Jessica Norton

Jessica Norton / Conductor

Jessica is professional soprano and choral conductor based in Central London. After studying music at the University of Surrey she gained her Diploma in Singing Performance from ABRSM and since then has sung solo for various choirs including the London Symphony Chorus at the Barbican Centre, Ealing Common Choir and Harwich and Dovercourt Choral Society. She is also the featured soprano at Wanstead’s annual opera gala “Glamour on the Green”. Jessica has performed in multiple BBC Proms concerts, including being in the semi-chorus for Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius under Sir Simon Rattle, and other events such as Sunday MASSive in the National Army Museum and an LSO Come and Sing Day at LSO St Lukes. As a Choral Conductor Jessica currently works with the London Concord Singers, East London Chorus and Henley Youth Choir, and recently finished with the London Orpheus Choir. Previously Jessica has worked with, and deputised for, Milton Keynes Chorale, Pegasus Choir, Ealing Common Choir, St Ives Choral Society, multiple workplace choirs and acted as Assistant Chorus Master for the London Symphony Chorus and City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus. Jessica has also had repeat invitations to conduct at LSO Come and Sing Days. As a sought after vocal coach, Jessica and has lead vocal workshops for schools, choirs and companies across the UK. This year she was also part of David Lang’s London premiere of Public Domain in the Barbican Centre.

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.