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French Fin de Siecle music at Jackdaws

French Fin de Siecle music at Jackdaws

Versailles, c.1910 from cridb.com

Versailles, c.1910 from cridb.com

In recent years, French repertoire of the Fin de Siècle has been brought back to popularity with new scholarship, editions, recordings and performances constantly appearing. Throughout the 19th century, Paris was the centre of culture in Europe; artists, musicians, authors, philosophers, poets and performers all congregated in the salons and coffee shops to debate and discuss new ideas until the early hours.

As the 1800s gave way to the 1900s, France was in La Belle Époque, the Golden Age, opening the Moulin Rouge and erecting the Eiffel Tower at the World Fair in 1889 before the Paris Metro system began operation during the year 1900. The Dreyfus Affair divided society and France boasted such influential figures as Alfred Cortot, Charles Baudelaire, Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Jules Verne, architect Hector Guimard and organist Charles-Marie Widor all in their prime. It was the Third French Republic, the Second Industrial Revolution and a time of an explosion of -isms; impressionism, expressionism, romanticism, modernism, mysticism and decadence-ism!

Jackdaws Tutor Kenneth van Barthold, by Clive Barda

Jackdaws Tutor Kenneth van Barthold, by Clive Barda

Despite the resurgence of music from this Golden era of history, many pianists still confess to feeling at sea in the genre. Kenneth van Barthold was entirely trained at the Paris Conservatoire where he spent four years in the piano class of Yves Nat, won a Première Mention in Solfège and studied Harmonie, Contrepoint d’Espèces and Fugue d’Ecole with Paule Maurice, Grand Prix de Rôme (as won by Maurice Ravel). Who better to guide you through the trials and turmoil of the times?

Running the same weekend of the Tour de France Grand Départ, Kenneth invites participants to bring any piece of music by a French composer of this era; Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Satie, Poulenc or any other. Bring anything which tempts you and we will go in search of that golden French sound!

 

French Fin de Siècle Piano Music Course Details
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 July 2014
Course No. 3097
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Fee: £180
B&B available from £30 per night
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NEW COURSE for 2014: Ensemble Singing

NEW COURSE for 2014: Ensemble Singing

Following your feedback we have taken the opportunity to refocus the aims of our summer Chamber Choir weekend with William Carslake and Jessica Walker. Your course has had a facelift and is now Jackdaws’ first “Ensemble Singing Weekend

Jackdaws Tutors William Carslake and Jessica WalkerIf you enjoy singing in harmony, or have always wanted to try singing with other voices, come and work with Will and Jess who will help you sing any ensemble you have had a secret hankering to try out.

“Ensemble singing” includes duets, trios, quartets and quintets from Opera, Oratorio, Close Harmony and Barbershop

Whatever your genre of interest, Will and Jess are here to help you sing, employing their own unique brand of technical expertise and inspiring knowledge alongside their passion and enthusiasm for all things sung! This will include help and tips for sight singing, individual vocal tuition and they are happy to arrange music around the voices available so you can all sing together in parts.

The course will still run on Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st August.

Ensemble Singing Course Details
Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 August 2014
Course No. 3104
Level: All
Fee: £260
B&B available from £30 per night
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Jazz Jam at Jackdaws

Jazz Jam at Jackdaws

…with Ralf Dorrell

Have you ever wanted to have a go at playing Jazz, but didn’t know quite where to begin?
Try the Jazz Taster Day at Jackdaws on Sunday 15 December and let Ralf show you how it’s done!

In a relaxed, yet supportive environment, Ralf Dorrell will lead a day course for all; absolute beginners and musicians who have played a little jazz and would like to try more. Participants will be encouraged to have fun exploring all of the musical areas and skills required to play jazz, including- basic rhythms, melodies, harmony and improvisation. By the end of the day the target is for the group to be able to perform a couple of simple pieces together.

This course is suitable for any ability and all instrumentalists; this includes so-called “classical” instruments such as flute, violin, cello, etc, alongside more traditional jazz instruments; piano, trumpet, trombone, clarinet as so on.

A participant who attended the Jazz Day last year left the following feedback

“I just wanted to say I enjoyed the jazz course very much. Everyone there learnt something!”

Jackdaws Tutor Ralf DorrellRalf studied for his BMus at Sheffield University, a Masters’ in Composition from Bath Spa University and is working towards a PhD in Composition. He is very active on the South West music scene as a composer, performer (double bass, bass guitar and trombone), bandleader, ensemble director, lecturer, teacher and workshop tutor. He has been leading workshops on improvisation, composition and jazz since 1984. He also conducts Bath Community Big Band and is a tutor at The Jazz Factory, and Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra.

His compositions have been performed on BBC Radio 3 and at venues including the Purcell Rooms, South Bank, London and St Georges, Brandon Hill, Bristol. As a performer he has played at music festivals both in the UK (including Glastonbury and Edinburgh) and abroad (Le Mans Jazz Festival), and has performed on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4 as well as on BBC1 and Channel 4 television.

For more information on Ralf, visit his website at ralfdorrell.com

Join Ralf at Jackdaws on Sunday 15 December from 11am to 3pm for a break from the Christmas shopping and enjoy a day of Jolly Jazzy Joyfulness! Lunch is included in the fee of £35, home-cooked by Jackdaws wonderful cooks.

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Madeleine Mitchell’s Violin Workshop

Madeleine Mitchell’s Violin Workshop

Madeleine Mitchell

Photo by Rama Knight

We were so happy with Madeleine’s first Violin Workshop weekend at Jackdaws in 2012 that we were delighted when she agreed to return for another weekend this October!

Madeleine Mitchell, a highly active concert violinist, has just been performing Bruch Violin Concerto in Edinburgh during the Festival, to an appreciative audience. In September she gives recitals in Paris (based on her popular CD ‘Violin Songs’), followed by 2 in west London – on 18th in the exquisite church St Mary’s Perivale (Franck violin Sonata with Nigel Clayton) and on 23rd, Brahms horn trio (with pianist John Lenehan and the principal horn of BBCSO) at the Bishop Centre, Godolphin and Latymer. On 8th October she gives a recital in Rome, broadcast live by Radio CEMAT and on 16th gives a recital at Leighton House, London for the 75th birthday of Howard Blake OBE, to open Kensington & Chelsea Music Society’s 2013/14 season.

Madeleine’s Violin Workshop weekend at Jackdaws takes place from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October.

Participants are invited to bring any repertoire, with or without accompaniment, to this Violin weekend course. Madeleine will offer technical and musical guidance in a supportive and friendly atmosphere, working towards an informal concert on Sunday afternoon. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from Madeleine’s experience as a solo and chamber artist. An accompanist will be available for Saturday evening and on Sunday.

Course details:
Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October 2013
Violin Workshop
Course No. 3068

Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Fee £190
B&B available from £30 per night
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