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Madeleine Mitchell’s Violin Workshop

Madeleine Mitchell’s Violin Workshop

Madeleine Mitchell

Photo by Rama Knight

We were so happy with Madeleine’s first Violin Workshop weekend at Jackdaws in 2012 that we were delighted when she agreed to return for another weekend this October!

Madeleine Mitchell, a highly active concert violinist, has just been performing Bruch Violin Concerto in Edinburgh during the Festival, to an appreciative audience. In September she gives recitals in Paris (based on her popular CD ‘Violin Songs’), followed by 2 in west London – on 18th in the exquisite church St Mary’s Perivale (Franck violin Sonata with Nigel Clayton) and on 23rd, Brahms horn trio (with pianist John Lenehan and the principal horn of BBCSO) at the Bishop Centre, Godolphin and Latymer. On 8th October she gives a recital in Rome, broadcast live by Radio CEMAT and on 16th gives a recital at Leighton House, London for the 75th birthday of Howard Blake OBE, to open Kensington & Chelsea Music Society’s 2013/14 season.

Madeleine’s Violin Workshop weekend at Jackdaws takes place from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October.

Participants are invited to bring any repertoire, with or without accompaniment, to this Violin weekend course. Madeleine will offer technical and musical guidance in a supportive and friendly atmosphere, working towards an informal concert on Sunday afternoon. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from Madeleine’s experience as a solo and chamber artist. An accompanist will be available for Saturday evening and on Sunday.

Course details:
Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October 2013
Violin Workshop
Course No. 3068

Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Fee £190
B&B available from £30 per night
Click here to book

Summer Activities at Jackdaws

Summer Activities at Jackdaws

Jackdaws Summer Production Week; Monday 5 – Friday 9 August 2013.

Jackdaws Music Education Trust in Great Elm, near Frome will be hosting their popular activity week from Monday 5 to Friday 9 August this year, for children aged in School Year 4 and over. The Summer Production is always a fun, stimulating and exciting way to spend a week in the summer holidays, discovering how to create a show from scratch!

The project will be led by Jackdaws Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg. Working with composer/conductor Will Carslake and artist/designer Georgie Tym, the team will create an original production from initial ideas through to a live performance for an audience of family and friends on the Friday. The children will be asked to consider three options pitched by each of the production team and then vote on which they think will make the best combination of music, plot and staging. Then the work begins! Assisted by the production team, the group will create the show over the course of the week and perform it on the Friday.

The Summer School runs from 9.30am-4.30pm every day except for Friday, which ends with the performance in the village hall at 5pm.

Jackdaws Summer School is open to all, with no experience required – just bring enthusiasm and energy! The cost of the week is £60 per place. For more information or to book a place, please call Jackdaws on 01373 812383 or email


Free One Day Music Workshops

Jackdaws are also running a series of Free Music Workshops on Thursdays during the summer holiday. Some of Jackdaws most popular tutors will lead these workshops for budding young musicians. The four sessions will focus on piano, singing, strings (violin, viola and ‘cello) and composing (for any instrument, voice or style). You can bring a piece of music that you’d like to work on, if you have one and would like some tuition – or just come and play! The Free Workshop days run from 11am to 2pm and are open to 9 – 15 year olds. Bring a packed lunch and your instrument where appropriate, piano supplied at Jackdaws!
All abilities are welcome and places must be booked in advance. Participants are welcome to attend as many days as they would like to!

Thurs 25 July – Piano with Mark Tanner
Thurs 1 Aug – Singing with Saffron van Zwanenberg
Thurs 15 Aug – Strings with Elizabeth Turnbull
Thurs 22 Aug – Composing with William Carslake

Further information about the Tutors can be found on the Jackdaws website;

Please contact Jackdaws for more information or to book by calling 01373 812383 or email


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