January 2016

Happy New Year!

After a brilliantly full 2015, the highlight of which was welcoming her son Ben to the world in April, Jill is looking forward to an exciting year ahead. 2016 will see the release of her new CD of premieres for recorder and piano with Aleks Szram, as well as the launch of a new online venture – more details soon. Jill will also be back teaching and performing at Dartington in the summer and hopes to see some of you there.

For those of you who missed Jill’s performance on BBC2’s ‘The Great History Quiz: The Tudors’ on Christmas Eve, there’s still time to catch it on BBC iPlayer. Jill is playing a couple of pieces in the Entertainment Section of the quiz, at about 36 minutes in.

June 2013

Well, what a few weeks it’s been!

Jill’s CD Launch in April was a big success – hosted by the Royal Over-Seas League, the wine and canapes flowed and Jill and Aleks were kept busy signing lots of CDs!

The CD is available to buy via the website here, as well as on Amazon, HMV and many other sites. It will soon be available to download on iTunes – we will keep you updated with this when it’s ready. The disc has already received some great reviews in the press, including:

Jill Kemp truly is one of the best recorder players in the world. With an excellent recording and informative notes this new release from one of our most accomplished recorder players is very much recommended.
The Classical Reviewer

Jill Kemp has selected works by compatriots Gordon Jacob, York Bowen, Lennox Berkeley, Malcolm Arnold and Edmund Rubbra. They provide the proof that the recorder is anything but old. A rich range of colours is first and foremost. She also has a stunning technique that enhances and demonstrates these sophisticated and complex pieces.
Pizzicato Magazine (translation)

Check out more reviews on the Reviews page.

In May, Jill was back at Abbey Road, recording for the soundtrack of Philomena, a new film starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. The music was composed by Alexandre Desplat, who Jill worked with on The Fantastic Mr Fox and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Earlier this month Jill performed the Jacob Suite and a Vivaldi Concerto at the brilliant Classical Revolution night, held at the Green Carnation bar in Soho. She even found time to fit in her wedding to Pete, in a tipi up on the Yorkshire moors at the end of May! Don’t forget you can keep up to date with the latest updates from Jill on her facebook and twitter pages, you may even see a couple of wedding photos there!

The next few months will see Jill perform premieres of works by Gregory Rose, Carolina Noguera and Daryl Runswick. Keep an eye on the concerts page for more details.

February 2013

On February 7th Jill will be the guest artist at Club Inegales, an innovative club creating new music in new ways, in an informal basement bar setting. Under Artistic Director Peter Wiegold, the evening will open with a set by the house band Notes Inegales. Jill will then perform solo works by Bach and the Japanese composer Ryohei Hirose, before the final set where Jill and Notes Inegales perform and improvise together some Purcell, klesmer and Martin Butler’s ‘Echo Ground’. 

This promises to be very different to many of Jill’s usual concerts so it would be great to see some of you there! More details at Clubinegales and you can view a trailer for the event here

January 2013

Happy New Year!

Jill is looking forward to a very exciting year ahead, with her CD release, concerts, recordings, new commissions and collaborations old and new (not to mention her wedding in May!).

Jill’s CD “English Recorder Works”, with her regular duo partner Aleksander Szram and the Brodowski Quartet will be released in April on the MMC Label. Jill is delighted that the CD launch is being hosted by the Royal Over-Seas League on April 9th. There are lots of concerts to celebrate the launch in April/May, so check out the concerts page for more information and hope to see you there!

Don’t forget you can follow Jill on facebook and twitter to keep up to date with recent news.

April 2012

Jill is delighted to be returning to Dartington this summer to teach and perform at the inspiring International Summer School. She'll be there in week 2 (July 28th-August 4th) giving recorder masterclasses and coaching ensembles and consorts. The course is open to all abilities from beginners to young professionals and there are bursaries available for talented students - deadline for bursary applications is the middle of April. It's an amazing place and there are opportunities to get involved in lots of classes whilst you're there - other artists that week include Stile Antico, Bill Lyons from the Dufay Collective, Maggie Cole and Colin Booth on harpsichord, David Staff early brass and Ensemble Meridiana.

As always at Dartington, there will be a fantastic array of concerts during the week, given by the visiting artists. Jill will be giving 2 concerts whilst she's there - one of Bach Cantatas (BWV 106 and 152) and Handel sonatas with performers from Ensemble Meridiana and Stile Antico, and a performance of Kemptown Races in a concert dedicated to the memory of David Bedford. DISS is a unique and inspiring place, and is always one of the highlights of the year - plus, the food is amazing! For more information and details of packages/accommodation please visit

September 2011

Jill will be performing at Birmingham Conservatoire in October – this should be a fantastic weekend of concerts, lectures and discussions. Jill is involved in two events – on Saturday 22nd she will be giving a recital of works commissioned by Dolmetsch between the 1950s-1980s and the following day she will be premiering two new works written for her by David Bedford and George King.

August 2010

Nearing the end of a summer packed with concerts, masterclasses and recording sessions for another film soundtrack, this week Jill gave her earliest concert to date - at 9.30am! Jill’s ‘Bach for Breakfast’ recital was the opening concert for ROSL Arts’ 11th series at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her performance was a sell-out and received critical acclaim – check out the reviews here.

It’s full steam ahead now rehearsing for her new CD of 20th century British works, which will be recorded at Potton Hall at the beginning of September. Before that, Jill has three concerts in two days (luckily all in London!) on the 1st and 2nd of September. Do try and make it along to one if you can to hear a sneak preview of the repertoire for the recording, alongside some Baroque favourites. The CD will be released in the first half of 2011, so watch this space….

May 2010

There are lots of exciting things coming up over the next few months. Jill will be returning to Sicily in July, as a jury member for the IBLA Grand Prize and later the same month will once again be teaching and performing at Dartington during the first week of the summer school. Hope to see some of you there!
Jill has also recently started working with the wonderful Brodowski Quartet in preparation for her new CD, which will be recorded in the Autumn.

Jill’s first course of masterclasses for are now available online – they take children from being complete beginners to playing simple pieces, so if you want to learn the basics check out the site! There will be more classes added over the next few months, including advanced classes on repertoire and different aspects of recorder technique.

November 2009

Jill has had a fantastic few months, beginning with her first tour of the US in April/May. Starting off in the beautiful sunshine of Virginia and New York, she then travelled to snowy North Dakota before finishing the tour in a very wet Arkansas! The highlight of the tour was undoubtably her critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut, which was an amazing and unforgettable experience. Back in London, Jill spent a lovely day recording in Abbey Road Studios for the soundtrack of The Fantastic Mr Fox, out in cinemas now. A busy summer saw her return to Sicily to give concerts and sit on the jury for the IBLA Grand Prize, where she was a prizewinner last year.  She then returned to give masterclasses at Dartington International Summer School and somehow managed to squeeze in moving house and a few days much needed surfing in Cornwall!

During the next few months, Jill will be touring in Poland and Ghana as well as recording her new CD - more details about this soon! On Remembrance Sunday she is delighted to be performing in London at the Duke of York’s Theatre, in Feelgood Theatre Production’s ‘Eloquent Protest’. There are a host of of famous names taking part and it should be a fantastic and inspiring event. All money raised will go to the Mark Wright Project, which supports servicemen, women and bereaved families recovering from the invisible wounds of war.

March 2009

During April/May 2009 Jill will be touring the USA in the IBLA Grand Prize-winners tour. This will include her Carnegie Hall debut in New York, as well as performances in Virginia, Arkansas and North Dakota. More details soon on the concerts page.

September 2008

Check out Jill's 'Performer's Passion' article on the recorder in the October Edition of Classic FM Magazine, in the shops now!

August 2008

A busy summer has seen Jill broadcast on Italian television, give recitals in Edinburgh, Sicily and London, and teach and perform at the prestigious Dartington International Summer School. In July she won the Pablo de Sarasate Prize and the Most Distinguished Musician award at the IBLA Grand Prize in Italy. Continuing her drive to raise the profile of her instrument, she was featured in Muso magazine's Big Noise in June - read the article here. The next few months include concerts in Guildford, Bishop Auckland, Essex, Ealing and the Princess Alexandra Hall in London, so check out the concerts page for your nearest venue!

October 2007

World premieres

Enchanted flyer
A dream begins a search to find the missing music
...what is the bird Garuda?

October 21st sees the first performance of Jill's new concert Enchanted in the Steyning Centre as part of the Adur Arts Live Festival. Enchanted is an exciting new concert that Jill has been developing over the last year and uses projected images, narrative (and lots of bamboo!) to engage the audience's senses and lead them on a musical journey. Watch the story unfold through a series of works by Sarasate, Vivaldi, Bowen and many more, culminating in the premiere of a remarkable work for recorders, piano and soundscape written especially for the concert by Chris Gander. This promises to be a unique concert experience!
On November 13th Jill will be giving a solo performance of contemporary music as part of the London New Wind Festival at St Cyprians Church in London. She will be playing works by Hirose, Bedford and Mays and the world premiere of Winter Seascapes from Ospedaletti by Stephanie Cant.

March 2007

Jill has become the first recorder player ever to win the wind, brass and percussion final of the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League music competition.

The competition took place in three rounds over five days, culminating in the final at Princess Alexandra Hall in London on 6th February. As a result, Jill will be performing at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Final Concert and Award Ceremony on May 11th.

February 2007

Welcome to Jill's new website!