Tess Jackson is a young conductor based in Cambridge, where she is in her final year at Cambridge University. Tess has been the Cambridge University Musical Society Conducting Scholar and Principal Conductor of the Cambridge University Sinfonia since 2019, and looks forward to continuing in those roles for the 2020/21 season. In 2017, she won the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Young Conductors Competition, and was the Principal Conductor of the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra for 2018/19.
Tess has assisted and prepared orchestras for conductors including Jac van Steen and Andrew Gourlay and has participated in masterclasses with Jac van Steen, Toby Purser, Sian Edwards, Nicholas Cleobury, Ben Glassberg and Alice Farnham.
Her operatic highlight has been conducting Donnacha Dennehy’s The Last Hotel for the Cambridge University Opera Society (CUOS), the first ever student production of the contemporary multimedia opera, and the first opera by a living professional composer to be put on by the society in 45 years. She also assisted on both CUOS productions of Rossini’s Il signor Bruschino, re-orchestrating the entire score for a smaller ensemble for performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
She is currently studying with Sian Edwards.
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