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A little bit about my training and career to date...

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Jemma
studied with Patricia MacMahon and obtained a BMus (hons) from the University
of Glasgow. She completed her PgDip, MMus (performance), MMus (opera) and
MOpera with Kathleen McKellar Ferguson at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at
the RSAMD with grateful assistance from the RSAMD scholarship trust, Donald Dewar
Arts Awards and the Fenton Arts Trust. She now studies with Judith Howarth.
Jemma has
performed contemporary works as a soloist in the 2015 Turner Prize nominated Doug by Janice Kerbel, at Max at 75
(Maxwell Davies/Dark Angels), Plug (Murphy/Am Turme) and with the RSNO
(Lindberg/Graffiti|). She created the role of Marga the Mesmerist (Boyle/Kaspar
Hauser) and performed Cally Spooner's Damning Evidence Illicit Behaviour Seemingly
Insurmountable Great Sadness Terminated In Any Manner at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern
Art as part of British Art Show 8.
She made her Proms debut in 2010 with
the BBCSSO and Donald Runnicles and was a Britten Pears Young Artist in 2011 as
Lady Billows in Albert Herring.
Operatic
Roles include Lady Billows (Britten/Albert Herring), Filipjevna
(Tchaikovsky/Eugene Onegin), Gertrude (Humperdinck/Hansel & Gretel),
Waltraute (Wagner/Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung), Erda (Wagner/Das Rheingold
and Siegfried), Second Norn (Wagner/Götterdämmerung), Fricka (Wagner/Das
Rheingold) Marcellina (Mozart/Figaro), Meg Page (Verdi/Falstaff), Donna Elvira (Mozart/Don Giovanni) and Primadonna/Ariadne (Strauss/Ariadne auf Naxos).Roles
performed in concert include Amneris (Verdi/Aida), Klytaemnestra
(Strauss/Elektra), Die Amme (Strauss/Frau ohne Schatten), Brünnhilde (Wagner/Walküre) and Gutrune (Wagner/Götterdämmerung).Jemma and her duo partner Maryam Sherhan are proud alumni of Live
Music Now!, a scheme set up by Yehudi Menuhin to help young professional musicians
at the beginning of their careers and to take quality live music into venues
lacking in live performance, such as schools, nursing homes and prisons. They have given recitals at the National Museum of Scotland, Music at Paxton, Shetland Arts, Westbourne music, and the Usher Hall a have participated in residencies at and Aberdeen International Youth Festival and at EMS creative exchange in Crear. They made their Edinburgh International Festival debut in 2016.
Jemma's teaching experience includes Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Junior Conservatoire and NYCOS Girls' Choir. Success with private students
includes admission to Junior Conservatoire and excellent results in SQA and
ABRSM exams. She is currently engaged on a part time basis as s singing and piano instructor for Glasgow City Council.
Jemma is a trustee of Paisley Opera, a community opera company with an amateur chorus and professional solo ensemble, who are currently preparing for their Spring 2019 production of La Boheme. 
Jemma is currently Director of Music at
Wallneuk North Church, Paisley, having previously been engaged at
Colston Wellpark, Broomknoll and Beath and Cowdenbeath North Churches. Jemma is
artistic director of a Sunday afternoon concert series she established at the
Church, featuring Chamber musicians and soloists of international standard. 



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