Postgraduate at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, freelance violinist (Wales, Southern UK, London) & enthusiastic violin teacher!
Jessica began the violin at her own suggestion aged 8 and began piano at age 13. Outside of Music, Jessica took to Drama and English as well, yet music has always been her clear passion. Jessica indulgences in music took to more serious study around the time she began her A Levels at South Downs College, Waterloovile, Hants. This was a fair and excellent college for working class families. Free violin and piano tuition, free A Level Music anthologies and subsidised trips to Paris and Prague. Studying for ABRSM exams in Violin, Piano and Theory alongside, this is when Jessica achieved Grade 8 Distinction in Violin. Jessica also led the Fareham and Gosport Area Youth Orchestra, and played in the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and County Chamber Orchestra, the highlight of the 2 years being HCYO's performance of Mahler's 2nd Symphony at Winchester Cathedral. Hampshire was a big orchestral commitment at that age - they also performed in Petersfield, Chandlers Ford, and at the Anvil in Basingstoke. At college, Jessica sung in the choir and all-female chamber choir. She also helped organise a charity concert for 'Help the Heroes' and performed solo recitals at Portsmouth High School with her fellow classmates. Following this, Jessica immediately undertook a 3 year BA (Hons) in Music at Southampton, a Russell Group University currently at number for research and with a thriving, academic department for music. Jessica recalls these few years as incredibly jam-packed, where as a performing violinist and instrumentalist you were loaded with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Jessica played in the Southampton University Symphony Orchestra all three years, performing in Nice and Cannes then Valencia in two separate foreign tours each Summer. She also led the University Sinfonietta (Chamber Orchestra), as well as participating in many Departmental Projects, receiving Baroque coaching from Adrian Chandler, taking on paid concerts, and playing 1st Violin in her assessed String Quartet, 'Euphoria.' Jessica also seized outside opportunities - volunteering at festivals, gaining scholarships onto orchestral courses, and leading the String Orchestra at Dartington International Summer School. As the culmination of 3 years education, Jessica played a Russian recital of Shostakovich and Prokofiev and specialized in Martinu and Czech folk as the subject of her dissertation. Jessica now lives in Cardiff and studies under Lowri Porter at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the co-principal for the Welsh National Opera (WNO.) She has already performed in the RWCMD Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Opera Orchestra. As well as this, Jessica frequently attends concerts and is witness to masterclasses with top solo and chamber violinists. Prior to beginning he conservatoire education, Jessica worked as a full-time violin and piano teacher for one year, so that she could prepare for music college and continue her studies with University violin teacher, Caroline Balding.
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