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About Jessica

Classical and folk singer, composer, arranger, conductor in London. Ask for any further info :)
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An exciting young conductor, composer and performer based in London, Jessica is currently Musical Director of the award-winning chamber choir, the London Concord Singers and the East London Chorus. She is also the Associate Musical Director of the Pegasus Choir. Alongside this Jessica is a sought-after freelance rehearsal conductor and, most recently, has worked with the London Symphony Chorus, Milton Keynes Chorale, St Michael’s Church choir in Bray and the News International Choir. Jessica began her conducting career while studying her undergraduate at the University of Surrey, when she became Musical Director of Barclays Capital choir in Canary Wharf, whom she lead for three years. During her year between degrees, she was the Assistant Conductor of the St Ives Choral Society and the first conductor of the Hilton Youth Choir, while building up her freelance work of compositions and transcriptions. She then studied a Masters in Choral Conducting with Simon Halsey and Julian Wilkins at the University of Birmingham, during which time she not only worked with various university choirs but also the CBSO Chorus. Jessica also co-ran the Perry Barr Community Choir (run alongside the CBSO) and has been a guest conductor at various schools such as St Mary’s, Cambridge and Hallfield Primary School, Birmingham. During the summer of 2012 she spent a month volunteering at a primary school in Cape Town, South Africa, leading choral and instrumental ensembles, and in 2015 Jessica also became the first winner of the John Cole Bursary for young conductors at Taunton Live. Also a successful composer, Jessica has won multiple competitions and her choral works have been premiered in prestigious venues including Guildford Cathedral, the Victoria Rooms in Bristol and Chevy Chase United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. As Music Consultant for St Mary’s School in Cambridge, she has arranged and composed works for their various choirs and instrumental ensembles, alongside vocal coaching their chamber choir, Allegro. She also edits vocal and string backing, most recently for Singer/Songwriter Archie Smith. Throughout her education and career Jessica has been a keen choral singer. With a Diploma in Singing Performance, she has performed in multiple BBC Proms concerts, including Beethoven 9 with the CBSO Chorus, Mahler 3 with the London Symphony Chorus, and in the semi-chorus of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius as part of the BBC Young Voices choir. In her second project with the London Symphony Chorus she was the soprano soloist for their performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in the Barbican.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Easy listening, Light music, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Opera, Covers
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Private event, Concert, Recording session
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Composer, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Singing teaching, Music therapy, Animateur
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Song list

Haydn "Benedictus" from the Little Organ Mass
Faure "Pie Jesu" from Requiem
Handel "I Know that my Redeemer Liveth" from Messiah
Schubert "Ave Maria"
Puccini "O Mio Babbino Caro"
Puccini "Donde Lieta"
Puccini "Quando en vo"
Mozart "Batti, Batti"
Mozart "Bester Jüngling"
Mozart "Ach, Ich Fühls"
G&S "The Hours Creep on a Pace"
Britten "Down by the Sally Gardens"
Britten "I'm full of happiness"
Finzi "Dies Natalis"
Barber "Sure on this Shining Night"
Schumann "Widmung"
Handel "As When the Dove"
Mozart "Ave Verum"
Franck "Panis Angelicus"
Vivaldi "Domine Deus"
Trad. "Danny Boy"
Boyce "By thy banks"
Delibes "Les trois oiseaux"
Mozart "Ah Perdona"
Handel "Happy We"
Mozart "La ci darem"
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Just drop me an email and I will do my best to accommodate!

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

This isn't a service I tend to provide.

How much time do you need to set up?

I will need 30 minutes to warm up in the venue prior to the performance.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Absolutely! For events such as Weddings and Funerals I am happy to learn songs you would like, or suggest music if you don't have any preferences.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

The venue will need a piano or organ.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely. This will involve an extra learning fee but I am more than happy to learn specific songs for the event.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My professionalism, reliability and all-round performance.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Ely Cathedral, alongside various churches and secular venues across the UK an abroad.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Maria Callas, Renee Fleming

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Alongside singing in the BBC Proms I am also the featured soprano in Glamour on the Green opera gala.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300
Packages
Wedding Service
Perform up to 3 solo songs and join in with hymns. This price does not include an accompanist.
£200

Add-ons

Learning fee
+£50

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Julie H, 1 year ago

We are delighted to have had Jess as soloist for our 2019 Spring Concert. In addition to her performance on the day - where her beautiful solos sounded so effortless - she was perfectly prepared with great communication and organisation before the event. Totally professional, but also a joy to work with, bringing inspiration to our singers.

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Simon H, 1 year ago

Jess is a fine solo singer with a highly attractive light , high soprano voice. Backed up by a very broad musical education , she is an excellent colleague.

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