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Jenny Gould

Jenny is a composer, songwriter, pianist, singer and musical director. She has spent much of her career working with children’s voices, as a composer, songwriting workshop leader, musical director and accompanist. Songs of Imaginings was borne out of this work with the renowned Finchley Children’s Music Group, for whom the collection was written.

During the current ‘work from home’ situation, Jenny has been very lucky to have been commissioned by music education company HMDT Music as Composer/Music Director for their newest piece. Jina and the STEM Sisters, for which she has written, arranged and recorded the music, forms part of a combined science and arts project promoting STEM subjects for girls and women, and the show tells the often untold stories of amazing STEM women in history, through music, theatre and puppetry. Involving professional singers and instrumentalists as well as a children’s chorus, the show will be streamed for one month from 15 March ’21 through the HMDT Music website.

Other significant works for young voices include two children’s operas for Opera Brava: Prince Caspian (words and music) and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (6 songs, words and music, contributed to a collaborative piece). Both these productions, written for a combination of children’s voices alongside professional adult opera singers, have toured extensively round the UK since 2010.

Jenny has also self-published a children’s musical, The Hunt for William Shakespeare, with children’s author Roy Apps, and has co-created numerous original songs with children around the country in songwriting projects for HMDT Music, including most recently the new opera commemorating World War One, Trench Brothers.

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Jenny is an accomplished pianist and choir leader, accompanying various choral societies, community choirs and prison choirs. She has worked extensively in the field of musical theatre and cabaret, preparing actors for auditions, and, as MD for Hurly Burly Co., co-creating and performing as pianist and singer in Over the Moon: a first opera for little people and their grown-ups, for 0–2-year-olds. (Incidentally this show featured ‘My Face is Made of Onions’ from Songs of Imaginings as a recurring theme song, which went down very well with both babies and adults!)

Last but by no means least is Jenny’s longest-running collaboration – since 1999 – with the Young Shakespeare Company, for whom she is Resident Composer/MD, having written music for their productions every year throughout her career, touring the UK, Madrid, Kuwait, Gibraltar and Beijing.

As a singer-songwriter under the artist name ‘Jenni’ she has self-produced an album of original songs, Spring, and with guitarist Richard Carter has been performing gigs around the UK and abroad since the album’s release in 2015.

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