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From Panic to Poise - Weekend Course


Jackdaws Tutor Wendy SkeenFrom Panic to Poise
with Wendy Skeen

Friday 3 – Sunday 5 May 2019
Level: All
Fee: £210

Course No. 3329
Practical Workshop

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. We may describe how we feel when we’re anxious about performing as a fear of failure, dread, nervousness, self-doubt, tension, stress and panic. We may aspire to feel alert yet calm, confident, energised yet relaxed, in a state of flow, in 'the zone' and poised.

This weekend workshop will explore practical strategies – drawn from Cognitive Hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) in particular – that can help in managing performance anxiety. Participants will have time to explore performing short excerpts in a safe, supportive environment and experiment with the strategies learnt, to discover which ones may be the most effective for them. Please bring your instrument (or voice, if you’re a singer) to help you make the most of the opportunity to move from ‘panic’ to ‘poise’, so that you can enjoy performing and sharing your music.


All courses are held at Jackdaws in Great Elm, a small village to the west of Frome in Somerset, approximately 14 miles south of Bath. Frome Train station is just 3 miles from Jackdaws with direct trains from Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and London.

A £50 deposit is required to secure your place on this course.

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

The balance payments for fees are due 3 weeks before the course start date, as indicated on your deposit receipt. Balance payments can be made in the following ways;
- By card, phone 01373 812383
- By cheque
- By bank transfer (BACS info sent out on request)

Accommodation Fees are payable in addition to the Course Fee. Jackdaws will take care of booking your accommodation; B&B rooms will be allocated a few  weeks before the course starts, and we will send you details of where you are staying. B&B rates start at £39 per night (single room, shared bathroom) and from £49 (en suite, subject to availability) including booking fee.

B&B accommodation is arranged with local hosts, who are happy to welcome Jackdaws course participants, and includes a continental breakfast. Several are within walking distance of Jackdaws in Great Elm, and in neighbouring villages just a short drive away (5 – 10 minutes). Alternatively, we can arrange accommodation in local inns and guest houses (with a cooked breakfast available) please call us to discuss your requirements.

If you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies please let us know in plenty of time, so that our cooks can plan the meals for the weekend accordingly. All meals and refreshments (except breakfast) are prepared and served at Jackdaws by our dedicated cooks, Loo and Alex. We are ‘allergy aware’, but we rely on participants letting us know if they have specific food allergies. Please also let us know if you carry any emergency medication.

During the weekend, communal lunch and dinner will be served at the table, allowing you to converse with your fellow participants and tutors.

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We are sorry but registration is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

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