Biography

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Jessica Norton is a freelance choral conductor, vocal coach, teacher and professional soprano. She is currently Musical Director of the East London Chorus, London Concord Singers and Henley Youth Choirs, and has recently finished working with the London Orpheus Choir. Previously she has also worked with the London Symphony Chorus, Milton Keynes Chorale, the News International Choir and St Michael’s Church, Bray, having previously had repeat invitations to conduct at CBSO and LSO chorus Come and Sing Days. She was also a conductor in David Lang’s UK Premiere of “Public Domain” in the Barbican Centre.

As a vocal coach Jessica leads workshops in schools across Henley, St Mary’s School in Cambridge and Hallfield Primary School in Birmingham. She also runs Come and Sing days and sessions at corporate events. Jessica sings solo soprano for choirs across London and beyond, including the London Symphony Chorus, Ealing Common Choir and Harwich and Dovercourt Choral Society, has sung on ITV’s The Halcyon” and is the featured soprano at Wanstead’s opera gala “Glamour on the Green”.

Jessica is also a keen composer and her choral pieces have been premiered in such prestigious venues as Guildford Cathedral, the Victoria Rooms in Bristol and Chevy Chase United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. Alongside her compositions Jessica also edits music for singer/songwriter Archie Smith, and has received multiple commissions from Guildhall students in London.

Latest News

2019
Musician in the Mountains
Jessica is currently raising money for Music For All by hiking around the UK and abroad, completing musical and non-musical challenges along the way! For updates, or to sponsor Jessica, visit her JustGiving page.

Workshops
Jess has been booked for multiple school workshops recently and will be involved in a corporate event with Haygarth Marketing Agency in July.

2018
Christmas Season
Alongside multiple concerts with her permanent choirs, Jessica will also be working with the Keystone Singers in the run up to their Christmas concert, singing soprano solo with the Ealing Common Choir and conducting London Orpheus Choir for their annual Christmas event for PHAB at St James’ Piccadilly.

Royal Exchange
Jessica and the East London Chorus were invited back for an extended performance at the Royal Exchange Tree Lighting Ceremony this year. For photos of the event please click here.

 

Conducting and Vocal Coaching


Current Conducting Engagements
– East London Chorus
– Henley Youth Choirs
– London Concord Singers

Previous Conducting Work
– London Orpheus Choir
– Pegasus Choir (Associate Musical Director).
– Hilton Youth Choir
– St Ives Choral Society
– Barclays Captial Choir

Deputising work
– London Symphony Chorus
– Ealing Common Choir
– News International Choir
– Milton Keynes Chorale
– St Michael’s Church Choir, Bray

Vocal Coaching
Jessica leads vocal workshops for choirs, school groups and organisations. Recent work has included:
– St Mary’s School, Cambridge
– Valley Road Primary, Henley
– Nettlebed Primary, Henley
– Trinity Primary School, Henley
– Hallfield Primary, Birmingham
– Richmond Womens’ Chorus, Virginia
– Haygarth Marketing Agency corporate event

Jessica’s latest videos can be seen via the following link: Pegasus at St George’s Bloomsbury

To book individual vocal lessons, school workshops or corporate event sessions, please contact Jessica.

Performance


Jessica is a lyric soprano and, with a Diploma in Singing Performance from ABRSM, has performed in prestigious venues around the UK and beyond as part of a choir and as a soloist. Most recently she performed as the soprano soloist for Ealing Common Choir’s performance of Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum and Vivialdi Gloria, Harwich and Dovercourt Choral Society’s performance of Haydn’s Little Organ Mass and was the featured soprano at this year’s Wanstead Opera Gala; Glamour on the Green.

She has performed in three BBC proms in recent years including Mahler 3 and Beethoven 9, and was part of the BBC Proms Youth Choir singing in the semi-chorus of Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius” under Sir Simon Rattle. Examples of her solo performances include Finzi’s “Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice” in Birmingham’s Elgar Concert Hall and Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” in the Barbican Centre. She also sang on ITV’s The Halcyon in 2017.

Below are some of Jessica’s most recent live recordings:

Jessica is available for weddings, funerals, corporate events, and choral concerts as a soprano soloist. To book her or to find out more, please contact Jessica.

Composition

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Jessica has been commissioned to write and edit music across the UK, America and Germany, including choral compositions, film scores, full orchestrations and arrangements. These have been performed in prestigious venues such as Guildford Cathedral, Chevy Chase United Methodist Church in Washington DC and Victoria Rooms in Bath. She has also transcribed orchestral parts for such pieces as Lotus Feet by Steve Vai and most recently edited the string accompaniment for Paris by singer/songwriter Archie Smith.

Performance rights are available for the following choral works:
Christmas Bells  SATB
Hodie, Christus Natus Est  SATB (div.)
Enixa Est Puerpera  SATB + organ
The First Mercy  SSAA
Veni, Sancte Spirite  SSA
The Dagda’s Harp Narrator, solo Baritone, SATB

More more information on Jessica’s compositions, arrangements and transcriptions, or to commission a work from her, please use the contact details below.

  • Veni, Sancte Spirite: Winner of the Bristol University Scholar Cantorum competition for women’s choir composition. Premiered in the Victoria Rooms, Bristol. (2015)
  • Christmas Bells: Winner of the University of Surrey carol competition. Premiered in Guildford Cathedral. (2012)
  • He Came So Still: Winner of the University of Surrey carol competition. Premiered in Guildford Cathedral. (2011)
  • In Western Lands: Finalist in Joyce Dixie Competition. (2013)
  • Achille’s Lullaby: Finalist Joyce Dixie Competition. (2012)
  • Enixa Est Puerpera: Commissioned by Chevy Chase UMC in Washington, DC. (2016)

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Events

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Jessica takes part in a wide variety of choral, conducting and other musical events. Browse the links below to see what events are coming up

july, 2019

14jul1:00 pm– 3:00 pmHenley FestivalHenley Youth Choir1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

18jul7:30 pm– 9:00 pmStory-telling choral worksLondon Concord Singers7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 24 S Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 2PAGrosvener Chapel

20jul6:30 pm– 9:00 pmGlamour on the GreenWanstead6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Wanstead Pl, London E11 2SWChrist Church Wanstead

Contact

For more information or to hire Jessica, please use the contact details below. Services available:

  • Soprano (Choral or Solo)
  • Vocal Coaching: individual lessons, school workshops, corporate events
  • Choral conducting
  • Compositions, arrangements, transcriptions, transpositions