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Vote for Jackdaws OperaPLUS in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Vote for Jackdaws OperaPLUS in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

EDIT: WE WON!! On 25 February, our innovative project OperaPLUS was presented with the Music Teacher Magazine Award for Excellence for “Best Classical Music Education Initiative”. We want to thank everybody who voted for us and supports our Education work. This is a huge achievement and means a lot to us. [26 February 2016]
EDIT: Voting has now closed for the Awards. Thank you if you were one of those who voted for us – we find out in February if we have been successful! [22 January 2016]

Voting has officially opened for the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, sponsored by ClassicFM, which sees Jackdaws OperaPLUS, from Jackdaws Music Education Trust, nominated in the category “Best Classical Music Education Initiative”. The Award is recognition of the incredible work this innovative project has done to share high quality opera with children and young people in hard to reach communities across Somerset.

OperaPLUS was the first of many projects created by Jackdaws Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg when she took up the post in 2009:

“It was borne of many different personal experiences which led to a great desire to bring about a combination of outcomes, namely that children and young people have a positive experience of opera and benefit from the well documented effects of participating in music. Young artists receive training and experience in community and education work, in a supported and career enhancing way, children actively participate in performing by singing and acting alongside the professional cast and hard to reach communities have access to high quality opera in an accessible and affordable setting. It was also important to me that the operas came from the mainstream repertoire to give context to the varied, everyday use of this repertoire that the children and audiences hear in their daily lives.”

To vote for Jackdaws OperaPLUS as Best Music Education Initiative, visit the ClassicFM website

What is OperaPLUS?
Jackdaws OperaPLUSOperaPLUS is a key part of Jackdaws Music Education Trust’s work to enable creative expression by bringing music to life in an accessible, inclusive and inspirational way.

The project brings together primary school children and professional opera singers from Jackdaws Young Artist programme, to perform full length versions of well-known operas, sung in English. It is directed by Jackdaws Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, with the musical direction of Audrey Hyland, Royal Academy of Music professor and vocal coach. The young, professional cast take the lead roles with chorus’ and other roles adapted for performance by the participating children, numbering up to 120 per performance. There are a series of workshops prior to the performances with the cast and director and then the cast and children perform alongside each other in accessible venues in the heart of their communities to large audiences, many of whom are new to opera.

History of OperaPLUS
The first OperaPLUS production was The Magic Flute by Mozart in June 2010, with one performance in Frome, Somerset, involving three local schools. Since then, the project has developed year on year so that in 2015, OperaPLUS was able to present the most ambitious production yet. Working with 14 schools from across Somerset, Jackdaws delivered 5 performances of the Stylist of Somerset (Rossini’s Barber of Seville) in different areas throughout this rural country.

This production was featured on BBC Somerset Radio by Ben McGrail, who used OperaPLUS as an opportunity to ask the public what they thought of opera. The result was overwhelmingly positive which is reflected in the way this project is received by the children and families who participate.
In 2016, OperaPLUS will continue to build on its past successes by presenting a production of Donizetti’s The Love Potion (L’elisir d’amore) with 5 performances including 18 schools. Each school will work with the cast and production team to prepare their music for the performance and are supported with a free set of resources including recordings and sheet music of their parts, all downloadable from the Jackdaws website.

Sound Foundation Somerset LogoOperaPLUS is supported by Sound Foundation Somerset, the Music Hub for Somerset and Arts Council England.

We need all the votes we can get for Jackdaws OperaPLUS as Best Music Education Initiative, visit the voting page on the ClassicFM website.ClassicFM Logo

OperaPLUS Nominated for Best Classical Music Education Initiative

UPDATE [17 December 2015]: Voting is now open! Please visit ClassicFM to vote for OperaPLUS as “Best Music Education Initiative”

Jackdaws OperaPLUS has been nominated in the Music Teacher Magazine Awards for Excellence in the category “Best Classical Music Education Initiative”. The award, sponsored by ClassicFM, is recognition of the incredible work this project has done to share high quality opera with children and young people in hard to reach communities across Somerset.

OperaPLUS was the first of many projects created and set up by Jackdaws Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg:

“It was borne of many different personal experiences which led to a great desire to bring about a combination of outcomes, namely that children and young people have a positive experience of opera and benefit from the well documented effects of participating in music. Young artists receive training and experience in community and education work, in a supported and career enhancing way and hard to reach communities have access to high quality opera in an accessible and affordable setting. It was also important to me that the operas came from the mainstream repertoire to give context to the varied, everyday use of this repertoire that the children and audiences hear in their daily lives.”

OperaPLUS is a key part of Jackdaws Music Education Trust’s work to enable creative expression by bringing music to life in an accessible, inclusive and inspirational way.

The project brings together primary school children and professional opera singers from Jackdaws Young Artist programme, to perform full length versions of well-known operas, sung in English. It is directed by Jackdaws Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, with the musical direction of Audrey Hyland, Royal Academy of Music professor and vocal coach. The young, professional cast take the lead roles and the chorus’s and other roles are adapted for performance by the participating children, numbering up to 120 per performance. There are a series of workshops prior to the performances with the cast and director and then the cast and children perform alongside each other in accessible venues in the heart of their communities to large audiences, many of whom are new to opera.

OperaPLUS Stylist of Somerset

The Stylist of Somerset, OperaPLUS 2015

The first OperaPLUS production was The Magic Flute by Mozart in June 2010, with one performance in Frome, Somerset, involving three local schools. Since then, the project has developed year on year so that in 2015, OperaPLUS was able to present the most ambitious production yet. Working with 14 schools from across Somerset, Jackdaws delivered 5 performances of the Stylist of Somerset (Rossini’s Barber of Seville) in different areas throughout this rural country.

The production was featured on BBC Somerset Radio by Ben McGrail, who used OperaPLUS as an opportunity to ask the public what they thought of opera. The result was overwhelmingly positive which is reflected in the way it is received by the children and families who participate.

In 2016, OperaPLUS will continue to build on its past successes by presenting a production of Donizetti’s The Love Potion (L’elisir d’amore) with 5 performances including 18 schools. Each school will work with the cast and production team to prepare their music for the performance and are supported with a free set of resources including sheet music and recordings of their parts, all downloadable from the Jackdaws website.

OperaPLUS is supported by Sound Foundation Somerset, the Music Hub for Somerset and Arts Council England.

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Jack’s Music Club for Teens

Jack’s Music Club for Teens

jackslogo_newtimeEvery Friday after school, Jack’s Music Club meets to hang out and make music with some of the best musicians and explore music from different countries and times.

Each session is led by a different tutor, who uses the session to introduce their musicial specialism to the group in a lively and dynamic way, illuminating the subject for everyone.

We play, jam and make music in the strangest of ways. Bring your instrument and we’ll have some fun.

No need to book, just turn up on Friday at 4:30pm.

What do Mozart, Macbeth and artist Kiki Smith have in common?

What do Mozart, Macbeth and artist Kiki Smith have in common?

…they all feature in Jackdaws Summer Production 2015!

Summer Production 2015Every July, the Jackdaws Summer Production is a week of paint, glue, manuscript, music, sets and costumes. This year, of course, is no exception.

It began on Monday morning, when the 20 children were presented with choices from which to select a combination of music, story and design upon which to build their production. Once selected they had one week.

There were 3 stories to use as a possible plot, 3 composers whose music could be used as basis for original compositions and 3 artists whose work would inspire the staging, costumes and design. The morning was spent reviewing the choices and in the afternoon, voting took place to decide how the rest of the week would be spent. After all votes had been cast, the count revealed they would be using the plot of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, accompanied with music inspired by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and set in the varied styles of contemporary German-American artist Kiki Smith.

And off to work they went…

See the final performance today, Friday 31st July, 5pm at the Silk Mill, Frome. Tickets cost £2.

 

About the themes:

The Tragedy of Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare at the beginning of the 17th century. Set in Scotland, it follows the story of Macbeth, 11th century King of Scotland, and his rise to power. It is a dark story or murder and deceit, and carries much superstition among actors.

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an Austrian composer who lived from 1756-1791. He was a child prodigy and went on to compose operas, choral music, chamber music and pieces for piano; much of which is still performed today.

 

Kiki Smith is an American artist born in Germany in 1954. She now lives and works in New York City, where her art and exhibitions on provocative and taboo subjects gained her wide renown. She works in a variety of media including sculpture, printmaking, drawing and jewelery.

Year of Percussion Tickets Now Available!

Year of Percussion Tickets Now Available!

Year of the...Tickets are now available for the Year of Percussion Grand Finale Concert, featuring international percussionist Joby Burgess playing en mass with hundreds of pupils from schools in Somerset.

In March, Joby visited 14 schools in Frome, Radstock and Wells. Armed with his Xylosynth (half xylophone, half synthesiser) and a battery of percussion, he presented a performance workshop for all students as well as a more involved session for a smaller group of players focusing on a few different pieces. Since that time, these students have been working on their pieces and it is these smaller groups of players who join us for this celebration of all things percussion at the Cheese & Grain this June.

The Grand Finale Concert takes place on Wednesday 10 June at 5:30pm in Frome’s Cheese & Grain. Tickets must be purchased by phone (01373 455420) or from the Box Office in person. Due to limited capacity, there is a restriction of two tickets per customer and issued on a first come, first served basis – there will be over 250 performers in this concert!

The Year of Percussion project follows similar events with the Carducci String Quartet (Year of the String Quartet, 2013) and the Eden Stell Guitar Duo (Year of Guitar, 2014). It has sold out every year and early indications are that it will for a third consecutive year.

One of Britain’s most diverse percussionists, Joby is best known for his virtuosic, often lissom performances, daring collaborations, extensive education work, and regularly appears throughout Europe, the USA and beyond.

Each year Joby gives master-classes and leads numerous creative workshops for organisations such as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Percussive Arts Society; focusing on rhythm, composition and improvisation, often using West African music as the stimulus. From 2004 to 2012 Joby was professor of percussion and director of percussion ensembles at Junior Trinity College of Music, Greenwich. Joby studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.

Joby Burgess image by Kathy HindeYear of Percussion Grand Finale Concert
Featuring Joby Burgess
Wednesday 10 June, 5:30pm
The Cheese & Grain, Frome
Tickets: £5 / £2 under 16
Limit of two tickets per customer
Box Office: 01373 455420
(Tickets not available online)

Year of Percussion

Year of Percussion

Today we have exciting news about the lucky schools which will be participating in our Year of Percussion project with Joby Burgess. The lucky schools are:

Joby Burgess image by Kathy HindeFrome Area
Beckington CofE First School
Christ Church CofE First School
Critchill
Frome Community College
Nunney First School
Steiner Academy, Frome
Selwood Academy
St John’s CofE First School
St Louis VA Catholic School

Wells Area
Croscombe & Stoke St Michael Primary Federation
Ditcheat Primary

Illminster Area
Chilthorne Domer Primary School
Greenfylde CofE First School

Radstock Area
Kilmersdon CofE VA Primary School

The final performance will take place at the Cheese & Grain, Frome on Wednesday 10 June. Contact Jackdaws on 01373 812383 or music@jackdaws.org for tickets.

Read more about Percussionist Joby Burgess on our tutor profile page!

As always, we are entirely indebted to the organisations, trusts and individuals whose donations make our education projects like Year of Percussion possible. For their generosity, we wish to thank: Sound Foundation Somerset, Arts Council England and Austin and Hope Pilkington.

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 Music Workshops for Children and Teenagers

Summer Music Workshops for Children and Teenagers

walkercarslakeWe are delighted to announce the return of Jackdaws Summer Music Workshops in August 2014; free Music Workshops with some of our most popular tutors for children and teenagers of all abilities.

Thursday 28 August, 2 – 4pm
Singing Workshop with Jessica Walker

Thursday 28 August, 2 – 4pm
Composing Workshop with William Carslake

Places are limited and must be booked in advance; workshops are suitable for children between the ages 11 and 18. If you would like any other information, or to book a place, please call the office on 01373 812383 or email us at music@jackdaws.org. Suggested donation of £2.

Jessica Walker graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and has a successful career in both opera and cross-over repertoire, including opera roles at Opera North and Glyndebourne and recently her own solo shows with Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and Brits Off Broadway in New York. Her recent CD releases include Mercy and Grand; the Tom Waits project with composer Gavin Bryars, and ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’, her own solo show recorded in New York by Original Cast Recordings.

Composer and Conductor William Carslake writes music that captures the northernness and wildness of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. His ballet score, based around the folk song, Thomas of Winesbury will be published by Shorter House and he has been awarded a composing residency in Banff, Canada in which to complete it. His conducting work includes assisting at the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, London.

Please note that all students must be resident and attending state school in Somerset.

Jackdaws are in the unique and fortunate position of having outstanding professional musicians coming to tutor every weekend on our courses for adult musicians of all abilities. These Summer Music Workshops open up the opportunity for young people aged between 11 – 18 and at school in Somerset to learn from and be inspired by these international players.

These strands of music provision for young musicians are thanks to support from Sound Foundation Somerset and Jackdaws Education.

Call the office on 01373 812383 or email us at music@jackdaws.org

Jackdaws Season 2014-15

Jackdaws Season 2014-15

JACKDAWS PRESENTS EXCITING NEW PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 14-15 SEASON

Anna Stegmann Photo: Marco Borggreve

New Tutor for 2014-15, Anna Stegmann

Jackdaws Music Education Trust is delighted to present its latest programme of weekend music courses.

The season commences in October 2014 and sees residential courses offered with tutors such as Graham Fitch and Philip Fowke on piano, Evelyn Tubb and Rosa Mannnion on voice as well as ensemble courses and much more. Jackdaws’ series of taster Day Courses also return offering a wonderful introduction to new areas of music making as well as a famous Jackdaws lunch.

Jackdaws is also delighted to welcome some new tutors: Anna Stegmann, contemporary recorder Professor at the Royal Academy is taking a joint course with resident recorder tutor Pamela Thorby; celebrated soprano, Mary Plazas leads the Opera Workshop for singers of all ability; renowned singers Sarah Leonard and Stephen Varcoe are leading an English Song weekend and the extraordinary piano teacher Penelope Roskell is coming to Jackdaws for the first time.

“I am so delighted that such eminent professional musicians continue to support the work we do to include musicians from all backgrounds in accessing the best teaching and being inspired by discovering new repertoire and techniques. Often being a musician can be a solitary experience, so we are thrilled to be able to enable our tutors and our participants in coming together to bring music to life whilst spending time in our picturesque and inspiring location.” – Saffron van Zwanenberg, Jackdaws Artistic Director

Alongside all of these wonderful opportunities Jackdaws will also be continuing to be at the forefront of music education for children and young people in Somerset, championing classical music and musicians and promoting a classical method of teaching and learning to support and enable young people to fulfil their musical aspirations.

To view all Jackdaws courses visit the Calendar

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.

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