Biography

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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, the East London Chorus and the London Orpheus Choir, and has just finished working as Associate Musical Director of 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, Ealing Common Choir,  St Michael’s Church choir in Bray and the News International Choir.

Jessica has an MA in Choral Conducting from the University of Birmingham where she studied with Simon Halsey CBE. She has previously worked with choirs such as the St Ives Choral Society, Barclays Capital Choir and Perry Barr Community Choir. As a vocal coach Jessica has taken sessions with Allegro Chamber Choir in Cambridge and the Richmond Women’s Chorus in Virginia, USA.

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. She also edits vocal and string backing, most recently for Singer/Songwriter Archie Smith.

Jessica has a Diploma in Singing Performance and has performed in multiple BBC Proms concerts, including being in the semi-chorus of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. 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.

 

Latest News

Henley Youth Choir
This term Jessica has started work as Musical Director of the Henley Youth Choirs. Their first concert together will be on Saturday 8 December with the Henley Choral Society and Peter Asprey.

Glamour on the Green
After a successful performance at Wanstead’s opera gala this year, Jessica has been asked back as the featured soprano at Glamour on the Green 2019

Collaboration Concert
On 13 April 2019, Jessica will be conducting the East London Chorus and London Concord Singers in a collaboration concert, featuring Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir in the stunning venue of St Pancras Church.

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Jessica is the Musical Director of the East London Chorus, Henley Youth Choirs, London Concord Singers and London Orpheus Choir, alongside recently working with Pegasus Choir as their Associate Musical Director.

She has also worked intermittently with the London Symphony Chorus, Ealing Common Choir, News International Choir, Milton Keynes Chorale, Ealing Common Choir and St Michael’s Church Choir, Bray. Her past engagements include the Hilton Youth Choir, St Ives Choral Society and Barclays Captial Choir, alongside her repeat invitations to rehearse the CBSO Chorus and LSO Come and Sing days.

With a DipABRSM in Singing Performance, Jessica also takes choral technique workshops including Allegro Chamber Choir, Richmond Women’s Chorus in Virginia and at Oak Hill Primary School.

Winner of the first John Cole Bursary for young conductors at Taunton Live.

To see Jessica’s latest videos, click the following link: Pegasus at St George’s Bloomsbury

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

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)

 

Achilles Lullaby Christmas Bells To Me Fair Friend Enixa Est Puerpera Irish Blessing The First Mercy

Achilles Lullaby

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 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. She also sang on ITV’s The Halcyon in 2017.

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

 

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

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16nov7:00 pm– 9:00 pmChoral and String MusicLondon Orpheus Choir7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2BASt Pancras Church

24nov6:30 pm– 8:00 pmHaydn’s Nelson MassEast London Chorus6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Byward St, London EC3R 5BJAll Hallow’s by the Tower

Testimonials

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Jessica has worked with a wide range of accomplished figures within the industry. Have a look at what they have to say about this exciting new musical talent

Simon Halsey CBE :
“Jess is part of the exciting generation of choral conductors (trained at the CBSO and the University of Birmingham). Recommended!”
(Chorus Master, CBSO Chorus, London Symphony Chorus)

Norbert Meyn :
“Jessica is an impressively assured young choral conductor. With her positive, firm and calm manner and her excellent musicianship she can inspire choral singers of all ages and lead them through the most challenging repertoire.”
(German Language coach, London Symphony Chorus)

Jonathan Tilbrook :
“Jessica’s thorough approach, open and personable manner, and accomplished musicianship were very much appreciated!”
(Head of Orchestral Studies, Trinity Laban Conservatoire)

Maureen Galea :
“I have had the pleasure of working with Jessica quite regularly over the past few years. Her professional attitude and commitment are commendable. I would highly recommend Jessica as a singer for weddings and other occasions – beautiful voice, varied and flexible repertoire, great to work with! Highly recommended!”
(Head of Performance, University of Surrey)

Joanna Tomlinson :
“I enjoyed working alongside Jessica for East London Chorus’ Vivaldi day. She is an open and intelligent musician, an excellent choir leader and it was clear that the workshop participants loved working with her.”
(Musical Director, Constanza Chorus, Farnham Youth Choir)

Christopher Morley :
“The student orchestra was brilliant, clearly and expressively conducted by the remarkable Jessica Norton (so adept in handling the opera’s many vocal ensembles).”
(The Birmingham Post)

Contact

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

  • Soprano (Choral or Solo)
  • Choral conducting
  • Choral workshops
  • Compositions, arrangements, transcriptions, transpositions