Jana Rowland biography

Biography: Jana Rowland is one of the first women composers in the UK with a Masters degree in electroacoustic music as well as a Master’s degree in Education.


Having trained as a singer Jana worked in the music industry as a performer, coach and partner of Hi Note Records (Warner) where she developed artists for the international platform. These included: The People of O (with Seal), Adamski, Brand New Heavies, James Brown Band the JB Allstars, featuring Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley and Peewee Ellis. She trained Skin, (Skunk Anansie) and worked with Van Morrison.


In the 1980’s she cofounded the Institute for Creativity as a partner of the Actor’s Institute (New York and London) where she was Director: Projects for the Institute included teaching Masterclasses with Chuck Vasallo (Musical Assistant to Stephen Sondheim) and The Creativity in Education Programme developed with Professor Anna Craft (NAACE Report ‘All our Futures’, Creativity in Education Diploma Open University and Exeter University) which resulted in the handbook for teachers ‘Can you Teach Creativity?’ (Routledge:/Education Now).


In 1998 she focused on composition as her main occupation. She composes both classical and contemporary soundscapes, including works for theatre (Andrew Neil, True for Ever, Miss Tick 1 & 2), with English Sinfonia, (Three Songs) for Beccles Festival, (The Dream of Sarkis), Britten Pears Foundation (Recycling Songs, and Britten Songs for Birthday celebrations Snape), Halesworth New Cut ‘Opening‘ Festival Overture.


She was Musical Director for the Anglican Church for three years composing the entire church year (Requiem Mass, Easter The Passion, Psalms, Hymns and Solo Songs). Her ‘Magnificat ‘ was performed at St Paul’s Cathedral, Easter week 2000, ‘The Logic and The Miracle’ at Norwich Cathedral (200 voices). SingOut 2010 a compositional educational programme featured 200 voices from Suffolk.


In 2014 she was commissioned by Tower Hamlets Mulberry School to produce an opera ‘Silk Gitanjali Silk’ with the Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Bengali community.


She writes songs for ‘Mo McKenna’ (Edinburgh Festival 2014).


She also runs a recording studio in Wenhaston Suffolk with her husband, composer Mike Rowland. Together they set up the One Feather Project which is the first project in the UK to release albums made with young people with brain injuries using technologies as a means for music and creative play.


She currently works with Eastfeast composing music in schools, including Woodbridge Primary School.

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