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From Panic to Poise Waiting List 2018


Jackdaws Tutor Wendy SkeenFrom Panic to Poise
with Wendy Skeen

Sunday 8 April 2018
Level: All
Fee: £45 - including Lunch

Course No. 3274
One Day Course

Performing music can be a deeply enriching experience. Yet many musicians experience anxiety about performing in public and either struggle through it or avoid performing altogether.

If you struggle with performance anxiety you’re in good company. Artur Rubinstein, Pablo Casals, Renée Fleming and Vladimir Horowitz (to name just a few) are reported to have struggled with it at various points in their careers. Even Frédéric Chopin disliked playing in front of large audiences, instead preferring smaller groups where he could play in front of friends in a relaxed atmosphere.

Words and phrases that are often used to describe how we feel when we’re anxious about performing include fear of failure, dread, nervousness, self-doubt, tension, stress and panic. Those that describe how we may prefer to be feeling include alert yet calm, confident, energised yet relaxed, in a state of flow, in 'the zone' and poised.

This one-day workshop will explore practical strategies - drawn from Cognitive Hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) in particular - that can help in managing performance anxiety. Our goal will be to find ways that can help you move from ‘panic’ to ‘poise’ so that you can enjoy performing and sharing your music-making with others.


All courses are held at Jackdaws in the village of Great Elm, a small village to the west of Frome in Somerset, approximately 30 minutes drive from Bath. Frome Train station is just 3 miles from Jackdaws with direct trains from Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and London.

A £45 deposit is required to secure your place on this course.

Course Fee
The Course Fee is inclusive of lunch, refreshments and tuition at Jackdaws, except Breakfast which is included in the separate B&B cost.

Accommodation, if required, is payable in addition to the Course Fee. B&B rates start at £39 per night (single room, shared bathroom) and from £49 (en suite, subject to availability) booked through Jackdaws. Please let us know your requirements when booking on a course.
B&B rooms are located in friendly family homes and local Guest Houses, and are either within walking distance or a short drive away (5 – 10 minutes).

Please let us know at the time of booking of any dietary allergies or if you require a vegetarian menu, and we will be happy to accommodate. Meals are lovingly prepared on site by our cooks.
Breakfast is the only meal served at the accommodation; lunch is provided on site at Jackdaws.

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Jackdaws Music Education Trust
Great Elm
Frome, Somerset
BA11 3NY
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Date: April 8, 2018

Start Time: 10:30 am
End Time: 4:00 pm

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