Expired I, too, Sing America with Michael Harper

  •  January 24, 2020 - January 26, 2020
     6:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Michael HarperI, too, Sing America
with Michael Harper

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 January 2020
Accompanist: Nigel Foster

Level: Advanced
Fee: £240

Explore the influence of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Harry T. Burleigh on generations of composers of African heritage, with a focus on stylistic interpretation, diction, poetry, and historic context. Particular emphasis will be given to Black Women Composers  Some of the music is readily available in anthologies or on the websites of the composers and the African American Art Song Alliance. Please see below for a full a list of anthologies and suggested repertoire.

Each participant should prepare two art songs and a spiritual, and will have individual coaching sessions in the group. Duos and singers with their own accompanist are also welcome to attend, to work with the tutors. There will be a final recital for friends, family, and friends of Jackdaws.

Repertoire Suggestions

Particular emphasis will be given to Black Women Composers including: Amanda Ira Aldridge, Margaret Bonds, Brittney Elizabeth Boykin, Valerie Capers, Avril Coleridge-Taylor, Maria Thompson Corley, Shirley Graham Du Bois, Jacqui Hairston, Hannah Kendall, Betty Jackson King, Dominique Le Gendre, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Undine Smith Moore, Nailah Nombeko, Julia Perry, Zenobia Powell Perry, Florence Price, Shirley Thompson, Errollyn Wallen. Some of the music is readily available in anthologies or on the websites of the composers; List of Anthologies of Art Songs by Black American Composers. Other sources for information are the African American Art Song Alliance, Videmus Publishing and Classical Music Reprints – Glendower Jones.


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 £40 per night (single room, shared bathroom) and from £50 (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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