Jenni Watson is a saxophonist, composer, arranger & multi-instrumentalist.
Bringing her predominantly classical music background together with a love of all music, and having a dislike of "pigeon-holing", she pushes genre boundaries and is popular for composing in an aesthetic and accessible style.
Recent commissions include ‘States of Matter’ – a 3 movement work for the University of Minnesota Morris Symphonic Winds (with a theme of climate change), ‘Meliai’ for the Melia Duo (soprano sax & marimba), and ‘Conformity’ for Selmer Paris Artist/Vandoren UK Artist Emma McPhilemy (alto sax & piano). One of Jenni’s current commissions is an alto sax & electronics work for Yamaha Australia Artist Erin Royer.
Her works have been played several times on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme, and her arranging skills have been shown as part of Channel 4’s “Orchestra United”.
Her debut album Reflections (2009) performing on S/A/T saxophones with strings & piano, launched her composition career & commission-based work - it was reportedly the first occasion in the Royal Northern College of Music's history that an entire recital was composed by the performer.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Jenni can be heard performing on woodwinds, strings, piano and vocals on her albums Meditations (2013) and Honey Storm (2015), and also on the duo album ‘Peaceful Instrumentals’ with Pianist Martin Jacoby.
Her skills and experience across these instruments inform her fresh writing style, currently drawing on a wide range of stylistic influences - classical, jazz, funk, folk and screen music.
Studying with Rob Buckland & Andy Scott at the Royal Northern College of Music 2004-2009, she gained a 1st Class BMus Hons & MMus with Distinction, achieving final recital marks within the highest of the college's woodwind department history, at 94% & 95% respectively.
She lectures in Music Theory on the BA & BMus courses at BIMM London, as well as composing and performing freelance alongside her own creative projects.