Esther Jones|Conductor

Esther Jones is a conductor, adjudicator and workshop leader specialising in choral music, music education and singing, health & well-being.

Education

Esther studied Music at Oxford University and also held an organ scholarship at University College. She has a distinction in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music. Esther was the first Open Academy Fellow and is now an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Work

Esther works across the UK as a conductor, adjudicator and workshop leader. She is involved with a wide range of choirs: youth, amateur and professional. She offers CPD sessions for singing leaders in music hubs and schools and private tuition to choral conductors. She has published numerous choral arrangements and released recordings on CD and digital formats. Recently she has become involved in research on singing, health and well-being.


Further information

Esther is Associate Principal Conductor of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (https://www.nycgb.org.uk/esther-jones) and Tutor at the Royal Academy of Music (https://www.ram.ac.uk/about-us/staff/esther-jones). She has been Acting Artistic Director of London Youth Choir (https://www.londonyouthchoir.com) and was a collaborator and project leader for the UCL Created Out of Mind residency at the Wellcome Collection (http://www.createdoutofmind.org) – a research and public engagement project on dementia and the arts. She has appeared on Gareth Malone’s TV series The Choir: Sing while you work programme as a tutor and as a reviewer on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review programme. She has directed music in live broadcasts on BBC Radio 1, 3 & 4 and performed in major concert halls across the UK.


Selected audio & video recordings

who we are by Kerry Andrew

Esther Jones conducting combined NYCGB choir, live from Royal Albert Hall (world premiere)

Blooming Heather

Trad. arranged Esther Jones with British Sign Language translation by Paul Whittaker

National Youth Girls’ Choir, filmed on location – Musical Director Esther Jones, also available as an audio recording on Spotify, iTunes etc.

Antiphon by Jonathan Dove

National Youth Girls’ Choir & National Youth Chamber Choir, studio recording of new commission produced by John Rutter

Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten

National Youth Girls’ Choir, studio recording

Available on CD from Delphian Records DCD34133; see video link below about the recording


News

Release of two new recordings conducted by Esther Jones – a legacy project of the UCL Created Out of Mind residency at Wellcome Collection. https://www.nycgb.org.uk/news/two-new-tracks-bring-the-words-of-people-living-with-dementias-alive


Contact

Location

Esther lives in Cheam, Surrey SM2.

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