Jessica Douglas

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Musical Director, accompanist, piano/violin teacher and general freelance musician currently based in York.

Won 'Best Musical Director' at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Harrogate (Unifest) 2015 for the University of York Gilbert and Sullivan Society's production of Princess Ida. MD credits include The Wizard of Oz (2017), Dr Doolittle (2017), Pirates of Penzance (2016), Sweet Charity (2016), HMS Pinafore (2016), Princess Ida (2015), UoY Pantomime 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' (2015), Iolanthe (2014), Musical Play In A Week at York Theatre Royal (2014), The Wedding Singer (2013), We Will Rock You (2012), Cabaret (2011). Currently the Musical Director of 'Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company' and York-based 'We Are Theatre' children's musical theatre group. Also currently Mding for New Earswick Musical Society for their production 'Dr Doolittle'. Recent pit experience includes Chess (Hasland Playhouse 2017), Spamalot! (Grand Opera House York 2016) Billy Elliot (Harrogate, 2016), 9 to 5 (Grand Opera House York 2016), Our House (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016), Sweeney Todd (Upstage Youth Theatre York 2016) The Beggar's Opera ( York Theatre Royal 2016), Ghost ( Grand Opera House 2016), Meet Me In St Louis (Joseph Roundtree Theatre 2016), Legally Blonde (Grand Opera House 2015), Dogfight (2015), Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story (2015), Into The Woods (2015), The Witches of Eastwick (2015) and Spring Awakening (2014). As a pianist, I enjoy accompanying of any kind and playing as a solo performer in many styles - from classical through to contemporary music. I teach piano at a reasonable price with a flexible approach to students of all ages. I also have experience in teaching over Skype. My viola experience includes a lot of orchestral work, chamber music and solo performance. This includes playing regularly within the esteemed University of York Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Eboracum String Quartet. I do also play the violin. I play primarily jazz alto saxophone - I am a member of the Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra, the University of York Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Church Big Band and one part of the jazz duo 'Blue2'. I am confident in improvisation and sight-reading charts.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
Musical theatre, Film / TV music
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Event types:
Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Animateur
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