New Musical Director for Henley Youth Choir – Jessica Norton

Jessica Norton has been selected to replace Peter Asprey as Henley Youth Choir’s musical director.  Peter will still continue to be Henley Choral Society’s  Musical Director.

Jessica’s first rehearsal with the Youth Choir will be on Thursday 13th September,  See here for details and registration

She said “Hello and welcome to Henley Youth Choir! I look forward to meeting you at your first rehearsal with us. Whether you’ve sung before or not, this will be a great place to learn wonderful
music, improve your technique and spend time with other people who love singing as much as you do. If you haven’t decided whether to join us or not, just come along and try us
out for a session. You don’t need to be able to read music and if you haven’t been in a choir before you won’t be the only one! Whatever your experience we aim to have a great time as well as singing to a high standard and learning along the way. See you soon!”

About Jessica Norton

An exciting young conductor, composer and performer based in London, Jessica is currently Musical Director of the award-winning chamber choir, the London Concord Singers, the East London Chorus and the London Orpheus Choir, and has just finished working as Associate Musical Director of Pegasus Choir. Alongside this Jessica is a sought-after freelance rehearsal conductor and, most recently, has worked with the London Symphony Chorus, Milton Keynes Chorale, Ealing Common Choir, St Michael’s Church choir in Bray and the News International Choir.

Jessica has an MA in Choral Conducting from the University of Birmingham where she studied with Simon Halsey CBE. She has previously worked with choirs such as the St Ives Choral Society, Barclays Capital Choir and Perry Barr Community Choir. As a vocal coach Jessica has taken sessions with Allegro Chamber Choir in Cambridge and the Richmond Women’s Chorus in Virginia, USA.

Also a successful composer, Jessica has won multiple competitions and her choral works have been premiered in prestigious venues including Guildford Cathedral, the Victoria Rooms in Bristol and Chevy Chase United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. She also edits vocal and string backing, most recently for Singer/Songwriter Archie Smith.

Jessica has a Diploma in Singing Performance and has performed in multiple BBC Proms concerts, including being in the semi-chorus of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. In her second project with the London Symphony Chorus she was the soprano soloist for their performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in the Barbican.