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Dr Jill Jarman

Associate Lecturer for Music

Dr Jill Jarman is a contemporary classical composer and jazz pianist. Her compositions reflect these genres, effortlessly merging the boundaries between both. Arising from her interest in using science and the natural environment to inform musical composition, are pieces such as Soundwaves of light (2006), an orchestral tapestry based on the light frequencies of the stars in the sky; and H20 (2010), an orchestral work imitating the molecular behaviour of water.

Recent commissions include Revelation, written for the 2013 London festival of contemporary church music, and Resonance, a solo cello piece exploring the science of cymatics.  Current commissions include a double concerto for percussion and violin, with string orchestra (premier May 2015, Sweden), and a Mass for St Georges (premier May 2015, London).

Jill conducts and co-composes music for recording sessions   including   work   with   the   Royal Philharmonic orchestra for events such as the Commonwealth Games, and BAFTA   premiered   film, The Troop. The recipient  of  two  Arts  Council  awards,  Jill  founded  an  experimental  string  quartet  with  graduates from  Trinity  College  and  toured  extensively  with her acclaimed jazz quartet Storm Warning, (album ‘Spirit Level’, Zinc records).

A passionate advocate for music education, Jill creates and runs a series of workshops for choirs, and is composer-in-residence at the Judd School. Educational pieces include Transitions (premiered 2012) for youth orchestras and primary instrumentalists, and numerous ensemble pieces for mixed ability age groups.

She gained a PhD by Composition from the University of Surrey, with research interests linking science and music, studies into listening preferences in young children, and the promotion of contemporary classical music in the UK.

Her Polychords of limited transposition bring a new harmonic device to the body of musical knowledge.