Carol J Jones is a composer of contemporary classical music, writing chamber, orchestral and choral work. Using scientific methods, her work deconstructs the sounds of nature, from the inner rumbling of trees to firing neurons, to create complex, layered compositions. Her music has been broadcast on BBC One, BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service and has been performed across the UK.
She has worked with ensembles and artists including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Commonwealth Festival Orchestra and Choir, Ligeti Quartet, Heath Quartet, Fidelio Trio, Psappha, Joby Burgess, Fenella Humphreys, Charlie Lovell-Jones, Catherine Ring, in venues across the UK including Westminster Abbey and Hoddinott Hall. Her choral music has been performed by BBC Singers, Scholar Cantorum of Oxford and Worcester College Chapel Choir . Her music has been performed at festivals including Dartington International Summer School, Cheltenham Music Festival Composer Academy, London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, Vale of Glamorgan Festival Composer Studio, and has been broadcast on BBC One, BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service.
In 2016 Jones wrote 'songs from the stars' for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as part of their Composition: Wales scheme. After a phone went off in the audience, conductor Jac van Steen turned to the audience and said, 'The magic of Carol's music is the silence that becomes alive'. She was later selected as one of six composers by Judith Weir to take part in the Dartington International Summer School. Her work 'bulawayo railway' written during the course was later broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2017 Jones was commissioned to write 'we are for one, we are for all' for the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra and Choir as part of The Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, which was broadcast on BBC One and BBC World Service. She also been commissioned by Worcester College Chapel Choir as part of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. Her work 'all shall be well' is being published as part of Multitude of Voyces Volume 2: Upper Voices Anthems, one of the first publications of women's liturgical music.
New works being premiered in 2020/21 include 'one more breath' for Deutscher Chor London as part of their Corona Commissions and the launch of the installation of 'The Secret World of Plants' by Olga Stezhko and the Ligeti Quartet, a collaboration with Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and The Tree Listening Project.