Jenni Watson

A virtuoso saxophonist, Jenni is also a multi-instrumentalist (chiefly Flute, Violin, Piano) and an increasingly sought-after composer, predominantly in the classical-contemporary scene. Her 3 albums focus equally on performer and composer disciplines.

A published composer, she has been commissioned to compose & arrange music for ensembles including the RLPO (Ensemble 10/10), Channel 4 and Onyx Brass. As performer, she has performed concertos, backed household solo artists, and freelanced with the BBC Philharmonic.

Jenni now lectures in Arranging on the BMus course at BIMM London, and has taught 1:1 music lessons across a range of ages & abilities for many years, including at Manchester & Liverpool Hope Universities.


Where did you study music?  I started private Violin lessons at the age of 4 (not parental pressure at all – just copying my friend!), with other instruments following soon after in private and school lessons and music took over my life right from the get-go. I was very lucky to make a hugely significant move to Chetham’s School of Music at age 15 to study Flute, Saxophone & Piano with amazingly inspirational teachers. From there I studied Saxophone (and partly Composition) at the Royal Northern College of Music, both BMus and MMus.

What is your favourite piece of music/song?  What a thing to ask a musician…pretty impossible to answer. But to give an idea of my musical tastes, either Debussy Arabesque No 1 (solo piano), the jazz standard Footprints, or traditional song Amazing Grace.

What single thing could you not live without? Hmm….I should say my Saxophone, but I would definitely say Piano. Both for playing pleasure and freedom of creativity. Non-musicial would probably be my collection of films.

Who has inspired you the most? Obvious answer perhaps, but my Saxophone teacher at the RNCM – broadened by awareness, ideas and expectations of myself, by pushing through inspiration not criticism. Other than that, my brother has paid a monumental part in my musical upbringing outside of classical music and always gives me food for thought in deep discussions!

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Bolton, Lancashire. I have to say that Bolton Music Service was just INCREDIBLE! And I have everything to thank them for, in starting off my life-long music career!

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