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Earn your Arts Award at Jack’s Music Club

Earn your Arts Award at Jack’s Music Club

Jack's Music ClubJack’s Music Club returns on Friday 16 September, and we’re looking for young musicians – just like you – musicians of any ability who want to use music as a social opportunity to play in groups and ensembles.

We’ll give you the opportunity to earn your Arts Award and introduce you to new ideas, challenge you, and get you to try new things to develop your musical skills every week, all at Jack’s Music Club.

Arts Award

Organised by Trinity College London, Arts Award and is a nationally recognised qualification offered at 5 levels. You can earn your Bronze Arts Award at Jack’s whatever instrument you play (even if it’s a bit unusual or you don’t read music) because it focuses on practical music making, doing research, sharing skills, listening and talking about your inspiration. It can be used to boost your achievements alongside graded music exams and you can celebrate your progress by performing in our concerts as part of Jack’s Music Club.

There are no entry or age requirements for Bronze or Silver Arts Awards, and no time limit to complete the qualifications.

Jackdaws is a registered Arts Award Centre with two trained advisors in house who can support you though your Bronze and Silver level Arts Award. Jack’s gives you the opportunity to complete the ‘skill share’ element of Arts Award in the usual Friday music club session. We will be offering the chance to earn your Bronze level award (equivalent to grades 1-3 Music Grade exams).

If you’re between 12 and 18 years old, come and get involved in Jack’s after school club for a chance to meet other teenagers with a passion for music.

Upcoming Sessions Autumn Term 2016
Arts Award LogoFriday 11 November – Dulcimers with Timothy Manning
Friday 18 November – Saffron van Zwanenberg
Friday 25 November – Concert Preparation!
Friday 2 December – Jazz Piano with John Law
Saturday 3 December – VIDA Concert at Jackdaws, FREE tickets for Jack’s members
Friday 9 December – Concert Preparation!
Friday 16 December – Jackdaws Christmas Concert! Rehearsal from 4:30, Concert 6:30 – 8

Why not try us for the first term of the new school year?

Weekly sessions in term time at 4:30-6pm

Fridays at Jackdaws, Great Elm, BA11 3NY.
Cost: £2 per session (additional costs to take optional Arts Award qualification)
Just turn up or get more details from josh@jackdaws.org

Read more about Arts Award and Young Musicians

Song Story Success!

Song Story Success!

Jackdaws Song Story 2016 with William Carslake and Flora CurzonOn 29 June, the final large-scale Jackdaws Education project of 2015-16 saw children from four Somerset schools perform their own response to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in a special performance at Robert Blake and Elmwood School in Bridgwater.

Using the sonnets which inspired Vivaldi during his original composition, each school developed a response to a particular season with the team. Vivaldi’s sonnets tell a story of the weather and the impact upon humans but our students wanted to update this story to make it more relevant to them, so the four seasons were recomposed to tell of the way we have mistreated Mother Earth, Gaia (ancient English for Earth) so that both her and mankind are now suffering from extreme weather.

All schools agreed that our story needed a superhero; he was to be called Sascha, from Alexander, meaning defender of Mankind. Sascha tries to help Gaia and the people of Earth defend themselves against the weather and the evil duo of the fly-tipping Dr Cuckoo and Lord Bacchus, head of the big oil corporations, poisoning the rivers and oceans.

Ultimately, the people realise they have to work together to help Sascha and unite to save Gaia. Though they succeed, they realise there is still a lot to be done and at the end they pledge to do a better job of looking after the Earth.

The music, mostly adapted from the famous suite of violin concertos, also featured special selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria, and was performed live by Music Director & pianist, William Carslake, violinist Flora Curzon and Jackdaws Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg. The children performed in choirs and in percussion orchestras.

The unique Song Story project was designed to introduce children to the music of the great composers by engaging them in a live performance, using the composer’s music as inspiration to a dramatic narrative of their own creation.

Song Story 2016: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

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Elmwood & Robert Blake Science College, Bridgwater

Song Story 2016 explores Vivaldi’s vivid Four Seasons.

Four SEN schools – Elmwood, Avalon, Critchill and Selworthy – will investigate Vivaldi’s evocative work with conductor William Carslake, violinist Flora Curzon and soprano Saffron van Zwanenberg in series of workshops, culminating in the grand performance of their own musical response to the work on 29 June.

The unique Song Story project was designed to introduce children to the music of the great composers by engaging them in a live performance, using the composer’s music as inspiration to a dramatic narrative of their own creation.

A Song Story Performance

OperaPLUS – The Love Potion

OperaPLUS – The Love Potion

Award winning Education project, Jackdaws OperaPLUS, returns with a production of Donizetti’s The Love Potion (L’elisir d’amore), a comic tale of unrequited love set in the heartland of Somerset.

Featuring 18 Somerset schools performing alongside the professional cast in 5 performances at venues across the county.

Music Teacher Awards OperaPLUSPerformances
21 & 22 April: Holyrood School, Chard
27 & 28 April: The Blue School, Wells
29 April: Cheese & Grain, Frome

All performances start at 5:30pm

Tickets available on the door (and in advance from the Cheese & Grain for the 29th), priced between £2 – £5.

English translation by Arthur Jacobs (copyright Ricordi).

If you are a school looking for the resources page, you will find it here.

Love Potion is Generously supported by Arts Council England, Sound Foundation Somerset, Frome Town Council and South Somerset District Council

OperaPLUS is the Best Classical Music Education Initiative

OperaPLUS is the Best Classical Music Education Initiative

Credit Music Teacher Awards 2016

Margherita Taylor (Classic FM Presenter), René Bloice-Sanders (Company Member), Audrey Hyland (Music Director), Saffron van Zwanenberg (Director) and Sam Jackson (Classic FM Managing Editor). Credit: Music Teacher Awards 2016

On the 25th of February, Jackdaws Music Education Trust was presented with a prestigious Music Teacher Award for Excellence for the OperaPLUS project, which won the category of Best Classical Music Education Initiative, sponsored by Classic FM.

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us; all our friends and supporters who took the time to give their backing to the campaign. It is an honour to receive this Award and it is down to your support that we are able to continue to run projects like this.

The award was presented by Classic FM Managing Editor Sam Jackson during a special awards ceremony hosted by Rhingeold Music Education Expo at London’s Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Kensington. The category of Best Classical Music Education Initiative was decided by public ballot via the Classic FM website.

The award is recognition of OperaPLUS’ outstanding contribution and achievements since its inaugural project in 2010. Every year since then, it has brought high-quality opera into schools across Somerset, introducing countless children and adults alike to the art form in an accessible and inclusive setting. In 2015 alone the project worked with 14 schools with up to 120 children in each of the five performances across the county.

The project brings together primary school children to perform alongside professional opera singers from Jackdaws Young Artist programme, in full length versions of well-known operas, sung in English. For many, it provides a first encounter with a live opera performance.

Jackdaws Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, created the project when she took up post in 2009. It has become a key project in Jackdaws Education output, supporting the organisational aim to enable creative expression by bringing music to life in an accessible, inclusive and inspirational way. Ms van Zwanenberg, who was at the ceremony to collect the award on behalf of the Trust and the OperaPLUS team, said:

“OperaPLUS is so important to me personally. I loved opera as a child, for the tunes, the stories, the epic struggles and the rib aching comedy. I wanted more children from all backgrounds to have access to this unique art form, I knew that if it was presented in an accessible way they would love it too, and they have never let me down. It also provides vital training for aspiring singers in music education, an area too often overlooked, and lets the communities see the opera through the children’s eyes as they perform alongside the professionals, vitally important as well. This Award is wonderful recognition of the work we have been doing and will continue to do through active and innovative opportunities.

“We want to thank everybody who voted for us. As a small organisation, we work extremely hard, with limited resources, to ensure that we are able to continue to deliver projects like this. This Award means a huge amount to us – Thank you.”

In 2016, OperaPLUS will continue to build on its past successes by presenting a production of Donizetti’s The Love Potion (L’elisir d’amore) with 5 performances this April, involving 18 schools. Each school will work with the cast and production team in a range of workshops to prepare their music for the performance, supported with resources including recordings and sheet music of their parts, all downloadable from the Jackdaws website.

OperaPLUS is supported by Sound Foundation Somerset and Arts Council England and has been featured on BBC Radio Somerset, ClassicFM and in various local press.

OperaPLUS Awards Badge

Vote for Jackdaws OperaPLUS in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Vote for Jackdaws OperaPLUS in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

EDIT: WE WON!! On 25 February, our innovative project OperaPLUS was presented with the Music Teacher Magazine Award for Excellence for “Best Classical Music Education Initiative”. We want to thank everybody who voted for us and supports our Education work. This is a huge achievement and means a lot to us. [26 February 2016]
EDIT: Voting has now closed for the Awards. Thank you if you were one of those who voted for us – we find out in February if we have been successful! [22 January 2016]

Voting has officially opened for the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, sponsored by ClassicFM, which sees Jackdaws OperaPLUS, from Jackdaws Music Education Trust, nominated in the category “Best Classical Music Education Initiative”. The Award is recognition of the incredible work this innovative project has done to share high quality opera with children and young people in hard to reach communities across Somerset.

OperaPLUS was the first of many projects created by Jackdaws Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg when she took up the post in 2009:

“It was borne of many different personal experiences which led to a great desire to bring about a combination of outcomes, namely that children and young people have a positive experience of opera and benefit from the well documented effects of participating in music. Young artists receive training and experience in community and education work, in a supported and career enhancing way, children actively participate in performing by singing and acting alongside the professional cast and hard to reach communities have access to high quality opera in an accessible and affordable setting. It was also important to me that the operas came from the mainstream repertoire to give context to the varied, everyday use of this repertoire that the children and audiences hear in their daily lives.”

To vote for Jackdaws OperaPLUS as Best Music Education Initiative, visit the ClassicFM website

What is OperaPLUS?
Jackdaws OperaPLUSOperaPLUS is a key part of Jackdaws Music Education Trust’s work to enable creative expression by bringing music to life in an accessible, inclusive and inspirational way.

The project brings together primary school children and professional opera singers from Jackdaws Young Artist programme, to perform full length versions of well-known operas, sung in English. It is directed by Jackdaws Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, with the musical direction of Audrey Hyland, Royal Academy of Music professor and vocal coach. The young, professional cast take the lead roles with chorus’ and other roles adapted for performance by the participating children, numbering up to 120 per performance. There are a series of workshops prior to the performances with the cast and director and then the cast and children perform alongside each other in accessible venues in the heart of their communities to large audiences, many of whom are new to opera.

History of OperaPLUS
The first OperaPLUS production was The Magic Flute by Mozart in June 2010, with one performance in Frome, Somerset, involving three local schools. Since then, the project has developed year on year so that in 2015, OperaPLUS was able to present the most ambitious production yet. Working with 14 schools from across Somerset, Jackdaws delivered 5 performances of the Stylist of Somerset (Rossini’s Barber of Seville) in different areas throughout this rural country.

This production was featured on BBC Somerset Radio by Ben McGrail, who used OperaPLUS as an opportunity to ask the public what they thought of opera. The result was overwhelmingly positive which is reflected in the way this project is received by the children and families who participate.
In 2016, OperaPLUS will continue to build on its past successes by presenting a production of Donizetti’s The Love Potion (L’elisir d’amore) with 5 performances including 18 schools. Each school will work with the cast and production team to prepare their music for the performance and are supported with a free set of resources including recordings and sheet music of their parts, all downloadable from the Jackdaws website.

Sound Foundation Somerset LogoOperaPLUS is supported by Sound Foundation Somerset, the Music Hub for Somerset and Arts Council England.

We need all the votes we can get for Jackdaws OperaPLUS as Best Music Education Initiative, visit the voting page on the ClassicFM website.ClassicFM Logo

OperaPLUS Nominated for Best Classical Music Education Initiative

UPDATE [17 December 2015]: Voting is now open! Please visit ClassicFM to vote for OperaPLUS as “Best Music Education Initiative”

Jackdaws OperaPLUS has been nominated in the Music Teacher Magazine Awards for Excellence in the category “Best Classical Music Education Initiative”. The award, sponsored by ClassicFM, is recognition of the incredible work this project has done to share high quality opera with children and young people in hard to reach communities across Somerset.

OperaPLUS was the first of many projects created and set up by Jackdaws Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg:

“It was borne of many different personal experiences which led to a great desire to bring about a combination of outcomes, namely that children and young people have a positive experience of opera and benefit from the well documented effects of participating in music. Young artists receive training and experience in community and education work, in a supported and career enhancing way and hard to reach communities have access to high quality opera in an accessible and affordable setting. It was also important to me that the operas came from the mainstream repertoire to give context to the varied, everyday use of this repertoire that the children and audiences hear in their daily lives.”

OperaPLUS is a key part of Jackdaws Music Education Trust’s work to enable creative expression by bringing music to life in an accessible, inclusive and inspirational way.

The project brings together primary school children and professional opera singers from Jackdaws Young Artist programme, to perform full length versions of well-known operas, sung in English. It is directed by Jackdaws Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, with the musical direction of Audrey Hyland, Royal Academy of Music professor and vocal coach. The young, professional cast take the lead roles and the chorus’s and other roles are adapted for performance by the participating children, numbering up to 120 per performance. There are a series of workshops prior to the performances with the cast and director and then the cast and children perform alongside each other in accessible venues in the heart of their communities to large audiences, many of whom are new to opera.

OperaPLUS Stylist of Somerset

The Stylist of Somerset, OperaPLUS 2015

The first OperaPLUS production was The Magic Flute by Mozart in June 2010, with one performance in Frome, Somerset, involving three local schools. Since then, the project has developed year on year so that in 2015, OperaPLUS was able to present the most ambitious production yet. Working with 14 schools from across Somerset, Jackdaws delivered 5 performances of the Stylist of Somerset (Rossini’s Barber of Seville) in different areas throughout this rural country.

The production was featured on BBC Somerset Radio by Ben McGrail, who used OperaPLUS as an opportunity to ask the public what they thought of opera. The result was overwhelmingly positive which is reflected in the way it is received by the children and families who participate.

In 2016, OperaPLUS will continue to build on its past successes by presenting a production of Donizetti’s The Love Potion (L’elisir d’amore) with 5 performances including 18 schools. Each school will work with the cast and production team to prepare their music for the performance and are supported with a free set of resources including sheet music and recordings of their parts, all downloadable from the Jackdaws website.

OperaPLUS is supported by Sound Foundation Somerset, the Music Hub for Somerset and Arts Council England.

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Music Teacher Awards for Excellence Nominations

ClassicFM

BBC Radio Somerset

Jack’s Music Club for Teens

Jack’s Music Club for Teens

jackslogo_newtimeEvery Friday after school, Jack’s Music Club meets to hang out and make music with some of the best musicians and explore music from different countries and times.

Each session is led by a different tutor, who uses the session to introduce their musicial specialism to the group in a lively and dynamic way, illuminating the subject for everyone.

We play, jam and make music in the strangest of ways. Bring your instrument and we’ll have some fun.

No need to book, just turn up on Friday at 4:30pm.

Year of Percussion

Year of Percussion

Today we have exciting news about the lucky schools which will be participating in our Year of Percussion project with Joby Burgess. The lucky schools are:

Joby Burgess image by Kathy HindeFrome Area
Beckington CofE First School
Christ Church CofE First School
Critchill
Frome Community College
Nunney First School
Steiner Academy, Frome
Selwood Academy
St John’s CofE First School
St Louis VA Catholic School

Wells Area
Croscombe & Stoke St Michael Primary Federation
Ditcheat Primary

Illminster Area
Chilthorne Domer Primary School
Greenfylde CofE First School

Radstock Area
Kilmersdon CofE VA Primary School

The final performance will take place at the Cheese & Grain, Frome on Wednesday 10 June. Contact Jackdaws on 01373 812383 or music@jackdaws.org for tickets.

Read more about Percussionist Joby Burgess on our tutor profile page!

As always, we are entirely indebted to the organisations, trusts and individuals whose donations make our education projects like Year of Percussion possible. For their generosity, we wish to thank: Sound Foundation Somerset, Arts Council England and Austin and Hope Pilkington.

2014 – Year in Review

2014 – Year in Review

The year 2014 at Jackdaws was a continuation and building upon the successes of 2013.

We have grown the OperaPLUS, Year of Guitar, Jack’s Music Club and continued to build on the success of previous years of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, Gifted & Talented sessions, Summer Production and more. Read on…

OperaPLUS

OperaPLUS 2014The first major education project of our year took place between 28 April and 9 May. A team of Young Artists from various music colleges around the country worked with Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg and Music Director Audrey Hyland to put on two semi-staged performances of Rossini’s Barber of Seville. But, we are Jackdaws, and we like to do things a little differently…

Rossini’s reworked Stylist of Somerset was sung in English and involved no less than six schools over the two performances. The first performance, in Bridgwater, saw the Robert Blake Science College, Elmwood SEN and Penrose schools performing the chorus roles to a packed hall. This performance included an exciting depiction of a thunderstorm by the Elmwood pupils – an OperaPLUS first!

The second performance, at the Cheese & Grain in Frome, was to the largest audience ever for our OperaPLUS (we sold out, and then some!) Featuring Critchill SEN, St John’s and Hayesdown First schools, the Stylist of Somerset created a storm of its own, playing to audience who were happy to stand just to see it after the venue had sold out of chairs!

In 2015, The Stylist of Somerset will be hopping on a tour bus and performing a number of shows across region! This is a new adventure for the OperaPLUS project and Jackdaws as a whole. We are already hard at work to make sure it is a success; look out for the dates soon, we’d love you to join us.

Year of Guitar

Year of Guitar with Eden StellThe Year of Guitar followed from the hugely successful Year of the String Quartet with the Carducci in 2013 and precedes 2015’s Year of Percussion with Joby Burgess. Once again, every school in Frome took part with a record number of children participating.

On Friday 6 June, the massed ensemble of children from local schools with whom the Eden Stell Guitar Duo had worked met with the Duo again for a fantastic hour long performance at the Cheese & Grain. This year, Year of… was extended when we took a group of Frome College pupils to perform with Mark & Chris at the Sound Foundation Somerset Music Festival in Taunton on Sunday 13 July, and then again the next week at Later… with Frome College!

The Eden Stell Duo have been coming to Jackdaws to lead their annual Guitar weekend course since Jackdaws’ humble beginnings over 20 years ago. What a pleasure it was to celebrate their 25th anniversary with them in 2014 with this wonderful project. Heading into 2015, their course is an extra day longer than it has been before and has already sold out!

In 2015, the phenomenal Joby Burgess joins us for Year of Percussion and we are delighted to have already filled all the school places. For Year of Percussion, we are extending beyond Frome further into Somerset. More details will be released soon.

Jack’s and Theory Club

Jacks Music Club at JackdawsOur weekly music club has been running for a few years now but for the start of the 2014-15 academic year we added a new twist. Following from the 4:30-6pm music club is a new Theory club, led by Jackdaws team member Joshua Bishop. Each week he has covered a different aspect of music theory with the group using games, drawing and performing. We write music, we play music, we understand music.

If you’re amazed that teenagers would come of their own accord to a music theory club (on a Friday evening no less!), we are happy to reveal this top secret industry tip… provide cake from famous Jackdaws cooks!

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards

Maureen Lehane Vocal Award Winners 2014The 2014 Maureen Lehane Vocal Award was the most closely contested competition of recent years. Ultimately, 25 year old Counter Tenor Patrick Terry triumphed.

Patrick, originally from Minneapolis, is pursuing his Master’s at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Chance and is the only Counter Tenor to have won the Maureen Lahane.

We were privileged to have a distinguished judging panel consisting of Dame Felicity Palmer, Andrew Shore and Simon Lepper, chaired by Jackdaws Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg.

Further to these successes, our Summer Production sold out both participants and the final performance, and produced a wonderful show of Animal Farm, with music in the style of Lutoslawski and design inspired by artist Gary Bunt. Our Christmas Concert sold out and was recorded with highlights broadcast on Christmas day by our friends at FromeFM. Gifted and Talented workshops also continued throughout the year, as did Singing Skills and Twilight Sessions.

After a restful holiday, we’re ready to go again. Roll on 2015 – we’ve got so much more to do!

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