Jenny Jackson is strongly influenced by a long-term interest in the visual and dramatic arts and often writes pieces which incorporate elements of theatricality, or challenge audience perception and expectations in what they see/hear. Jenny completed a PhD in Composition at the University of Sheffield in 2009 following an investigation into the theatricality of musical performance, supervised by George Nicholson. This approach has continued to influence Jenny’s work. In 2011 Jenny formed Platform 4 - a composer collective - with Tom Owen, Chris Noble and Tom James. The strength of the collective approach has enabled bold and adventurous projects such as Embodiments – four pieces of fully-staged dance/music-theatre, with dancer Hannah Wadsworth and soprano Andrea Tweedale in 2017. In 2018, they were commissioned by Music in the Round to produce a collaborative suite for winds. Melodrama was performed by Ensemble 360 at the Sheffield Chamber Festival.

Recent performances include Limb for solo viola and orchestra (2019) - Hallam Sinfonia with violist Maria Do Vale Antunes; and Mimesis for piano, percussion and midi drum pad (2017) - Passepartout Duo. Expel - a single breath piece for solo flute - was commissioned and recorded by Kathryn Williams for her Coming Up For Air album, released by Huddersfield Contemporary Records in November 2019. Jenny has three pieces for solo flute/ flute choir published by Tetractys Publishing.

Jenny teaches piano, composition and theory classes in Sheffield, and she is an ABRSM Theory examiner. She directs the Sheffield Viola Ensemble and First Position Strings - an adult beginners string ensemble.

Important dates:


  • Call for Scores: Jenny has been selected to compose a new piece for the Vanguard Ensemble, Manchester. There will be two performances on April 21st 2020 at Leaf, Manchester


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  • Limb  (2019) for solo viola & orchestra was premiered on Sunday 10th March, by Maria Do Vale Antunes (viola) & Hallam Sinfonia, Sheffield Cathedral, at the finale concert of the Classical Weekend 2019.

Jenny and Maria Do Vale Antunes after the premiere of Limb:

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  • Purge (2018) for solo flute, has been added to the Tetractys Publishing catalogue along with Cloudscape and Hooting, not Drinking.

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Recent performances:

Thursday 4th April 2019
After I am Gone* / University of Sheffield Chamber Choir /  University of Sheffield, Firth Hall

Sunday 10th March 2019
Limb* / Hallam Sinfonia / Maria Do Vale Antunes (viola soloist) / Sheffield Cathedral
Classical Weekend festival event: Ode to Joy

Saturday 9th March 2019
Focus Pull / Sarentino Quartet / Channing Hall, Sheffield
Classical Weekend festival event: The Art of the Quartet

Friday 8th March 2019
Clackers / Platform 4 / DINA venue, Sheffield
Classical Weekend festival event: Breaking New Ground

Monday 25th February 2019

Expel* / Kathryn Williams (flute) / The Crescent Community Venue, York

Sunday 13th May 2018

Purge* / Ensemble 360 / Kathryn Williams (flute) / St Matthew's Church, Sheffield

Part of a short suite of pieces composed by Platform 4  for wind instruments - Melodrama - commissioned by Music in the Round for the Sheffield Chamber Music Festival.

Thursday 26th April 2018 

Torque* / Ligeti Quartet / University of Sheffield, Firth Hall

Friday 20th April 2018 

Mimesis* / Passepartout Duo / Upper Chapel, Sheffield