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One Day Taster Courses

One Day Taster Courses

JackdawsWe have officially reached autumn and we’re looking forward to the next few months of courses at Jackdaws because our One Day Courses will enter their fourth season.

One Day Courses are the perfect introduction to making music at Jackdaws. In 2011 we decided to swap our usual programme of weekend courses in November and December for a series of one day singing taster sessions. It turned out to be a success – three years later, we are running day courses on topics from Playing Jazz to using Alexander Technique.

With top quality tuition and a famous Jackdaws lunch provided, taster days are open to musicians of all levels and give you the opportunity to try something new. Perhaps that’s playing a new genre of music at “Jazz Day”, or singing as part of your first opera chorus in “Come and Sing the Magic Flute”.

What’s happening this year?

Jackdaws Day CoursesAlexander Technique for Musicians
Ann Hetherington
Saturday 15 November

Singing for the over 50s
Penny Jenkins
Sunday 30 November

Jazz Day
Ralf Dorrell
Saturday 6 December

Singing with Confidence
Jessica Walker
Sunday 7 December

Come and Sing Mozart’s Magic Flute
William Carslake
Sunday 14 December

Winter One Day Courses at Jackdaws

Winter One Day Courses at Jackdaws

Sing and Play away the winter blues at Jackdaws with a relaxed introductory taster session. These courses are for everyone whatever your ability.

Whether it is singing your favourite opera choruses as part of a group, or taking the first step into playing Jazz, there is something for everyone. With a first class lunch included, the sessions are informative and informal.

Penny Jenkins

Singing for the Over 50s

Penny Jenkins
Saturday 30 November
For the over 50s, or thereabouts, who are young at heart. Penny will help you use your voice in a safe and nurturing way; the singing voice can go on forever!

Jackdaws Tutor Tim Soar

Alexander Technique for Musicians

Tim Soar
Sunday 1 December
Offering a method for enhancing your performance through rediscovery of your natural poise and freedom of movement; Alexander Technique teaches us to co-ordinate our bodies, our awareness and our intentions before we play a single note.


Singing for Beginners

Jessica Walker
Saturday 7 December
Think you can’t sing a note? Scared to sing on your own? Always hiding at the back of the choir? In the space of just one day, you can become a more confident singer.

Eddie Upton of Folk South West

West Country Carols with Folk South West

Eddie Upton & Philippa Toulson
Sunday 8 December
Spend the day exploring seasonal music from the region’s rich heritage of beautiful folk music and encourage you to try a new style of singing.

Will Carslake

Come and Sing an Opera Chorus

William Carslake
Saturday 14 December
Back by popular demand – from the Brindisi to the Anvil Chorus, some of the most uplifting pieces of music are in the opera repertoire. No experience required!

Jackdaws Tutor Ralf Dorrell

How to Play Jazz

Ralf Dorrell
Sunday 15 December
Beginner and “had a go” Jazzers will have fun exploring all the musical skills required to play Jazz, including basic rhythms, melodies, harmony and improvisation.

All Courses are £35 and include a famous Jackdaws lunch.

Courses run from 11am – 3pm, including a break for lunch.
Courses are open to musicians of all abilities – no experience necessary.

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