Jenni Pinnock - Composer

With a varied collection of influences, British composer Jenni Pinnock’s music has been described as “refreshing”, “imaginative” and “tantalizingly beautiful in smoothness and soul”. Her work is heavily influenced by nature and the world around us, is predominantly tonal, and has received performances around the UK and in Europe. Jenni strives to avoid labels, so rather than attempt to ‘box’ her music she would encourage you to listen and open your mind instead. Jenni’s compositional voice is a sum of its parts – she is a firm believer that all the music she has studied and experienced has shaped her style. Her years of performing on the piano, saxophone and oboe are large influences, including time spent in choirs, big bands and orchestras. The Javanese gamelan has also played a large part, which she studied at school, university and then at the South Bank Centre. Church bell ringing is another interesting influence which has come into Jenni’s life in the past few years, and that can be heard permeating her more recent music. Jenni graduated with first class honours from her BMus (hons) from Kingston University, and with merit from her intensive MMus in composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she studied with Stephen Montague and Gregory Rose. She lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband and two children, and teaches instrumental lessons and arranges music alongside composing. She was one of five composers chosen for the Adopt a Composer scheme 2013-14 (run by Making Music and Sound and Music and funded by PRS For Music Foundation, in association with BBC Radio 3) and was delighted to be chosen for the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Composers Award in 2014.