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Masterful Recital from Philip Fowke

Masterful Recital from Philip Fowke

OnPhilip Fowke in the Lehane-Wishart Studio Friday 13 September, pianist Philip Fowke gave a 45 minute recital in the Lehane-Wishart Studio at Jackdaws in Great Elm, which held the audience entranced.

After taking to the Steinway, Philip joked that he had not had a chance to warm up, and would the audience mind if he did so now? Unsure of what to expect – perhaps scales, arpeggios, maybe some Hanon exercises? – there was a pleasant sigh of recognition as Philip began and the audience were treated to an off-programme performance of Grieg’s Melodie, from the op. 47 Lyric Pieces. The studio was instantly filled with the light, repeated-chords and melancholy melody floating above. A delightful introduction to a programme of larger works.

Jackdaws Tutor Philip FowkeThe programme as advertised opened with the third and central movement of Robert Schumann’s Piano Sonata no. 3, a set of variations on a theme by his wife Clara. The day had special significance, being the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth, and at a performance to celebrate the opening of a studio whose existence owed great debt to another musical husband and wife pair – mezzo-soprano Maureen Lehane and composer Peter Wishart.

What followed the was another highly-virtuosic compositon, Busoni’s Kammer-Fantasie on Bizet’s Carmen, delivered with effortless panache and style, glittering as the sun shone on the rose garden in the background behind the piano.

Philip Fowke’s impressive programme was brought to a rousing conclusion with the final work, Chopin’s Heroic Polonaise in A flat major. The audience made quite sure Philip was aware of their gratitude with rapturous applause for his masterful programme.


Lehane-Wishart Studio at JackdawsJoin us for our next Open Fridays lunchtime concert at 12:15pm on Friday 20 September, when Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg will be joined by Baritone Owain Browne for a recital of favourite songs and arias accompanied by long-standing Jackdaws accompanist Colin Hunt.

Entries open for the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards

Entries open for the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2019Entries are now open for the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2019.

The Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards are unique in recognising potential as well as achievement. For over 20 years, the Award has been a springboard on to international careers in opera house and on the concert stage. For a full history of past winners, who include Anna Devin (2008), Dawid Kimberg (2004), Christopher Maltman (1994), Sarah Fox (1996), Amanda Echalaz (2002), Madeleine Pierard (2009) and Julien van Mellaerts (2015), visit the archive.

Key Information
1st Prize: £2000
Final Round: The Wigmore Hall, 14 November
Singers aged: 22 – 30
Closing date: Friday 18 October

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Open Fridays

Open Fridays

Lehane-Wishart Studio at JackdawsPlease join us on a Friday in September to see our new development. We will be offering a range of activities and the Jackdaws ‘pop-up’ cafe will be open for coffee, lunch and teas (and of course the famous Jackdaws cake) from 11am to 4pm on Fridays 13, 20 and 27 September.


Concerts

Saffron van Zwanenberg and Owain BrowneFriday 20 September, 12:15pm
Lunchtime concert

Saffron van Zwanenberg Soprano
Owain Browne Baritone
Accompanied by Colin Hunt

The second of our Open Friday concerts features a selection of songs and arias from our Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg and Jackdaws OperaPLUS alumnus Owain Browne, with much-loved Jackdaws accompanist and supporter Colin Hunt at the piano.

Saffron van Zwanenberg has been Artistic Director at Jackdaws since 2009. She trained at the Royal College of Music, graduating from the Opera Course with Distinction. She maintains a successful directing career alongside her post at Jackdaws.

A graduate of the Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Owain has since studied at the Flanders Opera Studio in Ghent. Recent performances include Luzifer in ausLICHT for Dutch National Opera at the Holland Festival, and Sulpice in Jackdaws OperaPLUS performance of The Team Mascot (aka. Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment).

Tickets: £10
or £20 to include Lunch


20JackdawsJackdaws Piano Club

Fridays 10am to 12 noon

First session 13 September
Further sessions 20 September and 27 September – thereafter to be announced

A chance to meet informally with like-minded pianists to play and share the pieces you are currently practising, and to play together.

Fee: £5 per session


Jackdaws Cafe

Open from 11am to 4pm on Fridays 13, 20 and 27 September serving tea, coffee, and the famous Jackdaws cake.

Lunch served 12 noon to 2pm.

Jackdaws Courses 2019-20

Jackdaws Courses 2019-20

All 2019-20 Courses are Live on our website! With a wealth of wonderful courses, and our new studio now completed, we have an exciting year of music making ahead.

General booking opens on Wednesday 10 July. A full list of courses can be found below with links to course blurbs and tutor biographies.

If we have your address, your hard copy brochure should be with you shortly (they are being printed as we type!) If we don’t have your address and you would like a printed copy, let us know.

We look forward to welcoming you to Jackdaws soon!

Voice

Interpreting Song
with Amanda Roocroft
Fri 20 – Sun 22 September 2019
NEW TUTOR

Singing in Russian
with Alexandre Naoumenko
Fri 4 – Sun 6 October 2018

Songs of Mozart and Schumann
with Joan Rodgers
Fri 25 – Sun 27 October 2019
NEW COURSE

Audition Preparation Weekend
with Audrey Hyland and Saffron van Zwanenberg
Fri 8 – Sun 10 November 2019

Art Songs by African-American
and Black British Composers

with Michael Harper
Fri 24 – Sun 26 January 2020

Sing, Sing, Sing
with Evelyn Tubb and Michael Fields
Fri 7 – Sun 9 February 2020

What’s the Score!
with Phillip Thomas
Fri 21 – Sun 23 February 2020
NEW COURSE

English Song Weekend
with Sarah Leonard and Stephen Varcoe
Fri 13 – Sun 15 March 2020

Singing in English
with Adrian Thompson
Fri 20 – Sun 22 March 2020

A Song by Any Other Name
with Richard Jackson
Fri 27 – Fri 29 March 2020

The Golden Age of Broadway
with Paul Knight
Fri 24 – Sun 26 April 2020

Singing Handel
with Rosa Mannion
Fri 8 – Sun 10 May 2020

Schubert & Gurney: A Poet’s Dream
with Ian Partridge
Fri 5 – Sun 7 June 2020
NEW COURSE

Discover Your Voice
with Penny Jenkins
Fri 19 – Sun 21 June 2020

Stagecraft for Singers
with Rosa Mannion and Saffron van Zwanenberg
Thurs 2 – Sun 5 July 2020
Three Day Course
NEW COURSE

Singer as Artist
with Alison Wells
Fri 10 – Sun 12 July 2020

A Celebration of Lieder and Art Song
with Simon Wallfisch
Fri 7 – Sun 9 August 2020
NEW TUTOR

Opera Workshop
with Mary Plazas and Robert Chevara
Fri 21 – Sun 23 August 2020

Singing in French
with Robin Bowman
Fri 18 – Sun 20 September 2020

Piano

Jackdaws Studio in Great ElmFinding Your Voice at the Piano
with Stephen Savage
Fri 27 – Sun 29 September 2019

Playing by Ear for Pleasure and Technique
with Stephen Marquiss
Fri 18 – Sun 20 October 2019
NEW COURSE

Learning from Chopin
with James Lisney
Fri 1 – Sun 3 September 2019
NEW COURSE

Practising the Piano
with Graham Fitch
Fri 15 – Sun 17 November 2018

Polishing Your Piano Technique
with Melanie Spanswick
Fri 17 – Sun 19 January 2020

Piano Music from the First Viennese School
with Graeme Humphrey
Fri 31 January – Sun 2 February 2020
NEW TUTOR

Becoming a Confident Pianist
with Timothy Barratt
Fri 28 February – Sun 1 March 2020

The Pianist’s Technical Toolbox
with Alisdair Hogarth
Fri 3 – Sun 5 April 2020

Knowing the Score
with Karl Lutchmayer
Fri 17 – Sun 19 April 2020

From Panic to Poise Weekend
with Wendy Skeen
Fri 1 – Sun 3 May 2020

Beethoven in Context
with Julian Jacobson
Fri 15 – Sun 17 May 2020
NEW COURSE

The Complete Pianist
with Margaret Fingerhut
Fri 26 – Sun 28 June 2020

Intermediate Piano Summer School
with Mark Tanner
Mon 20 – Thurs 23 July 2020
Three Day Course

Advanced Piano Summer School
with Mark Tanner
Thurs 23 – Sun 26 July 2020
Three Day Course

Piano Workshop: A New Departure
with Philip Fowke
Fri 11 – Sun 13 September 2020

One Day Courses

Family Singing Afternoon
with Caroline Radcliffe
Sunday 13 October 2019

Singing for the Over 50s
with Penny Jenkins
Saturday 30 November 2019

Healing with the Voice
with Anne Bourne
Sunday 1 December 2019

Understanding Your Voice
with Jessica Walker
Saturday 7 December 2019

From Panic to Poise One Day Course
with Wendy Skeen
Sunday 8 December 2019

Strings

Winter Guitar Ensemble
with Eden Stell Guitar Duo
Thurs 12 – Sun 15 December 2019
Three Day Course

Summer Guitar Ensemble
with Eden Stell Guitar Duo
Thurs 21 – Sun 24 May 2020
Three Day Course

Strings & Things: Intermediate – Advanced
with Nic Fallowfield
Thurs 13 – Sun 16 August 2020
Three Day Course
NEW TUTOR

Violin and Viola Workshop
with Madeleine Mitchell
Fri 28 – Sun 30 August 2020

Stylish Baroque
with Theresa Caudle and Alastair Ross
Fri 4 – Sun 6 September 2019

Wind

Recorder Weekend
with Anna Stegmann
Fri 22 – Sun 24 November 2019

The City Musick – Renaissance Wind Band Music for Court & City
with William Lyons and Richard Thomas
Fri 14 – Sun 16 February 2020

Clarinets
with David Campbell
Fri 6 – Sun 8 March 2020

Oboe Weekend
with Sarah Francis and Ruth Watson
Fri 29 May – Sun 31 May 2020
NEW TUTOR

Bassoon Workshop – From Reed to Recital
with Robert Codd
Fri 12 – Sun 14 June 2020

Chamber Music Weekend
with Sarah Francis, Robert Codd, Ian Mitchell and Stephen Gutman
Fri 17 – Sun 19 July 2020

Building Blog – Part Three

Building Blog – Part Three

With just a short pause for a break over Christmas, progress on the new Jackdaws studio has taken a huge step forward since our last update in October.

Outside, the roof tiles, windows and doors have transformed the façade. Meanwhile, work inside continues to create a superb new studio with large, bi-fold doors opening out on to the rose garden which can now be appreciated more fully. The underfloor heating makes this space extremely pleasant to work in on these cold frosty days.

Now that the weekend courses have resumed after the Christmas break, our builder Paul’s final job each Friday afternoon is to ensure the site is ready for the arrival of our participants. Courses have continued to run throughout the development and we are keen to move our courses into the new studio as soon as possible.

We are still fundraising for the studio, to help with furnishing and equipment, and there is time yet to have your donation recognised on the special 20Jackdaws wall-mounted display which will feature in the new building. The commission will celebrate and thank all our supporters who have contributed to the project since its inception in 2012. Your donations are as important to us now as they were then, and we rely on them to keep progress moving.

If you wish to add your name to our list of supporters, there are a number of ways you can do so – get in touch with us and let us know how you would like to help.

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The Winners of the 2018 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards

The Winners of the 2018 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards

Following a close final at the Wigmore Hall this afternoon, Jackdaws are delighted to announce the winners of the 26th Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards:

MLVA2018First Prize
James Atkinson, Baritone

Second Prize
Charlotte Bowden, Soprano

Third Prize
Verity Wingate, Soprano

Accompanist Prize
Michael Pandya, playing for Charlotte Bowden

Audience Prize
Charlotte Bowden, Soprano

The judges – Amanda Roocroft, Patricia Bardon, Alisdair Hogarth and Saffron van Zwanenberg – said this has been the finest year for interpretations of Peter Wishart’s music.

All finalists were required to present a programme consisting of four items, two own choice items in addition to one song by each of the 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 founded.

The Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards are possible because of supported from The Rosemary Budgen Charitable Trust, AIMS, Cooper Hall Emerging Artists, and Geoffrey & Margaret Batten. The Audience Prize was supported by the Jackdaws Trustees.

Finalists announced for the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards

Finalists announced for the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards

Following two days of auditions, Jackdaws are delighted to present the singers in the final round of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award 2018.

The Wigmore HallJames Atkinson, Baritone
Accompanied by Hamish Brown

Charlotte Bowden, Soprano
Accompanied by Michael Pandya

Glen Cunningham, Tenor
Accompanied by Lucy Colquhoun

Kamilla Dunstan, Mezzo-Soprano
Accompanied by Joe Howson

Kieron Connor Valentine, Countertenor
Accompanied by Alex Jenkins

Stephanie Wake-Edwards, Mezzo-Soprano
Accompanied by Richard Gowers

Verity Wingate, Soprano
Accompanied by Marina Staneva

Grace-Marie Wyatt, Soprano
Accompanied by Marina de Lucas Garcia

 

Finalists will compete at the Wigmore Hall from 1pm on Friday 16 November. The judges Amanda Roocroft, Patricia Bardon and Alisdair Hogarth, chaired by Saffron van Zwanenberg, will decide who will be the recipient of the £2,000 first prize. The winner will be announced at 3:45pm.

Each performer will present a 20 minute programme made up of four works; one by each of the two set composers, Handel and Peter Wishart, and two own choice selections.

Tickets for the final are available directly from the Wigmore Hall.

Last Chance to get Your Name on the Wall

Last Chance to get Your Name on the Wall

In 2013, we launched the 20Jackdaws campaign to raise funds to help with the building of a new studio at Jackdaws. We asked you to give us £20 (or £200, or £2000..!) to celebrate our 20th birthday and the beginning of the journey towards the new space. In return, we would note your donation by adding your name to a display in the new studio with your own ‘jackdaw’.

New Build October 20182018 marks our 25th birthday and, following a long process of appointing an architect and getting planning permission etc, the build commenced in July this year and will be complete early next year.

There is still time (just!) to add your name to the long list of people who donated to the 20Jackdaws campaign. This would help us to decorate the space inside, and landscape the gardens around the studio.

So why not have your name on our wall of Jackdaws fame and help us to complete this project, which will support the future of Jackdaws for another 20 years.

You can make a donation in a number of ways, but please remember to let us know that you have made the donation as part of the 20Jackdaws campaign by emailing music@jackdaws.org .

If you would like to discuss your donation further, then please contact Development Manager Katharine Meadows by emailing music@jackdaws.org or calling 01373 812383.

Many thanks,

 

 

 

Saffron van Zwanenberg
Artistic Director of Jackdaws Music Education Trust

See how the build is progressing on our Building Blog.

Our build team made the most of the warm September days to make great progress with the structure (that you can now see), Read more…

Below: Progress on the new studio, 28 September 2018

Jackdaws Studio by the River

Building Blog – Part Two

Building Blog – Part Two

Autumn Approaches and we Raise the Roof!

Since our last update, construction on the new studio has really taken shape, with the roof timbers rising into the autumn landscape.

Our build team made the most of the warm September days to make great progress with the structure (that you can now see), and the drainage (which thankfully you can’t!) It’s becoming easier to see how the new building will fit into the Jackdaws site, and how wonderful the open aspect onto the rose garden will be.

Recent participants have been impressed to see how the building is taking shape, and have reassured us that the works are not a problem, which has always been a priority!

“The facilities at Jackdaws, although in a state of flux due to the building works, were first class. Everything was very clean and well maintained.”

Jackdaws Studio by the RiverOur adjusted access and parking arrangements have worked well, and we’re most grateful for the support that participants and tutors have given us. If you’re coming on a course, we’ll keep you updated throughout the process with any changes, as we continue to run our full programme of events.

There are still plenty of opportunities to see this exciting ‘work in progress’, we have an inspiring range of One Day Courses this autumn, alongside our weekend retreats at Jackdaws.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Read the Building Blog Part One

Autumn One Day Courses at Jackdaws

Autumn One Day Courses at Jackdaws

One Day Courses are your chance to learn from the expertise of our world-class tutors who visit Jackdaws, and enjoy our delicious home cooked lunches without giving up a whole weekend.

With tuition from 10:30am – 4pm, and a free lunch included, One Day Courses at just £45 are excellent value*.

Autumn at Jackdaws
Understanding Your Voice
with Jessica Walker
Saturday 3 November
To inspire you to take that next step with your singing, we’ll use breathing and vocal exercises to develop a healthy and more secure technique!

Family Singing Afternoon
with Caroline Radcliffe
Sunday 4 November, 2 – 5pm*
Caroline will teach us easy songs from near and far, and we’ll add parts and build harmonies to encompass all ranges and abilities!

“I got the most I could possibly get from a one-day
course and felt it was so worthwhile”

Play the Piano by Ear
with Stephen Marquiss
Sunday 2 December
If you’ve always played from sheet music, you may find you lack the confidence to play by ear. These principles will be widely applicable to any genre and will help you to escape the score!

Heart Song – Healing with the Voice
with Anne Bourne
Saturday 8 December
An introduction to the healing power of your voice, and how it can transform mind, body and spirit. Explore the use of vocal toning, breath work and meditation to access your own resonance.

From Panic to Poise
with Wendy Skeen
Sunday 9 December
Performing music can be a deeply enriching experience, so discover practical strategies to help you enjoy performing and sharing your music-making with others.

*Family Singing Afternoon costs £12 per adult & child pair, (£3 per extra child, £10 per extra adult) Includes tea and cake.

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