Jenny Jackson is strongly influenced by a long-term interest in the visual and dramatic arts. Her colourful compositions often incorporate elements of theatricality, exposing or exaggerating the physical effort required in performance, or challenging audience perception and expectation in what they see or hear. Jenny completed a PhD in composition at the University of Sheffield in 2009 supervised by George Nicholson, and went on to form Platform 4 – a composer collective – with Tom Owen, Chris Noble and Tom James. The strength of the collective approach has enabled bold and adventurous projects such as Embodiments – four pieces of fully-staged dance/music-theatre, with dancer Hannah Wadsworth and soprano Andrea Tweedale in 2017.
Recent performances include ‘Pacemaker’ for solo piano (2021), performed by Ian Pace at York Unitarian Chapel, commissioned by Late Music, York. ‘Limb’ for solo viola and orchestra (2019), was performed by Hallam Sinfonia with violist Maria Do Vale Antunes; and ‘Mimesis’ for piano, percussion and midi drum pad (2017) was performed by the Passepartout Duo. Jenny is currently working with Maria to produce a solo viola piece for the digital ‘Home to Home’ project, commissioned by the Delphi Trust, due to be completed in Spring 2022. ‘Expel’ – a single breath piece for solo flute – was commissioned and recorded by Kathryn Williams for her Coming Up For Air album, released by Huddersfield Contemporary Records in November 2019. Jenny has three pieces for solo flute/ flute choir published by Tetractys Publishing. ‘Mindstreams’ for alto flute, viola & harp was added to the Tetractys catalogue in 2021 and will be premiered at Birmingham Conservatoire in February 2022.
Jenny teaches piano, composition and theory classes in Sheffield, and she is an ABRSM Theory examiner. She directs the Sheffield Viola Ensemble and First Position Strings – an adult beginners string ensemble.