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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!

Summer Production fully booked!

Summer Production fully booked!

At Jackdaws we are happy to announce that this years Summer Production has sold out!

As you may already know every summer we run a week-long workshop focusing on making a show from scratch and this year it will run  from Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August at 9:30am – 4:30pm.

Creating the Set

Creating the Set

This year it will be led by Artistic Director Saffron Van Zwanenberg and we are very lucky to have composer and conductor William Carslake and artist and designer Georgie Tym working with us.

As always the children are given three stories to choose from and must vote for which one will make the best combination of music, plot and staging and they then begin to create! The final product will be performed on Friday 1 August in the Village Hall at 5pm.

For those of you who wanted to come there is always next year as we will be running the production again July 2015. Email us to ensure you don’t miss out again.But for the lucky 21 of you who will be coming, we cannot wait to get started and we hope that you are looking forward to it as much as we are!

Written by Isaac Mundy, work experience student from Frome College.

Summer Production Feedback

Summer Production Feedback

We want to thank Eliza Talman for her great feedback about the Summer Production:

“I really liked the whole week, it was fun exciting and really involving. I was always doing something wether it was singing, going through the play or making the sets and props and all of it was really enjoyable. I loved making the forest seen out of magazines and fabric. The singing was really fun and as it was Jackdaws we were all pulled to the limit of what we could do! The acting was really exciting and we all had to be as good as professionals and as loud as we could be. As we only had a week we did the whole thing (learn the play, make all the art and all the songs) in the time we had and made many new friends by doing the same picture or the same song. I LOVE JACKDAWS!

I will definitely remember the toads that we got to make and the buzz of excitement that we got when we were doing the show.”

Brilliant – thank you Eliza!

The Wild Swan – Summer Production 2013

The Wild Swan – Summer Production 2013

Creating the Set

Creating the Set

Another year, another group of young musicians and artists grinning ear to ear about another successful Summer Production. Due to increased popularity, our cast was slightly larger than last year. All together, 21 children and teenagers worked all week to create this year’s wonderful performance.

Get Your Writing Published

If you were one of those 21 children, Jackdaws want to give you the opportunity to share your thoughts with the world by writing a few words about your experience at Jackdaws Summer Production week.

In no more than half a page we want to know:

  • What you did
  • What you enjoyed about Summer Production
  • What did you learn
  • What will you remember most
  • How has it encouraged you to do more?

Email your response, along with your name to music@jackdaws.org or drop it in to us at Great Elm by this Friday (16th August) and Saffron will pick two to get published on www.Jackdaws.org.uk

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