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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

2015 – Year in Review

Well, what a year 2015 was. Our Education work expanded our reach across to the far side of Somerset with OperaPLUS and in Year of Percussion with percussionist Joby Burgess, and our Piano courses we were voted second place in the Best Piano Courses in the UK in a survey by piano blog the Cross Eyed Pianist.

OperaPLUS

Music Teacher Awards for ExcellenceThe first major project of 2015 was April’s OperaPLUS production of ‘The Stylist of Somerset’ (also known as Rossini’s Barber of Seville). OperaPLUS brings together groups of aspiring young opera singers and primary school children who then work together under the guidance of Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg and Audrey Hyland (Royal Academy) to produce five performances at venues across Somerset. This year, the OperaPLUS project expanded to include over 100 children participating in each performance.

We are delighted that OperaPLUS has been nominated as ‘Best Classical Music Education Initiative’ in the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, sponsored by ClassicFM. Please vote for us! (And hurry – voting closes on Friday 22nd January!)

Year of Percussion

Jackdaws Year of Percussion with Joby BurgessJune saw the final performance of another of our large scale projects – Year of Percussion – which gave the opportunity to students from a dozen schools to take part in workshops under the leadership of internationally acclaimed percussionist, Joby Burgess. Their work culminated in a concert held at the Cheese & Grain in Frome, in which the children performed en mass together with Joby who introduced the sold out audience to an unusual array of percussion instruments during the show. This was the fourth year this project has run and which has now involved over 6000 children; we are looking forward to 2016, which continues our journey around the orchestra with ‘Year of the Reed’.

Summer Production

Summer ProductionOur attempts to involve as many young people as possible in a wide spectrum of music based activities continued in July with the ‘Summer Production’. Children between the ages of 10 and 17 spent a week working with Saffron, Will Carslake (music director) and designer Sarah Lawton in which the children chose to perform Macbeth in combination with music by and based on Mozart with design inspied by the work of contemporary American artist Kiki Smith. This is a largely participant driven event and the performance demonstrated the children’s creative skills in acting, music and the various elements of stage design. The final show took place at Frome’s unique Silk Mill on the Friday.

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards: Winners & Judges outside the Wigmore Hall 2015Every November our focus moves from the schools of Somerset into London’s Wigmore Hall for the annual Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, the highlight of our Young Artist’s calendar. Following preliminary auditions, the final seven singers each sang an aria by Handel, a song by Peter Wishart and a piece of their own choosing for the Wigmore audience. Sadley, Oliver Johnston was forced to withdraw through ill-health on the day before the finals, so his place was taken by the first reserve singer, baritone Julien Mellaerts. Astonishingly, with such a short warning, Julien was able to produce the winning performance and walked away with the £2,000 first prize.

Roll on 2016!

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.

What do Mozart, Macbeth and artist Kiki Smith have in common?

What do Mozart, Macbeth and artist Kiki Smith have in common?

…they all feature in Jackdaws Summer Production 2015!

Summer Production 2015Every July, the Jackdaws Summer Production is a week of paint, glue, manuscript, music, sets and costumes. This year, of course, is no exception.

It began on Monday morning, when the 20 children were presented with choices from which to select a combination of music, story and design upon which to build their production. Once selected they had one week.

There were 3 stories to use as a possible plot, 3 composers whose music could be used as basis for original compositions and 3 artists whose work would inspire the staging, costumes and design. The morning was spent reviewing the choices and in the afternoon, voting took place to decide how the rest of the week would be spent. After all votes had been cast, the count revealed they would be using the plot of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, accompanied with music inspired by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and set in the varied styles of contemporary German-American artist Kiki Smith.

And off to work they went…

See the final performance today, Friday 31st July, 5pm at the Silk Mill, Frome. Tickets cost £2.

 

About the themes:

The Tragedy of Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare at the beginning of the 17th century. Set in Scotland, it follows the story of Macbeth, 11th century King of Scotland, and his rise to power. It is a dark story or murder and deceit, and carries much superstition among actors.

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an Austrian composer who lived from 1756-1791. He was a child prodigy and went on to compose operas, choral music, chamber music and pieces for piano; much of which is still performed today.

 

Kiki Smith is an American artist born in Germany in 1954. She now lives and works in New York City, where her art and exhibitions on provocative and taboo subjects gained her wide renown. She works in a variety of media including sculpture, printmaking, drawing and jewelery.

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!

Summer Production fully booked!

Summer Production fully booked!

At Jackdaws we are happy to announce that this years Summer Production has sold out!

As you may already know every summer we run a week-long workshop focusing on making a show from scratch and this year it will run  from Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August at 9:30am – 4:30pm.

Creating the Set

Creating the Set

This year it will be led by Artistic Director Saffron Van Zwanenberg and we are very lucky to have composer and conductor William Carslake and artist and designer Georgie Tym working with us.

As always the children are given three stories to choose from and must vote for which one will make the best combination of music, plot and staging and they then begin to create! The final product will be performed on Friday 1 August in the Village Hall at 5pm.

For those of you who wanted to come there is always next year as we will be running the production again July 2015. Email us to ensure you don’t miss out again.But for the lucky 21 of you who will be coming, we cannot wait to get started and we hope that you are looking forward to it as much as we are!

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

2013 – A Year in Review

2013 – A Year in Review

The past year has seen our largest range of education projects in Jackdaws’ history. Our small team has facilitated just over 5,000 musical interactions with children over the course of seven unique Education projects. We must give a huge thank you to all the musicians and tutors who have assisted us in this over the past year. Alongside this, we have continued to run our broad range of courses, with 42 courses taking place in a wide variety of disciplines.

New Kitchen and Development

Jackdaws New KitchenWe were delighted to start the year by unveiling a refurbished kitchen and dining area (which has also doubled as a concert space thanks to the Eden Stell guitar duo!)
Since then we have been making steady progress with work towards our new build. Last autumn we began preliminary work on the outside of the building by re-routing power and telephone cables to make way for the new build. We still need to raise further funds to ensure a more sustainable future for Jackdaws, so please donate on our JustGiving if you are able and read more about the 20Jackdaws plans here.

OperaPLUS

In April, the annual OperaPLUS saw Semele by Handel being performed by Young Artists and children from six schools. The course was expanded with help from Sound Foundation Somerset and included not only three schools from Frome – Critchill, Hayesdown and Nunney – but also the three schools of the Exmoor Federation in Dulverton (an early start for the two hour drive to South West Somerset!) Following the two performances with these schools, a one off gala performance in Abingdon was a unique addition to the schedule.

Year of the String Quartet

Our largest project of 2013 was the Year of the String Quartet project. This saw the renowned Carducci String Quartet visit 14 local schools to give an interactive performance for every child, introducing quartet repertoire from Haydn to Webern. Following the performance, the four players led workshops with string players, recorder players, percussion players and guitarists from the schools working on pieces to be performed with all the children en masse at what turned out to be a very moving celebration concert at the Cheese and Grain on 28th June. This wonderful video by Michael Rouse at Tambrisk Pictures follows the story of the performance.
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2014 is the Year of the Guitar and we are delighted to be working with Eden Stell Guitar duo. We still need to raise funds towards this year’s event so if you would like to make a donation specific to this event please call the office on 01373 812383.

Song Story

As the whole of Britain went Britten crazy to celebrate our favourite composer’s 100th birthday, we devised the Song Story project to bring his music to life with school children in Frome. Working with composer Will Carslake, poet Shaun Jackson and singer Saffron van Zwanenberg, the team helped local children use Britten’s music as inspiration for their own show, which was performed to a large audience at Frome Community College on 21st June.

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards

Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2013 Winners

Left to Right: Chad Vindin (Accomp Prize), Soraya Mafi (joint 3rd), Anna Sideris (joint 3rd), Raphaela Papadakis (Winner), Frazer B. Scott (2nd & Audience Prize)

This year’s Wigmore Hall final of the Maureen Lehane awards took place on Friday 8th November. The deserving winner, Raphaela Papadakis, a soprano studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, performed a stunning programme of Schumann and Schoenberg alongside the set composers Peter Wishart and Handel, accompanied by Catherine Norton.

As you can see, a fantastically busy year without even mentioning the Summer Production, Gifted and Talented workshops, Jack’s Music Club, Nature & Nurture and Singing Skills & Twilight Sessions, all of which were either new, expanded or busier than before! We are looking forward to another wonderful year of inspiration, access and inclusion.

Summer Production Feedback

Summer Production Feedback

We want to thank Eliza Talman for her great feedback about the Summer Production:

“I really liked the whole week, it was fun exciting and really involving. I was always doing something wether it was singing, going through the play or making the sets and props and all of it was really enjoyable. I loved making the forest seen out of magazines and fabric. The singing was really fun and as it was Jackdaws we were all pulled to the limit of what we could do! The acting was really exciting and we all had to be as good as professionals and as loud as we could be. As we only had a week we did the whole thing (learn the play, make all the art and all the songs) in the time we had and made many new friends by doing the same picture or the same song. I LOVE JACKDAWS!

I will definitely remember the toads that we got to make and the buzz of excitement that we got when we were doing the show.”

Brilliant – thank you Eliza!

The Wild Swan – Summer Production 2013

The Wild Swan – Summer Production 2013

Creating the Set

Creating the Set

Another year, another group of young musicians and artists grinning ear to ear about another successful Summer Production. Due to increased popularity, our cast was slightly larger than last year. All together, 21 children and teenagers worked all week to create this year’s wonderful performance.

Get Your Writing Published

If you were one of those 21 children, Jackdaws want to give you the opportunity to share your thoughts with the world by writing a few words about your experience at Jackdaws Summer Production week.

In no more than half a page we want to know:

  • What you did
  • What you enjoyed about Summer Production
  • What did you learn
  • What will you remember most
  • How has it encouraged you to do more?

Email your response, along with your name to music@jackdaws.org or drop it in to us at Great Elm by this Friday (16th August) and Saffron will pick two to get published on www.Jackdaws.org.uk

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