Archive for August 2014

Summer Music Workshops for Children and Teenagers

Summer Music Workshops for Children and Teenagers

walkercarslakeWe are delighted to announce the return of Jackdaws Summer Music Workshops in August 2014; free Music Workshops with some of our most popular tutors for children and teenagers of all abilities.

Thursday 28 August, 2 – 4pm
Singing Workshop with Jessica Walker

Thursday 28 August, 2 – 4pm
Composing Workshop with William Carslake

Places are limited and must be booked in advance; workshops are suitable for children between the ages 11 and 18. If you would like any other information, or to book a place, please call the office on 01373 812383 or email us at Suggested donation of £2.

Jessica Walker graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and has a successful career in both opera and cross-over repertoire, including opera roles at Opera North and Glyndebourne and recently her own solo shows with Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and Brits Off Broadway in New York. Her recent CD releases include Mercy and Grand; the Tom Waits project with composer Gavin Bryars, and ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’, her own solo show recorded in New York by Original Cast Recordings.

Composer and Conductor William Carslake writes music that captures the northernness and wildness of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. His ballet score, based around the folk song, Thomas of Winesbury will be published by Shorter House and he has been awarded a composing residency in Banff, Canada in which to complete it. His conducting work includes assisting at the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, London.

Please note that all students must be resident and attending state school in Somerset.

Jackdaws are in the unique and fortunate position of having outstanding professional musicians coming to tutor every weekend on our courses for adult musicians of all abilities. These Summer Music Workshops open up the opportunity for young people aged between 11 – 18 and at school in Somerset to learn from and be inspired by these international players.

These strands of music provision for young musicians are thanks to support from Sound Foundation Somerset and Jackdaws Education.

Call the office on 01373 812383 or email us at

Jackdaws Season 2014-15

Jackdaws Season 2014-15


Anna Stegmann Photo: Marco Borggreve

New Tutor for 2014-15, Anna Stegmann

Jackdaws Music Education Trust is delighted to present its latest programme of weekend music courses.

The season commences in October 2014 and sees residential courses offered with tutors such as Graham Fitch and Philip Fowke on piano, Evelyn Tubb and Rosa Mannnion on voice as well as ensemble courses and much more. Jackdaws’ series of taster Day Courses also return offering a wonderful introduction to new areas of music making as well as a famous Jackdaws lunch.

Jackdaws is also delighted to welcome some new tutors: Anna Stegmann, contemporary recorder Professor at the Royal Academy is taking a joint course with resident recorder tutor Pamela Thorby; celebrated soprano, Mary Plazas leads the Opera Workshop for singers of all ability; renowned singers Sarah Leonard and Stephen Varcoe are leading an English Song weekend and the extraordinary piano teacher Penelope Roskell is coming to Jackdaws for the first time.

“I am so delighted that such eminent professional musicians continue to support the work we do to include musicians from all backgrounds in accessing the best teaching and being inspired by discovering new repertoire and techniques. Often being a musician can be a solitary experience, so we are thrilled to be able to enable our tutors and our participants in coming together to bring music to life whilst spending time in our picturesque and inspiring location.” – Saffron van Zwanenberg, Jackdaws Artistic Director

Alongside all of these wonderful opportunities Jackdaws will also be continuing to be at the forefront of music education for children and young people in Somerset, championing classical music and musicians and promoting a classical method of teaching and learning to support and enable young people to fulfil their musical aspirations.

To view all Jackdaws courses visit the Calendar

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