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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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.jackdaws.org.uk Find Jackdaws on Facebook.com Registered Charity No. 1037073
As our 20th year, 2013 has been action packed. For those of you who have been to visit us this year, you will have seen and enjoyed our newly refurbished kitchen and dining area, which somehow makes the food taste even better! We have also just launched a fabulous new logo and website (we’re still at www.jackdaws.org.uk ) which has made booking and paying online possible! Such modernity is taking some adjusting to and we are still finding out how best to approach our domination of the world wide web, so please bear with us and do let us know if you encounter any snags.
We are planning further development to our premises and you can read more about this exciting project on page 4/5. As a small charity we rely on support from individuals so I would ask you to consider donating to our 20Jackdaws campaign. Just £20 for our 20th birthday will make all the difference and enable us to carry out our important work for another 20 years in premises fit for their purpose. We will take a donation in any form but we do also have a Just Giving page which makes it very easy to add gift aid if you are eligible; www.justgiving.com/jackdaws 2013 saw Jackdaws deliver three important new projects with our local schools; The Year of the String Quartet, Song Story and Nature & Nurture, as well as our annual programme of OperaPLUS, Jack’s Music Club, the Summer Production and Gifted & Talented sessions. Year on year we work with more young people than before (Spring term 2013 we worked with 3,000 children, not to mention the many more we helped indirectly through CPD we provided for teachers, TAs and LSAs!) This is something set to continue as we announce that we are proud to have become a lead partner in the new music hub for Somerset - Sound Foundation Somerset
ONE DAY COURSES
This year’s brochure has the usual glorious mix of styles and topics to choose from, and there seems to be a bit of theme! There is a foray into the world of the ukulele with one of our regulars, Michael Fields, which will bring some sunshine to February! We are also delighted to be welcoming back all of your favourite tutors including some who have been away for too long like Michael Pollock, also in February. And there will be several new faces, such as the inspirational singing teacher Michael Harper in November. Whether you are a fan of the name Michael or not there is something for everyone so please come, take part and join us in celebrating our 20th birthday. Saffron van Zwanenberg Artistic Director Brochure design: jtdesign www.jtcompletedesign.co.uk
Sun 8 Dec One Day Taster Course 11am-2pm West Country Carols with Folk South West Eddie Upton & Philippa Toulson Level: All Course No. 3077 Page 10 Sat 14 Dec One Day Taster Course 11am-2pm Come and Sing an Opera Chorus William Carslake Level: All Course No. 3078 Page 10 Sun 15 Dec One Day Taster Course 11am-2pm How to Play Jazz Ralf Dorrell Level: All Course No. 3079 Page 10 Friday 20 Dec Concert Christmas Concert by Candlelight with Mulled Wine and Mince Pies 6.30pm Great Elm Village Church Page 8
2014 Fri 24 - Sun 26 Jan Sing, Sing, Sing Evelyn Tubb & Michael Fields Accompanist Clive Pollard Level: Advanced Course No. 3080 Page 15 Fri 7 - Sun 9 Feb “Aloha” - Hawaiian music for Singers, Ukulele, Guitar, etc. Michael Fields Level Intermediate Advanced Course No. 3081 Pages 14, 16 & 19
Fri 14 - Sun 16 Feb ‘Love is in the air’, Songs for Lovers For Singers & Accompanists - Michael Pollock Level: Advanced Course No. 3082 Page 16 Fri 21 - Sun 23 Feb Piano Workshop Philip Fowke Level: All Course No. 3083 Page 12 Fri 28 Feb - Sun 2 Mar Singing Handel Rosa Mannion Accompanist Jonathan Kenny TBC Level: Advanced Course No. 3084 Page 16 Fri 7 - Sun 9 Mar Clarinets David Campbell Accompanist - Colin Hunt Level: Intermediate Course No. 3085 Page 12 Fri 14 - Sun 16 Mar Guitar Ensemble Mark Eden & Christopher Stell Level: All Course No. 3086 Page 14 &19 Fri 28 - Sun 30 March From Reed to Recital Robert Codd & Maria Mealey Accompanist - David Price Level: Intermediate Advanced Course No. 3087 Page 21 Sat 29 Mar Concert Come and Sing with Frome Voices and Frome Symphony THE ARMED MAN by Karl Jenkins Cheese and Grain, 7.30pm Page 8
Sunday 30 Mar Concert Chamber Philharmonic Europe Rook Lane Chapel 2pm Page 8 Fri 4 - Sun 6 Apr A Song By Any Other Name Richard Jackson Accompanist Richard Shaw Level: All Course No. 3088 Page 16 Fri 11 - Sun 13 Apr Oboe Workshop Sarah Francis & Jean Marsden Accompanist - David Price Level: Intermediate Advanced Course No. 3089 Page 21 Fri 25 - Sun 27 Apr The Songs of Richard Strauss Ian Partridge Accompanist - Anna Le Hair Level: Advanced Course No. 3090 Page 16 Apr 28/30 - May 9 OperaPLUS The Barber of Seville Director - Saffron van Zwanenberg, Music Director - Audrey Hyland Page 6 Fri 9 - Sun 11 May The Pianist Within Elena Riu Level: All Course No. 3091 Page 12 Fri 16 - Sun 18 May The Vocal Technician Joy Mammen Accompanist - David Price Level: Advanced Course No. 3092 Page 17 Fri 30 May - Sun 1 June Pianos for All Caecilia Andriessen Level: Intermediate Course No. 3093 Page 12 & 19
Fri 6 - Sun 8 June Strings & Things Part One Beginners Elizabeth Turnbull Level: Beginner Course No. 3094 Page 14 Fri 13 - Sun 15 June Discover Your Voice Penny Jenkins Accompanist - Tim Nail Level: Beginner Course No. 3095 Page 17 Fri 20 - Sun 22 June Advanced Piano Workshop Julian Jacobson Level: Advanced Course No. 3096 Page 12 Fri 27 - Sun 29 June ‘If music be the love of food...’ Songs and Arias relating to Food and Drink Sarah Walker Accompanist - Anna Le Hair Level: All Course No. 3097 Page 17 Fri 4 - Sun 6 July French Fin de Siècle Piano Music Kenneth van Barthold Level: Intermediate Advanced Course No. 3098 Page 13 Thurs 10 - Sun 13 July (3 day course) Staged Opera Scenes Saffron van Zwanenberg & Rosa Mannion Level: All Course No. 3099 Page 18 & 19 Fri 18 - Sun 20 July Chamber Music Weekend Sarah Francis, Robert Codd, Ian Mitchell & Michael Dussek Level: Advanced Course No. 3100 Page 19 & 21
Thurs 24 - Sun 27 July (3 day course) Piano Summer School Mark Tanner Level: Advanced Course No. 3101 Page 13 Mon 28 July - Fri 1 Aug Jackdaws Summer Production Page 7 Thurs 7 - Sun 10 Aug (3 day course) The Complete Pianist Margaret Fingerhut Level: Advanced Course No. 3102 Page 13 Thurs 14 - Sun 17 Aug (3 day course) Strings & Things Part Two Ensembles Elizabeth Turnbull Level: Intermediate Course No. 3103 Page 14 & 20 Thurs 28 - Sun 31 Aug (3 day course) Jackdaws Chamber Choir William Carslake & Jessica Walker Level: All Course No. 3104 Page 18 & 20 Fri 5 - Sun 7 Sept Stylish Baroque Theresa Caudle & Alastair Ross Level: Advanced Course No. 3105 Page 20 Fri 12 - Sun 14 Sept Piano Workshop Philip Fowke Level: All Course No. 3106 Page 13 Fri 19 - Sun 21 Sept Singing in French Robin Bowman Accompanist - Edwige Herchenroder TBC Level: All Course No. 3107 Page 18
Fri 8 - Sun 10 Nov Audition Preparation Audrey Hyland & Fri 20 - Sun 22 Sept Saffron van Zwanenberg Singing & Imagination Level: All Ameral Gunson Course No. 3071 Accompanist: Marion Lea Page 15 Course No. 3057 Fri 15 - Sun 17 Nov Page 15 ‘The Dancing Piano’ Fri 27 - Sun 29 Sep Peter Jacobs Playing with Poise Level: All Lauretta Bloomer Course No. 3072 Course No. 3058 Page 11 Page 11 Fri 22 - Sun 24 Nov I, Too, Sing America Sat 5 Oct Music Exams in the Spotlight American Art Song, Spirituals and Operatic Arias Mark Tanner Michael Harper Level: All Accompanist - Paul Knight Course No. 3063-3065 Level: Intermediate Page 9 Advanced Sun 6 Oct Course No. 3073 Jackdaws Piano Day Page 15 10am-4pm Sat 30 Nov Mark Tanner One Day Taster Course Level: All 11am-2pm Course No. 3066 Singing for the over 50’s Page 9 Penny Jenkins Fri 11 - Sun 13 Oct Accompanist - Colin Hunt Pointers to Sound Style Level: All Ruth Harte Course No. 3074 Level: All Page 9 Course No. 3067 Sun 1 Dec Page 11 One Day Taster Course Fri 18 - Sun 20 Oct 11am-2pm Violin Workshop Alexander Technique Madeleine Mitchell for Musicians Accompanist - Colin Hunt Tim Soar Level: Intermediate Level: All Advanced Course No. 3075 Course No. 3068 Page 10 Page 14 Sat 7 Dec Fri 25 - Sun 27 Oct One Day Taster Course Practising the Piano 11am-2pm Graham Fitch Singing for Beginners Level: All Jessica Walker Course No. 3069 Accompanist - Colin Hunt Page 11 Level: All Course No. 3076 Fri 1 - Sun 3 Nov Page 10 Singing in Russian Alexandre Naoumenko Accompanist Richard Shaw Level: All Course No. 3070 Page 15
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Jackdaws Celebrates its 20th Birthday Help us to prepare for the next 20 years support our 20Jackdaws Campaign to build a new teaching studio
Jackdaws 20th Birthday This year Jackdaws celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its official opening by founding Patron, Dame Joan Sutherland in June 1993. Over these 20 years, Jackdaws has been enabling creative expression by bringing music to life through inspirational, accessible and inclusive musical activities for all. Tens of thousands of people, young and not so young, have participated in making music of the highest quality since Jackdaws was brought to life by legendary singer and visionary music educator, Maureen Lehane Wishart, at her home by the banks of the Mells water in this idyllic part of Somerset.
Four areas of work The past 20 years have seen Jackdaws develop its offering to encompass four areas of activity at the heart of its mission - year round programme of weekend and day courses for amateur musicians of all abilities with tutors of the highest standing; an Education Programme working with 17 local schools and stretching ever further into rural Somerset; a Young Artists programme with an emphasis on training future generations of music educators and helping young musicians at the start of their careers, not least through the annual Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards with ÂŁ5,000 of prize money awarded at the final in the Wigmore Hall and, finally, a Concert programme which sees high calibre concerts presented at an accessible price, made possible as a product of the other three areas of work. Jackdaws are marking this landmark in their history with the 20Jackdaws campaign to show the depth and breadth of support people have for our work and to raise funds towards the refurbishment and development of our beautiful site in Great Elm.
Dame Joan Sutherland opens Jackdaws, 12 June 1993
We are in the fortunate position to have received a legacy which has enabled us to begin the development of our site to improve the facilities we have available. We have been working with local architects Batterham Matthews and have already completed Phase One to enlarge the dining room, refurbish the kitchen and provide more toilets. We are now looking towards Phase Two in which we plan to build, directly adjacent to the existing building, a wonderful new teaching space. This will be single storey, monopitched and sympathetically built to reflect our beautiful surroundings, whilst being functional, fit for purpose and acoustically suitable on the inside. We are bringing the outside in; the far wall will open to extend the space onto our rose garden, fully capitalising on our unique natural environment. It will also be equipped with recording facilities and house a new office, entrance and toilets. The whole project is designed to strike a balance to ensure that the facilities Jackdaws has at its disposal to support and develop its work are suitable, accessible, professional and practical, whilst retaining the homely, nurturing atmosphere that is an essential part of our organisation. It will totally transform the way we are able to deliver projects and widen the opportunities for participation, making us more sustainable as an organisation.
20Jackdaws A clattering of Jackdaws! Sponsor your own Jackdaw in the new studio The 2nd phase of development will cost £200,000 and Jackdaws is in the fortunate position of already having raised three quarters of this sum. In order to raise the remaining funds we are asking our supporters to support the 20Jackdaws campaign and purchase a Jackdaw for £20 to celebrate our 20th birthday, (or £200, £2,000 or £20,000 - we would be very grateful for all support). Each supporter will have their Jackdaw displayed in a permanent installation in the new space designed by a local artist. If we can achieve a clattering of 2,000 + Jackdaws it will help considerably towards the additional funds we require to continue our important work for another 20 years. Larger donations will be recognised with larger Jackdaws! If you would like to be part of our new development by sponsoring a Jackdaw, simply tick the box on your order form and add the donation to your deposit when booking your course or go to our Just Giving (http://www.justgiving.com/jackdaws) site. Remember if you tick the Gift Aid box your donation is worth £25 as we are able to reclaim tax on the donation. If you are a higher rate tax payer you can also claim refund of higher rate tax.
“An archaic collective noun for a group of jackdaws is a clattering”
The 20th Anniversary Development
above: Cook, Alex, shows off the new kitchen.
below: Plans for the new teaching studio.
YOUNG ARTISTS NEW TUTORS
Music Education Trust Courses ~Young Artists ~Education
Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2013 Supported by Penelope Davies and The Mercers’ Company Accompanist Prize supported by Geoffrey and Margaret Batten Audience Prize supported by Jackdaws Trustees
First Prize £2500 Second Prize £1000 Third Prize £500 Accompanists Prize £1000 Audience Prize £250 Judging Committee chaired by Saffron van Zwanenberg Judges: Dame Felicity Lott, Ian Partridge CBE and Malcolm Martineau Applications are invited from singers aged 22-30 inclusive Preliminary Round: Friday 18 October at Jackdaws, Great Elm, Somerset Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October at the Royal Academy of Music, London Final Friday 8 November 1pm at the Wigmore Hall, London Closing date for applications Friday 11 October 5pm. Entry fee £25. All applicants must present a programme of Handel, Peter Wishart as well as own choice for each round. Further information on the application form
Application forms available from: www.jackdaws.org.uk or call: 01373 812 383
28/30 April - 9 May 2014 OperaPLUS The Barber of Seville Director Saffron van Zwanenberg, Music Director Audrey Hyland Open to Young Artists aged 22-30, auditions for all roles. Course fee £325 (includes all food and accommodation) some bursaries available. Application fee £10. Apply with CV. Closing date 25 November 2013 OperaPLUS is an intensive course aimed at young artists about to embark on their professional careers. It encompasses a full performance of the opera and gives valuable additional training and opportunity to experience wider music education by collaborating with at least three local schools who feature in the performance and take part in workshops.
OperaPLUS “It was truly magical and a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to be fully involved in a deeply moving and magical performance of something that without your commitment and support, they would never have had access to. Your main singers/actors and musicians were amazing - please pass our thanks to them. They really opened the children’s eyes to the world of theatre and opera and it was a real privilege for us to have the opportunity to work alongside them.” above: Semele, OperaPLUS 2013
Music Education Trust Courses ~Young Artists ~Education
Jackdaws Summer Production Mon 28 July - Fri 1 August 2014 A fun and exciting week for young people aged 11-17. Create a show from scratch in just 5 days, playing, singing, composing, designing and making. No experience necessary. Price £60, some part bursaries are available on application. Course runs everyday, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm with a performance at 5pm on Friday in Great Elm Village Hall To book contact the office.
twitter.com/JackdawsMusic Jackdaws is on If you’re between 11 and 18 years old, come along and get involved for a chance to meet other teenagers with a passion for music. You could be:
• a singer looking to form a musical partnership • a guitarist looking to start a duo • a pianist wanting to play in a group • any other singer or instrumentalist of any ability! supported by Sound Foundation Somerset and Jackdaws Educational Trust
Jack’s Didgeridoo Orchestra with Ralf Dorrell
With your musical friends waiting for you at Jack’s Music Club all you need to bring along is yourself, a curiosity for music and an empty stomach for cake! Each session is themed and led by a visiting Jackdaws tutor. Previous topics have been Composition, Performing, Rehearsal techniques, Playing in a Group, Conducting and Songwriting.
top: Summer school 2013 above: Chris Stell - guitar gifted and talented session
Gifted & Talented Sessions Thanks to support from Sound Foundation Somerset we are able to offer opportunities to gifted and talented young musicians from Somerset to participate in masterclasses and weekend courses with some of our wonderful tutors. If you or your school would like more information about this opportunity then please contact the office. A schedule of events is published termly.
“Madeleine Mitchell was absolutely lovely and very kind, and we all learned one completely new piece. I’ve been to Jackdaws before and it gets better and better. (Eliza 10) Year of the Guitar Following the wonderfully successful Year of the String Quartet project in 2012/13, which saw the Carducci String Quartet lead workshops in 14 local schools and then perform with children in a grand finale concert, we are delighted to announce The Year of the Guitar! Our favourite guitarists The Eden Stell Guitar Duo (aka Mark Eden and Christopher Stell) will be working with us to deliver a similar project for the guitar in 2013/14. If you think your school would be interested in participating please contact the office. We are grateful for support from ACE and Sound Foundation Somerset towards this project but we are still looking for some match funding for 2013/14, all ideas welcome!
CONCERTS Chamber Philharmonic Europe
Friday 20 December Christmas Concert by Candlelight with Mulled Wine and Mince Pies Great Elm Village Church, 6.30pm Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door. Celebrate Christmas with Jackdaws at our annual Christmas Concert in the beautiful setting of Great Elm Village Church. Featuring performances from Jack’s Music Club, Jackdaws Songbirds Choir, Jackdaws’ Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg and friends, plus some seasonal roof raisers to get you in the festive mood. Saturday 29 March Come and Sing Karl Jenkins ‘The Armed Man, a mass for peace’ Frome Voices, and Frome Symphony in collaboration with Jackdaws Cheese & Grain, Frome, 7:30pm Frome Voices welcomes all singers to this ambitious project. It will be the first performance of this powerful work in Frome and promises to be a memorable and inspiring event. Rehearsals in February and March at Selwood Academy, Frome. Further details of registration available from September.
Sunday 30 March Chamber Philharmonic Europe
Rook Lane Chapel 2pm (Joint promotion - Jackdaws, RLAT & RL Coffee Concerts) Soloists: Pawel Zuzanski (Violin), Kirill Gusarov (Trumpet) A. Vivaldi - ‘Concerto di Parigi’ for strings and basso continuo in G Minor RV 157 T. Albinoni - Concerto Saint Marc in E flat Major, for trumpet and orchestra J.S. Bach - Concert for violin and orchestra a minor BWV 1041 G. Holst - Suite for String Orchestra op.29 Nr.2, “Saint Paul’s Suite” A. Borodin - Nocturne W.A. Mozart - Divertimento F major KV 138 The Chamber Philharmonic Europe was founded 2006 in Cologne, Germany and engages over 60 of the most talented young musicians from 18 European nations. Since its inception the Chamber Philharmonic Europe has been built upon a broad range of professional experience. In the interest of promoting the younger generation, the orchestra aims also to provide promising artists the opportunity for further development. After selling out Rook Lane last year we are excited to have the Chamber Philharmonic Europe return and perform for us again.
Course Information Jackdaws offers weekend and one day courses for musicians of all abilities. You can come and be our guest for the weekend where your only concern is immersing yourself in your musical passion with likeminded people. Our comfortable bed and breakfasts in and around the village take care of your accommodation needs, and our fabulous cooks, Alex and Loo, are on hand to prepare delicious home cooked meals and their legendary cakes and biscuits. They will also cater for any dietary requirements you have, just tell us when you book. In the 2013-14 brochure you will find a wide selection of courses for a diverse range of instruments and styles. Singing and piano courses are very popular (playing our concert Steinway is often a highlight), there are also courses for guitar, other string and wind instruments and the very popular ensemble courses, such as the chamber music weekend (pg21) for which you have to book very well in advance. We pride ourselves on having the most inspiring teachers who are all eminent professionals in their own right who enjoy working with musicians of all abilities. If you are considering booking a weekend course or one day taster but are not sure if it is for you then read our ability guide and call us if you have any further questions. Whatever your instrument or aspiration, there is a warm welcome waiting for you at Jackdaws. “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 this year to make it clearer and easier to use. 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,
Sat 5 October Music Exams in the Spotlight Mark Tanner 10am-1pm, Grades 1-4. Course No. 3063 2pm-5pm, Grades 5-8. Course No. 3064 6pm-9pm, Diploma and advanced players. Course No. 3065 Level: All Fee: £35 per session An eleventh hour opportunity for those taking music exams to be put through their paces ahead of the big day. If you could benefit from playing through your pieces in front of someone and would like some advice on scales, aural and sight reading components from a highly experienced examiner and teacher, with time to talk about the viva voce and quick study elements for the more advanced, this is a great opportunity. Mark will take you through all of the do’s and don’ts that can make all of the difference on the day and help you feel confident and in control. Regardless of which instrument you play or which exam board you are following come and make the most of this rare chance to get the inside edge. Sun 6 October Jackdaws Piano Day 10am-4pm Mark Tanner Course No. 3066 Level: All Fee: £40 inc lunch An opportunity to play one or two piano pieces to the tutor of our very popular Piano Summer School, Mark Tanner, and receive some helpful advice! Whether you are new
to Jackdaws or a more familiar face here, you will be welcome. Bring anything along, regardless of difficulty level (but preferably no more than seven minutes per item). Sat 30 November One day Taster course 11am-2pm Singing for the Over 50’s Penny Jenkins Accompanist - Colin Hunt Course No. 3074 Level: All Fee: £35 inc lunch 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, to 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.
Anyone Can (learn to) Sing! “Singing is proven to be beneficial to our health and wellbeing. Singing with other people offers a sense of community, connectedness, pleasure, and fun”
ONE DAY COURSES
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 you have sung/ do sing in a choir or played an instrument at school. You 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 you have had and want to get started again. Intermediate - May have had some individual tuition at some point in your 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 - Advanced - You have had some individual tuition with a teacher and play your instrument 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 or someone who has come back to their instrument after having been advanced with plenty of time to spend working on it now.
ONE DAY COURSES
Jessica Walker & William Carslake
Sun 1 December One day Taster course Alexander Technique for Musicians Tim Soar Course No. 3075 Level: All Fee: £35 inc lunch Before we can sing or play a single note, we have to co-ordinate ourselves: our balance, our breath, our awareness and our intentions. The Alexander Technique offers a method for enhancing performance through rediscovering natural poise, stillness and freedom of movement. Sat 7 December One day Taster course 11am-2pm Singing for Beginners Jessica Walker Accompanist - Colin Hunt Course No. 3076 Level: All Fee: £35 inc lunch 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.
Sat 8 December One day Taster course 11am-2pm West Country Carols with Folk South West Eddie Upton & Philippa Toulson Course No. 3077 Level: All Fee: £35 inc lunch Come and spend the day exploring seasonal music from the region’s rich heritage of folk music. Eddie and Philippa from Folk South West will lead you through a gentle day of beautiful music and encourage you to try a new style of singing in a relaxed and friendly way. Sat 14 December One day Taster course 11am-2pm Come and Sing an Opera Chorus William Carslake Course No. 3078 Level: All Fee: £35 inc lunch Back by popular demand - 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 well-known choruses! Dramatic interpretation AND costumes encouraged but not compulsory! No previous experience of any kind required.
Sun 15 December One day Taster course 11am-2pm How to Play Jazz Ralf Dorrell Course No. 3079 Level: All Fee: £35 inc lunch In a supportive environment beginner and “had a go and would like to try more” jazzers are invited to have fun exploring all of the musical areas and skills required to play Jazz, including- basic rhythms, melodies, harmony and improvisation. Usual jazz instruments welcome and more unusual ones possible too but need to be confirmed with tutor.
Fri 25 - Sun 27 October Practising the Piano Graham Fitch Course No. 3069 Level: All Fee: £180 Have you ever sat at the piano, uncertain as to what you should be doing in your practice time? Or wondered why it takes you so long to learn pieces? Would you like to eliminate mistakes and find a level of consistency and greater ease in your playing? 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 even just questions.
Fri 15 - Sun 17 November ‘The Dancing Piano’ Peter Jacobs Course No. 3072 Level: All Fee: £180 It is hard to think of a great composer who has not made use of the dance and dance rhythms for their most direct and charming ideas. To name but 19 - Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Telemann, Purcell, Schumann, Brahms,Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Smetana, Falla, Copland, Bernstein, Chaminade, Chopin, Szymanowski, Grieg, Mayerl. Dances by these and a host of others are often miniature masterpieces, and encapsulate the composer’s essence in a short space. Moreover, they are often less technically difficult than their creator’s ‘big’ pieces. Participants are asked to brush the dust off pieces they have known for years, and explore some new ones as well. This will be an enchanting weekend of short pieces in different styles. Tasteful, elegant, toe-tapping, melodic and varied...
“this was the BEST COURSE EVER! There were so many things which made the weekend special but the top things for me were: Mark being such a perceptive and sensitive teacher, the incredibly friendly, uncompetitive, supporting and fun atmosphere, and Lou’s excellent cuisine! I’m still on a high.” Marina Franklyn (course participant)
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.
Fri 11 - Sun 13 October Pointers to Sound Style Ruth Harte Course No. 3067 Level: All Fee: £180 How do we get ‘behind the notes’ to help understand a composer’s particular characteristics? What clues do we look for when choosing tempo, touch and tone? Are there stylistic restraints on expressiveness? Explore the answers to these fascinating questions on a weekend dedicated to creating an awareness of historical styles in your playing. Bring two contrasting pieces/movements by one composer or two composers from different periods. The possibilities are endless!
PIANO Elena Riu
Fri 21 - Sun 23 February Piano Workshop Philip Fowke Course No. 3083 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. 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 9 - Sun 11 May The Pianist Within Elena Riu Course No. 3091 Level: All Fee: £180 Work with extraordinary Venezuelan pianist, Elena Riu, who will gently lead you through whichever repertoire you choose to bring, although as Elena is a specialist on Spanish and South American composers, this repertoire is particularly encouraged. You will be specifically working on the use of tone production and harmonic colour to enlarge your emotional vocabulary. Part of the weekend will focus on reducing performance anxiety, integrating some simple yoga, relaxation and visualisation techniques to improve your playing and benefit the ‘whole person’. Fri 30 May - Sun 1 June Pianos for All Caecilia Andriessen Course No. 3093 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 to 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 but you will be sent two in advance to allow you to prepare them before you
arrive. We will also sight read less difficult pieces during the weekend. 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 20 - Sun 22 June Advanced Piano Workshop Julian Jacobson Course No. 3096 Level: Advanced Fee: £180 A weekend to explore in depth how to acquire that elusive sense of security in your playing, and how to develop expression that is both faithful to the composer but personal to you. We will be covering technical matters such as tone production, creative pedalling, a genuinely musical yet practical choice of fingeringstructural and harmonic understanding, imaginative voicing and colouring will be covered, but no topic is offlimits if it contributes to a genuinely living and coherent performance. Bring an open mind together with whatever piece or pieces, of any shape or size, you are working on.
Thurs 24 - Sun 27 July (3 day course) Piano Summer School Mark Tanner Course No. 3101 Level: Advanced Fee: £260 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, 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.
Thurs 7 - Sun 10 August (3 day course) The Complete Pianist Margaret Fingerhut Course No. 3102 Level: Advanced Fee: £260 This longer 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, finger independence and accuracy. The fundamental issue of pedalling, “the soul of the piano”, will be an important part of the course. Lots of tricks of the trade will be revealed and in this intimate setting there will be time for free ranging discussions about anything and everything to do with piano playing. Fri 12 - Sun 14 September Piano Workshop Philip Fowke Course No. 3106 Level: All Fee: £180 The repeat of Philip’s ever popular Piano Weekend. For full details please see Course 3083, page 12
Friday 4 - Sun 6 July French Fin de Siècle Piano Music Kenneth van Barthold Course No. 3097 Level: Intermediate - Advanced Fee: £180 This repertoire has recently been brought back to popularity with new scholarship, editions, recordings and performances appearing all the time. Despite this resurgence, many pianists still confess to feeling at sea in the genre. Bring any piece by Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Satie or Poulenc that tempts you and we will go in search of the French sound! Kenneth van Barthold was entirely trained at the Paris Conservatoire where he spent four years in the piano class of Yves Nat, won a Première Mention in Solfège and studied Harmonie, Contrepoint d’Espèces and Fugue d’Ecole with Paule Maurice, Grand Prix de Rôme.
“I wanted to drop you a line to thank you for a really enjoyable and inspirational weekend. The problem will be to remember all the nuggets of wisdom but I am sure I will retain lots of them. It is such a treat spending a weekend in such a stimulating place with fellow music lovers. A passion for the piano can be a solitary existence which makes a Jackdaws weekend a real tonic. I hope our paths will cross again.” Best wishes David Butcher Participant on Margaret Fingerhut’s course
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 18 - Sun 20 October Violin Workshop Madeleine Mitchell Accompanist - Colin Hunt Course No. 3068 Level: Intermediate - Advanced Fee: £190 Participants are invited to bring any repertoire, with or without accompaniment. Madeleine will offer technical and musical guidance in a supportive and friendly atmosphere, working towards an informal concert on Sunday afternoon. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from Madeleine’s experience as a solo and chamber artist. An accompanist will be available for Saturday evening and on Sunday. Fri 7 - Sun 9 February “Aloha” - Hawaiian music for Singers, Ukulele, Guitar, etc. Michael Fields Course No. 3081 Level: Intermediate - Advanced Fee: £180 Michael takes you on a voyage of discovery of music from his birthplace - a perfect way to chase away winter blues. Singers, players of ukulele, guitar, slide guitar (lap steel), acoustic bass and more are all welcome on board. We will journey through a century of music, from Aloha Oe by Queen Liliuokalani (1878) through the popular songs of the 1930s to 60s, to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s famous version of Somewhere over the Rainbow (1993) - lots of lovely music to get your toes tapping and warm your heart. Anyone who can sing (folk, pop or classical) or knows a few
chords on the guitar or ukulele, should feel comfortable with this material. More advanced singers and players will be challenged to sing harmonies or work on solo instrumental pieces. Music will be sent in advance and flower leis are provided on arrival; hula dancers are also welcome! Fri 14 - Sun 16 March Guitar Ensemble Mark Eden & Christopher Stell Course No. 3086 Level: All Fee: £190 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. The weekend is a wonderful combination of guitar orchestra playing, individual lessons and/or coaching sessions for small ensembles. Fri 6 - Sun 8 June Strings & Things Part One - Beginners Elizabeth Turnbull Course No. 3094 Level: Beginner Fee: £180 This weekend is specifically designed for late starters and ‘born again’ violinists and viola players. All sessions are in an open class format where issues can be shared and discussed between participants. Nobody will be required to ‘perform’ on their own, though it is usual for confidence to improve over the three days to the extent that participants feel comfortable demonstrating various techniques to the group. Attention will be given to posture, relaxation and bowing
strokes. For the left hand we deal with playing in all keys and an understanding of positions. The object is for students to learn to construct for themselves a practice method which is economical with time and effective in developing their technique. Although mainly geared towards technical issues, there will be sessions of ensemble playing with all players participating; music will be provided for this. Thurs 14 - Sun 17 August (3 Day course) Strings & Things Part Two - Ensembles Elizabeth Turnbull Course No. 3103 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. There is no sight reading 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.
Fri 1 - Sun 3 November Singing in Russian Alexandre Naoumenko Accompanist - Richard Shaw Course No. 3070 Level: All Fee: £190 Russian language coach to the Royal Opera House, Alexandre, will discuss the common problems of singing in Russian over the weekend. Participants are invited to bring 2 pieces by any composer and/or any song in the Russian repertoire. You will go through the pieces individually with Alexandre so everybody will benefit from a deeper
understanding of the essence of the Russian language and interpreting the music! Fri 8 - Sun 10 November Audition Preparation Audrey Hyland & Saffron van Zwanenberg Course No. 3071 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 vocal coach Audrey Hyland, both experienced at sitting on audition panels and helping people prepare for auditions. You will hone your pieces and learn practical tips to enable you to cope with nerves and what to do when things don’t go to plan. Test your improvement 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! Fri 22 - Sun 24 November I, Too, Sing America - American Art Song, Spirituals and Operatic Arias Michael Harper Accompanist - Paul Knight Course No. 3073 Level: Intermediate - Advanced Fee: £190 Some of the most exciting and fresh repertoire in the 20th and 21st centuries Art songs, spirituals and operatic operas
were written by American composers. Explore the works of well-known composers such as Barber, Copland, Bernstein and Charles Ives alongside lesser known composers - H.T. Burleigh, William Grant Still, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Amy Beach, Lee Hoiby, Gian Carlo Menotti, Ned Rorem, Jake Heggie, H. Leslie Adams and many others. Please prepare at least 3 - 4 American art songs (you may also prepare an operatic aria or spiritual). We will work on technique, interpretation and presentation of this unique area of the repertoire.If you would like help finding songs, suggestions can be offered. Fri 24 - Sun 26 January Sing, Sing, Sing. Evelyn Tubb & Michael Fields Accompanist - Clive Pollard Course No. 3080 Level: Advanced Fee: £190 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. Issues of vocal technique, characterisation and interpretation will also be addressed. Participants 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 repertoire. The weekend will end with an informal concert.
“Had an absolutely fantastic time with Joy (Mammen) and co on Saturday. The tutoring was invaluable and it was such a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed it all and the food was amazing. Alex even gave me some bread to take home!” Jenny Bacon (course participant)
Fri 20 - Sun 22 Sept 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” 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.
I cannot begin to describe how much the Jackdaws course with Rosa Mannion helped me not only technically but also in the way I think about singing. Everyone on the course was so friendly that it created a really positive and comfortable atmosphere to sing in. I have noticed improvements already in the practice and auditions I have done. Thank you so much for the opportunity and I really look forward to returning to Jackdaws for another course! (Elspeth Marrow course participant)
Fri 7 - Sun 9 February “Aloha” - Hawaiian music for singers, ukulele, guitar, etc. Michael Fields Course No. 3081 Level: Intermediate-Advanced Fee: £180 Michael takes you on a voyage of discovery of music from his birthplace - a perfect way to chase away winter blues. Singers, players of ukulele, guitar, slide guitar (lap steel), acoustic bass and more are all welcome on board. We will journey through a century of music, from Aloha Oe by Queen Liliuokalani (1878) through the popular songs of the 1930s to 60s, to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s famous version of Somewhere over the Rainbow (1993) - lots of lovely music to get your toes tapping and warm your heart. Anyone who can sing (folk, pop or classical) or knows a few chords on the guitar or ukulele, should feel comfortable with this material. More advanced singers and players will be challenged to sing harmonies or work on solo instrumental pieces. Music will be sent in advance and flower leis are provided on arrival; hula dancers are also welcome!
Fri 14 - Sun 16 February ‘Love is in the air’, Songs for Lovers For Singers & Accompanists Michael Pollock Course No. 3082 Level: Advanced Fee: £180 An opportunity for singers and pianists to explore in detail art songs about love taken from Italian Arie Antiche, German Lieder, French mélodies and the English song repertoire. Participants can either apply as individuals or singer/pianist duos, pianists can be assigned to singers nearer the time. Fri 28 Feb - Sun 2 March Singing Handel Rosa Mannion Accompanist - Jonathan Kenny TBC Course No. 3084 Level: Advanced Fee: £190 Explore and celebrate some of Handel’s wonderful arias with an aficionado of his music. Choose from his operas or oratorios which exemplify his most important consideration when writing for voice: depiction of character and expression of feeling. We will look at the dramatic intention behind them as well as experiment with decoration, style and deal with the technical issues they highlight. Many are preceded by extra-ordinarily beautiful recitatives, and we will explore their dramatic influence on the arias. Please memorise at least two arias and we will then have the joy of performing them in a concert at the end of the course.
Fri 4 - Sun 6 April A Song By Any Other Name Richard Jackson Accompanist - Richard Shaw Course No. 3088 Level: All Fee: £190 Lied? Mélodie? Canzone? 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 25 - Sun 27 April The Songs of Richard Strauss Ian Partridge Accompanist - Anna Le Hair Course No. 3090 Level: Advanced Fee: £190 To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Strauss’ birth, participants are invited to bring at least two of his songs from the vast array of gems in the repertoire. Describing passion, love and loss in the most exquisite of terms this is sure to be a weekend of soaring emotions. Tea and hankies will be provided! Repertoire suggestions made on request.
Fri 13 - Sun 15 June Discover Your Voice Penny Jenkins Accompanist - Tim Nail Course No. 3095 Level: Beginner 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 ‘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.
Fri 16 - Sun 18 May The Vocal Technician Joy Mammen Accompanist - David Price Course No. 3092 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 which has not been explored. Singers will use their imagination and musicality confidently to sing expressively with beauty and freedom and, above all, to listen. Prepare two pieces from any area of the classical repertoire.
Fri 27 - Sun 29 June ‘If music be the love of food...’ songs and arias relating to food and drink Sarah Walker Accompanist - Anna Le Hair Course No. 3097 Level: All Fee: £190 Planning a programme of song is like organising a good dinner party - menu and guests are arguably almost equally important. So I thought we might just juggle Orsino’s opening lines from Twelfth Night and use the result as our theme for this course. What about an Aperitif with Cole Porter’s The Oyster and Dankworth’s Bread and Butter; then perhaps Schubert’s Die Forelle or perhaps some Insalata Verdi; for the main course I turn to Rossini who, apart from giving his name to a posh way with fillet steak and writing lots of operas, also wrote some fun songs - check out Chanson du Bébé; for desert what could be better than Lime Jell-O Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise by William Bolcom ? And that’s only the food - when it comes to guests, the world’s your oyster!
VOICE Saffron van Zwanenberg
Thurs 10 - Sun 13 July (3 day course) Staged Opera Scenes Saffron van Zwanenberg & Rosa Mannion Course No. 3099 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 ensure 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.)
Thurs 28 - Sun 31 August (3 Day course) Jackdaws Chamber Choir William Carslake & Jessica Walker Course No. 3104 Level: All Fee: £260 Do you enjoy choral singing and want to improve your ensemble and sight singing while working on your vocal technique? Join the Jackdaws Chamber Choir and have fun working with our inspiring conductor Will, who will lead you gently through the repertoire and give you cast iron tips from his patented sight singing technique! Work in sectionals and receive some individual singing instruction from our motivational vocal coach Jessica, who has extensive experience in helping choral singers improve their technique, enabling them to get the most out of their voice. Jessica will work one-to-one and in a workshop setting, to facilitate both individual and choral development. The course will end with an informal concert on the Sunday.
Fri 19 - Sun 21 September Singing in French Robin Bowman Accompanist - Edwige Herchenroder tbc Course No. 3107 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 an experienced tutor, used to working with singers at all levels and all are welcome on his 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.
Fri 7 - Sun 9 February “Aloha” - Hawaiian music for singers, ukulele, guitar, etc. Michael Fields Course No. 3081 Level: Intermediate-Advanced Fee: £180 For course details see page 14
Thurs 10 - Sun 13 July (3 day course) Staged Opera Scenes Saffron van Zwanenberg & Rosa Mannion Course No. 3099 Level: All Fee: £260 For course details see page 18
Fri 18 - Sun 20 July Chamber Music Weekend Sarah Francis, Robert Codd, Ian Mitchell & Michael Dussek Course No. 3100 Level: Advanced Fee: £190 For course details see page 21
“Beneficial for the Health - that’s Official now; this is not an exaggeration, I put it down to the fun and laughter which was in abundance during the weekend. So put it in your next brochure’ ‘Jackdaws can seriously improve your health!” Course Participant
Fri 14 - Sun 16 March Guitar Ensemble Mark Eden & Christopher Stell Course No. 3086 Level: All Fee: £190 For course details see page 14
Fri 30 May - Sun 1 June Pianos for All Caecilia Andriessen Course No. 3093 Level: Intermediate Fee: £180 For course details see page 12
Mark Eden & Christopher Stell
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“Back from a wonderful week at Jackdaws and recommends that anyone who gets the chance to go should take it. An inspiring week and just what I needed.” Owain Browne (course participant)
Thurs 14 - Sun 17 August (3 Day course) Strings & Things Part Two - Ensembles Elizabeth Turnbull Course No. 3103 Level: Intermediate Fee: £260 For course details see page 14 Thurs 28 - Sun 31 August (3 Day course) Jackdaws Chamber Choir William Carslake & Jessica Walker Course No. 3104 Level: All Fee: £260 For course details see page 18
Fri 5 - Sun 7 September Stylish Baroque Theresa Caudle & Alastair Ross Course No. 3105 Level: Advanced Fee: £190 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. 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, preformed or put together by the tutors and at least one session will be spent with everyone playing together.
left: Theresa Caudle below: Alastair Ross
Bringing Music to Life Can you help Jackdaws ? Jackdaws aims to help everyone, whatever their background or financial circumstances, to enjoy the chance to create music. We are very indebted to participants who support us to do this, in particular the Jackdaws Friends, whose ongoing support enables us to offer a small number of bursaries each year to young people who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend a course. We are also very grateful for the recent donations we have received from the Estate of the late Michael Welbourne, who was a very popuiar regular participant at Jackdaws and from Nikki Heenan who funded two part-bursaries for young singers. If you would like to help support Jackdaws in this way please contact us on 01373 812383 or e-mail us email@example.com.
Fri 11 - Sun 13 April Oboe Workshop Sarah Francis & Jean Marsden Accompanist - David Price Course No. 3089 Level: Intermediate - Advanced Fee: £190 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 28 - Sun 30 March From Reed to Recital Robert Codd & Maria Mealey Accompanist - David Price Course No. 3087 Level: Intermediate - Advanced Fee: £190 An opportunity for Bassoonists to play together in small ensembles with professional help and guidance from Robert and Maria. Individual coaching will be available but there will be at least one ensemble running in all sessions. Classes in reed-making and contrabassoon are also 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 18 - Sun 20 July Chamber Music Weekend Sarah Francis, Robert Codd, Ian Mitchell & Michael Dussek Course No. 3100 Level: Advanced Fee: £190 An opportunity for wind players to enjoy ensemble playing with professional coaching. music 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 and Reed making”
Fri 7 - Sun 9 March Clarinets David Campbell Accompanist - Colin Hunt Course No. 3085 Level: Intermediate Fee: £190 Workshop led by David Campbell, Chair of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society GB. The Friday session is dedicated to clarinet choir, and quartets will be the focus on the Saturday morning. You will be joined on Saturday afternoon by an accompanist for a masterclass session, and Sunday will comprise of another choir session and more solos before ending with an informal concert.
above: Robert Codd middle: Sarah Francis left: Ian Mitchell
Founder Maureen Lehane Wishart
COURSE FEES 2012/13 Standard 2 day course fee (Deposit £50 non refundable)
President James MacMillan CBE
Listeners 1 day course fee (Deposit £30 non refundable)
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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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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 per person per night. Balances are due 3 weeks before the course. If a booking is cancelled we can transfer the deposit to another course in this brochure only, otherwise the deposit is forfeit. 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 on the website (www.jackdaws.org.uk) together with your deposit of £50. 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 by phone 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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.jackdaws.org.uk Find Jackdaws on Facebook.com Registered Charity No. 1037073 @JackdawsMusic JackdawsMusic
Rush hour in Great Elm
Commuting in Great Elm
HOW TO FIND US BY ROAD 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 1/2 miles; you will pass 2 signs welcoming you to Great Elm! Coming to the middle of the village, on the left hand side is a large tree on a grassed area - turn left here. Proceed down the sharp hill and 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. Taxis are available from Frome Station for a short ride to Jackdaws, or your B&B. BY BIKE We are situated on National Cycle Network route 24. For more information visit the website - www.sustrans.org.uk Be warned - there are several hills on this route! For more details about travel including train and bus services please visit the website of our village, www.greatelm.org
“When you think about the cost of eating out or staying away at the moment it works out as if you are getting the tuition for free given the wonderful and abundant food, and comfortable accommodation” Jane Smythe (course participant)
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. 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 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.
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