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 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… Read more
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 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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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.
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… Read more
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… Read more