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Jack Sheen

The Carne Trust Junior Fellowship for an Individual


“It’s a huge privilege to be offered the time, space and resources of The Carne Trust Junior Fellowship for an Individual to embark on a year-long artist-led project. Opportunities to develop work on your own terms from the bottom up are incredibly rare for younger composers, so I’m excited to see where this year takes me."

Jack Sheen
Jack Sheen by Anton Lukoszevieze


Jack Sheen is a conductor and composer from Manchester whose music has been performed by orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra and Manchester Camerata, ensembles including Apartment House, Les Métaboles and Plus Minus Ensemble, and commissioned by organisations such as London Contemporary Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival and BBC Young Artists Day. Jack is one of the curators behind London Contemporary Music Festival - ‘the capital’s most adventurous and ambitious festival of new music’ (The Guardian) - and founder of contemporary music group An assembly.

Described as ‘the omnipresent wunderkind of British new music’ (TEMPO), he has worked with many of the world’s leading composers, including Christian Wolff, Michael Finnissy, Heiner Goebbels, Gerald Barry, Chaya Czernowin, George Benjamin, Julian Anderson, Cassandra Miller, Linda Catlin Smith and Eli Keszler.

On being awarded the Carne Trust Junior Fellowship for an Individual Jack Sheen commented –

“Over the coming year I’ll be creating a performance installation – alongside a series of smaller pieces – which explores the blurred lines between long-duration musical works and sculptural installations with both music and dance. Taking contemporary ecological themes as a starting point, this new piece will investigate how physical movement and sound can interact in these settings over extended periods of time and in non-concert hall spaces. Trinity Laban is one of the few institutions in the country where such a project would be feasible, with its excellent and – importantly – exploratory approach to both music and dance.”

Image credit: Anton Lukoszevieze