Jessica Norton / Tutor
Where did you study music?
I studied Music at the University of Surrey, followed by a Masters in Choral Conducting at the University of Birmingham under Simon Halsey.
What is your favourite piece of music?
That’s an incredibly hard question! For singing: the first piece that popped into my head is Dies Natalis by Finzi, the most beautiful song cycle that I have yet to perform. To conduct/listen to? Impossible to say, but a few highlights are Brahms Requiem, Mahler 2 and Wood’s Hail Gladdening Light (it does change periodically!).
Who has inspired you the most?
I’ve been lucky enough to gain inspiration from many conductors over the years, all of whom embrace the work they do while staying humble and grateful to be able to do what they love for a living. Stephen Brown, Julian Wilkins, Simon Halsey, Russell Keable, (I could go on!) – have all taken time out of their schedules to help younger generations and pass on their passion. It’s fantastic to call them peers and colleagues.
Where did you grow up?
A small village in Cambridgeshire, but I now call London home.