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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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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/ .  

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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CP2015 – The last few days

Over the last few days I’ve had less time to spend on my Creative Pact, but nevertheless I’ve managed to average a new idea a night. Some are notated in Sibelius, and some are a mere few bars on scrabbly bits of paper, but they’re there none the less. Two of my favourites from the…
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The blurred lines of music, science and nature

I’ve always felt there were blurred lines between music and nature, as nature seems to be where I get my most instinctive compositional urges – inspiration, ideas and snippets of music. If I’m not feeling particularly creative and am in need of inspiration, a walk out in the world will normally restore my mind more…
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Ori

Do you have a favourite piece, or pieces, of music? Most people tend to. What about a favourite recording of said piece? It will most likely feature a specific group or ensemble, a particular arrangement, or your favourite conductor. One example of mine is In The Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt, by…
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Finding a contemporary medium

The contemporary music scene is a strange, scary place – especially for young composers to break into. If you mention the concept of ‘contemporary classical music’ to non-musicians or concert goers, it will often be greeted with uncertain gazes, non-committing murmurs, or instant dismissal. When it comes to programming, music venues seem to take these…
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Shameless promotion

I am currently in the midst of data analysis for a research project. The results are looking fascinating – expect a post about them soon! – but the whole process has scuppered my chances at composition over the past week. I have had the chance to begin my clarinet multi-tempi piece and a marimba piece……
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Time to reflect

On Friday, I had my final MMus composition recital. The same recital, incidentally, which has been the reason for my blogging absence over the past few weeks. The final recital on Friday afternoon, entitled ‘Fragments of Java’, was full of a variety of music for different instrumentation, including orchestra, harp trio and violin and electronics…
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A rite of passage

There seem to be many rites of passage as a composer. Writing your first orchestral piece, first Requiem, first string quartet. I think I may just have stumbled across another. We live next to a patch of.. well, I guess it can only be described as wasteland. It’s not entirely clear who it belongs to,…
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