Finding your voice with Jackdaws this autumn
Jackdaws offer a relaxed introduction to singing and playing music during a series of taster days. Whether it is singing as part of a group or taking the first steps to singing solo, learning how play jazz or experiencing an introduction to the Alexander Technique Jackdaws is offering something for everyone in Great Elm.
Jackdaws' one-day courses run between November and December, offer a great opportunity to try something new.
An experienced range of tutors will be on hand to guide you through their specialist area and promise a day of inclusion, instruction, and inspiration.
Courses are open to singers and musicians of all ability levels.
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All courses run from 11am to 3pm and include a delicious home cooked lunch.
Each course is open to all abilities with no previous experience required.
The course fee is £35 per day.
On Saturday, November 30, Penny Jenkins and accompanist Colin Hunt presents Singing For The Over 50s.
Karolyn Curle, of Jackdaws Music Education Trust, says: "There are no age limit and any ability is welcome.
"Come to a beautiful spot in Somerset and discover that the singing voice can go on forever.
"This is a fun course for the over 50s, who are young at heart and will show you how to use the singing voice in a safe and nurturing way.
"Work with one of our most popular voice teachers, Penny Jenkins, to rediscover your voice and the joy that singing can bring!
"It will enable you to make music for many years to come.
"Singing is a brilliant therapy that has been medically proven to improve happiness, health and general well being. Come and find the thrill of setting your voice free."
On Sunday, December 1 Tim Soar presents the Alexander Technique for Musicians course.
"Before we can sing or play a single note, we have to co-ordinate ourselves: our balance, our breath, our awareness and our intentions," says Karolyn.
"The Alexander Technique offers a method for enhancing performance through rediscovering natural poise, stillness and freedom of movement."
Singing for Beginners with Jessica Walker and accompanist Colin Hunt is at Jackdaws on Saturday, December 7.
Jessica will show would-be singers how, in the space of a day, they can start to become a more confident singer through the use of key breathing and vocal exercises.
Eddie Upton and Phillippa Toulson presents West Country Carols with Folk South West on Sunday, December 8.
People can spend the day exploring seasonal music from the region's rich heritage of folk music.
Eddie and Philippa will lead singers through a gentle day of beautiful music and encourage them to try a new style of singing in a relaxed and friendly way.
Karolyn said: "The season of courses come to a close over the weekend of Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15.
"On the Saturday, William Carslake presents Come and Sing an Opera Chorus.
"Back by popular demand – from the Brindisi to the Anvil Chorus, some of the greatest and most uplifting pieces of music are in the opera repertoire.
"Come and take part as conductor Will Carslake first teaches you the parts and then leads you in a rousing rendition of well-known choruses!
"Dramatic interpretation and costumes encouraged but not compulsory!
"No previous experience of any kind required.
"Learn How to Play Jazz with Ralf Dorrell takes place on the final Sunday.
"In a supportive environment beginner jazzers are invited to have fun exploring all of the musical areas and skills required to play Jazz, including- basic rhythms, melodies, harmony and improvisation.
"Usual jazz instruments welcome and more unusual ones possible too but need to be confirmed with tutor."
■ To book a place or find out more visit www.jackdaws.org.uk or call 01373 812383.