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Cracked Voices comes to Cambridge

The premiere of Cracked Voices took place on Saturday 10th March. Thanks to the performers Miles Horner, Donna Lennard, Sue Pettitt and Ralph Woodward for bringing our song cycle to life! For a more detailed write up please head to the Cracked Voices post.

Cracked Voices premiering on Saturday 10th March in Cambridge

For the past year, Jenni has been working in collaboration with writer Graham Palmer on the new song cycle Cracked Voices. Based on original research, Cracked Voices explores forgotten characters and folklore from South Cambridgeshire and North Hertfordshire. The premiere of the hour long is being held on Saturday 10th March at the Music Recital…
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Jenni’s carol Christmas Bells on “The Silver Stars at Play”

I’m delighted to announce that my carol Christmas Bells, a setting of the text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow features on a new album released by Prima Facie Records entitled ‘The Silver Stars at Play’. The album is a collection of contemporary carols, all world premiere recordings, and nearly all written by living composers. They are…
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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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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…
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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…
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Jenni on Huntingdon Community Radio, Friday 22nd September

Jenni will be on Huntingdon Community Radio’s Spotlight programme on Friday 22nd September at 8pm talking about Cracked Voices with Melanie Green. Listen online on their website http://www.hcrfm.co.uk/ .  

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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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.

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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