Photo credit: David Popple ©2019
Jenny Jackson is a composer based in Sheffield.
Jenny Jackson successfully completed a PhD in composition in 2009 having studied with Professor 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. Her 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.
Limb for solo viola & orchestra (2019) was premiered on Sunday 10th March, by Hallam Sinfonia, Sheffield Cathedral, at the finale concert of the Classical Weekend 2019
With Maria Do Vale Antunes (soloist) afterwards:Listen to Limb :
Last year Kathryn Williams performed my flute solo Purge at the Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 2018. This is the first movement of a collaborative suite for winds composed by Platform 4 called Melodrama, which was commissioned by Music in the Round and performed by Ensemble 360.
Kathryn then asked me if Purge could become a single breath flute piece and I composed Expel. You can read more about Kathryn's one-breath pieces here: #ComingUpForAir
BEFORE: Kathryn performing Purge:
AFTER: Kathryn performing Expel:
I am pleased to say that Purge will be added to the Tetractys Publishing catalogue along with Cloudscape and Hooting, not Drinking.
Thursday 6th April 19:30
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
*Premiere (financially supported by British Viola Society)
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
Thursday 26th April 2018
Torque* / Ligeti Quartet / University of Sheffield, Firth Hall
Friday 20th April 2018
Mimesis* / Passepartout Duo / Upper Chapel, Sheffield
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"Following a performance of Haydn’s ‘String Quartet Op.33 No.1’ rendered with a beauty enhanced by perfect clarity, Ensemble 360 gave a vibrant rendition of Jenny Jackson’s ‘Pull Focus [sic]’. Very loosely based on a tone row from the Haydn ‘Russian’ quartet we’d just heard, this was an energetically ace new commission and a reminder of Ensemble 360’s abilities and enthusiasm in performing new music."Samantha Holland, Now Then magazine