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Summer Music Workshops for Children and Teenagers

Summer Music Workshops for Children and Teenagers

walkercarslakeWe are delighted to announce the return of Jackdaws Summer Music Workshops in August 2014; free Music Workshops with some of our most popular tutors for children and teenagers of all abilities.

Thursday 28 August, 2 – 4pm
Singing Workshop with Jessica Walker

Thursday 28 August, 2 – 4pm
Composing Workshop with William Carslake

Places are limited and must be booked in advance; workshops are suitable for children between the ages 11 and 18. If you would like any other information, or to book a place, please call the office on 01373 812383 or email us at Suggested donation of £2.

Jessica Walker graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and has a successful career in both opera and cross-over repertoire, including opera roles at Opera North and Glyndebourne and recently her own solo shows with Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and Brits Off Broadway in New York. Her recent CD releases include Mercy and Grand; the Tom Waits project with composer Gavin Bryars, and ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’, her own solo show recorded in New York by Original Cast Recordings.

Composer and Conductor William Carslake writes music that captures the northernness and wildness of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. His ballet score, based around the folk song, Thomas of Winesbury will be published by Shorter House and he has been awarded a composing residency in Banff, Canada in which to complete it. His conducting work includes assisting at the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, London.

Please note that all students must be resident and attending state school in Somerset.

Jackdaws are in the unique and fortunate position of having outstanding professional musicians coming to tutor every weekend on our courses for adult musicians of all abilities. These Summer Music Workshops open up the opportunity for young people aged between 11 – 18 and at school in Somerset to learn from and be inspired by these international players.

These strands of music provision for young musicians are thanks to support from Sound Foundation Somerset and Jackdaws Education.

Call the office on 01373 812383 or email us at

Jackdaws at Somerset Festival

Jackdaws at Somerset Festival

OperaPLUS 2014Next Friday (11th July), Sound Foundation Somerset are staging a Music Festival in Taunton all weekend to Sunday 13th . Jackdaws will be taking highlights of their recent musical projects including The Year of Guitar and OperaPLUS.

The Year of Guitar was led by the Eden Stell Duo who worked with 14 schools across Somerset and performed a finale concert in the Cheese and Grain Frome on June 6th this year. Some of the schools that took part in the Project, Frome Community College and Selwood Academy will be accompanying the Duo to the festival and will be performing at 12:00pm on the Sunday at Somerset Square.

OperaPLUS have been focusing on the style of Gioacchino Rossini, an Italian Opera composer and the group will be performing a piece called ‘The Stylist of Somerset’ a production set in the style of popular television Talent Shows. The performance will be 1:20pm to 2:00pm in the Brewhouse. At 4:00pm there will be a Flash Mob in Goodlands Garden with Saffron and the singers. The Flash Mob will be a new and exciting experience for all who are involved so it would be great to turn up and show your support.

Keep up to date with all that’s happening at the Festival by visiting the Sound Foundation Somerset website and looking out for any updates on our website.

Written by Isaac Mundy, work experience student from Frome College.

Internationally Renowned Guitar Duo visit Frome School Children

Internationally Renowned Guitar Duo visit Frome School Children

A great start to the Year of Guitar WorkshopsIn the week Monday 10 to Friday 14 March the Eden Stell Guitar Duo visited 14 schools, (including the SEN school and Secondary school) in the Frome area as part of the “Year of Guitar” project run by Jackdaws Music Education Trust.

Mark Eden and Chris Stell spent an hour and a half in each school, performing an interactive concert to the whole school and then leading a rehearsal with instrumental players participating on guitars, violins, cellos, drums and other percussion, xylophones, flutes and recorders.

They rehearsed a range of pieces which the schools will perform en masse alongside Eden Stell in a huge community concert in the Cheese and Grain on June 6th at 5.30pm.

Eden Stell Guitar Duo celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Internationally renowned for their dynamism, innovation and breathtaking virtuosity the Eden Stell Guitar Duo have ‘breathed new life into the world of the classical guitar’ (Rotterdam Dagblad).

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles, the duo’s chameleon-like ability to communicate in a multitude of musical styles makes them a constantly evolving entity with a unique creative voice.

The “Year of Guitar” project follows Jackdaws wonderfully successful “Year of the String Quartet” which saw the Carducci String Quartet visit 14 schools in Frome before leading a massed performance of 140 children on violins, violas, cellos and percussion. 2015 will be the Year of Percussion.

The “Year of Guitar” finale concert will be at the Cheese & Grain, Frome on 6th June 2014. Tickets available from the Cheese & Grain box office from May 26th priced £5/ £3 for children under 16.

Jackdaws Year of Guitar has been made possible with the help of funding from Arts Council England and Sound Foundation Somerset.
Sound Foundation Somerset and Arts Council England

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