Archive for February 2014

Gifted and Talented Sessions

Gifted and Talented Sessions

During the academic year 2012-13, Jackdaws’ Gifted & Talented sessions were a big success. Over the 7 sessions a total of 76 students from First and Secondary schools in Frome, as well as pupils from Frome College, worked with our specialist music tutors to improve their performing in a rare opportunity created by Jackdaws.

Jackdaws Tutor David CampbellThe first Gifted & Talented session of 2014 will be the fourth of the current academic year (the previous have been given by pianist Lauretta Bloomer, violinist Madeleine Mitchell and singer Michael Harper). On Friday 7th March, Frome College will receive a visit from clarinettist, chamber musician and teacher David Campbell. He will be working with students for an hour and a half in a session subtitled “Classy Clarinets” – though the session is not limited to clarinets and will be open to all wind instruments.

David Campbell is internationally recognised as one of Britain’s finest musicians and was described by the doyen of British clarinettists, the late Jack Brymer, as ‘the finest player of his generation’. He is also passionate about music education. He holds positions as a ‘Visiting Professor’ at Canterbury Christ Church University and ‘Head of Woodwind’ at Westminster School. Since 2002 David has been Artistic Director of Musicfest, a combined summer school and festival in Aberystwyth.

NEW COURSE for 2014: Ensemble Singing

NEW COURSE for 2014: Ensemble Singing

Following your feedback we have taken the opportunity to refocus the aims of our summer Chamber Choir weekend with William Carslake and Jessica Walker. Your course has had a facelift and is now Jackdaws’ first “Ensemble Singing Weekend

Jackdaws Tutors William Carslake and Jessica WalkerIf you enjoy singing in harmony, or have always wanted to try singing with other voices, come and work with Will and Jess who will help you sing any ensemble you have had a secret hankering to try out.

“Ensemble singing” includes duets, trios, quartets and quintets from Opera, Oratorio, Close Harmony and Barbershop

Whatever your genre of interest, Will and Jess are here to help you sing, employing their own unique brand of technical expertise and inspiring knowledge alongside their passion and enthusiasm for all things sung! This will include help and tips for sight singing, individual vocal tuition and they are happy to arrange music around the voices available so you can all sing together in parts.

The course will still run on Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st August.

Ensemble Singing Course Details
Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 August 2014
Course No. 3104
Level: All
Fee: £260
B&B available from £30 per night
Click here to book

Snowdrops and Daffodils

Snowdrops and Daffodils

Snow Drops at JackdawsDon’t say it too loudly… but Spring might be just around the corner!

The flower beds are reawakening at Jackdaws, bringing with them a smile and a touch of hope that the wettest January in recorded history has been left behind us.

Snowdrops and Daffodils are both herbaceous, perennial plants grown from a bulb. In late Winter, they begin to grow out from their root stock and flower in early Spring.

Of course, it is still early in the year and who knows what weather the Winter has yet to bring us (we had snow in March last year!) Even so, join us in thinking ahead to warmer times and perhaps reacquaint yourself with these warming words by William Wordsworth, who mentions both flowers in his poetry.

Daffodils at Jackdaws


I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

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