Hello! My name is Jenny Cox and I play Horn with the NCO. It has been my privilege to be a member of this orchestra for almost 6 years for which I am very proud and grateful. I came up to Manchester from the south to study at the RNCM and felt so warmly welcomed I never left. Even during my time as a student I started playing with the NCO, often alongside one of my teachers, Beccy Goldberg, the former 2nd horn with the orchestra. Working as part of a small, often conductor-less, ensemble fosters shared responsibility, sensitivity and creativity. It was during these engagements that the joy of chamber music was planted in me.
That said, being a freelancer means that my career is extremely varied and interesting, with no two days the same. And that’s how I like it! One day I can be song writing with primary school children, the next playing as a deputy for a touring company like ‘Phantom of the Opera’, and the next broadcasting with the BBC Philharmonic live for ‘In Tune’ on Radio 3. From symphonic to chamber, education to therapeutic uses of music, opera to Haçienda club nights; variety really is the spice of life.
When I’m not playing, I enjoy cooking, having my nose in a good book or a spot of Salsa dancing. No lycra here; just lots of fun, a cha-cha or two and meeting new friends. In my spare time I’ll often head for the galleries. I’ve minimal talent with a brush, but I find art so inspiring. I think it’s similar to music, in that the questions it asks of us are just as important of what we think of the work. Whichever way we approach the experience, it can leave us richer. And for that reason I literally thank the Lord for my vocation. I think Rumi may have put it best when he said:
“Let the beauty of what we love be what we do”
Find out more about Jenny’s career here.