Archive for October 2013

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards Finalists Announced

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards Finalists Announced

Maureen Lehane Vocal AwardsFollowing preliminary auditions held over the weekend of 18-20 October, eight finalists have been shortlisted out of applications from around the world to compete for the £2,500 first prize on Friday 8 November at 1pm.

Each finalist is required to sing a programme including works by Handel and Peter Wishart, in addition to a piece of their own choice, for a panel of distinguished judges – Malcolm Martineau, Dame Felicity Lott and Ian Partridge.

Organised annually by Jackdaws Music Education Trust, a Somerset based charity, the awards celebrated their 20th competition in 2012, whilst Jackdaws celebrate their own 20th anniversary this year, 2013. Unique in its recognition of potential as much as achievement, many previous winners of this award have progressed to highly successful singing careers. The panel is chaired by Jackdaws’ Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, who said-

“It was genuinely a very high standard this year and in particular some of the Peter Wishart songs were sung the best I have heard them to date. I think we have some rare and exciting voices in the final and am very pleased that for the first time they will get to sing 4 pieces instead of 3, giving them even more of an opportunity to show what they can do.”

In addition to the First Prize of £2,500 there is a Second Prize of £1,000 and 3rd Prize of £500 (which is supported by local Somerset group Frome Voices). Jackdaws is very grateful to Penelope Davies for her support of the Awards for a third and final year. The best accompanist on the day will also be recognised with a prize of £1000, supported by Geoffrey and Margaret Batten, in memory of Peter Wishart. Finally, also decided on the day will be the Audience prize, voted for by the audience via ballot whilst the judges deliberate the overall winner. We are also very grateful to additional support this year from The Mercers Company.

The Finalists for the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2013 are:

Ed Ballard

Annabella Ellis

Soraya Mafi

Raphaela Papadakis

Frazer Scott

Anna Sideris

Chloe Treharne

Jennifer Witton

Biographies for each finalist will be released at a later date.

The final is open to the public, and we warmly invite you to join us for what will surely be a wonderful afternoon of music making of the highest quality. This is the only way that you will be able to cast your vote in the Audience prize worth £250. Tickets are available from the Wigmore Hall.

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards Finalists Announced

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards Finalists Announced

Following preliminary auditions held over the weekend of 18-20 October, eight finalists have been shortlisted out of applications from around the world to compete for the £2,500 first prize on Friday 8 November at 1pm.

Each finalist is required to sing a programme including works by Handel and Peter Wishart, in addition to a piece of their own choice, for a panel of distinguished judges – Malcolm Martineau, Dame Felicity Lott and Ian Partridge.

Organised annually by Jackdaws Music Education Trust, a Somerset based charity, the awards celebrated their 20th competition in 2012, whilst Jackdaws celebrate their own 20th anniversary this year, 2013. Unique in its recognition of potential as much as achievement, many previous winners of this award have progressed to highly successful singing careers. The panel is chaired by Jackdaws’ Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, who said-

“It was genuinely a very high standard this year and in particular some of the Peter Wishart songs were sung the best I have heard them to date. I think we have some rare and exciting voices in the final and am very pleased that for the first time they will get to sing 4 pieces instead of 3, giving them even more of an opportunity to show what they can do.”

In addition to the First Prize of £2,500 there is a Second Prize of £1,000 and 3rd Prize of £500 (which is supported by local Somerset group Frome Voices). Jackdaws is very grateful to Penelope Davies for her support of the Awards for a third and final year. The best accompanist on the day will also be recognised with a prize of £1000, supported by Geoffrey and Margaret Batten, in memory of Peter Wishart. Finally, also decided on the day will be the Audience prize, voted for by the audience via ballot whilst the judges deliberate the overall winner. We are also very grateful to additional support this year from The Mercers Company.

The Finalists for the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2013 are:

Ed Ballard

Annabella Ellis

Soraya Mafi

Raphaela Papadakis

Frazer Scott

Anna Sideris

Chloe Treharne

Jennifer Witton

Biographies for each finalist will be released at a later date.

The final is open to the public, and we warmly invite you to join us for what will surely be a wonderful afternoon of music making of the highest quality. This is the only way that you will be able to cast your vote in the Audience prize worth £250. Tickets are available from the Wigmore Hall.

Julian Jacobson’s Beethoven Marathon

Julian Jacobson’s Beethoven Marathon

Jackdaws Tutor Julian JacobsonWe want to say a huge well done to our tutor Julian Jacobson.

For those of you who have not heard yet, on Tuesday 15th October, Julian played all 32 of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas consecutively (and from memory!) at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square. A truly monumental effort, and one which is even greater considering his performance of the final 3 sonatas. Beethoven’s late Piano Sonatas are notoriously difficult both technically and musically, yet were performed with the same combination of freshness and sublimity as the opening sonatas at the start of the day, a staggering 12 hours earlier(!)

Those who could not make it to St Martin in the Field’s to watch Marathon man Julian were able to watch the livestream over the internet. And those who could not tune in to watch the livestream are able to watch sections of it back on the livestream page.

Astonishingly, this is not the first time that Julian has done this Marathon of endurance. The first time was in October 2003, at St James’, Picaddilly, and raised over £6,000 for WaterAid. He repeated the pianistic feat in 2004 at Harrow Arts Centre. This third undertaking is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first Marathon and again, the concert is for charity.

Chapeau, Julian! We’re sure that even the great man himself would have managed a smile in recognition of your phenomenal achievement.

You can donate to Julian’s Charity Page here.

Arts Award Supporter Organisation

Arts Award Supporter Organisation

Arts Award SupporterAs of October 2013, Jackdaws is an Arts Award Supporter organisation.

Arts Award is a qualification run by Trinity College, London which provides framework for young people to learn and develop their creativity and leadership skills. As a supporter of Arts Award, Jackdaws offers activities that young people can use to help them achieve their Arts Award, such as:

  • workshops, like our Gifted and Talented sessions or Jack’s Music Club
  • arts and cultural events which they can review – such as our concerts and performances
  • opportunities to find out about artists and cultural opportunities from our tutors and visiting musicians
  • a chance to share skills or lead arts projects during our various projects

If you are completing your Arts Award at the moment and want to know more about our activities and how we can help with your qualification – just get in contact, we’ll be happy to talk to you!

For more information about Arts Award visit their website.

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