Brass Quintet for Onyx Brass – JAM Masterclass Series

Janet’s sketch for brass quintet was selected by the John Armitage Memorial Trust for a Masterclass workshop with Onyx Brass and Paul Mealor at St Leonard’s Church in Hythe. The four selected composers heard their sketches realised by the fantastic brass players of Onyx Brass, and had the opportunity to try out various ideas in preparation for completing their compositions. The detailed focus on aspects of brass writing at the workshop was both helpful and…

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Tomorrow is Today: Papagena premiere

On September 11th 2021, Papagena will give the first performance of Janet’s commission Tomorrow is Today, a setting of words by Sarah Cattley. The piece, which includes music based on real birdcalls and an energetic dance greeting the dawn, will be performed as part of Papagena’s programme Still Moving at St Mary Magdalen Church in Oxford.

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Performances of Alleluia I Heard a Voice

Following its publication in the first Multitude of Voyces anthology, Janet’s piece Alleluia, I Heard a Voice has been receiving numerous performances by many choirs throughout the UK, and further afield. This August, the Rodolfus Choral Course also chose the piece for its summer programme and performed it as an introit at King’s Chapel, Cambridge and Ely Cathedral.

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Mentoring ORA Young Composers

From Spring 2021, Janet has been very pleased to mentor Raj Bhaumik and Samuel Oliver-Sherry, two of the young composers that were shortlisted for the ORA Young Composers Competition. The ten finalists were asked to write a reflection on a Renaissance composition, which provided a fruitful springboard for compositional exploration, discussion, and development. The final took place in July and Janet was delighted that Samuel won the runner-up prize. Congratulations to him and all the…

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The Cosmic Pied Piper – a cappella setting

Janet found immediate inspiration in December 2020 when she read The Cosmic Pied Piper, a poem by Jenny Rowbory. Jenny’s poetry is partially a response to her debilitating condition, which has kept her bed-bound for over sixteen years. Janet’s a cappella setting for mixed choir – featuring two solo soprano parts and mysterious choral whispering – seemed to arise effortlessly from the atmospheric poem. All proceeds from the piece will go towards Jenny’s GoFundMe campaign,…

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