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Jenny successfully completed a PhD in composition in 2009 having studied with George Nicholson at the University of Sheffield. Subsequently, she formed Platform 4 - a composer collective - with Tom Owen, Chris Noble and Tom James (also alumni) and has forged a career as a composer, strongly influenced by a long-term interest in the visual and dramatic arts and the theatricality of musical performance. She has collaborated to produce multidisciplinary projects with visual artists, sculptors, writers and choreographers, often with Platform 4, including a major collaboration with dancer Hannah Wadsworth and soprano Andrea Tweedale to produce Embodiments – four pieces of staged dance and music-theatre in 2017. Recent commissions include Mimesis  for the Berlin-based Passepartout Duo, Purge  (part of Melodrama - a Platform 4 collaborative suite for winds) commissioned by Music in the Round, and Expel - a one-breath piece for flautist Kathryn Williams. Jenny's work has been performed by Ensemble 360, Ligeti Quartet, Nieuw Ensemble, Philip Thomas and Opera on Location.


Jenny teaches piano, composition and theory at her home in Sheffield and is an ABRSM Theory examiner. She plays viola in Sheffield Symphony Orchestra and directs the Sheffield Viola Ensemble.  She recently set up First Position Strings - an adult beginners string ensemble in Sheffield. Jenny is a volunteer for Lost Chord  -  a  charity that provides stimulating music therapy for people with dementia.


News:

  • Expel (2018) for solo flute is one of 40 tracks being recorded by Kathryn Williams, each one breath long, for release in Nov on Huddersfield Contemporary Records #ComingUpForAir

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

Jenny and Maria Do Vale Antunes (soloist) after the premiere of Limb:Jenny  maria after Limb premiere 1032019jpg

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

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

*Premiere