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Ada Lovelace - The Musical - Jenni to lead composing team for new musical

I'm delighted to announce that I'll be working alongside writers James Essinger and Mo Pietroni-Spenst and composers Philip Henderson and Richard Chace to create the new musical Ada Lovelace - The Musical, bringing the life of the English mathematical genius Ada Lovelace to the musical stage. Ada is credited with publishing the first algorithm, and with recognising the potential of the computer. Her life story is both tragic and inspiring, and I'm looking forward to the challenge of setting her life to music!

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Work in progress to be performed in a workshop of new music for two harpsichords

This coming Sunday, Francis Knights and Dan Tidhar are performing Contemporary American Music for Two Harpsichords at Fitzwilliam Colllege Auditorium, Cambridge at 2pm. This will be followed at 4pm by a workshop of new works for the duet, including one of mine (currently untitled!). Entry to both the concert and workshop are free.  For more information please see Colchester New Music's website.

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Jenni appointed new Adopt a Composer mentor

I'm excited to announce that I've been appointed as a new Adopt a Composer mentor. I loved my experience as a composer on the project in 2013-14, and I've been passionate about the scheme ever since. I can't wait to be involved again! See Making Music's announcement here.

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Graham and Jenni on Cambridge 105

Last Sunday (4th June), Graham and Jenni were on Cambridge 105 talking about Cracked Voices and Your Voice. Listen to the podcast here!

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Jenni's latest project Cracked Voices now #fundedbyPRSF

Jenni has been awarded PRS Foundation Open Fund funding to support her current Cracked Voices. The additional funding will be used for a variety of things, but in particular will support the second performance of the song cycle and a studio recording. Thank you to PRS Foundation for the support, and to Grants for the Arts/Arts Council England for supporting the first phase of the project.

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Jenni and Graham on BBC Three Counties Radio on Wednesday 24th May

On Wednesday 24th May, Jenni and Graham Palmer were on BBC Three Counties Radio on Wednesday talking about Cracked Voices and about their call for forgotten people, Your Voice. To listen again head to BBC iPlayer Radio - about 1h44 in.

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Circular Musings to be performed at the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music

I'm excited to be able to share that my work Circular Musings for solo organ has been scheduled for performance in this year's London Festival of Contemporary Church Music on Sunday 7th May at St Pancras Church at 10am. More details to follow when the festival's brochure for this year is available. For more information on Circular Musings please visit its Payhip page where you can also purchase the PDF.

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Cracked Voices - a song cycle collaboration

I'm very excited to be able to share news of Cracked Voices, an exciting collaboration with writer Graham Palmer which will result in a new 30 minute song cycle.   The songs will give voice to the lost tales and characters of the borderlands of North Hertfordshire. Stories from the edge where it’s wise to walk carefully.   Based on original research and focused on the ancient crossroads of the Icknield Way and Ermine Street, the project will use music to explore the way ordinary people react in extraordinary circumstances.   With the help of performers from the area, Cracked Voices will premiere in 2018 (venues currently under negotiation). Educational workshops will run alongside and feed into the performances – further details to be released soon.   Throughout the project, updates will be posted on the Cracked Voices website– hear how the project is progressing, details of workshops, performances and general musings on song cycles and stories, folklore and history. Follow us on Twitter: @crackedsongs   Alongside the song cycle itself, each song will work as a stand-alone unit and some will be arranged for choir, giving a whole host of performance options after the premiere. A recording is also in the planning stages. We are grateful to Grants for the Arts for providing funding for the first stage of the Cracked Voices project. For more information visit http://www.cracked-voices.co.uk/

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Celestial Utterances (for solo woodwind) on Payhip

Happy new year! In the madness of Christmas I forgot to post about a piece of mine now available on Payhip. Celestial Utterances is a suite of six short pieces for solo upper woodwind instruments (though I suppose it could be solo high anything you fancy playing it on!). Below are a few excerpts I recorded on oboe to give an idea of how the suite sounds. The whole suite of six pieces is available to purchase as a PDF from Payhip.

 

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Flurries (for solo piano) now available on Payhip!

Flurries - a short work for solo piano - is now available on Payhip! Click here to be taken to the product page. Swirls of snow falling, spiralling across the garden. Sudden gusts of wind catch them off guard, causing them to twist and turn, making shapes in their flight path. The fall occasionally grows in strength, becoming more steady and linear. However, these moments in England are few and far between, and the floating, fleeting flurries soon return. Flurries was written in mid 2016 and is approximately three minutes in length.  

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