Jenni Parkinson

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Alternative

Location: South West

Jenni is a creative music facilitator, composer and performer, based in Bristol. She originally trained as a percussionist, graduating from the Royal College of Music in 2006 with a First Class BMus(Hons) before completing a Masters in Leadership at the Guildhall School, gaining a Distinction and a Concert Recital Diploma.
As a percussionist, Jenni has performed widely as part of Meridian duo in London and across the UK, including at notable venues such as LSO St Luke’s, the National Gallery, the Jacqueline Du Pre Building in Oxford, Worcester Cathedral and Bath festival. She was also part of the Live Music Now! scheme for several years, performing classical and contemporary repertoire in community settings.

As a composer, Jenni has directed a range of collaborative composition projects, including a creative ensemble project called Joy to Filth Ratio. This brought together orchestral, pop, jazz and world musicians to devise a set of tracks inspired by dance music, for live virtuoso performance. Joy to Filth Ratio featured at a number of venues and events, including Battersea Arts Centre, the London Summer Jam festival, Pilton Working Men’s Club, and Barbican Pit Theatre. Jenni has also written commissions for Consortium5 recorder quintet, and worked on collaborative projects in immersive theatre, visual art, storytelling and animation.

In 2011 Jenni co-founded Soundcastle, a social enterprise that devises and delivers creative music projects that promote wellbeing and connectedness. In 2016 Soundcastle published a Theory of Practice through the International Society of Music Education conference and journal, presenting a framework for participatory practice which places community members at the heart of the creative process, promoting ownership and autonomy. Soundcastle continues to pioneer collaborative music projects in London, Bristol and the South East, funded by the Arts Council and the National Foundation for Youth Music.

This support from Help Musicians will allow me to develop my skills in music production, so that I can take my musical career in a new direction and begin to compose for theatre and short film. My development project involves an intensive training course in Logic Pro, a series of mentoring sessions with a local female producer, and online training in virtual orchestration.