Jessica is a Viola player currently studying for a masters degree at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Performance with Athena Strings
Athena Strings were the perfect addition to our special day and we would not hesitate to book them again. Thanks again - Jess & Joe Kelwick xx
Jessica was born in Leeds in 1992 and moved to the Ribble Valley in 2000. She joined the Lancashire youth orchestras in 2001 and spent the following 10 years progressing through the sections and eventually leading the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra for her final two years. Having finished her A-levels, Jessica enrolled at Huddersfield University to study music. It was here her teacher, Helen Brackley-Jones, introduced her to the viola. Jessica fell in love with the instrument and consequently decided to leave Huddersfield and re-start her training as a viola player at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). Over the following four years Jessica developed her skills both as an orchestral musician, chamber musician and a soloist. She has played in many chamber ensembles such as piano quintets, string quintets, clarinet piano and viola trio and most notably the Scott String Quartet of which she was a founding member. The Scott Quartet has been successful in gaining both paid sessions and recitals, as well as winning the first annual Bridgewood and Neitzert String Quartet prize. They were also selected to take part in the prestigious Cavatina intercollegiate competition. They enjoyed coaching from various tutors such as Lucy Gould, Daniel Philips, Marcia Crayford and from members of the Fitzwilliam, Elias and London Haydn Quartets. As an orchestral musician, Jessica successfully auditioned to take part in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales string placement scheme for two consecutive years. She has also worked as a freelance musician with various orchestras throughout Wales such as the Welsh Sinfonia, British Sinfonietta and most recently with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, Jessica has performed various recitals within the RWCMD in both regular foyer performances and also within the prestigious Gould Festival performing Vieuxtemps Elegie for solo viola. In 2015, Jessica was awarded numerous awards. These are; the Bridgewood and Nietzert Solo Bach Prize, The Ernest and Doris Haigh Memorial Award, a Craxton Memorial Award and an Albert and Eugenie Frost Music Trust Award. After graduating with a first class honours degree from the RWCMD in 2015, Jessica has enrolled onto a Masters course at the Royal Northern College of Music. She has so far successfully auditioned to take part on the Professional Experience Scheme with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also formed a flute, harp and viola trio and looks forward to exploring different styles of music within this chamber group. Jessica plays on a 1954 Arthur Richardson Tertis model viola.
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