“Bringing music to life”
2015 is my 5th year as Artistic Director at Jackdaws, something I find quite hard to believe as it has passed in a flash. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the staff and volunteers, my colleagues and other partners for making it such an enjoyable and inspirational time.
Most of all I would like to thank YOU for supporting Jackdaws by participating in events, spreading the word and being passionate and dedicated in the pursuit and promotion of your chosen musical aspirations. Because of you, Jackdaws has been enabling creative expression by bringing music to life for 23 years. We are already planning our quarter of a century birthday celebrations for 2017/18, watch this space! I am delighted to be welcoming back all of our best loved tutors and introducing you to some new faces as well (see the spotlight page (4). Russell Smythe is one of the foremost voice teachers in UK and we are thrilled that he is leading a course in Vocal Health which should prove invaluable to all of our singers. Also new is Melanie Spanswick, encouraging our pianists to experiment with memorising their pieces and Timothy Barrett exploring impressionism and 20th Century piano music. One of our longest standing tutors and Jackdaws Trustee Philip Fowke is trying something new. As ever we have tried to provide something for everyone and we hope you will find your perfect course. Remember, if you want to guarantee a place on your favourite course, the best way to ensure this is by becoming a â€œFriendâ€? and taking advantage of the priority booking period. www.jackdaws.org.uk/friends Many of you have expressed interest in how our development plans are proceeding. Phase one is now complete, with the complete refurbishment of the office, kitchen and bathrooms, as well as the re-decoration of the two smaller studios (for which we are indebted to our volunteer Frank Bainbridge) and new lighting in the main and second studio.
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Phase two, which will see the building of the new teaching studio adjacent to the current premises, is well underway with builders currently tendering for the project. We do still need to raise some funds towards this part of the project, so if you would like to find out more then please visit our webpage; www.jackdaws.org.uk/20jackdaws In other news, we are pleased to still be working as a lead partner in the music hub, Sound Foundation Somerset, which means that, in collaboration with many other funders including the Arts Council, we have worked with even more children and young people across Somerset than before (5000+) involving them in opera, chamber music and much more. I look forward to seeing many of you at Jackdaws in the coming months, whether you are looking forward to playing our Steinway, eating the delicious meals provided by Loo and Alex or discovering more about the music you love by lifting your voice in song. Jackdaws will be here to welcome you.
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Off the Page Into the Air Michael Harper Sight-Reading, Memorisation and Piano Technique Melanie Spanswick Fri 30 - Sun 1 Audition Preparation Voice Audrey Hyland and Page 10 Saffron van Zwanenberg
Fri 6 - Sun 8 Piano Page 7 Fri 13 - Sun 15 Wind Page 14 Fri 20 - Sun 22 Voice Page 10 Sat 28 One Day Page 6 Sun 29 One Day Page 6
November 2015 Impressionism and 20th Century Piano Timothy Barratt Recorder Weekend Anna Stegmann The Healthy Voice Russell Smythe
Sat 5 One Day Page 6 Sun 6 One Day Page 6 Sat 12 One Day Page 6 Sun 13 One Day Page 6 Fri 18 Concert Page 19
December 2015 Jazz day Ralf Dorrell
Thur 17 - Sun 20 Guitar Ensemble Strings Eden Stell Guitar Duo Page 13
Singing with Confidence Jessica Walker Come and Sing; Verdi ‘Heroes and Heroines’ William Carslake One Day Guitar Course Chris Stell Jackdaws Christmas Concert Great Elm Church
January 2016 Fri 29 - Sun 31 Sing Sing Sing Voice Evelyn Tubb and Page 10 Michael Fields
Fri 5 - Sun 7 Ensemble Page 15 Fri 19 - Sun 21 Voice Page 11 Fri 26 - Sun 28 Voice Page 11
February 2016 Jazz Course Ralf Dorrell Opera Workshop Mary Plazas
April 2016 A Song by Any Other Name Richard Jackson Oboe Workshop Sarah Francis and Jean Marsden Bridge to Britten Ian Partridge
May 2016 Thurs 4 -Sun 7 Thurs 5 - Sun 8 The Complete Piano Piano Pianist Page 8 Page 7 Margaret Fingerhut Three Day Course Fri 13 - Sun 15 The Vocal Technician Thurs 11 - Sun 14 Voice Joy Mammen Strings Page 11 Page 13 Fri 20 - Sun 22 Piano Workshop Piano A New Departure! Page 8 Philip Fowke Thurs 18 - Sun 21 Fri 27 - Sun 29 Pianos for All Voice Piano Caecilia Andriessen Page 11 Page 8 June 2016 Fri 3 - Sun 5 Discover Your Voice Voice Penny Jenkins Page 11
English Song Workshop Sarah Leonard and Stephen Varcoe
March 2016 Fri 4 - Sun 6 Clarinets and Wind Saxophones Page 14 David Campbell and Andy Tweed Fri 11 - Sun 13 Performance vs Voice Technique Page 11 Rosa Mannion
Singing for the over 50’s Penny Jenkins A Kinesthetic approach to Performing Ann Hetherington
Fri 1 - Sun 3 Voice Page 11 Fri 8 - Sun 10 Wind Page 14 Fri 22 - Sun 24 Voice Page 11
July 2016 Sharpen Up Your Chopin Julian Jacobson Staged Opera Scenes Saffron van Zwanenberg and Audrey Hyland Three Day Course Fri 15 - Sun 17 Chamber Music Wind Sarah Francis, Robert Page 14 Codd, Ian Mitchell and Stephen Gutman
Fri 1 - Sun 3 Piano Page 8 Thurs 7 - Sun 10 Voice Page 11
Fri 10 - Sun 12 Strings and Things String Part 1 Page 13 Elizabeth Turnbull Fri 17 - Sun 19 Piano Page 8 Fri 24 - Sun 26 Wind Page 14
The Pianist Within Elena Riu From Reed to Recital Robert Codd
Fri 2 - Sun 4 Voice Page 11 Fri 9 - Sun 11 Ensemble Page 15 Fri 16 - Sun 18 Piano Page 8 Fri 23 - Sun 25 Voice Page 11
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September 2015 Fri 25 - Sun 27 Stylish Baroque Ensemble Theresa Caudle and Page 15 Robin Bigwood
August 2016 Piano Summer School Mark Tanner Three Day Course Strings and Things Part 2 Elizabeth Turnbull Three Day Course Singing Ensembles Jessica Walker and William Carslake September 2016 Singing in French Robin Bowman Stylish Baroque Theresa Caudle and Alastair Ross Piano Workshop Philip Fowke Singing in Russian Alexandre Naoumenko
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Philip Fowke A New Departure
One of Jackdaws best loved tutors Philip Fowke has come up with a revolutionary course which is the result of much feedback from, and discussion with, participants over the years. Designed for those who feel they have never really discovered how to learn a piece with confidence and security, the basic idea of the class is that participants bring no music at all. Instead, a selection of very short pieces, or even just a few bars of an elementary to modest standard piece, will be suggested by Philip in the first session.
20 - 22nd May (page 8) Copies will be provided and, following discussion, participants can make a choice best suited to their ability. Some may make an identical choice, and this could work to advantage within the group. The pieces will be studied, fingered and practised over the weekend in such a way as to make them ready for performance for the traditional end of course concert on Sunday afternoon.
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There will be those who may not wish to perform at the concert but this should in no way be seen as a failure.
Russell Smythe retired from opera in 2013 after nearly 40 years on the professional stage. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London Opera Centre, going on to perform all of the great roles for baritone in all of the major houses in Britain, in many of the main houses in Europe and further afield to America and Japan.
New ways of learning take time and patience. However, Philip feels confident that more will wish to play at the end of the weekend than at the beginning!
Russell also performed many song recitals both on the concert platform and for the BBC with such accompanists as Geoffrey Parsons, Graham Johnson and Roger Vignoles.
The general standard will be from about Grade 5 upwards, and is aimed at those with sight reading difficulties, wayward fingers and those who suffer from nerves. Philip will be trying out his new course in May
20 - 22nd November (page 10) He lectures and teaches at the Royal College of Music, London, and also teaches choral scholars at Kingâ€™s College, Cambridge. He has given masterclasses and workshops in Belfast, York University, Denmark (Musik Dramatisk Teater) and Spain (La Caixa). In summer 2012, he took workshops in QuĂŠbec, Canada (Le Domaine Forget), and returns to Provence, France (Cratoule) each year to teach in the summer workshop there. He has a busy private studio with students who are currently singing on the most prestigious opera and concert stages around the world.
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Born in the UK, Melanie Spanswick’s reputation as a pianist, author, and music educator has proffered a diverse and accomplished professional career. A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, where she won many prizes and graduated with a Master’s degree in Performance Studies, Melanie has performed both as a soloist and accompanist at many of the major UK concert halls, and for a variety of festivals and music societies. International performances include appearances in
A committed and respected teacher, she has enjoyed positions at Reading University, the Royal College of Music Junior Department,
and currently teaches at Wycombe Abbey School. Melanie coaches’ workshops in Germany, where she runs a bilingual piano project near Dusseldorf, and has recently given master classes for EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) and the Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy held at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Melanie has examined for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and
adjudicates nationally and internationally for the British and International Federation of Festivals. She regularly writes articles for various publications and online magazines including the Pianist, Piano Professional, Music Teacher Magazine, International Piano Magazine, Clavier Companion, Sinfini Music and the Daily Telegraph, and is the author of the highly acclaimed piano guide, So You Want To Play The Piano? www.melaniespanswick.com
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“There’s something about being in the country (outside London) which makes you focus so completely on your music with no distractions.” Ana Bratanic on Audition Preparation weekend.
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One Day Courses
Sat 28 November Singing for the over 50’s Penny Jenkins Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3163 Level: All Fee: £45 includes lunch One Day Course 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 your singing voice in a safe and nurturing way. Come and experience the thrill of setting your voice free.
Please Note - One day courses start at 10.30am with free tea/coffee, teaching begins at 11am. Sun 29 November A Kinesthetic Approach to Performing Ann Hetherington Course No. 3164 Level: All Fee: £45 includes lunch One Day Course What you think is how/ what you play! A course to help you make discoveries on how to approach mentally building your technique and how to communicate the music, with a kinesthetic approach to reducing muscular and mental tension with reference to the Alexander Technique which Ann has taught for many years. Sat 5 December Jazz Day Ralf Dorrell Course No. 3165 Fee: £45 includes lunch One Day Course
For beginner and “had a go” Jazzers, who are invited to have fun exploring this music. Usual jazz instruments welcome but please confirm more unusual instruments with us before booking!
Sun 6 December Singing with Confidence Jessica Walker Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3166 Fee: £45 includes lunch One Day Course
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Let Jessica show you how, in the space of a day, you can become a more confident singer through the use of key breathing and vocal exercises.
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Sat 12 December Come and Sing; Verdi ‘Heroes and Heroines’ William Carslake Course No. 3167 Fee: £45 includes lunch One Day Course Focussing on three of Verdi’s greatest opera’s ; Trovatore, La Traviata and Rigoletto. Let us know which bits you would
Sun 13 December One Day Guitar Course Chris Stell Course No. 3168 Fee: £45 includes lunch One Day Course Spend a few hours discovering the full range of the guitar as an instrument by experimenting with classical style and techniques. Perfect for the strummer who wants to add to their skills, or the aspiring Spanish/classical player who would benefit from tips from the best in the business.
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Fri 9 - Sun 11 October Practising the Piano Graham Fitch Course No. 3156 Level: All Fee: £200 Solo Study Course In this workshop we will look at what we should be doing in our daily practice to reach our musical goals. Feel free to bring along whole pieces, sections of pieces or even just questions.
Fri 23 - Sun 25 October Sight-Reading, Memorisation and Piano Technique Melanie Spanswick Course No. 3158 Level: All Fee: £200 Solo Study Course Irrespective of ability, tension can be a real issue for many pianists; sightreading skills are crucial and memorisation helps establish excellent sensory and aural facility. These skills are often sidestepped, but here different approaches will be investigated before everyone is given the chance to put theory into practice. We finish by reading duets and trio, ensuring lots of fun. Prepare two short pieces.
Fri 6 - Sun 8 November Impressionism and 20th Century Piano Timothy Barratt Course No. 3160 Level: Intermediate Fee: £200 Solo Study Course
“Graham’s teaching is for everyone. He exudes a passion for the work and it is infectious.” Colin Bozier, Practising the Piano
From late Romanticism and French Impressionism through to experimental techniques of more recent years, the 20th and 21st centuries have the most diverse range of music in history. Sessions consisting of open workshops
making the complete pianist. Bring 2 pieces or movements to work on in this relaxed and informal setting. Fri 20 - Sun 22 May Piano Workshop - A new departure! Philip Fowke Course No. 3183 Level: All Fee: £200 Solo Study Course Timothy Barratt
on prepared pieces with discussion on repertoire, style and technique. Repertoire is own choice but a list of suggestions with approximate standards can be supplied. Participants should prepare two or three pieces and, in addition, may wish to explore some of the duet repertoire of the period. Repertoire suggestion list available. Thurs 5 - Sun 8 May Three Day Course The Complete Pianist Margaret Fingerhut Course No. 3181 Level: Advanced Fee: £300 Solo Study Course This longer course offers the opportunity to explore the many different aspects of interpretation and pianism that go towards
A revolutionary course which is the result of much feedback from, and discussion with, participants over the years. It is designed for those who feel they have never really discovered how to learn a piece with confidence and security. Participants should bring no music at all. Instead, a selection of very short pieces, or even just a few bars of an elementary to a modest standard, will be suggested in the first session by Philip. Participants can make a choice best suited to their ability. Over the weekend, the pieces will be studied, fingered and practised in such a way as to make them ready for performance for the traditional end of course concert on the Sunday afternoon, for those who would like to perform.
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Fri 27- Sun 29 May Pianos for All Caecilia Andriessen Course No. 3184 Level: Intermediate Fee: £200 Ensemble Course Are you a keen pianist playing Bach’s Inventions and Haydn Sonata’s? Would you like to experience playing in an ensemble with other pianists just like string players in a quartet? This is a joyous weekend providing the opportunity for playing in groups of one, two, three and even four pianos. Come and join the fun!
Fri 17 - Sun 19 June The Pianist Within Elena Riu Course 3187 Level: All Fee: £200 Solo Study Course
Fri 1 - Sun 3 July Sharpen Up Your Chopin Julian Jacobson Course No. 3189 Level: Advanced Fee: £200 Solo Study Course
Elena is a specialist on Spanish and South American composers and particularly encourages participants to explore this repertoire, though all music is welcomed. Attention will be given to reducing performance anxiety with simple yoga and visualisation techniques to benefit the whole person.
More than 260 years after his death the magic of Chopin is still as potent as ever. No music feels so grateful under the pianist’s fingers, yet it requires great subtlety, delicacy, fire and virtuosity to make its full effect. Explore this uniquely special composer through his large and small works alike.
“It’s lovely to have a weekend away, share music, make new friends and have lovely meals cooked...bliss.” Linda Horniblow - The Pianist Within
Thurs 4 - Sun 7 August Three Day Course Piano Summer School Mark Tanner Course No. 3192 Level: Advanced Fee: £300 Solo Study Course This hugely popular three day summer course provides you with the time and space to gain a better understanding of the sprawling piano repertoire, and its individual stylistic, technical and practise demands with pieces of your own choosing.
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Fri 16 - Sun 18 September Piano Workshop Philip Fowke Course No. 3197 Level: All Fee: £200 Solo Study Course 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.
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Good Friends and Best Friends provide enormous support to our work by contributing a regular income for Jackdaws. Our programme of courses runs throughout the year, alongside a diverse programme of inclusive music education projects for young people. Good Friends
As a Good Friend of Jackdaws, you will receive:
Jackdaws Best Friends have the benefit of:
• 5% Discount on all course fees
• 10% Discount on all course fees
• Advanced priority booking to each new brochure before it is released, in addition to an advanced mailing of the brochure.
• Advanced mailing and priority booking for each new Jackdaws courses brochure before general release
A one year subscription as a Jackdaws Friend makes a wonderful gift for a friend or loved one with a passion for music and education.
• Invitation and offer of 2 complimentary tickets to Jackdaws annual events and projects - Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, “Year of the…”project and OperaPLUS.
• Invitation and 2 complimentary tickets to Jackdaws annual events and projects - Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, “Year of the…” project and OperaPLUS.
This is a single annual payment of £60 for Good Friend or £120 as a Best Friend. Maybe you know someone who would appreciate a gift membership?
• Receive the annual Friends newsletter with news, stories and photos of Jackdaws activities over the year and news of exciting new events.
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• Your generous support will be acknowledged in Jackdaws Annual Report.
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Fri 2- Sun 4 October Singing and Imagination Ameral Gunson Accompanist: Marion Lea Course No. 3155 Level: Advanced Fee: £210 Solo Study Course Sound starts in our imagination and singing is an activity first and foremost of our inspiration. We will work to “hear” the sounds in our imagination before we sing. Bring three pieces in English from any period and one “prop” to help stimulate your imagination.
Fri 16 - Sun 18 October Off the Page into the Air Michael Harper Accompanist: Paul Knight Course No. 3157 Level: IntermediateAdvanced Fee: £210 Solo Study Course Learning and interpreting a song often entails a lot of different steps that we tend to skip in the process; language translation and inflection, historical investigation, harmony and structure, melody, phonetic transposition, emotional and intellectual interpretation and yes, even counting! How do you get your song off the page and into the air to really make it mean something ? It’s not magic. Bring a couple of relatively new pieces and let’s dissect them together. Fri 30 October - Sun 1 November Audition Preparation Audrey Hyland and Saffron van Zwanenberg Course No. 3159 Level: All Fee: £210 Solo Study Course
“The pianist was simply gold. Really singer friendly and highly adaptable! We really threw some tough pieces at him.” On Paul Knight - Off the Page into the Air
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 honing your pieces with our experienced team and give yourself the best chance of performing the way you want to on the day. Fri 20 - Sun 22 November The Healthy Voice Russell Smythe Accompanist: Richard Shaw Course No. 3162 Level: Advanced Fee: £210 Solo Study Course Spend a weekend working with one of the UK’s top teachers. Russell will throw in ideas to help develop a stronger technical basis for expressive singing: work on physical alignment, the appoggio balance between breath-flow, vocal fold onset/vibration, and clean resonation - the ideal setup for healthy bel canto - and other useful exercises, including a fun set to involve imagination in the learning process. A good grasp of these singing basics can significantly increase confidence in your vocal production making for
greater expressive and timbral possibilities. Please prepare two pieces from the classical repertoire.
Fri 29 -Sun 31 January Sing Sing Sing Evelyn Tubb and Michael Fields Accompanist: Clive Pollard Course No. 3170 Level: Advanced Fee: £210 Ensemble and Solo Study Course 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.
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Fri 19-Sun 21 February Opera Workshop Mary Plazas Accompanist: Kelvin Lim Course No. 3173 Level: All Fee: £210 Solo Study Course Work on all aspects of singing with one of the great stage sopranos. We will consider movement, style, characterisation and technique in the big picture of the stage and pared back for the concert and audition platforms, to inform the way you approach your preparation in any context.
There is a wealth of songs to explore and discover in the English language; from Purcell to Britten by way of Barber, Copland and Sondheim. Please prepare a minimum of three English or American songs and workshop them with two of Britain’s most distinguished singers in this field.
Fri 11 - Sun 13 March Performance vs Technique Rosa Mannion Accompanist: Craig Bissex Course No. 3176 Level: Advanced Fee: £210 Solo Study Course
Fri 22 - Sun 24 April Bridge to Britten Ian Partridge Accompanist: Richard Shaw Course No. 3180 Level: Advanced Fee: £210 Solo Study Course
Work with Rosa to develop the skills required to use your vocal technique to its full capacity whilst still giving a powerful performance and not at the cost of one of these elements. Bring two contrasting pieces, one with a preceding recitative if possible.
Examining the relationship and journey from Frank Bridge, who “discovered” and then taught Benjamin Britten, to our greatest home grown composer’s work itself.
Fri 1 - Sun 3 April A Song by Any Other Name Richard Jackson Accompanist: Richard Shaw Course No. 3178 Level: All Fee: £210 Solo Study Course
From Love Went A Riding to Winter Words, there is a great choice of repertoire, and if you would like to compare and contrast other British composers then you are also welcome to do so.
Lied? Mélodie? Canzona? A weekend of German, French and Italian art-songs.
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 26 - Sun 28 February Songs in English Sarah Leonard and Stephen Varcoe Accompanist: Nigel Foster Course No. 3174 Level: All Fee: £210 Solo Study Course
Fri 13 - Sun 15 May The Vocal Technician Joy Mammen Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3182 Level: Advanced Fee: £210 Solo Study Course For advanced singers and singing teachers. Joy Mammen’s beliefs are based on her own teacher, Frederick Husler, who maintained that teaching is a relationship of respect and commitment on both sides.
Fri 3 - Sun 5 June Discover Your Voice Penny Jenkins Accompanist: Tim Nial Course No. 3185 Level: All Fee: £210 Solo Study Course
A hugely popular beginners’ course in vocal technique, designed for singers who have not yet acquired a solid technique and are interested in releasing their ‘true’ sound.
it may not be possible to allocate roles based on these suggestions, but every effort will be made, and if not then mutually agreeable roles will be chosen).
Thurs 7 - Sun 10 July Three Day Course Staged Opera Scenes Saffron van Zwanenberg and Audrey Hyland Course No. 3190 Level: All Fee: £300 Ensemble Course During this extended weekend course, renowned RAM professor Audrey Hyland will guide you through the vocal preparation of your scene whilst experienced opera director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, will direct your performance and give tips in stagecraft and interpreting character, with the two coming together in your staged scene at the end of the course. Each participant should offer one solo piece and 3 suggestions of roles they would like to tackle. They will then work on their solo and one ensemble piece, which will be one of their suggested roles IF POSSIBLE. (To make sure everyone has the opportunity to perform in an ensemble
alongside their passion and enthusiasm for all things sung! Fri 2 - Sun 4 September Singing in French Robin Bowman Accompanist: tbc Course No. 3195 Level: All Fee: £210 Solo Study Course This course explores the joys and insights of Singing in French. Within the rich treasury of French song are works suitable for beginners and others of great complexity for those more advanced. Robin maintains that singing in French will improve your general vocal health!
Thurs 18 - Sun 21 August Singing Ensembles Jessica Walker and William Carslake Course No. 3194 Level: All Fee: £300 Ensemble Course
Fri 23 - Sun 25 September Singing in Russian Alexandre Naoumenko Accompanist: Richard Shaw Course No. 3198 Level: All Fee: £210 Solo Study Course
Opera Quartets, Oratorio Duets, Close Harmony, Barbershop; whatever your genre of interest, Will and Jess are here to help you sing as part of a group, employing their own unique brand of technical expertise and inspiring knowledge
Russian language coach to the Royal Opera House, Alexandre, will discuss the common problems of singing in the Russian language to help you capture the essence and interpret the unique harmony and style.
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Thurs 17 - Sun 20 March 2016 Guitar Ensemble Eden Stell Guitar Duo Course No. 3177 Level: All Fee: £300 Ensemble Course This three day course is a wonderful mix of guitar orchestra, individual work and coaching sessions for smaller ensembles. You will be safe in the finely manicured hands of two of our longest serving tutors.
Thurs 11 - Sun 14 August Three Day Course Strings and Things - Part 2 Elizabeth Turnbull Course No. 3193 Level: Intermediate Fee: £300 Ensemble Course
This course provides a foundation in ensemble playing for adult beginners and inexperienced players of violin, viola, cello and bass. It is perfect for late starters and those returning to playing after many years and would like to play in groups and orchestras, but need to develop confidence.
Specifically designed for amateur string players searching for the opportunity to experience intensive and detailed rehearsal on string repertoire.
This is the opportunity to develop your ensemble playing skills in a small supportive group. There is time to deal with all the issues arising - intonation, bowing, articulation, tone quality, rhythm and counting.
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Fri 10 - Sun 12 June Strings and Things Ensemble Course - Part 1 Elizabeth Turnbull Course No. 3186 Level: Beginner-Intermediate Fee: £200 Ensemble Course
The repertoire is carefully chosen to be challenging but not intimidating. Parts are sent in advance and the weekend is spent in a rehearsal situation dealing with the skills of string playing in great detail.
There is no sight reading required as all music is sent out in advance. Attention will be given to working in detail on issues such as ensemble, articulation, rhythm, intonation and style. Seating will be rotated in order to give everyone the chance to understand the different roles in ensemble playing. Because of the necessity of creating a balanced group acceptance on this course will be subject to some selection.
“I loved Elizabeth Turnbull’s style: rigour with charm, and challenge with humour” - Joanne Richards, Strings and Things
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Fri 24 - Sun 26 June From Reed to Recital Robert Codd Accompanist: David Price Course No. 3188 Level: Intermediate Advanced Fee: £210 Ensemble Course
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Fri 13 - Sun 15 November Recorder Weekend Anna Stegmann Course No. 3161 Level: Advanced Fee: £200 Ensemble Course Led by Anna Stegmann, this weekend represents an exciting opportunity for players to work with one of the foremost teachers and performers. Explore the exciting and vibrant world of recorder; solo and consort, ancient and modern, playing both individually and in ensemble. Repertoire suggestions can made on request. Fri 4 - Sun 6 March Clarinets and Saxophones David Campbell and Andy Tweed Accompanist: Colin Hunt Course No. 3175 Level: Intermediate Fee: £210 Ensemble Course The clarinet and saxophone weekend with single reed gurus, David Campbell and Andy Tweed, will give players an opportunity to work on solo repertoire with piano,
technique, improvisation and ensembles (clarinet choir, sax groups) and they will combine forces for a couple of sessions of mixed clarinet and saxophone repertoire. For players of about Grade V standard and above. Fri 8 - Sun 10 April Oboe Workshop Sarah Francis and Jean Marsden Accompanist: David Price Course No. 3179 Level: Intermediate Advanced Fee: £210 Ensemble Course Explore the oboe repertoire and improve your ensemble playing. There is also a session for cor anglais players and help with reed making and adjustment.
An opportunity for Bassoonists to play together in small ensembles with professional help, guidance and support from Robert and David. Individual coaching will be available, but there will be at least one ensemble running in all sessions.
Can I do that? Here are some guidelines to help you decide whether a course is suitable. They are only guidelines and it is a subjective area, so if you would like any further information or guidance then please do contact the office on email@example.com / 01373 812383 Course Levels: All - Open to anyone who wants to work with the tutor or within the theme of that particular course. Course content will reflect a variety of repertoire; you should feel confident to tackle some of the repertoire suggested at whatever level you are currently working. Tutors will adapt their teaching on an individual basis.
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Beginner - For people who have a little limited experience of the voice or relevant instrument, perhaps they have sung/do sing in a choir or played an instrument at school.
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Fri 25- Sun 27 Sept 2015 Stylish Baroque Theresa Caudle and Robin Bigwood Course No. 3151 Level: Advanced Fee: £210 Ensemble Course A Baroque chamber music course for both individual players and preformed groups, preferably on instruments at A415, although it may be possible to accommodate a group at A440. Fri 5 - Sun 7 February Jazz Course Ralf Dorrell Course No. 3171 Level: All Fee: £210 Ensemble Course This weekend course is intended to be an opportunity to develop jazz performance skills in a friendly, relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Jazz performances are usually created from a “lead sheet” that gives just the melody and chord symbols. As a result, everything needed to turn this basic information into a performance will be covered during this course, and the
of instruments and abilities this is a selected course; the earlier you apply the sooner we can let you know!
Fri 4 - Sun 6 March Clarinets and Saxophones David Campbell and Andy Tweed Course No. 3175 Accompanist: Colin Hunt Level: Intermediate Fee: £210 Ensemble Course See page 14
Thurs 11 - Sun 14 August Three Day Course Strings and Things Part 2 Elizabeth Turnbull Course No. 3193 Level: Intermediate Fee: £300 Ensemble Course See page 13
Fri 27- Sun 29 May Pianos for All Caecilia Andriessen Course No. 3184 Level: Intermediate Fee: £200 Ensemble Course See page 8 Fri 15 - Sun 17 July Chamber Music Sarah Francis, Robert Codd, Ian Mitchell and Michael Dussek Course No. 3191 Level: Advanced Fee: £220 Ensemble Course An opportunity for wind players to enjoy ensemble playing, with professional coaching, of 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
Thurs 18 - Sun 21 August Singing Ensembles Jessica Walker and William Carslake Course No. 3194 Level: All Fee: £300 Ensemble Course See page 11 Fri 9 - Sun 11 September 2016 Stylish Baroque Theresa Caudle and Alastair Ross Course No. 3196 Level: Advanced Fee: £210 Ensemble Course A Baroque chamber music course for both individual players and pre-formed groups, preferably on instruments at A415, although it may be possible to accommodate a group at A440.
You may not be able to read music and do not need to have had any formal training at all, or may have forgotten any formal training you have had and want to get started again.
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Course Fees 2015/16
How to Book
Standard two day course fee: £200-£220 (Deposit £50 non - refundable)
On our Website: Register and pay your deposit on the website www.jackdaws.org.uk By Post: Send in the booking form (on the back of this brochure) together with a cheque for your deposit (see Course Fees left). By Phone: Call the office on 01373 812383 to book and pay your deposit by credit/ debit card. Bank Transfer: contact office for details.
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.
One day course fee: £45 (Deposit £45 non - refundable) Observer rate: £120 (Deposit £50 non - refundable) Three day course fee: £300 (Deposit £70 non - refundable) All course fees include meals as appropriate, cooked on the premises by our dedicated cooks Alex and Loo. B&B (continental breakfast available) From £36 per person per night
Please note that deposit payments are non-refundable. 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. Bed and breakfast places will be allocated two to three weeks in advance of the course; we will send you full details.
Gift Vouchers Jackdaws gift vouchers are available for any amount. Why not buy a voucher for a weekend course for a special friend / relative? Or perhaps make a contribution towards a course for a deserving young musician? For more details telephone: 01373 812383 Meals and 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 ensuite facilities or sole use of bathroom. Accommodation rates start at £36.00 per person per night. Alternatively, we can book accommodation in nearby country inns and hotels if you prefer. Please call 01373 812383 to discuss your requirements. All other meals and refreshments are included in the cost of the course and are provided at Jackdaws, cooked by our talented and dedicated cooks, Alex and Loo, who provide delicious home cooked food using local ingredients where possible. Please inform us at the time booking whether you have any dietary allergies or special requirements and we will endeavour to accommodate your needs.
Terms and Conditions By making a booking you agree to our terms and conditions which include; • Deposit payments are non-refundable. Full balance is due 3 weeks before the course. • If a booking is cancelled it is sometimes possible to transfer the deposit to another course in this brochure only, otherwise the deposit is forfeit. For full Terms and Conditions visit www.jackdaws.org.uk/terms-and-conditions. A printed copy can be sent on request.
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A frequent service of mainline express trains operate to Bristol, Bath and Westbury, where you can change for connecting services to Frome.
We are situated on National Cycle Network route 24. For more information visit www. sustrans.org.uk
Leave Frome by the A362 heading northwest to Radstock. After roughly half a mile outside the built-up area, turn left, onto the road signposted “Hapsford, Great Elm, and Mells”. Great Elm is reached in about 1.5 Miles; you will pass 2 signs welcoming you to Great Elm! 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.
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.
“Charming hostess in a delightful cottage - wished I’d had time to look at the garden”
For more details about travel including train and bus services please visit the website of our village, www.greatelm.org
Founder Maureen Lehane Wishart President Sir James MacMillan CBE Vice Presidents Sarah Walker CBE, James Bowman CBE Roger Vignoles Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg Trustees Andrew Wall - Chairman Rosa Mannion Neil Kirkman Alan Burgess Sue Attenborough Philip Fowke Advisers Sarah Wheeler Mark Hunter FCA Development Manager Katharine Meadows Office Manager Karolyn Curle Projects and Digital Officer Joshua Bishop
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Jackdaws Summer Production Week Mon 25 - Fri 29 July A week long performance project for children aged 10 to 17 years working with a composer, artist and director.
Activities for Children and Young People
9.30am to 4.30pm each day, with a Performance at 5pm in Great Elm Village Hall on the Friday Cost £70 per place (some assisted places available - please contact us for details). The Summer Production is a fun, stimulating and exciting way to spend a week in the summer holidays, discovering how to create a show from scratch! We will paint, sing, compose, play instruments, act and make new friends. Open to all, with no experience required - just bring enthusiasm and energy!
Every year we bring music into the lives and schools of children in Somerset, and thanks to our partnership with the music hub, Sound Foundation Somerset, we are increasing our reach across Somerset all of the time and developing our projects to reach more children, teachers, schools and communities.
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This year we have celebrated the most diverse and widereaching year of our history. Read the reports on two such projects below, and if you would like to help support future projects we are always looking for sponsors and support. Year of Percussion On June 10th , Joby Burgess performed alongside pupils from 14 local schools. The concert, involving 200 children, followed individual school visits in March 2015. The inspirational percussionist visited each participating school to present a performance workshop for
“Amazing - so important to do this to get children excited about music!” - Parent of a participating Child
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the whole school, as well as a more focused session for a smaller group of players. The Grand Finale concert was mass celebration of music and percussion at the Cheese and Grain in Frome performed in front of family, friends and the local community. Year of Percussion is the third in a triumphant series of projects also including Year of The String Quartet with the Carducci Quartet and Year of Guitar with Eden Stell Guitar Duo. Altogether, the Year of… projects have engaged over 6000 children and young people in high quality music making. Sign up to our Education newsletter on our website to stay up to date with all the information about our upcoming Education projects.
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The cast worked and performed with 13 schools with over 100 children taking part in each performance in front of audiences of their family, friends and local community. The children sang and acted as alongside the professional cast and were amazing! We are looking forward to sharing next year’s production of “The Love Potion” by Donizetti with many more children and communities.
The Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2015 The prestigious singing competition is now in its 23rd year.
Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door
Supported by The Rosemary Bugden Charitable Trust, Cooper Hall Emerging Artists and Frome Voices.
Celebrate Christmas with Jackdaws at the beautiful church at Great Elm. Featuring performances from Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg, the Jackdaws Songbirds, Jack’s Music Club, and friends of Jackdaws with seasonal roof raisers to start the Christmas holiday in a festive mood! To book call 01373 812383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday March 13th 2016 Frome Voices; Come and Sing Carmina Burana by Carl Orff Sunday March 13th 2016 at the Cheese and Grain, Frome Frome Voices sing this dramatic work accompanied by two pianos and percussion. 6 rehearsals on Friday evenings in January/February. All singers welcome. Email Olivia Date or Jane Talbot for further information. date. email@example.com or jane. firstname.lastname@example.org
Accompanist supported by and Margaret Audience Prize by Jackdaws
Prize Geoffrey Batten. supported Trustees
Concerts and Events
During the Spring and Summer terms 2015, the OperaPLUS team revived their celebrated 2014 production of “The Stylist of Somerset” (also known as Rossini’s Barber of Seville) and took the Stylist on tour to set up Salon for five performances across Somerset.
Fri 18 December 2015 Jackdaws Christmas Concert 6.30pm Great Elm Church
1st Prize £2000 | 2nd Prize £1000 | 3rd Prize £500 Accompanist Prize £1000 | Audience Prize £250 Judging Committee chaired by Saffron van Zwanenberg Judges: Mary Plazas, Adrian Thompson and Phillip Thomas Applications are invited from singers and accompanists aged 22-30 inclusive, presenting a programme of Handel, Peter Wishart as well as own choice for each round. Preliminary Auditions: 17th (pm) and 18th (all day) October Final: Thursday 12th November 1.30-4.30pm, Wigmore Hall, London Closing date for applications Friday 9th October 5pm Entry fee £25 Application forms available from: www.jackdaws.org.uk/mlva2015
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Please tick the following requirements: Bed and Breakfast required Vegetarian meals required Special Diet? Please give details ............................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................................................. Double Single Twin Will you have 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 in 01373 812 383 to book on a course with a card. Please give a 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 Trust. For more information Telephone +44 (0) 1373 812 383 or visit our website: www.jackdaws.org.uk Terms and Conditions can be found at www.jackdaws.org.uk/term-and-conditions