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2016 – A Year in Review

2016 – A Year in Review

2016 – what a year it was. We say it every year, but this one really was the busiest we’ve ever known in Great Elm. We welcomed 400 participants on our weekend courses, a third of whom were new to Jackdaws; we delivered award-winning projects across Somerset and appointed our first ever Artists in Residence – the VIDA Guitar Quartet.

Our Projects

Credit Music Teacher Awards 2016

L to R: Margherita Taylor (Classic FM Presenter), René Bloice-Sanders (Company Member), Audrey Hyland (Music Director), Saffron van Zwanenberg (Director) and Sam Taylor (Classic FM Managing Editor). Credit: Music Teacher Awards 2016

The first success of the year was in February, when we attended the Gala Dinner of the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, as our large-scale project OperaPLUS had been nominated for the Best Classical Music Education Initiative of 2015. We were absolutely delighted to hear OperaPLUS announced as the winners by Margherita Taylor, presenter on ClassicFM, who sponsored the prize. The 2016 OperaPLUS project was then a huge success in April; Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg directed five fun-filled performances of Donizetti’s The Love Potion with 18 schools across Somerset packed with acting, singing and segways!

On Tuesday 22 March, the Gelachter Wind Trio performed alongside over 100 children from 12 schools across Somerset in the Grand Finale concert of the Year of the Reed project at the Cheese & Grain Frome. They performed arrangements of music by composers from Duke Ellington to Tchaikovsky interspersed with performances from the Gelachter Trio in the hour long concert.

Song Story 2016 was an exciting and fresh look at Vivaldi’s famous Four Seasons concertos. Composer William Carslake, together with Violinist Flora Curzon and Jackdaws Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg investigated this work with four SEN Somerset schools – Elmwood, Avalon, Critchill and Selworthy. Each school focused on one season, working with the team and using the sonnets which inspired Vivaldi’s original composition, to create their own music and play and sing along with Vivaldi’s original score. There was a spectacular final performance of “Saving Earth” on Wednesday 29 June at Elmwood & Robert Blake Science College, Bridgwater. The students updated the story to tell of the fight against global warming and how we are saving earth from mankind’s thoughtlessness; a modern retelling which was really effective. It was a truly joyful experience for all involved.

Since September, Jack’s Music Club has been enjoying a new term of varied experiences and sound worlds. We have a whole new intake of keen young musicians attending each week, who gave two fantastic performances at the Jackdaws Christmas Concert, celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven (the concert happened to take place on 16 December, the maestro’s birthday). Jackdaws is now also an Arts Award centre and Jack’s members have the opportunity to earn a qualification during their usual weekly session.

We have continued to develop our work with the Music Hub for Somerset, taking a very active part in the Singing Strategy for Somerset schools, offering a mixed-programme of teacher training and in-school sessions, and the first Somerset Schools Singing Festival, which took place in the Summer term.

Caecilia AndriessenSaying ‘Vaarwel’

In May, we said a very sad farewell to Caecilia Andriessen, who retired. Caecilia was one of the very first tutors at Jackdaws and has been leading her unique “Pianos for All” ensemble course for the last 21 years, making the trip over from The Hague with several faithful students every year since 1995. The Pianos for All weekend involved groups of pianists playing music arranged for two, three and four pianos! We will miss this very special and joyful part of our annual calendar.

Saying ‘Hello’ to our Artists in Residence

In the Summer, the VIDA Guitar Quartet became the first Jackdaws Artists in Residence. It is the first time that such an appointment has been made by Jackdaws, and we are looking forward to unveiling future plans and discovering how the new relationship will bear fruit.

VIDA Concert at Jackdaws in December 2016VIDA celebrated this announcement with a fundraising concert on Saturday 3 December; their last before heading off on tour to the United States at the beginning of 2017. The concert raised important funds for Jackdaws and was a great treat for the local community.

The VIDA Quartet have a strong association with Jackdaws through the longstanding relationship between two members, Mark Eden and Christopher Stell (who also perform as the Eden Stell Guitar Duo). The Duo have been teaching at Jackdaws for more than 20 years and, as Artists in Residence, the Quartet will be ambassadors for Jackdaws in the UK and around the world.

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards

Winners of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 216

L to R: Saffron van Zwanenberg, Leo Nicholson (Accomp Prize), Holly Marie Bingham (2nd Prize), Nardus Williams (1st & Audience Prizes), Rosemary Joshua, Sam Carl (3rd Prize), Joan Rodgers, Julian Jacobson

The 2016 Vocal Awards continued with the same high standards set in previous years. This year it was Nardus Williams, a young soprano currently studying at the Guildhall with Yvonne Kenny, who took First Place as well as the Audience Prize. The Judges – Rosemary Joshua, Joan Rodgers, Julian Jacobson, chaired by Saffron van Zwanenberg – were very impressed with her performance.

We are all looking forward to the Vocal Awards 2017, which will be the 25th year of the competition. Keep your eyes peeled for details of how we are going to celebrate this significant milestone, which kickstarts the celebrations for Jackdaws 25th anniversary in 2018.

Two Great Losses

Sadly, we lost two great friends in 2016. The first was very early in the year when we heard of loss of tutor Kenneth van Barthold on 16 February. He was 88 years old and had been giving courses at Jackdaws for many years. An exceptional man, his obituary in the Telegraph shows just how respected he was.

sarah-wheeler-at-maureen-memorial-concertThen, in April, we received news that a long-time supporter of Jackdaws, Sarah Wheeler, had also passed away. She was a supporter of Jackdaws from the beginning, and a long time friend of Maureen. Sarah led the fundraising campaign that allowed us to buy our building, and when Maureen passed away in 2010, it was she who helped to organise the concert in her memory. She was a great lover of art and music and was a passionate believer in the healing power of both. As a result, she founded the Mental Fight Club and later the Dragon Cafe to share the benefit of both with others. She will be very sadly missed in Great Elm.

New Technology

We ended the year by releasing a video about our weekend courses. Produced by Tambrisk pictures, the four-minute video showcases our facilities and surroundings whilst answering questions a new-comer might have about their first visit to a Jackdaws music course. Watch the video here…

The Staff and Trustsees at Jackdaws want to thank all friends, supporters, colleagues and organisations who have helped us this year including;
Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation, Rosemary Bugden Trust, the Mercers’ Trust, the Mackintosh Foundation, Frome Voices, Cooper Hall Foundation.

Grants were also received from a number of local councils and funding bodies;
Arts Council England, Sound Foundation Somerset, Frome Town Council, South Somerset District Council.

We are also extremely grateful to the number of individuals who have made donations both large and small, and to Friends of Jackdaws, whose regular contributions ensure that Jackdaws can continue to facilitate the joy of music participation for everyone.

If you would like to make a donation to Jackdaws, you can do so by becoming a Friend, or making a one-off donation. For more information read Supporting Jackdaws.

Earn your Arts Award at Jack’s Music Club

Earn your Arts Award at Jack’s Music Club

Jack's Music ClubJack’s Music Club returns on Friday 16 September, and we’re looking for young musicians – just like you – musicians of any ability who want to use music as a social opportunity to play in groups and ensembles.

We’ll give you the opportunity to earn your Arts Award and introduce you to new ideas, challenge you, and get you to try new things to develop your musical skills every week, all at Jack’s Music Club.

Arts Award

Organised by Trinity College London, Arts Award and is a nationally recognised qualification offered at 5 levels. You can earn your Bronze Arts Award at Jack’s whatever instrument you play (even if it’s a bit unusual or you don’t read music) because it focuses on practical music making, doing research, sharing skills, listening and talking about your inspiration. It can be used to boost your achievements alongside graded music exams and you can celebrate your progress by performing in our concerts as part of Jack’s Music Club.

There are no entry or age requirements for Bronze or Silver Arts Awards, and no time limit to complete the qualifications.

Jackdaws is a registered Arts Award Centre with two trained advisors in house who can support you though your Bronze and Silver level Arts Award. Jack’s gives you the opportunity to complete the ‘skill share’ element of Arts Award in the usual Friday music club session. We will be offering the chance to earn your Bronze level award (equivalent to grades 1-3 Music Grade exams).

If you’re between 12 and 18 years old, come and get involved in Jack’s after school club for a chance to meet other teenagers with a passion for music.

Upcoming Sessions Autumn Term 2016
Arts Award LogoFriday 11 November – Dulcimers with Timothy Manning
Friday 18 November – Saffron van Zwanenberg
Friday 25 November – Concert Preparation!
Friday 2 December – Jazz Piano with John Law
Saturday 3 December – VIDA Concert at Jackdaws, FREE tickets for Jack’s members
Friday 9 December – Concert Preparation!
Friday 16 December – Jackdaws Christmas Concert! Rehearsal from 4:30, Concert 6:30 – 8

Why not try us for the first term of the new school year?

Weekly sessions in term time at 4:30-6pm

Fridays at Jackdaws, Great Elm, BA11 3NY.
Cost: £2 per session (additional costs to take optional Arts Award qualification)
Just turn up or get more details from josh@jackdaws.org

Read more about Arts Award and Young Musicians

Jack’s Summer Series

Jack’s Summer Series

Jacks LogoEvery Friday in May we are giving you the chance to try Jack’s Music Club for free.

At Jack’s we give teenagers the opportunity to make music together by inviting a different tutor each week to give sessions introducing their unique way of making music.

You don’t need to be able to read music and don’t need to be a confident performer – we’ll be playing together anyway. All instruments and singers welcome.

 

Guitars by Laurence ParnellThe Summer Series Sessions take place on:

Friday 6 May, 4:30 – 6pm

Friday 13 May, 4:30 – 6pm

Friday 20 May, 4:30 – 6pm

Friday 27 May, 4:30 – 6pm – SPECIAL VISIT TO FROME FM STUDIOS

Cost: Free

Location: Jackdaws Music Education Trust

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

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.

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

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

Improved Access to Jackdaws

Improved Access to Jackdaws

elmlaneretarmac
Over the past month, Frome Town Council has resurfaced Elm Lane, which connects the village of Great Elm to Frome, and is part of National Cycle Route number 24 (“Collier’s Way“).

Elm Lane, shown in red on the above map, was previously treacherous due to potholes which could become hidden by puddles when the road was wet. It now has a smooth tarmac from Jackdaws running all the way out to Egford Hill. It remains a single lane ‘country’ road with passing points but is now much more pleasant for walking, cycling and driving to and from Jackdaws.

This improvement is particularly beneficial to parents dropping children at Jack’s Music Club on Friday evenings, musicians visiting one of our Piano Clubs and participants arriving for our weekend courses.

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