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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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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!

Scenes from a Train to be performed at Colchester concert in June

A movement from Jenni’s Scenes from a Train (2011) will be performed an an upcoming Colchester New Music concert. Tim Torry, Charles Hine and Alan Bullard are presenting The Pale Enchanted Gold – new clarinet music and song settings from CNM’s composers. The first movement of Jenni’s work – Andantino con moto – will be…
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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…
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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.

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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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…
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The art of the art song – Cracked Voices blog

As part of Cracked Voices, I’ll be uploading regular blog posts. Click here to read my post on the art of the art song – a brief introduction into this fantastic form of composition.

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