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Jackdaws Big Sing returns!

Jackdaws Big Sing returns!

Jackdaws Big SingThis Wednesday (26 March) sees the return of the Jackdaws Big Sing at St John’s Church, Frome, 10am. Big Sing is a collaborative performance from pupils at school in Frome under the direction of Caroline Radcliffe, at the culmination of the Twilight Sessions series run by Jackdaws.

The children will be performing a selection of world music songs, selected for their ability to engage children with varied actions and develop their musical skills with easy to learn parts, layered to create interesting and continually varied textures.

During the Twilight Sesssions, Caroline works with school teachers to establish a plan for encouraging the use of singing in the classroom. A follow up school visit sees Caroline work with the teachers and children in the school setting to ensure they are working in a way which is as beneficial, inclusive and fun as possible.

The Big Sing is the final event in the Twilight programme and will feature the massed choirs of children from Mells, Nunney, St Louis and Leigh on Mendip schools singing together. This is not a performance as we might usually expect, as the children will not be singing ‘out’ towards the audience. Instead, they will be singing ‘inwards’ towards each other with the focus not on providing a spectacle for observers but on ensuring that the children work well as a team to create music in what might be their first such event. Parents of participating children are welcome to attend.

The news report from last year’s successful Big Sing can be read in our News Archive.

French Fin de Siecle music at Jackdaws

French Fin de Siecle music at Jackdaws

Versailles, c.1910 from cridb.com

Versailles, c.1910 from cridb.com

In recent years, French repertoire of the Fin de Siècle has been brought back to popularity with new scholarship, editions, recordings and performances constantly appearing. Throughout the 19th century, Paris was the centre of culture in Europe; artists, musicians, authors, philosophers, poets and performers all congregated in the salons and coffee shops to debate and discuss new ideas until the early hours.

As the 1800s gave way to the 1900s, France was in La Belle Époque, the Golden Age, opening the Moulin Rouge and erecting the Eiffel Tower at the World Fair in 1889 before the Paris Metro system began operation during the year 1900. The Dreyfus Affair divided society and France boasted such influential figures as Alfred Cortot, Charles Baudelaire, Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Jules Verne, architect Hector Guimard and organist Charles-Marie Widor all in their prime. It was the Third French Republic, the Second Industrial Revolution and a time of an explosion of -isms; impressionism, expressionism, romanticism, modernism, mysticism and decadence-ism!

Jackdaws Tutor Kenneth van Barthold, by Clive Barda

Jackdaws Tutor Kenneth van Barthold, by Clive Barda

Despite the resurgence of music from this Golden era of history, many pianists still confess to feeling at sea in the genre. 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 (as won by Maurice Ravel). Who better to guide you through the trials and turmoil of the times?

Running the same weekend of the Tour de France Grand Départ, Kenneth invites participants to bring any piece of music by a French composer of this era; Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Satie, Poulenc or any other. Bring anything which tempts you and we will go in search of that golden French sound!

 

French Fin de Siècle Piano Music Course Details
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 July 2014
Course No. 3097
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Fee: £180
B&B available from £30 per night
Click here to book

View Kenneth’s Website

Internationally Renowned Guitar Duo visit Frome School Children

Internationally Renowned Guitar Duo visit Frome School Children

A great start to the Year of Guitar WorkshopsIn the week Monday 10 to Friday 14 March the Eden Stell Guitar Duo visited 14 schools, (including the SEN school and Secondary school) in the Frome area as part of the “Year of Guitar” project run by Jackdaws Music Education Trust.

Mark Eden and Chris Stell spent an hour and a half in each school, performing an interactive concert to the whole school and then leading a rehearsal with instrumental players participating on guitars, violins, cellos, drums and other percussion, xylophones, flutes and recorders.

They rehearsed a range of pieces which the schools will perform en masse alongside Eden Stell in a huge community concert in the Cheese and Grain on June 6th at 5.30pm.

Eden Stell Guitar Duo celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Internationally renowned for their dynamism, innovation and breathtaking virtuosity the Eden Stell Guitar Duo have ‘breathed new life into the world of the classical guitar’ (Rotterdam Dagblad).

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles, the duo’s chameleon-like ability to communicate in a multitude of musical styles makes them a constantly evolving entity with a unique creative voice.

The “Year of Guitar” project follows Jackdaws wonderfully successful “Year of the String Quartet” which saw the Carducci String Quartet visit 14 schools in Frome before leading a massed performance of 140 children on violins, violas, cellos and percussion. 2015 will be the Year of Percussion.

The “Year of Guitar” finale concert will be at the Cheese & Grain, Frome on 6th June 2014. Tickets available from the Cheese & Grain box office from May 26th priced £5/ £3 for children under 16.

Jackdaws Year of Guitar has been made possible with the help of funding from Arts Council England and Sound Foundation Somerset.
Sound Foundation Somerset and Arts Council England

Other links:
www.edenstell.com

Jackdaws in the March Sun

Jackdaws in the March Sun

The sun which has been shining down on Britain over the weekend has raised our spirits so we took a few photos in the hope they’ll raise yours too.

Year of the Guitar workshops begin next week!

Year of the Guitar workshops begin next week!

Eden Stell Guitar DuoThe excitement of Year of the String Quartet has barely left our thoughts and yet we find that rehearsals for Year of Guitar begin next week!

Year of Guitar features the Eden Stell Guitar Duo, armed with their two acoustic guitars and a bag full of music by Peter Nuttall.

Over the course of what is sure to be an exhausting week, Mark Eden and Christopher Stell will be visiting 14 of the 17 schools in Frome. At each school they will perform a small concert for all pupils before leading smaller groups of performers through repertoire they will perform en masse in the final concert.

The Eden Stell Guitar Duo will be working with pupils at Beckington, Berkley, Christchuch, Critchill, Frome College, Hayesdown, Mells, Nunney, Oakfield, Selwood, St Johns, St Louis, Trinity and Vallis

The Year of Guitar final performance will be at 5:30pm on the 6th June, at the Cheese & Grain.
If your child is taking part in Year of Guitar, please contact us to be informed as soon as tickets become available.

Just to remind you of the Year of the String Quartet, here is the wonderful video made for us by Michael Rouse which captured the event. Over the course of the project, the Carducci performed to over 2,000 children in Frome schools and spent time rehearsing with 284 of them in workshops for the final concert.

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Other links:
The Eden Stell Guitar Duo

Improved Access to Jackdaws

Improved Access to Jackdaws

elmlaneretarmac
Over the past month, Frome Town Council has resurfaced Elm Lane, which connects the village of Great Elm to Frome, and is part of National Cycle Route number 24 (“Collier’s Way“).

Elm Lane, shown in red on the above map, was previously treacherous due to potholes which could become hidden by puddles when the road was wet. It now has a smooth tarmac from Jackdaws running all the way out to Egford Hill. It remains a single lane ‘country’ road with passing points but is now much more pleasant for walking, cycling and driving to and from Jackdaws.

This improvement is particularly beneficial to parents dropping children at Jack’s Music Club on Friday evenings, musicians visiting one of our Piano Clubs and participants arriving for our weekend courses.

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