Archive for October 2015

What you think is how you play!

Tutor and Alexander Technique mentor, Ann Hetherington, encourages us to consider A Kinesthetic Approach to Performing on Sunday 29 November. Ann helps musicians and singers to make discoveries on how to employ technique and communicate the music using a kinesthetic approach to reducing muscular and mental tension. The method will reference Alexander Technique, which Ann has taught for many years.

A thoroughly enjoyable and useful day. Ann proved to be a very good teacher, bright and communicating with us all the time. I could have taken more of it! I learned what the technique was about and the way in which it can improve our movement and our posture at the piano.

Ann HetheringtonAnn Hetherington attended the Royal College of Music, as a singer and pianist. She took Alexander Technique lessons with Marjory Barlow (Alexander’s niece), and joined Marjory’s training course 3 years later and qualified as a teacher herself. She subsequently taught AT one to one for the next thirty years.

Ann teaches piano and cello, and has a special interest in introducing new skills in such a way as to prevent stress in the mind which can convert into muscular tension. Ann has given taster days on the Alexander Technique for county peripatetic music teachers and also at a music conference for the blind, and as a resident AT teacher on a music camp.

Ann clearly knows her subject well and I picked up lots of useful tips. Helen 

Ann’s course is open to singers and musicians of all abilities and will take place at Jackdaws in Great Elm, just 3 miles from Frome. The course starts at 10.30am with complimentary tea and coffee, and a chance to meet your fellow participants. Tutor sessions take place from 11am to 3pm, with a break for a delicious home cooked lunch, included in the course fee of £45.

Jackdaws Autumn 2015A Kinesthetic Approach to Performing
Ann Hetherington
Sunday 29 November 2015
Level: Singers & Musicians of Any Ability
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Maureen Lehane Vocal Award Finalists 2015

After two days of auditions on the 17th and 18th October, we present, with great excitement, the finalists of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2015:

Grace Durham, Mezzo-soprano (27)
accompanied by Edward Liddall (26)

Oliver Johnston, Tenor (26)
accompanied by Rebecca Taylor (29)

Heather Lowe, Mezzo-soprano (26)
accompanied by Jocelyn Freeman (29)

James Newby, Baritone (22)
accompanied by Panaretos Kyriatzidis (27)

Padraic Rowan, Bass-baritone (25)
using the Official Accompanist

Jenny Stafford, Soprano (27)
accompanied by Michael Waldron (28)

James Way, Tenor (23)
accompanied by Natalie Burch (23)

Wigmore Hall Bronze LogoThe winner will be decided by the panel of four judges:
Mary Plazas
Adrian Thompson
Phillip Thomas
Chaired by Saffron van Zwanenberg

All finalists are required to present a 15 minute programme consisting of four items. There are two set composers; Handel, of whose music Maureen Lehane was a renowned interpreter, and Peter Wishart, her late husband in whose memory the awards were started.

The final takes place on Thursday 12 November at 1:30pm, Wigmore Hall.

Jack’s Music Club for Teens

Jack’s Music Club for Teens

jackslogo_newtimeEvery Friday after school, Jack’s Music Club meets to hang out and make music with some of the best musicians and explore music from different countries and times.

Each session is led by a different tutor, who uses the session to introduce their musicial specialism to the group in a lively and dynamic way, illuminating the subject for everyone.

We play, jam and make music in the strangest of ways. Bring your instrument and we’ll have some fun.

No need to book, just turn up on Friday at 4:30pm.

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