Jessica is from UpHolland in West Lancashire and first asked for violin lessons after hearing one at a local concert when she was six years old. She became a pupil at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester from the age of eleven and began playing viola there when she was fifteen.
Jess spent fours years at the Royal College of Music in London but took a year out from her studies to live and work in Havana, Cuba, where she played with the Orchestra of the Cuban National Ballet and at the conservatoire in Havana. After leaving RCM in 2014, Jess was a member of ‘Southbank Sinfonia 2015’ before relocating back up North where she has had a busy freelance career working with many different orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Ulster Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Outside of music, Jess has just renewed her season ticket at Huddersfield Town FC and is looking forward to a second season of watching Premier League football. She is also keen on cricket and has a dog called Jimmy who is named after Lancashire and England bowler, Jimmy Anderson.
Supported by Lesley Thomson