Jenny Jackson studied composition with George Nicholson at the University of Sheffield where she gained her PhD in 2009 following an exploration into the relationship between notational possibilities and resulting performance outcomes. This, as well as an enthusiasm for the visual and dramatic arts and literature, has prompted an ongoing investigation into the theatricality of musical performance. She often chooses to exploit the visual aspect of musical performance in her concert pieces so that there is a tension in the work between what the eye perceives and what the ear hears, sometimes using specific stage placements of the musicians to create perspective in both sound and image. As a result Jenny has created two fully staged pieces of music theatre and other collaborative multidisciplinary projects with visual artists, sculptors, writers and choreographers as well as concert pieces in which the visual aspect of musical performance is often exploited.
In 2010 Jenny formed the Sheffield-based composer collective Platform 4, along with Tom James, Chris Noble and Tom Owen.
Recent projects include [S]pan (2015), a site-specific piece performed by Platform 4 in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens as part of the Classical Sheffield Festival of Music; Moot (2014) for orchestra & piano, six hands, performed by Sheffield’s Endcliffe Orchestra and Platform 4; Sanctum (2013) for solo piano & flexible ensemble performed by Philip Thomas & Platform 4 in Huddersfield & Sheffield; Parabola (2012) for two horns, performed as part of the Underscore collaboration with sculptor Gillian Brent and Platform 4, in an installation of sculpture and live music at the Hepworth, Wakefield; and Five Dances (2012) which was commissioned by choreographer Sue Lewis and toured by Ffin Dance and Platform 4 in Wales and London as part of their 2012 Spring tour ‘Connections’.
Jenny is currently collaborating with Platform 4 and dancer Hannah Wadsworth towards the production of new work for contemporary dance at the Drama Studio in Sheffield on 24th September 2016.