Jenny Jackson

I am a composer (yikes)

Lament, dance, compose and exhibit.

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Well; it’s been a while but here’s some news:

I have written a short piece for the next Platform 4 concert on Friday 3rd July, in Dronfield (see poster below). The piece is called ‘Lament’ and is scored for Cello Solo (but you should never believe everything in print)… Although it’s a short piece, it feels like a massive achievement for me as, for a significant part of the last year, I have felt completely disconnected with composing and music in general. I had convinced myself that I would never write anything again! Sounds melodramatic, but it didn’t feel like it. So, perhaps the title and the character of the piece reflects how I was feeling but it has also given me a vehicle to express emotions surrounding some difficult events that have touched me over recent months. I decided to stop trying to be clever and just write what came easily, and this is the result.

Platform 4 concert poster July 2015

Another development is that Platform 4 have begun a collaboration with dancer Hannah Wadsworth Hannah’s Linkedin page We are at the early stages but hope to have some new work to present early next year.

My course proposal ‘Composing for Beginners’ has been accepted by Benslow and will run next year from Fri 17th – Sun 19th June Benslow Course Brochure I am really excited to be teaching at Benslow, which is a fantastic venue and a brilliant organisation, and look forward to encouraging adult beginners to explore and create new works.

Finally; a heads up that Platform 4 will be performing as part of the Classical Sheffield Festival October 23rd – 25th later this year. Plans include performing a number of short, ‘pop-up’-style pieces around the city centre…

Author: jennyjacksoncomposer

Jenny Jackson is a composer of acoustic instrumental and vocal work. She is strongly influenced by a long-term interest in the visual and dramatic arts and often chooses to exploit the visual aspect of musical performance in her concert pieces. She has developed this to create two fully staged pieces of music theatre and has collaborated to produce multidisciplinary projects with visual artists, sculptors, writers and choreographers. She is a member of Platform 4 composers - a composer collective based in Sheffield.

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