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Long Weekends at Jackdaws

Long Weekends at Jackdaws

Our longer weekend courses offer more time for you to spend at Jackdaws this summer, working with some wonderful tutors, to explore something new or to hone your vocal skills. Arrive in the valley on a Thursday evening for a relaxed supper and a chance to meet your tutors and fellow participants, followed by the first class. With full days on the Friday and Saturday, the course comes to an end on the Sunday afternoon.

Jackdaws Three Day Weekend Courses are an excellent opportunity to commit the time you never quite seem to find to working on your singing. With the long Summer evenings, the beautiful countryside and the high-level of tuition, you’ll find you have the space to achieve much more than you set out to.


Saffron van ZwanenbergStaged Opera Scenes with
Saffron van Zwanenberg & Rosa Mannion
Thurs 5 – Sun 8 July 2018

If you’ve always dreamed of singing opera with others, Staged Opera Scenes may be the course for you. Open to All singers, this ensemble course blends performance and technique, under the guidance of Saffron van Zwanenberg and Rosa Mannion. Each participant offers three suggestions of roles and one solo piece that they would like to explore, they will then work on their solo and an ensemble piece. Read more…

I had two major breakthroughs and came home from the course inspired

Jackdaws Tutor Jessica WalkerUnlocking Your Vocal Potential
with Jessica Walker
Thurs 9 – Sun 12 August 2018

In August, Jessica Walker helps singers of all abilities unlock their vocal potential, focussing her weekend on vocal technique and practical exercises. Jessica will work with you both individually and in groups, aiming to improve your singing confidence by the end of the weekend. Read more…

Jackdaws Voice Tutor Phillip ThomasPreparing a Role
with Phillip Thomas
Thurs 23 – Sun 26 August 2018

Phillip Thomas returns to Jackdaws to work with Advanced level singers who wish to explore how to prepare a role. His extensive work with singers and opera companies, knowledge of the repertoire and the demands involved in preparing a full role are unmatched. Singers are invited to choose a role in which to immerse themselves for this longer weekend. You do not need to have prepared the full role just have a good grasp of some of the music and a working knowledge of the rest. Read more…


Course fees include all meals and refreshments at Jackdaws, prepared by our dedicated cooks. Local accommodation is available, which we are happy to book for you.

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Jackdaws - Celebrating 25 Years

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

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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

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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

Winners of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award 2015

Programme CoverThe 2015 presentation of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards was an exciting afternoon of music making. As always, the finalists presented recitals of the highest standard and were commended by the panel for the variety and diversity of their repertoire choices.

First prize went to Julien Van Mellaerts, who impressed the panel with his recital of Del minacciar del vento (Ottone) by Handel, Peter Wishart’s Henry and Mary, A Poison Tree by Britten and Mein sehnen, mein Wähnen by Korngold. It is especially impressive that Julien was a reserve place and only offered the opportunity to perform at 6pm on the evening before the final, when Oliver Johnston fell ill.

It was an exceptional year for the Vocal Awards, the finalists were all well prepared and offered really interesting programmes. The general standard was very high which made the adjudication challenging, but the panel were clear about which performances had stood out, most notable of which was Julien’s singing of Britten’s evocative A Poison Tree.Saffron van Zwanenberg, Chair of the Adjudication Panel

2015 is the 23rd anniversary of the Award, which is unique for the recognition of potential as much as achievement and has supported many extraordinary young singers at the start of their careers. This year’s prize winners join a succession of past winners including Amanda Echalaz, Christopher Maltman, Sarah Fox, Andrew Kennedy and Anna Devin.

The Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards are run annually by Jackdaws Music Education Trust for singers under the age of 30. The first Award was contested in the Somerset village of Great Elm, where Jackdaws is based, and participants were required to present a song by composer Peter Wishart, Maureen Lehane’s late husband, and an aria by Handel. Maureen was a celebrated Handelian singer and maintained that every singer should sing Handel at some point in their development. The same elements are required today in celebration of both Maureen and Peter’s legacy.

The Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards are generously supported by The Rosemary Bugden Charitable Trust, Cooper Hall (Emerging Artists), Geoffrey and Margaret Batten, Frome Voices and Jackdaws Trustees.

Winners of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2015
Maureen Lehane Winners and Judges 2015First Prize
Julien Van Mellaerts, Baritone (27)
Second Prize
Grace Durham, Mezzo-Soprano (27)
Third Prize
James Newby, Baritone (22)

Accompanist Prize
Edward Liddall (26) and Natalie Burch (23)
Audience Prize
James Newby, Baritone (22)

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