Carol J Jones (b.1993) is a composer of orchestral, chamber and choral music based in the UK. Originally trained as a dancer, her unique approach to composition encompasses everything from neurons firing to supernova explosions. 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, London Contemporary Orchestra, the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra and Choir, Heath Quartet, Armida Quartet, Fidelio Trio, Red Note Ensemble, Ensemble Entropy, Joby Burgess, Fenella Humphreys, Charlie Lovell-Jones, Catherine Ring, in venues across the UK including Westminster Abbey, Hoddinott Hall and St Magnus Catherdral. Her choral music has been performed by Worcester College Chapel Choir and Scholar Cantorum. Her music has been performed at festivals including Dartington International Summer School, Cheltenham Music Festival, St Magnus International Music Festival, London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, Vale of Glamorgan Festival, 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. The service was broadcast on BBC One as well as BBC World Service. She also been commissioned by Worcester College Chapel Choir as part of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, and the Godolphin Vocal Ensemble . 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.
In 2017 Jones collaborated with choreographer Jack Philp on 'LUMEN', supported by Arts Council of Wales, National Dance Company Wales, Venue Cymru, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Dance Woking, Rubicon Dance, Cardiff University (The School of Physics and Astronomy) and City University London (Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit). Jones was also one of the first composers to write for Illuminate, supported by Ambache Charitable Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation and GEMMA Classical Music Trust. She has written arrangements for the London Contemporary Orchestra.
New works being premiered in 2020 include 'in the shadows' for Jennifer Langridge as part of the Psappha Composing For scheme and 'for one more breath' for Deutscher Chor London as part of their Corona Commissions. 2021 includes the premiere of 'the light thief' by Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra 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.
Jones studied music at Cardiff University. She is currently studying for a DPhil in Music Composition at University of Oxford under Robert Saxton.