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Celebrate Christmas at our Concert by Candlelight

Celebrate Christmas at our Concert by Candlelight

Celebrate Christmas with Jackdaws

Tickets Available!
Our annual Christmas concert takes place on Wednesday 18 December at 6:30pm in the beautiful church of St Mary Magdalene, Great Elm, and we invite you to join us.

Mince Pies by Neil Cummings https://www.flickr.com/photos/chanceprojects/Featuring performances from…

• Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg
• Baritone Owain Browne *JUST ANNOUNCED*
• Jackdaws Songbirds
• Jack’s Music Club
• Congregational Carols
• To the piano accompaniment of Colin Hunt

With Mulled wine and mince pies, this charming evening celebration reflects all the faces of Jackdaws musical activities.

All seating is unreserved. The concert should last approximately 2 hours.

Tickets
£12 / £6 under 18s in advance
£15 on the door (subject to availability)
Email music@jackdaws.org
Ring 01373 812383

Wednesday 18 December, 6:30pm (doors open 6pm)
St Mary Magdalene Church, Great Elm

Music and Singing Days for Wellbeing at Jackdaws

The Concerts at Jackdawsever popular One Day Courses at Jackdaws offer an ideal way for singers and musicians to try something new or to polish skills, with the help of the team of talented tutors. In a supportive and friendly environment, you could work on improving your singing voice or polishing up your guitar skills. Maybe you’d like to take the opportunity to explore how to manage performance anxiety and move from panic to poise?

Courses are open to all singers and musicians and take place at Jackdaws in Great Elm, just 3 miles from Frome. Starting at 10am with welcome drinks and a chance to meet your Tutor and fellow participants, the tutored sessions take place from 10.30am to 4pm. We take a break for a delicious home cooked lunch at 1pm, which is included in the course fee of £45 (except Singing for All the Family, which has a different fee & format).

Vocal tutor Penny Jenkins makes a welcome return on Saturday 11 November for a favourite Jackdaws One Day Course – Singing for the over 50’s, with Accompanist Colin Hunt. Her course is aimed at singers of any ability, with no upper age limit! Come and discover that the singing voice can go on forever. This is a fun course for the over 50’s (or thereabouts), who are young at heart and want to learn to use their singing voice in a safe and nurturing way. Singing is a wonderful physical and social activity, which has been shown to have a positive effect on health and wellbeing. With Penny, you will rediscover your the joy that singing can bring, allowing you to make music for many years to come.

“I found the day to be most enjoyable and instructive. I thought that Penny had a wonderful manner with the participants”

Jackdaws Tutor Caroline RadcliffeOn Sunday 12 November we try something new as we invite all ages to join with Caroline Radcliffe, leader of the Jackdaws Songbirds Choir. Parents, bring your children. Children, bring your parents! At Singing for All the Family we’ll all sing together with Caroline to build a choir in a day! We’ll learn easy songs from near and far; from England and across the world, building harmonies and adding parts to each song to excite all ranges and abilities. Songs will be taught by ear: no need to read music, and no special singing ability required. The cost for Singing for All the family is £35 per group (2 adults & 2 children), lunch is not included for this course; bring your own packed lunch, and we’ll provide squash and hot drinks. Or pre-book a Home-made “Soup and a Sandwich” at £5 per head.

If you think you can’t sing a note, or are scared to sing on your own, or if you are always hiding at the back of the choir, a day with Jessica Walker at ‘Singing with Confidence‘ on Saturday 9 December, is a date for your diary.

Jessica will show you how you can start to become a more confident singer through the use of key breathing and vocal exercises. She will help you to gain a firmer foundation for your singing and encourage you to have the confidence to take the next step. The experienced Colin Hunt will be on hand as Accompanist.

“Jessica is a really great teacher, very encouraging and insightful about what individuals needed. I came away absolutely inspired and feeling I know what to focus on with my singing”

Jackdaws Tutor Chris StellAnother Jackdaws favourite, Chris Stell, will join us in Great Elm to teach the One Day Guitar Course on Sunday 10 December. Chris already leads the Guitar Ensemble weekend at Jackdaws each year with his duo partner Mark Eden, which is always oversubscribed. This One Day course is perfect for the strummer who wants to add to their skills, or the aspiring Spanish/classical player who would benefit from tips from the best in the business! Spend a few hours discovering the full range of the guitar by experimenting with classical style and techniques.

“I learnt a lot throughout the day, I particularly enjoyed the ensemble session”

Looking ahead to 2018, another new tutor brings another exciting new One Day course to Jackdaws. Wendy Skeen introduces her fascinating approach addressing performance anxieties in From Panic to Poise on Sunday 8 April 2018.

Many musicians experience anxiety about performing in public and either struggle through it or avoid performing altogether. If you are one of them, you’re in good company; Artur Rubinstein, Pablo Casals, Renée Fleming and Vladimir Horowitz (to name just a few) are reported to have struggled with it at various points in their careers. Even Frédéric Chopin disliked playing in front of large audiences.

Wendy’s One Day workshop will explore practical strategies – drawn from Cognitive Hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) in particular – that can help in managing performance anxiety. Our goal will be to find ways that help you move from ‘panic’ to ‘poise’, so that you can enjoy performing and sharing your music-making with others.

A full list of Jackdaws One Day Courses is available on our website. For further details, to discuss with us or to book a place, contact our office on music@jackdaws.org or by phone (01373 812383).

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

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

A busy December for the Jackdaws Songbirds

A busy December for the Jackdaws Songbirds

Jackdaws SongbirdsThe Jackdaws Songbirds, led by Caroline Radcliffe, are working hard in rehearsals for a busy season of Christmas carols and festive songs. Look out for them at their upcoming concerts during December at the following places in and around Frome:

1 December
Frome Supermarket, Morning
FREE!
Two performances over the course of the morning – the first outside the George Hotel and the second at the top of Cheap Street.

20 December
Jackdaws Christmas by Candlelight
Great Elm Church, 6:30pm
Tickets £10
Celebrate Christmas with Jackdaws at our annual Christmas Concert in the beautiful setting of Great Elm Village Church. Featuring performances from Jack’s Music Club, Jackdaws Songbirds and Jackdaws’ Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg. Plus, seasonal roof raisers to get you in the festive mood!

20 December
Acoustic Plus
Cheese & Grain, 8pm
Tickets £5
Gather your bunting and bring plenty of pies – it’s The Big Acoustic Plus Christmas Street Party!
Celebration and street-style entertainment, with the Frome Street Bandits, Cabaret Sans Frontières, Doctor Mephisto, choirs (carols?) and other jolly acts to help you dance your way into the holidays.
Eat, drink and be ready for plenty of surprises.

22 December
St John’s Carol Service
St John’s Church, Frome, 6:30pm
FREE!

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