My Music

I compose choral, chamber and orchestral music. 

I use old-fashioned techniques but with a modern twist. My music is colourful and complex. 

My core values are craftsmanship, beauty of form, sincerity of emotional expression, and imagination.

Bio

I studied music at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, winning the David Barlow Memorial Prize in my first year and graduating with first-class honours. After that, I pursued postgraduate studies under the supervision of Prof. Colin Timms at the University of Birmingham, specialising in the music of Heinrich Schütz, and receiving my PhD in 2000.

I began composing as a student, and gradually evolved my Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Baroque styles after experimenting with many other approaches along the way, from hardcore minimalism to rock! Since 2005, my music has been published by Chichester Music Press. My music has been recorded, performed internationally, and heard on television and radio.

I live and work in Cumbria, in the North West of England. I sing in Carlisle Cathedral Choir and direct Occasional Musick, a group of selected professional musicians.

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IN THE NEWS

http://www.cumbrialive.co.uk/Leading-Cumbrian-composers-new-work-to-be-debuted-in-the-county-1463de04-7db6-401b-b0a0-7c8ad5183721-ds

Upcoming Events

Autumn 2018

The exciting young Canadian Flute ensemble Trio Taco will be performing my Fugue in Sepia on the following dates in their upcoming tour of Ontario:

-July 28th (Kingston, ON)
-August 8 (Perth, ON)
-August 12 (Yarker, ON)
-August 14 (Thornhill, ON)
You can also catch Trio Taco in action on their Youtube channel.
Many thanks to the Trio for selecting my score and all the very best with the tour!

Past Events

10 June 2018 

Trio Taco gave the first performance of Fugue in Sepia in Victoria, British Columbia.

5 June 2018

Jack Stone, Organ Scholar of Carlisle Cathedral, performed The Blackbirds: Fantasy in C major as part of his lunchtime recital at Carlisle Cathedral.

23 April, 29 April, 30 April, 6 May

I was interviewed on BBC Radio Cumbria Your Classical at 6 PM talking to John Lipscombe about my music. The programmes featured excerpts from Of a RosePiano Sonata in G and Clavier Suite in A.

14 April 2018 

Kendal Concert Band performed arrangements of my Ouverture pour les Pâques (Easter Overture) and Sarabande (from my Clavier Suite in A major) in their Spring concert:

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7 April 2018

I conducted a concert in Lanercost that included my Parce Domine, alongside other works connected with Lent, Passiontide and Easter, including a specially composed setting of Haec Dies by my friend and colleague Jonathan Millican.

1 April 2018 Easter Sunday

My motet O taste and see how gracious the Lord is was sung at St Modwen’s Church in Burton-upon-Trent.

30 March 2018 Good Friday

The Herdwyck Consort featured my Parce Domine as part of their service of music and readings at St Patrick’s Church, Patterdale (6 PM). Click here for details.

21 March 2018

Tony Westerman performed my chorale prelude O Welt, ich muss dich lassen in his lunchtime recital at St Modwen’s Church, Burton-upon-Trent. (Starts 12.30 PM.)

25 December 2017

My chorale prelude Vom Himmel Hoch featured in the pre-Eucharist music at Carlisle Cathedral.

Noel: Verbum Caro Factum Est was sung as the Offertory at Christmas Day Mass at Leeds Cathedral.

15 December 2017

The Gabrieli Choir gave the world premiere of my carol Noel: Verbum Caro Factus Est at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Columba’s Scottish Presbyterian Church in Budapest.

A couple of hours later, Carlisle Cathedral Choir began their Gala Concert with the same carol.

10 December 2017

St Mark’s Church, Natland, Kendal at 7.30 PM. Pro Nobis performed my carol Hard is the Road to Bethlehem at their Christmas concert (“Wolcum Yule!”), alongside Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and other seasonal works. You can hear their performance here.

9 December 2017

“Hallelujah! A Christmas Concert”. St James’s Church, Denton Holme, Carlisle. The Abbey Singers gave the premiere of my new Grand Motet Rite majorem Iacobus canamus. The programme also featured Part One of Handel’s Messiah and other exciting and joyous pieces, including Jonathan Millican’s Ave Maria.

30 July 2017

My music was featured in a special weekend of services at Carlisle Cathedral featuring music by Cumbrian-based composers.

7 February 2017

Lunchtime lecture-recital at Tullie House, Carlisle. I  celebrated contributions to music made by non-binary and transgendered people, especially the castrati, and together with Jack Stone performed a short programme of vocal solos, including selections from Schütz, Monteverdi and Carissimi.

2 December 2016

Lunchtime recital with Jordan English at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The programme was as follows:

Purcell: Music for a While
Schütz: O Jesu, nomen dulce
Christopher Gibbons: Voluntary for Double Organs (organ solo played by Jordan English)
Orlando Gibbons: The Secret Sins
Henry Lawes: To God the Holy Ghost
Pelham Humfrey: A Hymn to God the Father
Franz Tunder: Praeludium in G minor (organ solo played by Jordan English)
Schütz: Was hast du verwirket?
Purcell: Vouchsafe, O Lord (from the Te Deum in D major)
Heinrich Albert: Hie habt ihr, ihr jungfrauen

1st October 2016

Mini-recital and panellist at Celebrate! Symposium, Tullie House, Carlisle.

20 March 2016 Palm Sunday

Alto soloist in Haydn: Stabat Mater – Carlisle Cathedral Chamber Choir, Carlisle Cathedral.

13 February 2016

Occasional Musick at Austin Friars School Chapel, Carlisle – starts 7.30 PM. This included the Byrd 4-part Mass.

19 December 2015

“Smith & Jones: A Baroque Christmas” – recital at St Bride’s (Greyfriars), Dumfries. Music by Schütz and Bach.

12 December 2015

Carlisle Cathedral Christmas Concert – starts 7.30 PM. I performed the alto solo “O Thou that tellest” from Handel’s Messiah.

21 November 2015

Concert in aid of Amnesty International at St John’s Houghton with new group directed by me, “Occasional Musick”. Music by Schütz, Fux and Praetorius.

8 October 2015

Lunchtime recital at Hexham Abbey, with Max Smith (organ scholar, Carlisle Cathedral)

17th-century music from England and Germany

Orlando Gibbons – Fancy in A re
Henry Purcell – Music for a While
Pelham Humfrey – A Hymn to God the Father
Henry Lawes – To God the Holy Ghost
J.J. Froberger Toccata VI: Da sonarsi alla levatione
Heinrich Schütz – Kläglicher Abschied
Heinrich Schütz – Was hast du verwirket?
Heinrich Albert – Hie habt ihr, ihr jungfrauen
Henry Purcell – Vouchsafe O Lord (from Te Deum in D)

6 October 2015

Lunchtime concert at Carlisle Cathedral (as member of the Herdwyck Consort)

Shop

Buy the Special Limited Edition of my album Of a Rose: Choral and Organ Music of Tamsin Jones. The music is performed by the extraordinary Matthew Curtis, formerly of the internationally acclaimed male-voice ensemble Chanticleer, and by the renowned organist Tom Corfield.

The packaging features specially written liner notes, Japanese seals, and, if you wish, a personalised autograph. Price £10 plus P&P.

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If you prefer to download music, you can also purchase Of a Rose: Choral and Organ Music of Tamsin Jones from Amazon and iTunes.


Praise for Of a Rose: Choral and Organ Music of Tamsin Jones

“This CD is a delight to listen to.  The harmonies and the counterpoint are superbly blended and the whole listening experience is highly enjoyable.  These modern compositions reflect in a wonderful way the best of the periods on which many of them are based.” – Jolyon Dodgson, MBE

“A fascinating compositional style of intellect and delight” – Jack Stone, Organ Scholar, Carlisle Cathedral (2016-18), Organ Scholar elect, Tewkesbury Abbey (2018-)