Jennie Joy Porton
From Cardiff, Jennie Joy Porton attended the Royal College of Music a ‘year early’ aged 17, on the Joint Principal Study Clarinet and Saxophone pathway, studying with Janet Hilton, Kyle Horch and Martin Robertson.
She also took a semester of study on clarinet at the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg and has received intensive saxophone training in New York from Dr. Paul Cohen. With support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, EMI Sound Foundation, Elizabeth Evans Trust and the Arts Council of Wales ‘HRH Prince of Wales Advanced Music Award’, Jennie completed a MMus at RWCMD with Leslie Craven and Lara James, also on a Joint Principal Study Clarinet and Saxophone pathway, earning the award for the highest recital mark on this Masters program.
As a freelancer, Jennie enjoys a varied career as a performer, teacher and researcher. She works regularly with the Welsh National Opera and BBC National Orchestra of Wales on both clarinet and saxophone, joining them on UK and foreign tours. With these ensembles, as well as the Ulster Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Jennie has been involved in numerous television and radio broadcasts (BBC stations, S4C and Classic FM). She freelances in London’s West End and recently performed with The Bourne Orchestra and on Idina Menzel’s world tour, UK arena dates. In addition, she has been frequently invited to join New York City based disco-funk group Escort on their European tour dates.
Jennie is currently undertaking a part-time PhD at Royal Holloway University supported by the College Research Scholarship awarded by the institution. As a teacher, she holds posts in the Senior and Junior Departments of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has worked in a teaching and coaching capacity at the New York Summer Music Festival.