An important aspect of the Sherborne Abbey Festival is to encourage a love of music in young people, and there is no better way of doing this than experiencing the “high” of performing before an appreciative audience. To this end, a Saturday morning workshop, aimed primarily at those between 8 and 18 years old, has been part of the Festival almost since its inception. Workshop attendees spend the morning working with professional musicians and then have the unique opportunity to join them for one or more numbers in the afternoon concert in Sherborne Abbey. A wide range of workshop themes have been covered over the years, allowing as many people as possible to participate. Previous workshops have included jazz, percussion, opera, violin and guitar, recorder and double bass.
2013 Workshop – Saxophonist Snake Davis and SnakeStrings
Saturday 4th May: Workshop: 10am Stuart Centre, Sherborne Girls Concert: 2pm Sherborne Abbey
Acknowledged as one of the UK’s foremost saxophonists, Snake Davis regularly plays sell-out shows across the UK. A perfectionist, described by The Daily Telegraph as a virtuoso, his music is powerful, moving, and always a delight to the senses. Snake has performed for so many leading artists, including Eurythmics, Sir Paul McCartney and George Michael, that his biography looks like a Who’s Who Directory. With live, radio, TV and session work, educating, composing and directing, his many years at the top end of the music industry make him a force to be reckoned with.
Snake has now formed SnakeStrings a highly successful partnership with an outstanding string quartet. With their passionate feel for melody, together they take classical, theatre, film and pop classics and add their own unique musicality. The perfect classical crossover, it is giving new audiences a chance to find the music of Snake Davis, and is something he is keen to encourage. “I’d love to think that people who would go and see Nigel Kennedy or Bocelli or Kathryn Jenkins would also love what we’re doing - we just need to reach them.”
Schedule*: 09:45 - 10:00 Registration at the Stuart Centre
10:00 - 11:00 Session 1
11:00 - 11:15 Break (we will provide drinks and light refreshments)
11:15 - 12:15 Session 2
12:15 - 12:30 Transfer to Sherborne Abbey
12:30 - 13:00 Independent lunch
13:00 - 13:30 Rehearsal in the Abbey (approximate times)
14:00 – 15:00 Performance (approximate ending time)
* Subject to revision
Participants: This year’s workshop is open to young people between 8 and 18 who have reached the equivalent of Grade 4 saxophone. Space is limited, but adults are nonetheless welcome on a space-available basis. Adults wishing to attend should be aware that it might be necessary for us to ask you to give up your place for a young person. In that case your fee will be refunded - or you might like to consider it a donation to the Festival. In any case, you would be welcome to observe the workshop from the gallery of the Stuart Centre.
Fee: The workshop fee of £10 includes admission to the concert.
Concert: Concert tickets are £10 and include one adult and up to 2 children.
Information: Closer to the event all participants will receive additional information, including directions to the venues and a final schedule.
Questions: If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jan Eimstad at firstname.lastname@example.org