point in their life and want to refresh this. 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 working towards a grade exam or performance in some capacity. Can probably read some music. Advanced- Have had some individual tuition with a teacher and play their instrument regularly or sing regularly and probably solo. May be working towards an advanced grade exam or diploma or be a current or recently graduated music student. May be a more seasoned performer who wants to work on a specific area or work in ensembles or someone who has come back to their instrument after having been advanced with plenty of time to spend working on it now.

“Come and show your support for Jackdaws unique position in the world of music which enables, inspires and promotes music making by the keenest amateur through to the greatest concert performer”

COURSE NEWS

What’s Coming Up? It’s a packed programme at Jackdaws for 2012/13 with some exciting new tutors as well as some familiar faces that we are delighted to be welcoming back, such as Neil Jenkins (pg15), Peter Jacobs (pg11) and James Lisney (pg12). New tutors include violinist, Madeleine Mitchell (pg14), whilst pianists can enjoy courses with Lauretta Bloomer (pg13) and singers can study with Dinah Harris (pg17) and Julian Gavin (pg15) Our very popular one day ‘taster’ courses return during November and early December and include an opportunity for those thinking of taking the plunge and singing solo Penelope Davies (pg9) and a chance to learn more about playing jazz with Ralf Dorrell (pg8). So please read on for full details of all our courses. You’ll notice that we have had to increase prices slightly for the New Year to cover increases in fuel and food costs but don’t forget if you book and pay for your course 12 weeks in advance you can claim a 5% discount. There’s even a special one off, introductory, offer on a new course with Mark Tanner and Gillian Poznansky (pg19) who will be leading players of all instruments in the creation of the Jackdaws Elastic Band (pg19) - a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Jackdaws’ ethos of sharing the enjoyment of creating music together.

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Madeleine Mitchell Violin workshop 12-14 oct Violinist Madeleine Mitchell is a Professor at the Royal College of Music, experienced in teaching all abilities and ages. She has given numerous master classes including Dartington and most recently at Wells and Benslow. Her special interests include good body use and general musicianship. She has performed worldwide as soloist and chamber musician for many years in a wide repertoire. Her discography includes the popular Violin Songs, British Treasures, works written for her by well known composers, as well as Messiaen with Joanna MacGregor. She was Gold Medallist at the RCM and Fulbright/ITT Fellow to the USA studying with Weilerstein, DeLay and Rosenberg. Tim Soar Alexander Technique for singers and players 8 Dec Tim has taught the Alexander Technique to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama since 1995. He is a regular teacher for Friends of the Alexander Technique Denmark, a network of musicians, teachers and health professionals with a common interest in the Alexander Technique. Tim is a guest teacher for the Westminster Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course, and the Alexander Teacher for Marnaves Summer Baroque, an early music Summer School for students and

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young professional string players held annually in South West France. Ralf Dorrell How to Play Jazz - a brief introduction 16 Dec The tutor, Ralf Dorrell (bass and trombone), is the lecturer in jazz performance and jazz composition at Bath Spa University and has been involved in jazz education since 1984. He started life as a classical musician until he went on a short jazz performance course over thirty years ago.... Julian Gavin The Operatic Voice 8-10 Feb Australian born tenor Julian Gavin graduated from the University of Melbourne and undertook postgraduate studies in conducting at the Victorian College of the Arts before coming to London where he studied at the National Opera Studio. His U.K. debut as Alvaro in La Forza del Destino for ENO led to a series of engagements for the company including roles such as Alfredo/La Traviata, Il Duca/Rigoletto, Rodolfo/La Boheme, Cavaradossi/Tosca, and the title roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Ernani and Trovatore. Now a British Citizen, Julian lives in London together with his wife and five children. In addition to his busy calender of performances Julian has a thriving teaching practice and has given numerous master classes, both at home and internationally.

Dinah Harris Simple Gifts 19-21 July Dinah Harris studied at the RCM, with Dame Isobel Baillie and with Rita Streich in Vienna. She was a prizewinner at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Holland. Between the years 1971 to 1990 she was a professional opera and concert singer both in the UK and Europe. Since 1990 she has been a singing teacher and voice coach, both privately and from 1990 until 2010 at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, Kent and Lewisham University Hospital, where she was a member of the Voice Clinic Team. Dinah is a professor at the Royal College of Music and was on the faculties of the Pan Pacific Voice Conferences in San Francisco, the Vancouver Voice Conference, the Canadian Voice Care Foundation in Banff, Canada and the Australian Voice Association. She has been an external lecturer for Goldsmiths College, UCL, Thames Valley University, the Royal Academy of Music and the London College of Music. She is a coauthor of the Voice Clinic Handbook. From 2000 - 2003 Dinah was a member of the Council of the British Voice Association and is a member of the Education Working Party of the BVA.

Lauretta Bloomer Playing with Poise 27-29 sept Lauretta studied piano with Yonty Solomon at the Royal College of Music in London and later in Vienna at the Hochschule für Muziek with Georg Ebert and Heinz Medjimorec where she was able to develop her knowledge and love for the music of the Viennese Schools and to specialise in chamber music. As soloist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist, Lauretta Bloomer has played concerts throughout Europe, toured the U.S and more recently performed in Asia and Australia. She was guest at many international music festivals. Lauretta has a broad repertoire encompassing all periods and styles. She is equally at home playing on period instruments or performing contemporary music. Recent concerts and recordings include the complete songs of Clara Schumann, Pierrot Lunaire by Arnold Schoenberg, Piano Quintet by Vaughan Williams, Piano Sextett and Quartets by Felix Mendelssohn as well as works by Brett Dean, Kerry Turner, Luciano Berio, and George Benjamin. Lauretta is also an experienced teacher. Besides her own teaching in Amsterdam she has given lecture recitals in the UK and Europe and has given master classes in the United States, specialising in chamber music and piano accompaniment.


sun 18 nov Music Exams in the spotlight Mark Tanner Level All. 10am -1pm grades 1-4. Course No. 3017 2pm - 5pm grades 5-8. Course No. 3018 6pm - 9pm diploma level. Course No. 3019 Fee £35 per session An eleventh-hour opportunity for those taking a music exam to be put through their paces ahead of the big day. If you think you could benefit from playing through one or two of your pieces in front of other people, or perhaps you’d like a little steerage regarding the scales, aural and sight-reading components, then this course should be right up your street. The morning will cover grades

1-4, the afternoon session 5-8 and then a diploma session in the evening. We will look at some of the do’s and don’ts that can make all the difference on the day, with chances to play, as well as talk about the viva voce and quick study elements that often cause fear and trembling. Teachers are welcome to get involved in discussion too, although the emphasis will be on practical aspects. Exam success, at any level, often comes down to feeling confident you know what is coming your way and good preparation is key. Regardless of which instrument you play, or which exam board you are following, come and glean what you can from a highly experienced local examiner and teacher. sat 26 nov 11am - 3pm Singing for the Over 50’s Penny Jenkins Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3020 Level All. Fee £35 Any ability and NO age limits! Come to a beautiful spot in Somerset and discover that the singing voice can go on forever. This is a fun course for the over 50s (or thereabouts), who are young at heart and will show you how to use the singing voice in a safe and nurturing way. Work with one of our most popular voice teachers, Penny Jenkins on rediscovering 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.

sun 2 Dec 11am - 3pm Taking the leap and Singing Solo Taking the leap and Singing Solo Penelope Davies Course No. 3021 Level: All. Fee £35 Many people love to sing, be it in the shower, in a choir or along to the radio. This course is for anyone who would like to try and take the big step to singing on their own. Perhaps you sing in a choir and would like to tackle a solo or perhaps you would just like to have the confidence that when you open your mouth to sing what comes out is what you are expecting! Penelope Davies is a local singer and teacher of many years experience and has worked with many local choirs and singing groups, she will give you some tips and strategies, all working to build confidence, so you can go it alone! sat 8 Dec 11am - 3pm Alexander Technique for singers and players Tim Soar Course No. 3022 Level: All. Fee £35 The Alexander Technique has been part of the mainstream classical education of musicians for many years, but outside the conservatoire setting it remains little known as a means of enhancing performance. It is a wide ranging technique in its application for musicians: a singer refining her breath control, a woodwind player looking for a better tone quality, a pianist with RSI, or a conductor seeking better communication skills, could all benefit from the Alexander Technique. This workshop is open to individuals of any level of expertise as

Anyone Can (learn to) Sing! “Singing is proven to be beneficial to our health and well-being. Singing with other people offers a sense of community, connectedness, pleasure, and fun”

ONE DAY COURSES

sat 17 nov 11am - 3pm Anyone Can (learn to) Sing Jessica Walker Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3016 Level: All. Fee £35 Most of us don’t have to think about how to talk, laugh, shout or cough, because our body and mind work instinctively, so how come when we try to sing we think we have to do something different? In fact, the utterances made by early man would have been more closely allied to singing than speech, but somewhere along the line, we have lost this natural ability. In this workshop, singer and teacher Jessica Walker will show you how to make a sung sound with ease. Through a combination of breathing exercises, vocalization and movement, at the end of just one day you will find access to a singing voice you never thought you had.

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ONE DAY COURSES

musicians and any level of experience of the Alexander Technique. It serves both as an introduction to the Alexander Technique, and as an opportunity to broaden your understanding if you have had lessons before. The Alexander Technique is taught largely through touch - as Alexander himself said, “You can’t tell a person what to do, because the thing you have to do is a sensation.” This workshop will allow everyone to experience the subtle and often surprising effects of this unique approach to musical coaching.

Will Carslake at the Celebration Concert Photo: Becky Xue-Ying

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sun 9 Dec 11am-3pm Come and Sing an Opera Chorus Will Carslake Course No. 3023 Level: All. Fee £35 From the Brindisi to the Anvil Chorus, some of the greatest and most uplifting pieces of music are in the opera repertoire. Come and take part as conductor Will Carslake first teaches you the parts and then leads you in a

rousing rendition of the Toreador’s chorus from Carmen and the slave chorus from Nabucco and maybe more, time allowing! Dramatic interpretation will be encouraged but is not compulsory! No previous experience of any kind required. sunday 16 December 11am-3pm How to Play Jazz- a brief introduction Ralf Dorrell Course No. 3024 Level: All. Fee £35 This course is designed to give a general introduction to playing jazz. It will be expected that all the participants will have little or no previous experience of playing jazz, but are interested and willing to try. In a supportive and safe environment the players will be invited to have fun exploring all the musical areas and skills required to play jazz. These include: 1. Basic jazz rhythms 2. Basic jazz melodies 3. Basic jazz harmony 4. Basic jazz improvisation The course will also include a brief history of jazz with recorded musical examples, and the conventions of jazz performance will be explained and de-mystified using examples from the standard repertoire. This could be your first step into a fascinating new world of music making... Usual jazz instruments welcome, i.e. Saxophone, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, double bass, bass guitar, guitar, violin, voice (treated as another instrument!)... other instruments are possible but need to be confirmed by course tutor.

Listeners’ Course sat 23 Feb 10am-3.30pm “Brahms” The solo piano & chamber musicSteven Elliot Course No. 3031. Fee £40 Brahms has left us with well over 10 hours of chamber music, spread fairly evenly over various combinations of instruments; string quartets, string quintets-even sextets-and combinations involving his own instrument, the piano, and an instrument whose beauty and full capability was revealed to him late in life- the clarinet. There are also three sonatas for violin and two for cello, all wonderful. And yet what is not known is just how much Brahms destroyed, such was his desire to reveal only the best of himself. Despite his mastery of large scale forms most of his piano music is of shorter pieces with titles such as ballade, rhapsody and intermezzo, and these feature strongly in his later piano music which is dense in texture but sublime in effect. During the day we will sample this music, much of which may be familiar to those attending, and place it in its biographical context.


Fri 2 - sun 4 nov A Pianistic Pot-Pourri Peter Jacobs Course No. 3014 Level: All. Fee £180 One of the definitions of pot-pourri is a musical medley, so this weekend Peter invites you to bring pieces of all shapes, sizes and styles. Let’s blow the dust off of well worn pieces, and explore some new ones. A few headings might prompt your choice-Novelette, Capriccio, Prelude, Fantasia, Mazurka, Invention,

Impromtu, Waltz, Elegy, Romance, Albumleaf, etc. The repertoire of good short pieces is virtually endless, but think as well about the less obvious such as Heller, Kabalevsky, Stanford, Bridge, Chaminade, or CPE Bach and Telemann. Peter is especially fond of the genre known as ‘Novelty Piano solos’, best epitomised in England by the music of Billy Mayerl - fun to play AND practise! All abilities are welcome on this weekend. If you have been before, you will know that Peter likes to take pieces apart, with plenty of emphasis on the left hand. Lots of clarity and precision! He suggests that for every one piece you already know, you try to seek out two new ones from the less familiar by-ways of the repertoire. Try to catch Peter out with some surprises!

Fri 11 - sun 13 Jan The Complete Pianist Margaret Fingerhut Course No. 3025 Level: Advanced. Fee £180 This weekend offers the opportunity to explore the many different aspects of interpretation and pianism that go towards making the complete pianist. Bring along two pieces or two different movements to work on, and enjoy the relaxed and informal atmosphere. This course will give you guidance on matters such as tone production, touch, articulation and phrasing, as well as tips on how to improve things like velocity, finger independence and accuracy. The fundamental issue of pedalling - “the soul of the piano” - will be an important part of the course, as well as practical matters such as the choice of fingering and how to practice more creatively and purposefully so as to make best use of your practice time. Lots of tricks of the trade will be revealed! The intimate setting of Jackdaws allows for participants to become involved in free-ranging discussions about anything and everything to do with piano playing.

Jackdaws offers inspirational and imaginative experiences of music-making to children and adults.

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Fri 26 - sun 28 oct Variations and/or Preludes Ruth Harte - piano Course No. 3013 Level: All. Fee £180 In all periods the musical repertoire is full of small or large-scale sets of Variations. Sometimes the basic theme is original, sometimes it is borrowed. Variations can stand on their own as a separate work or become a whole movement within a suite, sonata or symphony. As an alternative or even an addition to "Variations" or, if you prefer just to bring two or three Preludes, choose some contrasting styles. Again, you could be spoilt for choice, but preludes provide an opportunity to develop that essential core of artistic pianoplaying, a real singing tone! With much to choose from, bring what you feel comfortable with. The amount isn't important but your enjoyment is! And we guarantee your enjoyment and improvement working with one of Jackdaws best loved and experienced piano tutors. (Some suggestions of repertoire can be provided on request)

Peter Jacobs

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Caecilia Andriessen

Julian Jacobson

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Fri 1 - sun 3 Feb The Pianist Within Elena Riu Course No. 3028 Level: All. Fee £180 Work with extraordinary Venezuelan pianist, Elena Riu, who will gently lead you through whichever repertoire you choose to bring, specifically working on imaginative tone production accessing the meaning of harmonic colour through the exploration of a wider emotional vocabulary. Part of the weekend will also focus on performance anxiety, integrating simple yoga techniques for relaxation and visualisation to improve your playing and benefit “the whole person”. Fri 15 - sun 17 Feb Schubert James Lisney - piano Course No. 3030 Level: Intermediate. Fee £180 A chance to explore the miracles contained within Schubert`s richly varied piano music including the celebrated music for four hands. From exquisite miniatures to the grand sonata movements, there is something to delight and challenge all levels of pianist. James Lisney has been performing and teaching at Jackdaws for over twenty years and is particularly associated with the Viennese composer: His present season of concerts will see Schubert cycles at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

Fri 10 - sun 12 May Piano Workshop Philip Fowke Course No. 3040 Level: All. Fee £180 If you enjoy playing the piano, suffer from nerves, yet long to perform with greater security and confidence, then this is the course for you. Bring along your favourite pieces for discussion and exploration in a relaxed, informal environment. There is no obligation to perform any piece in full; it may be that you only wish to tackle a few bars at a time. The general standard is from about Grade 5 upwards, though this does not preclude those of a humbler ability. The emphasis is on learning with enjoyment, sharing difficulties with others, and discovering comfortable, practical ways to overcome musical and technical problems. There is no age limit. Participants are encouraged to bring along any duets they may have. These have proved to be very popular and can greatly contribute to the musical and performing experience of the weekend. Fri 24 - sun 26 May Pianos for All Caecilia Andriessen Course No. 3042 Level: Intermediate. Fee £180 Are you an amateur pianist who can play Bach’s Inventions and Haydn’s Sonatas? Would you like to play in an ensemble with other pianists, just like string players do in a string quartet? Then join “Pianos for All”. We play music from the 17th until the 21st centuries, music that was either composed for two or

more pianos, or that has been adapted for a piano group. The pieces vary in difficulty and style. You will be sent two of the pieces we will be playing during the course so as to enable you to practice these in advance. We will also sight read less difficult pieces which will still reflect a wide range of styles and periods. Participants of all ages are welcome who would like to play as a group, as this joyous weekend provides the opportunity for piano playing in groups of one, two, three and four pianos. Fri 31 May - sun 2 June Russian Miniatures Julian Jacobson Course No. 3043 Level: Advanced. Fee £180 As well as writing some of the grandest works in the repertoire, Russian composers poured forth a stream of piano miniatures, 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.


Thur 25 - sun 28 July 3 day course Piano Summer School Mark Tanner Course No. 3050 Level: Advanced. Fee £260 A very popular course, offering the opportunity to use the longer time of three days 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 and grade exams and skeleton

score study, improvisation duets and more will all be discussed. Support will be available for those taking grade and diploma exams as well as those who just want to play for pleasure. Fri 13 - sun 15 sept Piano Workshop - All Philip Fowke Course No. 3056 Level: All. Fee £180 For details see 10 -12 May on pg 9 Fri 27 - sun 29 sept Playing with Poise Lauretta Bloomer Course No. 3058 Level: All. Fee £180 “Art is a beautiful gift. What is more beautiful, than to clothe one’s feelings in sounds, what a comfort in sad hours, what a pleasure, what a wonderful feeling, to provide an hour of happiness to others. And what a sublime feeling to pursue art, so that one gives one’s

life for it. ”These words by Clara Schumann reflect English born pianist Lauretta Bloomer’s own feelings towards music and the performing of it. This piano course is open to all who love playing the piano or those who are curious and would like to know more about it. We will work on fingering, correct use of the thumb, pedalling, posture, as well as tone production. The course will be divided into two parts with individual tuition and group participation during which aspects of technique and musical interpretation will be covered. Participants will be encouraged to take turns on the 'hot seat' to play pieces they are working on or would like to improve. In a fun, relaxed and warmhearted atmosphere it is hoped that everyone will be inspired to take part and to learn from each other.

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Fri 5 - sun 7 July Any Prelude & Fugue Kenneth van Barthold Course No. 3047 Level: Advanced. Fee £180 The 48 Preludes and Fugues present a deep insight into the temperament and compositional style of J.S.Bach. They are a microcosm of his usage of keys, different styles of writing and characterisation. They were written more than twenty years apart and, as happens with many of us, he became more complex with age. This is surely the reason why, with few exceptions, all the really well known ones are in the first book. Please choose one from either book for the course and don’t be deterred by book.2. There is some wonderful music in there and maybe it would be good to play a Prelude from Book 2 rather than a rehash from book 1 that has been played to death! While it would be preferable to bring a particular Prelude and Fugue better a prelude tidily learnt rather than both in a slightly chaotic state!

Philip Fowke

Lauretta Bloomer

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Guitar Ensemble Weekend “The weekend will be the most wonderful combination of guitar orchestra playing, individual lessons or coaching sessions for small ensembles, and delicious homecooked food from the Jackdaws kitchen”

Fri 12 - sun 14 oct Madeleine Mitchell Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3011 Level: Intermediate - Advanced. Fee £190 Madeleine Mitchell will help violinists with any pieces they would like to bring (with or without accompaniment), offering general technical and musical guidance in a friendly supportive environment, working towards an informal concert on Sunday afternoon for anyone who would like to perform. A pianist will be available from Saturday evening.

Fri 18 - sun 20 Jan Guitar Ensemble Mark Eden & Christopher Stell Course No. 3026 Level: All. Fee £190 Mark Eden and Christopher Stell (Eden Stell Guitar Duo) invite keen classical guitarists of any age or ability to join them for one of their favourite annual guitar courses. The weekend will be the most wonderful combination of guitar orchestra playing, individual lessons or coaching sessions for small ensembles.

Thur 15 - sun 18 Aug 3 day course Strings & Things Ensemble Course Elizabeth Turnbull Course No. 3052 For violin, viola, cello and double bass. Level: Intermediate. Fee £260 Specifically designed for amateur string players who are searching for the opportunity to experience intensive and detailed rehearsal on string repertoire; it affords the luxury of sufficient rehearsal time to attain one's best possible standard of playing. Sight reading will not be required as all music is sent out in advance. This course provides the chance to work specifically on all aspects of rehearsal technique. Attention will be given to working in detail with a specialist string coach 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. The chosen repertoire will be small and varied. Because of the necessity of creating a balanced group acceptance on this course will be subject to some selection.

Mark Eden & Christopher Stell


Fri 9 - sun 11 nov Audition Preparation Saffron van Zwanenberg & Audrey Hyland Course No. 3015 Level: All. Fee £190 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 coach Audrey Hyland, both experienced at sitting on audition panels and helping people prepare for auditions, honing

your pieces and getting some practical tips and advice on how to cope with nerves and what to do when things don’t go to plan. Undergo a mock audition at the end of the course and give yourself the best possible chance of performing the way you want to on the day! Fri 25 - sun 27 Jan Sing Sing Sing Evelyn Tubb & Michael Fields Accompanist: Clive Pollard Course No. 3027 Level: Advanced. £190 A workshop for singers (and accompanists) who want to refine their performance skills, build confidence, express their ‘authentic self’ and improve communication. Issues of vocal technique, characterisation and interpretation will also be addressed. Students may bring their own choice of repertoire. Accompanists on lute or guitar are also welcome but they should liaise with a singer first to plan a repertoire. An informal concert will be given by the students at the end of the weekend to which guests are welcome.

Audrey Hyland

Fri 8 - sun 10 Feb The Operatic Voice Power, Projection, Passagio Julian Gavin Accompanist: David Price Course No. 3029 Level: Advanced. Fee £190 Through a series of master-classes, we will consider each of these elements separately as well as explore their interrelationship. We will also discover the underlying and essential element that links all three.

Sing, Sing, Sing refine your performance skills, build confidence, express your ‘authentic self’ and improve communication.

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Fri 19 - sun 21 oct Put some Drama into your Singing! Neil Jenkins Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3012 Level: Intermediate - Advanced. Fee £190 Level: Grade 8 and above. Fee £180 Singers of all ages, and at all stages of development, know that their Opera and Oratorio arias frequently need to be sung with passion and drama. This can be as true for slow and reflective pieces as well as for the obvious show-stoppers. Neil Jenkins will assist singers on this course to inject this sense of drama into all the music that they bring. With his wealth of 45 years of experience on the concert platform and opera stage Neil will be happy to work on arias of every sort, and suggests that participants bring 2 Oratorio arias & 2 Opera arias. There will be constructive vocal warmups, and individual coaching at every level. Neil will also be available for one-to-one discussions on how singers can take their singing a stage further.

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Fri 1 - sun 3 March Performance vs Technique Rosa Mannion Accompanist: Craig Bissex Course No. 3032 Level: Advanced. Fee £190 The two hard hitters of singing go head to head. Is one to the detriment of the other? Come and work with renowned soprano, Rosa Mannion, on the art of vocal technique and develop the skill of being able to use your technique to its full capability whilst giving a powerful performance. Something which is very difficult as the emotion of the drama can be unsettling to the voice. Rosa has a great reputation professionally for her powerful performances onstage which don’t compromise her singing in any way; let her share some of the secrets of this success. This course is a fantastic opportunity to work on something that you will be performing in the future, it is also a great pre-amble to the staged scenes course in August where technique is challenged in a very practical way by performance! Bring two contrasting pieces, preferably one with a preceding recitative. Fri 22 - sun 24 Mar Britten - On This Island Ian Partridge Accompanist: Richard Shaw Course No. 3035 Level: Advanced. Fee £190 In this special year, which sees the 100th Birthday Anniversary of our most famous British composer, Benjamin Britten, come and work on some of his extraordinary song repertoire with one of the foremost experts

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on English Song. From the folk song arrangements to the cabaret songs and cycles such as “On this Island” and “Winter Words” there is much repertoire to explore. Participants are also welcome to bring English song by other composers and repertoire suggestions can be provided.

of the resonances, and to keep engaged when not actively singing. We will try to express the human emotions via drama and text and connect ourselves to the emotional power of our breath. Bring three pieces in English from any period and one “prop” which you feel may help stimulate/unlock your imagination.

Fri 5 - sun 7 April A Song by Any Other Name Richard Jackson Accompanist: Richard Shaw Course No. 3036 Level: All. Fee £190 A weekend looking at a variety of French, German, and Italian songs, which could also include composizioni di camera by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini and Verdi. Repertoire suggestions will be provided on request. Prepare four numbers please, there will be an emphasis on making the languages less foreign, and more part of you. We will see how composers illuminate text and make a real "marriage" - or an extremely civil partnership at least - between words and music! Guaranteed to be releasing, and fun...

Fri 17 - sun 19 May In Spring a Young Man’s Fancy... Sarah Walker Accompanist: Anna Le Hair Course No. 3041 Level: All. Fee £190 'Young Love' with Mozart's An Chloë, Brahms folk songs, Schubert's An die Laute and hundreds more. 'Love and Marriage' with Myrtthen - Schumann's wedding present to Clara; or, for something completely differentThere was I, Waiting at the Church 'Love in the Afternoon' - somehow one thinks of French repertoire here and songs like Duparc's Phydilé and Bizet's Ladybird - La Coccinelle; 'Love in a Cold Climate' with Grieg's Water Lily - Med en Vandlilie and Sibelius' The Tryst - Flickan kom ifrån or perhaps some Russian passion from Rachmaninov or Tchaikovsky; 'Love in the New World' too much choice! Let's kick off with Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin... Bring any piece you like on the theme of love.

Fri 20 - sun 22 April Singing & Imagination Ameral Gunson Accompanist: Marion Lea Course No. 3057 Level: Advanced. Fee £190 Sound starts in our imagination. 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, to try and anticipate the "feel"

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Fri 21 - sun 23 June Advanced Vocal Technique Teresa Cahill Accompanist: Richard Shaw Course No. 3046 Level: Advanced. Fee £190 For advanced singers and aspiring young professionals. A course of classes concentrating on interpretation through vocal technique. Participants may choose their own repertoire of French, German, Italian and English songs and arias from oratorio, opera or operetta, perhaps with special reference to Mozart, Richard Strauss, Elgar, Schubert and Brahms, but if you have something else that you especially want to work on, do bring it.

Anna Le Hair & Richard Shaw Photo: Becky Xue-Ying

Fri 7 - sun 9 June Discover Your Voice Penny Jenkins Accompanist: Tim Nail Course No. 3044 Level: Beginners. Fee £190 A hugely popular beginners’ course in vocal technique, this course is designed for singers who have not already acquired a solid technique and are interested in releasing their

Fri 28 - sun 30 June The Vocal Technician Joy Mammen Accompanist: Anna Le Hair Course No. 3039 Level: Advanced. Fee £190 Joy Mammen’s work is based on the teaching of Frederick Husler with whom she studied for nine years. She maintains that teaching is essentially a relationship between pupil and teacher with respect and commitment on both sides. Whilst working on the voice, body and mind she considers the philosophical needs of the singer and believes singing to be

the voice of the soul. Her training is based on the Bel Canto principles of beauty, quality, legato and freedom of voice, body and spirit. Joy’s work covers all musical possibilities and variations, so that when the singer performs there is nothing that has not been technically explored. The singer is confidently able to use their imagination and inherent musicality to sing expressively with beauty and freedom and, above all, to listen. Prepare two pieces from any area of the classical repertoire. Fri 19 - sun 21 July Simple Gifts Dinah Harris Accompanist: Robert Aldwinckle Course No. 3049 Level Advanced. Fee £190 The gift of singing is something we all share, whether a keen amateur or budding professional. But why is it the more we work at something sometimes the more complicated it can become? Renowned teacher and RCM Professor Dinah Harris believes in getting back to the simple basics of good air flow as promoted by the Accent method of teaching. Do you believe you have a problem area of the voice or perhaps there is one note that you view with dread when seen in a score? Dinah will help you begin to free the voice by using the simplest of gifts, breath.

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‘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.

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‘one of the joys of the weekend is listening to others and singing accompanied by Jackdaws' magnificent Steinway’

Thur 1 - sun 4 Aug 3 day course Staged Scenes Saffron van Zwanenberg & Rosa Mannion Course No. 3051 Level: All. Fee £260 Have you always wanted the experience of working with an opera director on staging a scene or aria, whilst also having the chance to work on it musically and technically? During this extended weekend course renowned RCM voice teacher 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. They will also work together to help solve some of the problems of technique vs performance! 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 if not then something suitable and mutually agreeable will be chosen.)

Thur 22 - sun 25 Aug 3 day course Chamber Choir William Carslake & Jessica Walker Course No. 3053 Level: All. Fee £260 Do you enjoy choral singing and want to improve your ensemble and sight singing whilst also working on your vocal technique? Join Jackdaws new chamber choir and have fun working with our inspiring conductor Will, who will lead you through the repertoire in a gentle way and give you cast iron tips with his patented sight singing technique! Work in sectionals and also receive some individual singing instruction from our motivational singing teacher Jessica, who has extensive experience in helping choral singers improve their technique, enabling them to get the most out of their singing. Jessica will work one-to-one and in a workshop setting, in order to facilitate both individual and choral development. The course will end with an informal concert on the Sunday.

Jessica Walker & Robin Bowman

Fri 30 Aug - sun 1 sept Singing in French Robin Bowman Accompanist: tbc Course No. 3054 Level: All. Fee £190 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. Robin is a very experienced tutor, used to working with singers at all levels and 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 in if approached in the correct way, it can also consequently inprove 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.


Fri 8 - sun 10 March The Jackdaws Elastic Band! Mark Tanner & Gillian Poznansky Course No. 3034 Level: All. Special Introductory offer £130 In the tradition of the Medieval Consort and Palm Court Orchestra, Mark and Gillian proudly present a course working with flexible ensembles - that’s right - any combination you can think of, be it three ukuleles and a zither, or a trumpet with string quartet and obbligato sitar. Bring along your instrument(s), let us know in advance what level you have reached, and we will endeavour to produce a range of appropriate music to keep you busy and cheerful throughout the weekend. You could even suggest a favourite musical work you’ve always wanted to play, or perhaps a concerto movement that you’d like to have a crack at with a small ensemble to accompany you. The idea is that you’ll get lots of playing - any repertoire from the renaissance to present day, and to ensure ability levels dovetail nicely we may choose to split you into smaller ensembles from time to time. In addition,

there will be improvisation sessions and opportunities to perform one or two prepared solo pieces with Mark at the piano. It may also be possible to put on a small concert featuring both course participants and tutors. Interspersed with the practical activities, we will be offering a variety of other sessions to keep you on your toes - everything from fun music quizzes to spontaneous madrigal singing and music appreciation. All in all, this promises to be a fun, active course that can stretch you in ways you never knew possible!

William Lyons

Fri 19 - sun 21 April Al Manere Minstrelsy The Music of the Medieval Minstrel William Lyons of the Dufay Collective Course No. 3038 Level: Intermediate - Advanced. Fee £190 The Dufay Collective is an early music ensemble specialising in Medieval and Renaissance music, and has been performing

it’s unique brand of music since 1987 in a wide ranging repertoire from the middle ages and renaissance. Work with the Leader of the Dufay, William Lyons, and another tutor (dependant on instruments that participate) on a weekend of medieval instrumental music with tuition on harp, gittern, recorders, flutes, shawms, bagpipes and percussion. Participants can bring their own music, or repertoire can be suggested. Existing ensembles would be welcome. The course will focus on secular medieval repertoire, in particular dance music. The emphasis of the course is not on individual tuition but on ensemble classes: improvisation, arrangement, and the use of traditional playing styles that are all factors in realising very early music.

The course tutors are prominent international musicians.

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Fri 18 - sun 20 Jan Guitar Ensemble Mark Eden & Christopher Stell Course No. 3026 Level: All. Fee £190 Mark Eden and Christopher Stell (Eden Stell Guitar Duo) invite keen classical guitarists of any age or ability to join them for one of their favourite annual guitar courses. The weekend will be the most wonderful combination of guitar orchestra playing, individual lessons or coaching sessions for small ensembles.

Fri 12 - sun 14 July 3 day course Chamber Music Weekend Sarah Francis, Robert Codd, Ian Mitchell & Michael Dussek Course No. 3048 Level: Advanced. Fee £190 An opportunity for wind players to enjoy ensemble playing with professional coaching. Music for the course will range from the 18th to 20th centuries. 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.

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Rosa Mannion

Thur 1 - sun 4 Aug 3 day course Staged Scenes Saffron van Zwanenberg & Rosa Mannion Course No. 3051 Level: All. Fee £260 Have you always wanted the experience of working with an opera director on staging a scene or aria, whilst also having the chance to work on it musically and technically? During this extended weekend course renowned RCM voice teacher 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. They will also work together to help solve some of the problems of technique vs performance! 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 if not then something suitable and mutually agreeable will be chosen.)

Thur 15 - sun 18 Aug 3 day course Strings & Things Ensemble Course Elizabeth Turnbull Course No. 3052 Level: Intermediate. Fee £260 For violin, viola, cello and double bass. Specifically designed for amateur string players who are searching for the opportunity to experience intensive and detailed rehearsal on string repertoire, it affords the luxury of sufficient rehearsal time to attain one's best possible standard of playing. Sight reading will not be required as all music is sent out in advance. This course provides the chance to work specifically on all aspects of rehearsal technique. Attention will be given to working in detail with a specialist string coach 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. The chosen repertoire will be small and varied. Because of the necessity of creating a balanced group acceptance on this course will be subject to some selection. Thur 22 - sun 25 Aug 3 day course Chamber Choir William Carslake & Jessica Walker Course No. 3053 Level: All. Fee £260 Do you enjoy choral singing and want to improve your ensemble and sight singing whilst also working on your vocal technique? Join Jackdaws new chamber choir and have fun working with our inspiring conductor Will,

who will lead you through the repertoire in a gentle way and give you cast iron tips with his patented sight singing technique! Work in sectionals and also receive some individual singing instruction from our motivational singing teacher Jessicca, who has extensive experience in helping choral singers improve their technique, enabling them to get the most out of their singing. Jessicca will work one-to-one and in a workshop setting, in order to facilitate both individual and choral development. The course will end with an informal concert on the Sunday. Fri 6 - sun 8 sept Stylish Baroque Theresa Caudle & Alastair Ross Course No. 3055 Level: Advanced. Fee £190 Baroque chamber music for individual players and pre-formed groups, preferably on instruments at A415, although it may be possible to accommodate a group at A440. Experts in their field, Theresa (violin and cornett) and Alastair (harpsichord and organ) will help, encourage and cajole you to greater stylishness in your performance of 17th and 18th century music. The weekend will be spent working in small groups, pre-formed or put together by the tutors and at least one session will be spent with everyone playing together.


Fri 12 - sun 14 April Oboe Workshop Sarah Francis & Jean Marsden Accompanist: David Price Course No. 3037 Level: Intermediate - Advanced. Fee £190 Explore the oboe repertoire and improve your ensemble playing. Enjoy working with an experienced pianist and playing in small groups with professional help. There is a session for cor anglais players with specialist Jean Marsden, and help with reed making and adjustment. Sarah Francis is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and has given masterclasses in Amsterdam, Geneva, Moscow and Cologne.

Fri 15 - sun 17 March Clarinets David Campbell Accompanist: Colin Hunt (Sat only) Course No. 3033 Level: Intermediate. Fee £190 Led by David Campbell, Chair of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain, the weekend will comprise of a Masterclass, clarinet choir sessions and some group playing. The Friday session is dedicated to clarinet choir, and quartets will be the focus on the Saturday morning. There will be a Masterclass on the Sat afternoon, when we will be joined by an accompanist, and Sunday will provide another choir session and more solos in preparation for a short informal concert before tea and farewells.

Fri 14 - sun 16 June From Reed to Recital Robert Codd & Maria Mealey Accompanist: David Price Course No. 3045 Level: Intermediate - Advanced. Fee £190 An opportunity for Bassoon players to play together in small ensembles with professional help and guidance from Robert and Maria. Individual coaching will also be available but there will be at least one ensemble running in all sessions. Classes in reed-making and bassoon and contrabassoon available on request. The tutors will give a recital on the Saturday morning and the course will close with a concert by participants (voluntary participation!) of pieces they have been working on during the weekend. An accompanist will be available for part of the weekend.

Fri 12 - sun 14 July Chamber Music Weekend Sarah Francis, Robert Codd, Ian Mitchell & Michael Dussek Course No. 3048 Level: Advanced. Fee £190 Level: Intermediate - Advanced. Fee £190 An opportunity for wind players to enjoy ensemble playing with professional coaching. Music for the course will range from the 18th to 20th centuries. 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.

“Classes for Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Flute, Recorder and Reed making”

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Fri 5 - sun 7 oct Recorder Weekend Pamela Thorby Course No. 3010 Level: Intermediate - Advanced. Fee £180 Participants can bring any repertoire and are encouraged to bring solo and consort repertoire (suggestions can be given). We will play together and individually, coached by Pamela. Recently described as "the Queen of the Recorder" Pamela Thorby is unique amongst British recorder players in the breadth and variety of her work. This weekend will focus on the notion of what makes something sound stylish through practical work and lots of playing!

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Founder Maureen Lehane Wishart President James MacMillan CBE Vice President 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 Sarah Wheeler Mark Hunter FCA Mark Brierley RBA Graham Jeffs LL.B Development Manager Katharine Meadows Administrator Karolyn Curle Media & Pr Assistant Joshua Bishop

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COURSE FEES 2012/13 standard 2 day course fee £180.00-£190.00 (Deposit £50.00 non refundable) Listeners 1 day course fee £35.00-£40.00 (Deposit £30.00 non refundable) Listeners course see page 10 observer rate £120.00 (Deposit £40.00 non refundable) For courses longer than 2 days the fees are given under the relevant event. All course fees include meals as appropriate, cooked on the premises by our dedicated cooks Alex and Lou. B&B (continental breakfast) From £30.00 per person per night. Balances are due: 3 weeks before the course and if a course is cancelled after this date we will transfer the payment to another course less the deposit and a cancellation fee of £50 to cover admin costs. DISCOUNTS There is a £10.00 discount offer to you for every new adult full weekend participant you introduce and whose form is enclosed with your own. If you introduce 2 weekend participants the discount will be £20.00 and 3 will be £30.00 so bring 15 friends and you could come free!. SPECIAL OFFERS Book and pay in full 3 months before the course of your choice and receive a 5% discount. Book and pay for 3 or more courses and receive a 10% discount. Book all 3 singing taster days in November and receive a 15% discount. Only one offer can be applied per booking.

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. GIFT TOKENS Have you thought of using the Jackdaws Gift Tokens to give a weekend, or part of a weekend to a special friend / relative? or perhaps a deserving young person? For more details Telephone: 01373 812383 HOW TO BOOK To reserve a place send us a booking form (on the back of our brochure) or downloaded from the website (www.jackdaws.org.uk) together with your deposit of £50.00. Once we receive your form we will confirm your place and provide a questionnaire for you to complete and return to us detailing your choice of repertoire. reservations can also be made using a credit or debit card. The final balance is due 3 weeks before the course. Please note that no reminders will be sent. Once we receive your balance we will allocate your bed and breakfast and send you details.

TIMETABLE Timings for the usual weekend courses are as follows (may vary depending on course). Friday Supper 6.30pm Session 1 8pm-9.30pm saturday Session 2 10am-11am Coffee 11am Session 3 11.30am-1pm Lunch 1pm-2pm Free time 2pm-4pm Tea 4pm Session 4 4.30pm-6pm Supper 6.30pm Session 5 8pm-9.30pm sunday 9.30pm Session 6 10am-11am Coffee 11am Session 7 11.30am-1pm Lunch 1-2pm Session 8 2pm-4pm Preparation for a possible concert Tea 4pm Office Hours Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm Jackdaws Music Education Trust Great Elm, Frome, Somerset BA11 3NY Telephone: 01373 812383 e-mail: music@jackdaws.org www.jackdaws.org.uk Find Jackdaws on Facebook.com Registered Charity No. 1037073


MEALS & ACCOMMODATION 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. Accommodation rates start at £30.00 per person per night. All other meals 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. Alternatively, if you prefer, we can book accommodation in nearby country inns and hotels. Please call 01373 812383 to discuss your requirements.

HOW TO FIND US BY ROAD Frome to Great Elm. Leave Frome by the A362 heading north-west to Radstock. After roughly half a mile outside the built-up area, turn left, signposted Hapsford, Great Elm and Mells. Past the Great Elm sign for about two miles, at the Great Elm Village Hall, take signpost left for Jackdaws. Follow down the lane, a steep hill with a very sharp bend to the left and Jackdaws is on the left of the millpond at the bottom.

INFORMATION

‘fantastic tuition, location, accommodation and food’

BY TRAIN A good service of direct, fast trains operate from London (Paddington and Waterloo) Brighton, Cardiff, Portsmouth, and Plymouth to Bath and Westbury / Warminster. Local trains run to Frome from Bristol, Bath, Yeovil, Dorchester, Weymouth and Westbury. Taxis are available from Frome and Westbury stations for the short ride to Jackdaws and B&Bs. Please ring the office for a range of taxi numbers.

Great Elm Creme de la Creme

Rush hour in Great Elm

Commuting in Great Elm

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Booking Form 2012/13 Mr/Mrs/Miss: ............................................................................................ Daytime tel no:................................................................................... Address: ....................................................................................................... Evening tel no: .................................................................................. ........................................................................................................................... Mobile:..................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................... e-mail address: ..................................................................................

Dates

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Deposit

Postcode:..................................................................................................... Date of birth: ...................................................................................... Course no

There is a £10.00 discount oered to you for every new adult full weekend participant you introduce and whose form is enclosed with your own. Vegetarian Meals Required

Please tick the following requirements Bed and Breakfast Required

Single

Twin

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Special Diet? Please give details ......................................................................................................................................................................... Double Will you have the use of a car whilst at Jackdaws Credit card payments can only be taken over the phone as we will require the security number on the reverse of your card. Please contact us on 01373 812 383 to book on a course with a card. Please give brief details of your musical background and attainment .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Instrument/Voice ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... How did you hear about Jackdaws ? ................................................................................................................................................................ .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Please send completed booking form with a stamped addressed envelope and deposit to: Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset BA11 3NY. Cheques to be made payable to: Jackdaws Music Educational Trust. For more information Telephone: +44 (0) 1373 812383 or visit our website: www.jackdaws.org.uk

Jackdaws Brochure 2012-13  

Jackdaws is dedicated to improving participation in and enjoyment of music through weekend courses, concerts, a young artists prog and educa...

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