Jessica has studied composition and orchestration with highly regarded composers including Ryan Latimer, John Pickard, William Goodchild and Martin Kiszko. Her composition experience covers work with professional ensembles such as Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Bristol Ensemble in addition to student ensembles including the University of Birmingham Wind Band. Her work has been performed by the wind band at the Elgar Concert Hall in Birmingham on three occasions.
Jessica welcomes invitations to collaborate on composition or orchestration projects.
Music for Media
Train of Thought
For Concert Band
Duration: 02:30 minutes
Instrumentation: Flute 1/2, Oboe 1/2, Clarinet in Bb 1/2/3, Bassoon 1/2, Bass Clarinet in Bb, Alto Saxophone 1/2, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet in Bb 1/2/3, Horn in F 1/2, Trombone 1/2, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion: Snare, Whistle
About: Composed during my time as a master's student of film composition, this piece captures the old fashioned, stereotypical, cartoon-type chase and is inspired by the animation Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers.
For Concert Band
Duration: 06:00 minutes
Instrumentation: Flute 1/2, Oboe 1/2, Clarinet in Bb 1/2, Bassoon 1/2, Clarinet in Bb 1/2/3, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone 1/2, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet in Bb 1/2/3, Horn in F 1/2/3/4, Trombone 1/2/3, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion 1: Timpani (3), Castanets, Percussion 2: Claves, Castanets, Maracas, Percussion 3: Tambourine, Maracas.
About: My teenage years were filled with many fond memories playing in youth bands enjoying music such as Incantation and Dance by John Barnes Chance and El Camino Real by Alfred Reed. Inspired by pieces such as these I composed a tango influenced dance piece. Boleo Furia won first prize in the University of Birmingham Music Society Composing Competition 2018 and has been enjoyed by the university wind band and played at the Elgar Concert Hall in Birmingham.
The Caterpillar Effect
Duration: 03:30 minutes
Instrumentation: Flute 1/2, Oboe 1/2, Clarinet in Bb 1/2, Bassoon 1/2, Horn in F 1/2/3/4, Trumpet in Bb 1/2/3, Trombone 1/2/3, Tuba, Timpani, Harp, Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
About: You know when you find yourself in a traffic jam and then once you come to the end of it you think "why was there even a traffic jam in the first place?". This piece is about that: the caterpillar effect, or rather the end of the caterpillar effect. Urban dictionary defines the caterpillar effect as "The phenomenon experienced on the road when someone decides to slow down their car to look at something of interest on the side of the road. This causes that area of the road to slow down for the following hours. This leads to cars, collectively, mimicking a caterpillar walking".
But when we come to the end of the caterpillar effect, we all secretly thrive off that feeling when you begin zooming along the road. "Woo hoo, finally! We're speeding along."