Head of Vocal Studies
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444
Jennifer studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying singing with Sylvia Jacobs and acting with Elaine Bevis and Malcolm Fraser. After graduating, she continued her vocal studies with Robert Alderson and subsequently joined Opera North.
Following this, she taught at the Royal College of Music London, then at the RNCM Department of Vocal and Opera Studies, becoming a Senior Lecturer. There she directed operas for the college, the most notable being Handel’s Tamerlano which won the prestigious Manchester Evening News Award and Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek which has since been publicly acknowledged by the composer as his favourite reading of the piece.
Other productions for the RNCM include James Macmillan’s Busqueda which, in association with the composer, was realised as a Stage Production. As a performer and director, she has also had the privilege of working with Giancarlo Menotti and Hans Werner Henze.
Later she also joined the staff at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and was a vocal teacher in the Music Department at Manchester University. She was a visiting vocal lecturer at the Music School in Ghent and is also Director of Opera Productions for the Yorke Trust, Norfolk UK for whom she has directed twenty operas, including two special commissions.
In 2009 she became a full time member of the teaching staff at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin where she subsequently became Undergraduate Programme Coordinator and in 2015 - 16 Acting Head of Department of Vocal, Opera and Drama Studies. During that time, she developed the performance skill training in the college and in June 2017 returned to the UK to take up her current post of Head of Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Qualifications/ Educational Background
- Royal College of Music
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- Royal Northern College of Music
- DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama