Author: Jenni

Cracked Voices: Rescheduled concert date, 27th September 2018

We’re delighted to announce that the rescheduled performance of Cracked Voices (including the premiere of Cracked Objects) will be on  Thursday 27th September 2018 at 7.30pm at Royston Methodist Church, Royston. The performance will now take place as part of Royston Arts Festival, and all money raised will still go to the MindEd Trust. If…
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Two pieces to be performed as part of Piano Project 2018

Two of my pieces – Allegretto (solo piano) and Quintago (piano duet) will be performed in this year’s Piano Project 2018 concert in association with EPTA Essex and Colchester New Music. This unique concert (and project!) is an important one as students premiere new contemporary piano pieces from beginners up to about grade 5 in…
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Reflections on Nature: An evening with composer Jenni Pinnock

On 12th October 2018, Jenni will be performing a selection of her works at Reflections on Nature: An evening with composer Jenni Pinnock. The evening forms part of the Chapel Arts Season 2018, where performers take to the unique venue of of the Chapel on the Bridge in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire. Jenni will be performing…
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Curating the collection: A musical summing up

Do writers write from beginning to end, or do they create their work in bits here and there before stringing it all together? Composing wise, I definitely tend to be the latter. You have to go where the inspiration takes you. Sometimes that can be the climatic point of the piece, sometimes a snippet of…
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That final bar line – and what happens next..

The text is written. The dots are on the page. The rehearsals all completed, the performers walk on stage.. As Cracked Voices has progressed, Graham and I have shared snippets of our processes with you. From the beginnings of Graham’s research into a piece from me musing on inspiration and scales, we’ve given you an…
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A composite man – a composite piece? (Cracked Voices blog)

“A conversation between two people who aren’t really listening to each other” To find out the background to this piece, read Graham’s post about writing this poem –  Not knowing… (part 2). I pick up straight up where Graham stops – with the finished poem winging its way over to me. When Graham sent me…
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Scales and arpeggios – not just for exams (Cracked Voices blog)

Scales are a staple of musical life. If you learn a musical instrument, you end up playing them (sometimes seemingly endlessly!) and learning how they work is an important chunk of musical theory. Not all scales are created equal. Western music relies on equal temperament, where the octave is divided into 12 equal parts, or…
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Word painting – the musical Easter egg (Cracked Voices blog)

Computer programmes and video games often include Easter eggs – little intentional secrets, inside messages or secrets to be found by the users and players. I’ve always thought of word painting (in the musical sense!) somewhat in the same way.   When related to text, word painting is all about the use of highly descriptive…
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Setting the scene – musically! (Cracked Voices blog)

A very simple instruction that has been issued to many a composition student over the years. I remember this being said, and the mixed response from my peers. Some had a song writing background and instinctively leapt in that direction, others took a more analytical approach and began looking at strong and weak beats, stresses…
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