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Christmas Ideas from Jackdaws

Christmas Ideas from Jackdaws

As musicians ourselves, we appreciate that it can be difficult at this time of the year, to find a unique and meaningful present for the musicians in your life (more meaningful than musical socks!)

To help you give something unique to the musician in your life, we have created Jackdaws Gift Vouchers to help you give the gift of music this year.

Jackdaws Gift Vouchers are

  • Available in any amount
  • Redeemable against any future course, either in the current brochure of in years to come
  • A useful gift for any musician
  • Have no expiry date!

With a Jackdaws Gift Voucher you give the invaluable gifts of knowledge, enjoyment and an experience to be cherished for years. To buy a gift voucher for your loved one, call Jackdaws on 01373 812383

Concert by Candelight – Celebrate Christmas with Jackdaws

Great Elm ChurchChristmas by Candlelight has fast become a firm favourite in the festive calendar and once again, there is a feast of musical delights in store for the annual Jackdaws Christmas concert.

Taking place in the beautiful village Church of St Mary Magdalene at Great Elm, near Frome on Friday 18 December from 6.30pm. The church will be dressed for Christmas and glowing with candlelight, providing a perfect setting for an evening of wonderful music. The Concert will feature performances by many members of the Jackdaws Family, brought together in this joyful seasonal celebration.

Jackdaws’ Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, will be performing a selection of well-loved operatic arias. Saffron studied at the Royal College of Music and leads a busy life as a performer and opera director, too. She will be accompanied by David Price.

Jackdaws Songbirds Community Choir will be familiar to many people already. The Songbirds rehearse each week in Frome on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, and enjoy singing a wide range of songs from around the World and across the centuries, under the leadership of Caroline Radcliffe. They will perform ‘Poor Li’l Jesus’, a traditional Christmas spiritual.

Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door (subject to availability)
01373 812383

Members of Jack’s Music Club have been working on a piece to perform for the concert, too. Jack’s Music Club is open to all young musicians and singers aged 11 – 17 from the local area, and meets at Jackdaws to learn and perform together every Friday evening during term time from 4.30pm – 6pm. New members are always welcome!

Bristol based Pianist Joshua Bishop has worked at Jackdaws for over 4 years; he will play his favourite selections from Bartok’s Hungarian Christmas carols in addition to music by Beethoven and Scott Joplin.

Join in with traditional Christmas carols, to help get you in the festive mood, as the programme also includes some favourites for all to sing, including; ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ and ‘Hark, the Herald Angels Sing’. Seasonal refreshments of hot Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be served in the interval.

Last year’s concert was a sell-out, so book early to be sure not to miss out on this festive musical treat! Tickets cost £10 in advance, £12 on the door (subject to availability), and are available from Jackdaws on 01373 812383 or email music@jackdaws.org or purchase online at www.jackdaws.org.uk

2014 – Year in Review

2014 – Year in Review

The year 2014 at Jackdaws was a continuation and building upon the successes of 2013.

We have grown the OperaPLUS, Year of Guitar, Jack’s Music Club and continued to build on the success of previous years of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, Gifted & Talented sessions, Summer Production and more. Read on…

OperaPLUS

OperaPLUS 2014The first major education project of our year took place between 28 April and 9 May. A team of Young Artists from various music colleges around the country worked with Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg and Music Director Audrey Hyland to put on two semi-staged performances of Rossini’s Barber of Seville. But, we are Jackdaws, and we like to do things a little differently…

Rossini’s reworked Stylist of Somerset was sung in English and involved no less than six schools over the two performances. The first performance, in Bridgwater, saw the Robert Blake Science College, Elmwood SEN and Penrose schools performing the chorus roles to a packed hall. This performance included an exciting depiction of a thunderstorm by the Elmwood pupils – an OperaPLUS first!

The second performance, at the Cheese & Grain in Frome, was to the largest audience ever for our OperaPLUS (we sold out, and then some!) Featuring Critchill SEN, St John’s and Hayesdown First schools, the Stylist of Somerset created a storm of its own, playing to audience who were happy to stand just to see it after the venue had sold out of chairs!

In 2015, The Stylist of Somerset will be hopping on a tour bus and performing a number of shows across region! This is a new adventure for the OperaPLUS project and Jackdaws as a whole. We are already hard at work to make sure it is a success; look out for the dates soon, we’d love you to join us.

Year of Guitar

Year of Guitar with Eden StellThe Year of Guitar followed from the hugely successful Year of the String Quartet with the Carducci in 2013 and precedes 2015’s Year of Percussion with Joby Burgess. Once again, every school in Frome took part with a record number of children participating.

On Friday 6 June, the massed ensemble of children from local schools with whom the Eden Stell Guitar Duo had worked met with the Duo again for a fantastic hour long performance at the Cheese & Grain. This year, Year of… was extended when we took a group of Frome College pupils to perform with Mark & Chris at the Sound Foundation Somerset Music Festival in Taunton on Sunday 13 July, and then again the next week at Later… with Frome College!

The Eden Stell Duo have been coming to Jackdaws to lead their annual Guitar weekend course since Jackdaws’ humble beginnings over 20 years ago. What a pleasure it was to celebrate their 25th anniversary with them in 2014 with this wonderful project. Heading into 2015, their course is an extra day longer than it has been before and has already sold out!

In 2015, the phenomenal Joby Burgess joins us for Year of Percussion and we are delighted to have already filled all the school places. For Year of Percussion, we are extending beyond Frome further into Somerset. More details will be released soon.

Jack’s and Theory Club

Jacks Music Club at JackdawsOur weekly music club has been running for a few years now but for the start of the 2014-15 academic year we added a new twist. Following from the 4:30-6pm music club is a new Theory club, led by Jackdaws team member Joshua Bishop. Each week he has covered a different aspect of music theory with the group using games, drawing and performing. We write music, we play music, we understand music.

If you’re amazed that teenagers would come of their own accord to a music theory club (on a Friday evening no less!), we are happy to reveal this top secret industry tip… provide cake from famous Jackdaws cooks!

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards

Maureen Lehane Vocal Award Winners 2014The 2014 Maureen Lehane Vocal Award was the most closely contested competition of recent years. Ultimately, 25 year old Counter Tenor Patrick Terry triumphed.

Patrick, originally from Minneapolis, is pursuing his Master’s at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Chance and is the only Counter Tenor to have won the Maureen Lahane.

We were privileged to have a distinguished judging panel consisting of Dame Felicity Palmer, Andrew Shore and Simon Lepper, chaired by Jackdaws Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg.

Further to these successes, our Summer Production sold out both participants and the final performance, and produced a wonderful show of Animal Farm, with music in the style of Lutoslawski and design inspired by artist Gary Bunt. Our Christmas Concert sold out and was recorded with highlights broadcast on Christmas day by our friends at FromeFM. Gifted and Talented workshops also continued throughout the year, as did Singing Skills and Twilight Sessions.

After a restful holiday, we’re ready to go again. Roll on 2015 – we’ve got so much more to do!

Less than 20 Tickets for Concert by Candlelight

Less than 20 Tickets for Concert by Candlelight

Great Elm Church
With just a few days to go, there are now less than 20 tickets remaining for the Jackdaws Concert by Candlelight.

Taking place this Friday in the beautiful Church of St Mary Magdalene in Great Elm, we will serve Mulled Wine and Mince Pies to keep you warm as you listen to performances by the Jackdaws team and friends.

Performers include Soprano Emily Bradley, The Jackdaws Songbirds Choir, Jack’s Music Club, pianist Joshua Bishop and Jackdaws’ Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg.

FromeFMThere will also be carols sung by everyone to get you in the Christmas spirit.

This event will be recorded by Frome FM for later broadcast.

Concert by Candlelight
Great Elm Church
Friday 19 December
6:30pm start
Doors open at 6pm
To book call 01373 812383
or visit the event page

Jackdaws Christmas Concert

Jackdaws Christmas Concert

Jackdaws ‘Christmas by Candlelight’ has fast become a firm favourite in the festive calendar. Once again there is a feast of musical delights in store for the annual concert which takes place in the beautiful village Church of St Mary Magdalene at Great Elm, near Frome on Friday 19 December from 6.30pm. The church will be dressed for Christmas and glowing with candlelight, providing a perfect setting for an evening of wonderful music. The Concert will feature performances by many members of the Jackdaws Family, brought together in this joyful seasonal celebration.

Performers

Great Elm ChurchJackdaws’ Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, will be performing a selection of well-loved operatic arias. Saffron studied at the Royal College of Music and leads a busy life as a performer and opera director. She will perform a selection of operatic arias accompanied by David Price.

The Jackdaws Songbirds Community Choir enjoy singing a wide range of songs from around the World and across the centuries. For this performance they will be singing two American Spiritual Christmas folk songs, arranged by choir leader Caroline Radcliffe; ‘Rise up Shepherd and Follow’ and ‘O Mary and the baby, sweet lamb’.

Members of Jack’s Music Club have also been working on a performance for the concert. This group of young people from the Frome area meet at Jackdaws to learn and play together every Friday evening during term time, inspired and directed by a different visiting Tutor each week. They will perform arrangements of music by Schubert and Yann Tiersen.

Pianist Joshua Bishop will play a seasonal piece by French composer Jacques Ibert, ‘Noël en Picardie’. Ibert served in the First World War and was inspired to compose the piece in 1914 about a soldier spending Christmas in the trenches. Joshua will also perform some arrangements of songs by Gershwin.

Join in with traditional Christmas carols, to help get you in the festive mood, as the programme also includes some favourites for all to sing, including; ‘Once in Royal David’s City, ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘Hark, the Herald Angels Sing’. Traditional winter refreshments of hot Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be served in the interval.

Last year’s concert was a sell-out, so book early to be sure not to miss out on this festive musical treat! Tickets cost £10 in advance, £12 on the door (subject to availability), and are available from Jackdaws on 01373 812383 or email music@jackdaws.org or purchase online at www.jackdaws.org.uk

Christmas LogoChristmas Concert by Candlelight
Friday 19 December, 6:30pm
Tickets: £10 in advance (£12 on the door)
Book tickets:
Online
(phone) 01373 812383
(email) music@jackdaws.org

Jackdaws Christmas Concert: Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Jackdaws Christmas Concert: Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Jackdaw’s annual Christmas by Candlelight takes place on Friday 20th December in the 12th century church of St Mary Magdalene. Performers will be a selection of some of Jackdaws’ most dearest young Artists and friends.

The first profile is of Marta Fontanals-Simmons, soprano from Castle Carey.

Originally from Somerset, Marta began postgraduate training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tuition of Marilyn Rees in 2010 and joined the Opera Course in September 2012. She is gratefully supported by the Gwen Catley Scholarship, Worshipful Company of Leathersellers, Countess of Munster Musical Trust and a Sybil Tutton Award administered by the Musician’s Benevolent Fund. Marta is proud to have been a Simon Fletcher Charitable Trustee, Susan Chilcott Scholar and Royal Philharmonic Artist for 2011-12 and a continuing Concordia Foundation Artist. Marta was thrilled to be accepted as a Tillett Trust Young Artist in 2013.

Marta has had the privilege of taking part in master classes and workshops with Dawn Upshaw, Brian Zeger, Anne Sofie von Otter, Gerald Finley, Martin Katz, Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, Emma Kirkby DBE and Robert Tear CBE. In competition, Marta was awarded first prize in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2011, performing at the Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’. In addition, Marta was awarded Runner-Up in the Thelma King Award 2011, finalist in the Hampshire Singing Competition 2011, the Odette Sansom Award for English Song at the Guildhall School and reached the Semi-Final of the Mozart Singing Competition 2011.

Marta Fontanals-Simmons after winner the Maureen Lehane Vocal AwardsMarta maintains her links with the South West with recent performances of Durufle Requiem with the Bristol Bach Choir, Jenkins Stabat Mater at Sherborne Abbey and the world premier of Martin Emslie’s Omega and Alpha at Wells Cathedral. Marta looks forward to performing Handel Messiah  at St James Piccadilly in December as well as Pinocchio The Adventures of Pinocchio Jonathan Dove for GSMD in 2013-14. Having completed the GSMD Opera Course Marta will sing Woodpecker and cover Fox The Cunning Little Vixen for Garsington Opera and then Mercedes Carmen for Mid Wales Opera. Marta will make her Wigmore Hall recital debut as a Tillett Trust Young Artist in July 2014.
www.martafontanals.com

Tickets for the Jackdaws Christmas Concert
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
01373 812383
music@jackdaws.org

 

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Marta singing Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Raphaela Papadakis, Clonter Opera (2012)
“Gretel – Raphaela Papadakis – and Hansel – Marta Fontanals-Simmons – who I think will go on to make a real impression. Both have rich, limpid tone through their range and both acted as if they were real youngsters”
Robert Beale (14/8/12)

A busy December for the Jackdaws Songbirds

A busy December for the Jackdaws Songbirds

Jackdaws SongbirdsThe Jackdaws Songbirds, led by Caroline Radcliffe, are working hard in rehearsals for a busy season of Christmas carols and festive songs. Look out for them at their upcoming concerts during December at the following places in and around Frome:

1 December
Frome Supermarket, Morning
FREE!
Two performances over the course of the morning – the first outside the George Hotel and the second at the top of Cheap Street.

20 December
Jackdaws Christmas by Candlelight
Great Elm Church, 6:30pm
Tickets £10
Celebrate Christmas with Jackdaws at our annual Christmas Concert in the beautiful setting of Great Elm Village Church. Featuring performances from Jack’s Music Club, Jackdaws Songbirds and Jackdaws’ Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg. Plus, seasonal roof raisers to get you in the festive mood!

20 December
Acoustic Plus
Cheese & Grain, 8pm
Tickets £5
Gather your bunting and bring plenty of pies – it’s The Big Acoustic Plus Christmas Street Party!
Celebration and street-style entertainment, with the Frome Street Bandits, Cabaret Sans Frontières, Doctor Mephisto, choirs (carols?) and other jolly acts to help you dance your way into the holidays.
Eat, drink and be ready for plenty of surprises.

22 December
St John’s Carol Service
St John’s Church, Frome, 6:30pm
FREE!

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