Photos of Jessica at home practising her music
Whether playing her guitar to her parents in the kitchen, singing to her assembled family on Christmas day or getting up on stage, Jessica always loved performing.
Jessica's first formal experience of a musical instrument was the recorder, although there was always a piano in the house. She started to learn classical guitar at the age of five with her older brother, Oliver. A few years later she progressed to the cello with which she went on to perform with Pendle Youth Orchestra and Westholme School Orchestra. By this time she had taught herself to play the piano and discovered her passion for singing - her best instrument of all! It was no surprise when Jessica chose to study music at 'A' level.
After joining the Westholme School Choir, Jessica performed a number of solos in Blackburn Cathedral. She sang soprano with Lotherdsale Singers along with her brother (tenor), Mum (alto) and Dad (bass) - a mini choir in one family!
Jessica's rendition of 'Panis Angelicus' during her solo performance at a Colne Noyna Rotary Club charity christmas concert was simply beautiful. Inspired by the rising star that was Charlotte Church, in her teens Jessica would spend many hours practising her singing behind closed doors in her bedroom. At 18 she achieved Grade 8 in her singing exams with flying colours.
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