This Wednesday (26 March) sees the return of the Jackdaws Big Sing at St John’s Church, Frome, 10am. Big Sing is a collaborative performance from pupils at school in Frome under the direction of Caroline Radcliffe, at the culmination of the Twilight Sessions series run by Jackdaws.
The children will be performing a selection of world music songs, selected for their ability to engage children with varied actions and develop their musical skills with easy to learn parts, layered to create interesting and continually varied textures.
During the Twilight Sesssions, Caroline works with school teachers to establish a plan for encouraging the use of singing in the classroom. A follow up school visit sees Caroline work with the teachers and children in the school setting to ensure they are working in a way which is as beneficial, inclusive and fun as possible.
The Big Sing is the final event in the Twilight programme and will feature the massed choirs of children from Mells, Nunney, St Louis and Leigh on Mendip schools singing together. This is not a performance as we might usually expect, as the children will not be singing ‘out’ towards the audience. Instead, they will be singing ‘inwards’ towards each other with the focus not on providing a spectacle for observers but on ensuring that the children work well as a team to create music in what might be their first such event. Parents of participating children are welcome to attend.
The news report from last year’s successful Big Sing can be read in our News Archive.
The 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:
Frome Supermarket, Morning
Two performances over the course of the morning – the first outside the George Hotel and the second at the top of Cheap Street.
Jackdaws Christmas by Candlelight
Great Elm Church, 6:30pm
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!
Cheese & Grain, 8pm
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.
St John’s Carol Service
St John’s Church, Frome, 6:30pm
On Wednesday 5 June over 300 children filled St John’s Church in Frome with song!
As part of the Jackdaws “Big Sing” project, led by Caroline Radcliffe and Steph Douglas, four schools came together to perform and share the songs that they’d learnt.
Caroline and Steph initially met the teachers from Christ Church, Beckington, St John’s and Chewton Mendip schools at Jackdaws for two Training Sessions, the teachers then taught the songs to the children at their schools, with their renewed confidence and enthusiasm! Finally, everyone met for the “Big Sing”, guided by Caroline and Steph, singing songs from around the World in parts, rounds and harmonies, filling the space with sound. It was a marvellous morning of music!
The next Big Sing will be Wednesday 17th July 10am, St John’s Church Frome.
Report by Karolyn.