The second in my series of the new generation of women composers is Bobbie-Jane Gardner. I had the pleasure of working with her on her commissioned piece for solo viola, which was premiered at the Spitalfields Music festival in December 2020. My favorite moment was getting asked to sound more like a penguin.
She is a composer, arranger and producer with a wide range of styles and genres, who is actively involved in her community in Birmingham, England.
Bobbie has received commissions from Uchenna Dance Co., Vocab Dance Co., mac arts, Punch Records, Vivid Projects, Sound and Music, Fierce Festival, Grand Union, Spitafleilds Music, The Longbridge Public Art Project, The Gospel Revisited Project and Heart n Soul.
She ran for-Wards - an ambitious two year, city wide music programm and large scale artistic collaboration with Birmingham residents and creatives to create a musical ode to the city, resulting in 10 original musical works which responded to and reflected the communities and stories captured in Birmingham’s 10 districts, thereby creating a cultural sound map of the UK’s super-diverse second city.
Bobbie recently worked as shadow curator and lead artist on Twelve Tones - a citywide participatory art project engaging communities across Birmingham and Solihull exploring sound in relation to place and time in a series of artist-led workshops and sharing events.
She has recently completed a PhD at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and teaches composition at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Junior Conservatoire.