We are pleased to announce Bobbie-Jane Gardner as the selected Embedded composer to work with Heart n Soul.

Embedded is a Sound and Music composer and creative artist development programme, aimed at talented composers and creative artists. This is a bespoke professional development programme, providing practical hands-on experience and a range of significant creative opportunities. Embedded is a transformational experience for composers in terms of talent development, artistic ambition, professional experience and growing networks.

Bobbie-Jane Gardner is a composer, arranger, producer and music leader. She has received commissions from Uchenna Dance Co., Vocab Dance Co., mac arts, Punch Records, Vivid Projects, Sound and Music, Fierce Festival, Grand Union and Heart n Soul. She has extensive experience of working in schools and in the community. In Autumn 2014 she created string arrangements for Lizzie Emeh's Beautiful Octopus Club performance.

Bobbie has written orchestral arrangements for opera singers, completed a part-time Masters degree in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire. She is working on the next phase of her celebration of Birmingham music project for-Wards.

On being selected for the residency, Bobbie-Jane said:

'I'm absolutely chuffed to be selected for the embedded residency with Heart n Soul! Mark Williams and the Heart n Soul team do amazing work to support their talented array of artists such as Lizzie Emeh and The Fish Police. I am excited about the working partnerships I will develop and the sounds we will create together. I really hope to incorporate into these partnerships a multi-sensory approach to performance and sound.' 

Sound and Music's Creative Project Leader Hannah Bujic said:

'I’m really looking forward to working with Bobbie and Heart n Soul on what should be an innovative and inspiring residency. Bobbie’s wide-ranging ideas are a great fit with the imaginative programmes at Heart n Soul, and it will be exciting to see what she develops in collaboration with other artists and musicians at the organisation.'

Find out more about Bobbie and her work here.

Bobbie-Jane Gardner is the Heart n Soul/Sound and Music Embedded Composer in Residence. The Embedded programme is supported by Esmee Fairbairn, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.