Jana Rowland ~ Composer & Music Practitioner -
Excellent Musical Director with experience in conducting choral and orchestral music.
"My vision is to share the music that we are, and inspire beautiful composition"
Jana won her only prize at primary school in a writing competition. The competition was to create a piece about the sounds around us. It became a theme for her life. Now focused on using music more than words to describe those sounds, that early training in listening has created the music she writes today. She bought a guitar with the prize money, the first of many musical toys.
Jana studied composition for her first Master's degree in electroacoustic composition; creating electroacoustic works with choral voices.Her passion is to follow the sounds of the mind, often a silent and sacred journey, founded in inspiration and spiritual thinking.
She has been commissioned to create several pieces for choirs, as well as orchestral works. Her latest piece, 'Dialogue with the Sea' commissioned by SingOut2010 performed at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh.
“An excellent experience”
“The choirs became one voice, when they all sang together, a great experience for all of us”
“I started off totally out of my comfort zone and then loved it”
“A sacred work; theologically unsound but wonderful to sing”
"Great musical facillitator"
Relevant Commissioned Works:
2012 Bramfield Community and Schools choirs: ‘Songs we can sing’ Performed at WaterAid 2012 with The One Feather Project.
Britten Pears Foundation Commission "Re-Cycling Songs" A celebration of Britten's Friday Afternoon Songs 2012- 2013
SingOut 2010 - Project Director and Commissioned Composer: ‘Dialogue with the Sea’ for Britten Pears Choir, Narrator Libby Purves, and childrens’ choirs performed at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh 2010. (A total of 150 voices).
Commissioned by PRS, Britten Pears Foundation, The Suffolk Foundation, Saxmundham Rotary and MusicLeader.
Beccles Festival Chorus 2006 - 2009 Composer, Conductor and Musical Director
‘The Dream of ‘Sarkis’ is a setting of a tale by Kahlil Gibran for choirs, string quartet, organ and flute. Sarkis, a Greek Shepherd dreams he hears Pan playing flute with Jesus in a conversation about God and Nature. (70 voices).
“Requiem” a joyful setting of the Requiem Mass for Soprano, (Mary, and Mother-God) Bass, SATB and childrens’ choirs, jazz trumpet and orchestral ensemble.
A singable piece including sectional pieces for young choirs.
Halesworth Festival Chorus, (2003 - 7) Halesworth ‘Overture’ for the Opening of New Cut Theatre. Magnificat Choirs for Adults and Children (Musical Director)
St Mary's Halesworth and the Halesworth Team, Composer 'Setting the Church Year' to music.
Relevant work experience:
Her musical style with children can be individual, diverse, experimental and creative. SEN and Soundbeam Music Practitioner. “Every child matters.”
2009 - 2012 Composer for Eastfeast, and Creative Partnerships in Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk schools. “Beaming” with Artlink Suffolk at Hillside School Sudbury and Warren School Lowestoft, First Base for Brandon Thetford, (Artlink) Activities Unlimited Special Music days, Adnams sponsored “Fun for All”.
Available Scored & Recorded Works include:
- The Sea: One Act Opera
- The Voice Circus: an opera with children
- The Logic & The Miracle performed at Norwich Cathedral in June 2000, a one hour electroacoustic work for Suffolk based group Heartbeat, soprano, contralto, violin, and children's voices
- The Passion Part One & The Ascension Part Two - electroacoustic tape and choirs
- The Requiem. - Choirs and Organ, first performed Halesworth 2002, and at Beccles Festival 2009
- The Dream of Sarkis, a setting of a tale by Kahlil Gibran, for choirs and flutes.
- Three songs for Amnesty International performed at Blythburgh Church with the Wenhaston Girls Choir.
- Three Folksongs for orchestra and choir performed at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh with English Sinfonia.
- A collection of Childrens' Songs commissioned by Eastfeast.
- Solo Psalms and Sacred works, a Magnificat for St Paul's Cathedral to the tunes of 'Oranges and Lemons'(2000)
As music practitioner for Eastfeast Jana has completed a flowerpot symphony for childrens' orchestra and pots, and a collection of dances for staff and children to play together (Witnesham Primary School, Summer 2011)
Numerous theatre credits with script writer Andrew Neil including Time & Ms Tick', 'Tick 2', True For Ever, Spending the Pension, Songs for Review.
Symphony of Light, collaborating with Mike Rowland, wove Jana's choral skills and the voices of Wenhaston Girls Choir with Mike Rowland's beautiful melodic music. The album, sold world wide, is a collation of ambient sounds and voices, arranged with sounds from nature and symphonic orchestrations.
Educational and Theatre projects include: Composer with English Touring Opera, Mercury Theatre Colchester, Compositions for Schools, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh 2001 and 2004, 2005, Songs for Bramfield School. 2006 saw Jana compose three Spike Milligan songs for Laxfield Drama Club which were performed at Ipswich Wolsey Theatre.
" Jana really can sing.." The Stage
Jana coaches singing, both with choirs and individually, and has worked with students from RADA, Mountview Theatre School, and The Actor's Institute where as Director she led the Leadership Programme, Leadership & Creativity, the Mastery and Samurai.
She has recently graduated with a Distinction for a Master's Degree in Education with a research study called ' My First Language is Music', the piece which is published at SAPU, University of East Anglia Library, Belstead House, identifies a manifesto for music and is written as a novel.
Previous experience :
Director & Partner The Actor's Institute, and founded the Institute for Creativity(Both in New York and the U.K.) Taught and developed strategies for Creativity. Teach with Stephen Sondheim's assistant Chuck Vasallo Vocal Masterclass in NY and London.Set up Creativity in Education project with Anna Craft and the Open University, the first accredited diploma (Certificate in Professional Development) in creativity in the UK. Books: " Can You Teach Creativity" with Anna Craft. For a fuller history of the Mastery and the Actor's Institute, read 'The Mastery' by Christine Kimberley (see also www.christinekimberley.com 'buy the book here')