Jennifer Wood

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Oboe

Location: Birmingham Conservatoire

Jennifer Wood is an oboist based in the West Midlands. In 2014 she was awarded a first class degree in performance from the Birmingham Conservatoire, studying under George Caird, Melinda Maxwell, Jenni Phillips and Anna Cooper (cor anglais). During her undergraduate studies she was awarded funding by the Beckett’s & Sargeant’s Education Foundation.

In September 2014, Jenny re-enrolled at Birmingham Conservatoire as a postgraduate student on the MMus Performance & Pedagogy course where she continues her instrumental studies with Melinda Maxwell, Emmet Byrne and Anna Cooper. In October 2015 she was awarded a place on the prestigious CBSO Orchestral Training Scheme on which she has received mentoring and orchestral coaching from the oboe section.

During her time studying Jenny has performed at world class venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. She has also played in public masterclasses to likes of Francois Leleux, Nicholas Daniel, Johnathan Kelly, Celia Craig, Johnathan Small, Alison Teale and Paolo de Gaspari.

Jenny has been lucky enough to receive a course scholarship from the Conservatoire and in April 2016 she became a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award holder. She regularly plays with many of the Conservatoire’s orchestral ensembles and performs as part of their Community & Engagement Ensemble. Jenny also finds time to work as a freelance musician and sings with country western band Mason Dixon.

Jenny works as the Learning Assistant at Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and is Co-Director of Melody Music Birmingham, a music charity dedicated to providing instrumental tuition and musical experience for people with additional needs. Her live film and music ensemble The Orchestra of Moving Pictures will be returning to performance following summer 2016.