Credit: Benjamin Ealovega

Tess Jackson

Associate Conductor: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Representation: General Management

Recently announced as a Classic FM ‘Rising Star, British Conductor Tess Jackson is Associate Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She grew up in Germany and started learning the piano and violin aged 6 and was inspired to start conducting aged 14. She recently completed her postgraduate degree with Sian Edwards in Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music.

Forthcoming and recent engagements include musical Assistant at Volksoper Wien, assisting Jac van Steen on Smetana’s The Bartered Bride at Garsington Opera, a return to Waterperry Opera Festival to conduct a production of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in collaboration with dancers from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and conducting Britten Sinfonia in an Inspiration Day with Essex Music Hub, as well as her regular work with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

In 2022, Tess assisted Alpesh Chauhan with both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She also worked with the London Chamber Orchestra, and assisted Trevor Pinnock in the Royal Academy Opera’s production of The Rake’s Progress.

Whilst at the Academy, she worked with conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Edward Gardner OBE (LPO), Sir Mark Elder (Hallé), John Wilson (John Wilson Orchestra) and Daniel Capps (NYC Ballet).

She is one of seven conductors invited by the Royal Philharmonic Society to front a new scheme for female conductors in association with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music.

Previously, Tess studied Music at Cambridge University and was the Cambridge University Musical Society Conducting Scholar and Principal Conductor of the Cambridge University Sinfonia from 2019-21, the first woman to hold the role two years in a row.


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Jackson returns to Garsington

July 5th, 2024

2023 winner of Garsington Opera’s Leonard Ingrams Award, British conductor Tess Jackson returns to Garsington to join the line up for a Gala Concert as the company looks back at some of the most memorable moments of the season. Included in the programme are selections from Smetana’s The Bartered Bride on which Tess assisted JacRead more ›

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JBM Artists at the 2024 BBC PROMS

April 25th, 2024

We are proud to announce appearances by three JBM artists at this year’s BBC Proms. First, cellist Laura van der Heijden takes to the Royal Albert Hall stage on 26 July for Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s concerto Earth, Sea, Air with the BBC Scottish Symphony conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth. Next on 5 August, Proms favourite pianist BenjaminRead more ›

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Tess Jackson: “Come to the Cabaret!”

March 28th, 2024

Rising young conductor Tess Jackson takes to the podium for her debut at the Volksoper Wien, where she is Musical Assistant, for performances of Cabaret on 30th March and 2nd April. Cabaret, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, is set in 1929–30 Berlin as the Nazi regime looms, focussing on theRead more ›

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Tess Jackson’s blossoming relationship with NYO

February 19th, 2024

Tess Jackson, Associate Conductor of the NYO, has spent the last week working on a special project with the organisation. Although only in its second year and following its huge success in 2023, the ‘NYO Inspire’ programme provides unbiased opportunities to hundreds of teenage musicians to join in musical fellowship and work on key elementsRead more ›

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Tess Jackson jumps in at Garsington

July 12th, 2023

Young British conductor Tess Jackson makes her debut at Garsington Opera with Smetana’s ‘The Bartered Bride’ today. Following a last minute cancellation, Tess is delighted to be jumping in with the sensational cast and Philharmonia Orchestra in the pit for this exciting production and OperaFirst performance. Recently appointed Associate Conductor of the National Youth OrchestraRead more ›

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National Youth Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall: Gavin Higgins “Concerto Grosso for Brass Band”
“Tess Jackson, NYO’s Associate Conductor and a former orchestra member, was on the podium for the Higgins [Concerto Grosso for Brass Band and Orchestra]. She was an absolutely steady, clear presence, thoughtfully shaping this five-movement work.”
Rebecca Franks (The Times), April 2024

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