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Foreign Languages at Jackdaws

Foreign Languages at Jackdaws

September is Foreign language month at Jackdaws – and we’re celebrating with leading experts in foreign language Art songs. We’ve invited French language specialist Robin Bowman and Russian language coach to the Royal Opera House Alexandre Naoumenko, to spend a weekend each with you in Great Elm.

Jackdaws Tutor Robin BowmanRobin Bowman worked as assistant to Pierre Bernac (the singer for whom Poulenc wrote more than half of his songs) throughout the 1970s, was French consultant for the National Opera Studio from 1978 to 2008. At the same time, he worked at the Académie Maurice Ravel and became Head of Academic Studies then Head of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School between 1985 and 2008. He was a judge at the Kathleen Ferrier competition and in his retirement now works as a visiting tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, continuing his music courses such as those Jackdaws during the summer.

Born in Lipetsk, halfway between Moscow and Volograd, Alexandre Naoumenko is a graduate from the Moscow Tchaikowsky Conservatoire and the Moscow Opera Studio.Jackdaws Tutor Alexandre Naoumenko As a tenor, he has performed roles from the great Russian opera repertoire with some of the biggest companies on the most prestigious stages; the ENO, at the Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall and in Bolshoi Hall. He has taught at the Moscow Conservatory and works with prestigious orchestras such as the LSO Chorus, London Philharmonic and CBSO. For the past ten years he has been Russian language coach to the Royal Opera House.

Jackdaws courses are so successful because we are so careful about which tutors we invite. Alexandre and Robin have worked closely Jackdaws for many years.

BoathouseFlower KarolynThis September Alexandre and Robin visit Jackdaws to lead their “Singing in…” Language vocal courses. Both Singing in Russian and Singing in French are open to singers of any ability and address the key issues of singing in the respective languages as well as general vocal technique and health. You are invited to bring songs from your own repertoire or those which you are currently studying to work on with these eminent professionals.

Singing in French
with Robin Bowman
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 September

Singing in Russian
with Alexandre Naoumenko
Friday 18 – Sunday 20 September

Singing in French

Singing in French

Flowers in the Jackdaws Rose GardenThe French chanson and mélodie repertoire contains some of the most beautiful songs ever written, by the greatest composers in history. Fauré, Berlioz, Poulenc, Duparc, Debussy, Ravel, Chausson…

Robin Bowman is an expert in French song. For 30 years he was French consultant to the National Opera Studio, London, and from 1997 to 2008 was Head of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music. For 25 years he taught at the Académie Internationale Maurice Ravel, and spent a further 11 at the Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice. He played for the classes of Pierre Bernac, the singer for whom Poulenc wrote more than half of his songs, during the last ten years of Bernac’s life in the 1970s. Robin was delighted to be on the adjudication panel for the Kathleen Ferrier Competition 2013.

To learn French song is to learn French culture, custom, ideas, history and traditions.

When taught and coached well, French is a healthy and rewarding language for singing. This course is open to singers of all abilities and will enable each participant to study and perform three or four French songs of their own choice, further preparing their favourite for an intimate Sunday afternoon concert at the end of the course.

Robin Bowman and accompanist Edwige HerchenroderSinging in French Course Details
Friday 19 – Sunday 21 September 2014
Course No. 3107
Level: All
Fee: £190
B&B available from £30 per night
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Singing in French

Singing in FrenchWhat a time celebrate British success in France by improving your understanding of the beautiful French language. Robin Bowman’s course Singing in French makes a wonderful continuation of Chris Froome’s success in the Tour de France, which next year comes to Yorkshire.

Singing in French


avec Robin Bowman
Friday 30 August – Sunday 1 September
vendredi 30 août – dimanche 1 septembre

This course is open to singers of all abilities and will enable each participant to study and perform three or four French songs of their own choice, further preparing their favourite for an intimate Sunday afternoon concert at the end of the course.

Robin Bowman worked during the 1970s as assistant to Pierre Bernac, for whom Poulenc wrote more than half of his songs. From 1978 to 2008, Robin was French consultant to the National Opera Studio, London, and from 1997 to 2008 was Head of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. For twenty-five years he taught at the Académie Internationale Maurice Ravel, and for a further eleven at the Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice. An accompanist and collaborative pianist of international reputation, he now works in retirement for the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, continues many summer schools and teaches and coaches for the Birmingham Conservatoire. Robin was on the adjudication panel for the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Award.

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