Jessica is at her happiest when she is running or singing in choirs. Before moving to London in September 2019 to start her course at the Guildhall, she was Musical Director of seven youth and adult choirs. Most notably, she was the Musical Director of the Northamptonshire County Senior Girls Choir, an auditioned choir who rehearsed on a Wednesday night at Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust. She also directed Greens Norton Community Choir who meet on a Friday evening in the quaint village of Greens Norton, Northamptonshire, and the Northampton General Hospital Choir who rehearse in the Hospital. In addition to this, she was also the Musical Director of the award-winning Melody Choir who rehearse at Latimer Arts College in Barton Seagrave on Monday evenings. See pictures and videos of her time working with groups on the gallery page.
Jessica has a wealth of experience in the choral world and has sung under the batons of esteemed conductors such as Harry Christophers CBE, Gustavo Dudamel, and Eric Whitacre. She has a genuine love of choral singing and professional experience in a large number of varied choral ensembles including with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the BBC Symphony Chorus, The Choir and Choral Scholars of St Martin in the Fields, Genesis Sixteen, the Echori Soloists, and smaller quartet singing. Jessica explored her interest in choral singing further by writing her Undergraduate dissertation on the value of choirs in the structure of twenty-first century society.
Jessica has always loved a capella singing and was a member of the Northampton School for Boys Jazz Vocal Group who sang choreographed arrangements of popular and musical theatre songs. Jessica loved the challenges of this type of singing and enjoyed performances and masterclasses with The Swingle Singers, The Real Group and Voces 8, and enjoyed performances at The London A Capella Festival. Jessica was keen to bring this experience to her students and as such organised a workshop with Oxford's acclaimed a cappella group Out Of the Blue for her choirs whilst Musician in Residence at Abbeyfield School. In addition to this, Jessica loves experimenting with the possibilities of the human voice and coordinated a workshop series with renowned beatboxer Shlomo for her students at Abbeyfield school to offer them a new perspective about the capabilities of the human voice.
Jessica is always keen to hear from new choral ensembles and to expand her experience in choral directing. If you are interested in talking to Jessica about the skills she could offer to your ensemble, please contact her here.