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2016-17 Music Courses

2016-17 Music Courses

We are delighted to announce booking is now open for our 2016-17 season weekend and one-day music courses for Voice, Piano, Wind and Strings at Jackdaws; full details are available below.

You can now book through our website, by phone, email and post. Scroll down to see our exciting new courses.

Jackdaws New Courses 2016-17

Jump to section: Voice, Piano, One Day Courses, Strings, Wind

Voice

23 – 25 Sept 2016: Singing in Russian with Alexandre Naoumenko

7 – 9 Oct: Singing and Imagination with Ameral Gunson

4 – 6 Nov: The Healthy Voice with Russell Smythe

11 – 13 Nov: Bridge to Britten with Ian Partridge

18 – 20 Nov: Audition Preparation with Audrey Hyland & Saffron van Zwanenberg

27 – 29 Jan 2017: Sing Sing Sing with Evelyn Tubb & Michael Fields

10 – 12 Feb: Opera Workshop with Mary Plazas

24 – 26 Feb: Art Songs with Michael Harper

17 – 19 Mar: English Song with Sarah Leonard & Stephen Varcoe

31 Mar – 2nd Apr: A Song By Any Other Name with Richard Jackson

7 – 9 Apr: Singing Handel with Rosa Mannion

5 – 7 May: Singing in Spanish with Carlos Aransay

17 – 19 May: The Vocal Technician with Joy Mammen

9 – 11 June: Discover Your Voice with Penny Jenkins

23 – 25 June: The Golden Age of Broadway with Paul Knight

13 – 16 July: Staged Opera Scenes with Saffron van Zwanenberg & Rosa Mannion

21 – 23 July: 20th Century & Beyond with Linda Hirst

10 – 13 Aug: Unlocking Your Vocal Potential with Jessica Walker

24 – 27 Aug: Preparing a Role with Phillip Thomas

1 – 3 Sept: Singing in French with Robin Bowman

Click on Course Titles for more information

Jackdaws May 2016Piano

30 Sept – 2 Oct 2016: Performance Anxiety with Ruth Harte

14 – 16 Oct: Sight-Reading, Memorisation and Piano Technique with Melanie Spanswick

28 – 30 Oct: Finding Your Voice at the Piano with Stephen Savage

25 – 27 Nov: Practising the Piano with Graham Fitch

10 – 12 Mar 2017: Improvisation: An Art for Everyone with Mark Polishook

24 – 26 Mar: The Complete Pianist with Margaret Fingerhut

28 – 30 Apr: Piano Workshop – A New Departure! with Philip Fowke

12 – 14 May: The Pianist Within with Elena Riu

30 June – 2 July: Rachmaninov and other Russian Composers with Julian Jacobson

27 – 30 July: Piano Summer School with Mark Tanner

15 – 17 Sept: Piano Workshop – A New Departure! with Philip Fowke

 

One Day Courses

Sat 3 Dec: Singing for the over 50’s with Penny Jenkins

Sun 4 Dec: One Day Guitar Course with Chris Stell

Sat 10 Dec: Free to Perform with Ann Hetherington

Sun 11 Dec: Singing with Confidence with Jessica Walker

Fri 16 Dec: Jackdaws Christmas Concert at Great Elm Church (concert)

 

Strings

2 – 5 Feb 2017: Guitar Ensemble with Eden Stell Guitar Duo

16 – 18 June: Strings & Things Part One with Elizabeth Turnbull

17 – 20 Aug: Strings & Things Part Two with Elizabeth Turnbull

 

Wind

21 – 23 Oct 2016: Recorder Weekend with Anna Stegmann

17 – 19 Feb 2017: The City Musick: Renaissance Music for Court & City with William Lyons & Richard Thomas

3 – 5 Mar: Clarinets with David Campbell

21 – 23 Apr: Oboe Workshop with Sarah Francis & Jean Marsden

2 – 4 June: Bassoon Workshop – From Reed to Recital with Robert Codd

7 – 9 July: Chamber Music with Sarah Francis, Robert Codd, Ian Mitchell & Stephen Gutman

8 – 10 Sept: Stylish Baroque with Theresa Caudle & Alastair Ross

Celebrate Sibelius

Celebrate Sibelius

Watercolour of Sibelius by Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Image from Wikipedia

We are all no doubt familiar with the staples of Schubert and Schumann, but with 109 songs spanning his entire compositional career, the Finnish composer Sibelius spoils us with a huge variety of exceptional vocal music. Presented as individual songs, in collections and as cycles on topics from Christmas through Astronomy to a young lover’s first kiss, Sibelius set texts in a variety of languages; his songs deserve as much recognition across the world as they enjoy in Scandinavia, and what better time to rediscover them than his anniversary year?

The songs became popular from their first performance, with performers, critics and public alike. Music scholars too have regarded the songs as having a central place in Sibelius’s output. The international success of the works has been limited for reasons of language – the majority of the songs are in Swedish – but in Scandinavia and especially in Finland they have gained a permanent place in the solo repertoire.

In 2015, the year of Sibelius’ 150th birthday, take the opportunity to work on some of his beautiful songs, in the original language or translation. We will set them against the songs of two of the biggest hitters in the repertoire, Schubert and Schumann, to see how they compare.

Ian PartridgeIan Partridge is one of Britain’s leading lyric tenors. His wide repertoire has encompassed the music of Monteverdi, Bach and Handel, the Elizabethan lute songs, German, French and English songs and first performances of new works. He appeared regularly as soloist with major choirs and orchestras in Britain and throughout the rest of the world, and in recitals he was frequently accompanied by his sister, Jennifer Partridge.

He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded the CBE in 1992 for services to music. Ian retired from singing end of 2008, but continues to teach, give masterclasses and adjudicate.

Join Ian at Jackdaws in the beautiful Vallis Vale to explore the songs in a perfect setting; Sibelius loved nature, and the Finnish landscape often served as material for his music. On the subject of Sibelius’ ties to nature, one biographer of the composer, Erik W. Tawaststjerna, wrote the following:

Jackdaws“Even by Nordic standards, Sibelius responded with exceptional intensity to the moods of nature and the changes in the seasons: he scanned the skies with his binoculars for the geese flying over the lake ice, listened to the screech of the cranes, and heard the cries of the curlew echo over the marshy grounds just below Ainola. He savoured the spring blossoms every bit as much as he did autumnal scents and colours”.

Sibelius, Schumann and Schubert
Ian Partridge
Friday 24 – Sunday 26 April 2015
Level: Advanced
Fee: £200
B&B: Available
Visit the course page for more information

Success at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards

Success at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2013 Winners

Left to Right: Chad Vindin (Accomp Prize), Soraya Mafi (joint 3rd), Anna Sideris (joint 3rd), Raphaela Papadakis (Winner), Frazer B. Scott (2nd & Audience Prize)

Friday 8th November saw the eight finalists sing for their chance at the £2,500 first prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards in the Wigmore Hall. Each participant sang a programme of four pieces, consisting of arias by two set composers, G.F. Handel and Peter Wishart, and two own choice pieces.

These two set composers have always been a part of these awards since the inaugural competition in 1993; Maureen was known for her beautiful performances of Handel on stage, and Peter Wishart was her husband from 1966 until his early death in 1984.

The awards form part of Jackdaws’ Young Artists Programme along with the annual OperaPLUS.

The winners were decided by the distinguished panel of Judges – Dame Felicity Lott, Malcolm Martineau, Ian Partridge CBE and chaired by Jackdaws’ Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg.

Maureen Lehane Vocal AwardsMaureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2013 Winners
1st Place – Raphaela Papadakis (Soprano)
2nd Place – Frazer B. Scott (Bass-Baritone)
3rd Place – jointly awarded to Soraya Mafi (Soprano) and Anna Sideris (Soprano)
Accompanist Prize – Chad Vindin
Audience Prize – Frazer B. Scott

Have a look at our photo album from the event on Facebook.

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards Finalists Announced

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards Finalists Announced

Maureen Lehane Vocal AwardsFollowing preliminary auditions held over the weekend of 18-20 October, eight finalists have been shortlisted out of applications from around the world to compete for the £2,500 first prize on Friday 8 November at 1pm.

Each finalist is required to sing a programme including works by Handel and Peter Wishart, in addition to a piece of their own choice, for a panel of distinguished judges – Malcolm Martineau, Dame Felicity Lott and Ian Partridge.

Organised annually by Jackdaws Music Education Trust, a Somerset based charity, the awards celebrated their 20th competition in 2012, whilst Jackdaws celebrate their own 20th anniversary this year, 2013. Unique in its recognition of potential as much as achievement, many previous winners of this award have progressed to highly successful singing careers. The panel is chaired by Jackdaws’ Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, who said-

“It was genuinely a very high standard this year and in particular some of the Peter Wishart songs were sung the best I have heard them to date. I think we have some rare and exciting voices in the final and am very pleased that for the first time they will get to sing 4 pieces instead of 3, giving them even more of an opportunity to show what they can do.”

In addition to the First Prize of £2,500 there is a Second Prize of £1,000 and 3rd Prize of £500 (which is supported by local Somerset group Frome Voices). Jackdaws is very grateful to Penelope Davies for her support of the Awards for a third and final year. The best accompanist on the day will also be recognised with a prize of £1000, supported by Geoffrey and Margaret Batten, in memory of Peter Wishart. Finally, also decided on the day will be the Audience prize, voted for by the audience via ballot whilst the judges deliberate the overall winner. We are also very grateful to additional support this year from The Mercers Company.

The Finalists for the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2013 are:

Ed Ballard

Annabella Ellis

Soraya Mafi

Raphaela Papadakis

Frazer Scott

Anna Sideris

Chloe Treharne

Jennifer Witton

Biographies for each finalist will be released at a later date.

The final is open to the public, and we warmly invite you to join us for what will surely be a wonderful afternoon of music making of the highest quality. This is the only way that you will be able to cast your vote in the Audience prize worth £250. Tickets are available from the Wigmore Hall.

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards Finalists Announced

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards Finalists Announced

Following preliminary auditions held over the weekend of 18-20 October, eight finalists have been shortlisted out of applications from around the world to compete for the £2,500 first prize on Friday 8 November at 1pm.

Each finalist is required to sing a programme including works by Handel and Peter Wishart, in addition to a piece of their own choice, for a panel of distinguished judges – Malcolm Martineau, Dame Felicity Lott and Ian Partridge.

Organised annually by Jackdaws Music Education Trust, a Somerset based charity, the awards celebrated their 20th competition in 2012, whilst Jackdaws celebrate their own 20th anniversary this year, 2013. Unique in its recognition of potential as much as achievement, many previous winners of this award have progressed to highly successful singing careers. The panel is chaired by Jackdaws’ Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, who said-

“It was genuinely a very high standard this year and in particular some of the Peter Wishart songs were sung the best I have heard them to date. I think we have some rare and exciting voices in the final and am very pleased that for the first time they will get to sing 4 pieces instead of 3, giving them even more of an opportunity to show what they can do.”

In addition to the First Prize of £2,500 there is a Second Prize of £1,000 and 3rd Prize of £500 (which is supported by local Somerset group Frome Voices). Jackdaws is very grateful to Penelope Davies for her support of the Awards for a third and final year. The best accompanist on the day will also be recognised with a prize of £1000, supported by Geoffrey and Margaret Batten, in memory of Peter Wishart. Finally, also decided on the day will be the Audience prize, voted for by the audience via ballot whilst the judges deliberate the overall winner. We are also very grateful to additional support this year from The Mercers Company.

The Finalists for the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2013 are:

Ed Ballard

Annabella Ellis

Soraya Mafi

Raphaela Papadakis

Frazer Scott

Anna Sideris

Chloe Treharne

Jennifer Witton

Biographies for each finalist will be released at a later date.

The final is open to the public, and we warmly invite you to join us for what will surely be a wonderful afternoon of music making of the highest quality. This is the only way that you will be able to cast your vote in the Audience prize worth £250. Tickets are available from the Wigmore Hall.

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards – two weeks until application closes!

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards – two weeks until application closes!

Andrew Dickinson, Winner of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award 2013

Andrew Dickinson,
Winner of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award 2013

It is now only two weeks until application closes for the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2013.

The award, uniquely rewarding potential as well as achievement, has been running since 1992. In that time it has been won by many rising stars such as Christopher Maltman (1994), Andrew Kennedy (1999), Marta Fontanals-Simmons (2011).

With Preliminary Audition Rounds held over the weekend of 18th – 20th September at Jackdaws and London, the final will be held at the Wigmore Hall, London, on Friday 8th November.

We are very lucky to boast a highly respected Judging panel at the awards this year. Comprised of Dame Felicity Lott, Ian Partridge CBE and Malcolm Martineau, the panel will be chaired by Saffron van Zwanenberg, Artistic Director of Jackdaws.

Jackdaws Young Artists and the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards are very grateful for the generous support of Penelope Davies, Geoffrey & Margaret Batten (Accompanist prize) and Jackdaws Trustees (Audience prize).

All the information you need in order to apply is available to download in an application pack.
Applications can then be made using the following forms submitted by post or email to music@jackdaws.org:
Vocal Awards Application (.pdf)
Vocal Awards Application Form (.doc)

Application forms must be returned with your entry fee, copy of birth certificate, curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation by 5pm on the 11th October 2012.

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards – four weeks until application closes!

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards – four weeks until application closes!

Maureen Lehane Vocal AwardsIt is four weeks today that application closes for the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards which are, uniquely rewarding potential as well as achievement. With Preliminary Audition Rounds held over the weekend of 18th – 20th September at Jackdaws and London, the final will be held at the Wigmore Hall, London, on Friday 8th November.

We are very lucky to boast a highly respected Judging panel at the awards this year. Comprised of Dame Felicity Lott, Ian Partridge CBE and Malcolm Martineau, the panel will be chaired by Saffron van Zwanenberg, Artistic Director of Jackdaws.

All the information you need in order to apply is available to download here

Applications can be made using the following forms submitted by post or email to music@jackdaws.org:
Vocal Awards Application (.pdf)
Vocal Awards Application Form (.doc)

Application forms must be returned with your entry fee, copy of birth certificate, curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation by 5pm on the 11th October 2012.

Good luck and we look forward to hearing you soon!

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