Performing

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My Performance Experience

My life as a performer began in primary school when I began learning the cello and joined the school and local orchestras. Since then, I've blossomed as an orchestral performer. I have performed with Sheffield Music Hub in Sheffield City Hall on numerous occasions and at Music For Youth in Birmingham Symphony Hall. I have gone onto being a dedicated member of the Leeds University Music Society, playing in both its Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the latter of which I was manager of.  I also played with the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, leading the cello section on a tour to Italy in the summer of 2018.

In the summer of 2017, I played in a small three-piece band in a musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival put on by Try This at Home Theatre for a run of 15 shows, which received specific acclaim in reviews for its musicians. I have also played in numerous shows put on in the University of Leeds, such as the notably different productions of 'Spelling Bee' and 'Don Giovanni'. I have particularly enjoyed playing in shows, operas and musicals during my time at university.

As well as this, I have undertaken Ensemble Performance modules as part of my degree, and have recently performed as co-lead cellist in a concert of Schubert's orchestral music. at my graduation, I was awarded a specific certificate of commendation for my outstanding achievements in this module. Previous notable experience of concerts include tours to Cologne and northern France playing challenging and exciting repertoire. I have also played with the Grand Union Orchestra from London in a combined project at the University of Leeds. 

As an established solo performer, I've had opportunities to play in the Clothworkers Concert hall in Leeds as well as performing in a charity concert run partially by myself in Sheffield. More recently, I have debuted by own new Suite for Solo Cello and Sam Longbottom's new work 'Lullaby' in the twice-annual music society's Composers' Showcases. I enjoyed performing new works and  being a part of the contemporary music ensemble 'LSTwo' under Dr Mic Spencer in 2018, premiering new works by Marc Yeats, Scott McLaughlin and various other composers. Having built my skills from a grade 8 distinction in cello to studying solo performance at university and then developing my ability further through study towards a DipABRSM, I look forward to seeing where my solo career will take me next and embracing the opportunities which it presents me.

If you want to contact me about my performance, please contact me above or email contactbenjaminpjackson@gmail.com and I'll be sure to respond as soon as possible. I'll look forward to playing for you!

Performing with LUUMS Symphony Orchestra, 2/12/17

Performing with LUUMS Symphony Orchestra, 2/12/17

Check out a performance of my own suite for solo cello here!

Performing and managing the LUUMS Chamber Orchestra gave me chance to experience musical performance from all angles

Performing and managing the LUUMS Chamber Orchestra gave me chance to experience musical performance from all angles

Myself and the cast/crew of 'The Local' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2017

Myself and the cast/crew of 'The Local' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2017

Playing new and exciting pieces as part of the Composers' Showcase ('Precious Metals' by Wilfred Amis)

Playing new and exciting pieces as part of the Composers' Showcase ('Precious Metals' by Wilfred Amis)