Location: All areas for some proejcts and at our base in Frome for others Website: www.jackdaws.org.uk
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Singing / Voice
Teaching Models:
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Performance opportunities
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Jackdaws Music Education Trust

Type Of Organisation: Venue


We specialise in large scale performance projects, and singing CPD as well as offering a music club which supports Arts Award and a summer school. The large scale projects are;
OperaPLUS (Winner best classical music education initiative 2016)- three schools (up to 120 children per performance) at a time perform alongside a professional cast in a well known opera in English translation and modern setting, in a community venue in front of large local audience. Schools are provided with teaching packs and have two workshops and a dress rehearsal with the company before the perf.
The Year of___(Winner best classical music education initiative 2017)- Some of the countries best chamber ensembles work with whole school groups and then targeted groups of players on specially created/adapted pieces in the school (min 10 pupils max 40) who then all get together to perform in a large community venue.
Song Story- a composer led project which works in SEND settings. Focuses on a particular composer and/or work for inspiration and uses their music and the groups devised music to create a performance using instruments, technology, singing and acting. SEND schools involved have a section of the story each and there are some pieces everyone is in (eg; intro/finale), performance puts them all together in a large community venue.
Singing Skills sessions- led by our experienced singing leaders. Different focuses including playground songs, behaviour management songs, becoming a singing school etc. Can be delivered as twilight session or modelled in class sessions.
Summer Production- Work with a composer-conductor/designer-artist & director for a week to create a show from scratch.
Jack’s Music Club- Weekly after school club on Friday’s at our base, which is also an Arts Award centre. Different tutors and focuses weekly and also support to take bronze/sliver arts award with two in house AA advisors.

What I / we help young people achieve

Our projects have a variety of outcomes from the tangible certificate following on from taking an Arts Award qualification to the increased self confidence and sense of well being from taking part in a large scale performance with professional musicians.
The main hallmarks of all our work are the best professional musicians in the country working alongside children and young people on a performance to their community and families. Often opening the eyes, and ears, to musical styles and composers they may not have experienced before.

Opportunities for children & young people

  • To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
  • To learn to sing
  • To create / write music and / or lyrics
  • To play, perform music with others
  • To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
  • To work with and support other young musicians
  • To develop their wellbeing


  • Term Time
  • After School
  • School Holidays
  • Project based

Working with special needs

All of our projects are inclusive and children from SEND schools have taken part in all of them.

Our Song Story project is aimed at SEND schools in particular and the team that deliver this project are very experienced at working in these settings at all key stages.

Taught Instruments

  • Singing / Voice

Ages Taught

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16+

Level Taught

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught

  • Arts Award

Musical Clusters Covered

  • Chippenham
  • B-on-A / Corsham
  • Calne & Melksham
  • Trowbridge (CSL)
  • Salisbury / Wilton
  • Marlborough & Pewsey
  • Downton
  • Malmesbury / WB / Purton
  • Amesbury
  • Devizes
  • Warminster
  • Westbury
  • Mere & Tisbury
  • Tidworth


“The Jackdaws OperaPLUS project is still for me the stand-out event of any of my children’s educational life so far.” (S Somers Parent)

I liked it when we were singing together. (J aged 9)

Badger class said;

All of it, it was very exciting.
All the professionals
How everyone took part and enjoyed it.
The doctor – he was funny!
Acting and singing
The ‘LaLaLa’ bit
Having sunglasses for props
Seeing our parents enjoying it
Having quite a big part
Having a lot of fun
Hearing the story

How it’s good to work together
It’s good to try new things
How to sing from your heart
How quickly we learned the words and songs

Our Training & Development

Our Artistic Director is very experienced. An associate and postgraduate with distinction, and junior fellow of the Royal College of Music she went on to work in music education for many organisations including ENO, Mid Wales Opera and Garden Opera before taking up the post at Jackdaws in 2009. We have a core staff of a very experienced Development Manager, Office Manager and Digital and Project Officer as well as a pool of 60+ professional musicians of the highest standing we work with on a freelance basis annually.

We have two trained Arts Award advisors

During OperaPLUS there is a great deal of training given to the company to prepare them for workshops etc as that is part of the project aims.

Our other freelance staff are very experienced and eminent musicians in their fields who want to share their practice and develop their own working in a community setting.

Previously Worked With

Sound Foundation Somerset and all partners associated