Welcome.

I am a freelance composer, arranger and educator based in Birmingham, UK. I work with a wide range of musicians in various genres, and enjoying collaborating on projects. You can find excerpts of my music on the Listen page.

I am Project Manager for In Harmony Telford & Stoke, and also deliver orchestral sessions for the ensembles on the project.

I freelance doing music education workshops and you can find out more about this on my education work page.

I was Learning Co-ordinator for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group until summer 2015.

Projects

Current Projects

In Harmony Telford and Stoke. Leading ensembles of nearly 350 primary school children in weekly sessions in a model based on the Venezualan El Sistema. See their website for more info.

Presenting BCMG’s Families@4 Concert. See here for details.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts  ‘Visualising Sound’ workshops. Find out more here.

Festival in a Day project with BCMG.


Past Projects

2015

Collaboration with choreographer Suzannah McCreight on a new work. Performance of work in progress on 2 April 2015 at The MAC in Belfast.

Old Park Primary whole school music video. Creating a film for BBC Ten Pieces project using the school orchestras’ recording of Mussorgsky’s Night on a bare mountain.

Or see it here on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02p96qv/player

Arrangement of Diggy Diggy Hole for Yogscast, The People’s Orchestra & Oxfam flashmob.

Stay Tuned creative music workshops with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO),  at a number of secondary schools in Birmingham: Shenley Academy (beginner clarinetists and brass players), Kingsbury School (mixed ability) and Greenwood Academy (mostly non-musicians), Hodge Hill College (beginner Pbone project), Aston Manor Academy (creative music workshops), Perry Beeches Academy (composition & ensemble project).

CBSO & Shenley Academy Partnership project. Working as composer and workshop leader creating orchestral piece and songs around the theme of Orpheus.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts  ‘Visualising Sound’ workshops.

2013-14

Southwater Grand Opening: Opening of the new library and lake in Telford. Composed a new electronic piece with Richard Shrewsbury to be synchronised with the firework display.

Musical Leadership Year 3, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. I’ve written/arranged a mashup of pop songs from 2013 for the Shenley Academy school orchestra and workshopped them to be performance ready.

Notelets, CBSOArranging Christmas songs for the CBSO’s Notelets concerts for 3-5 year olds.

Geo-song project with three schools in Telford. Facilitating, recording and performing song written by young people based on folk stories from the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site. Partenership project with Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, English Heritage, Phoenix Secondary School, and six Telford Primary Schools.

 

Our City, Our Past (Birmingham History Project) with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and Selly Oak schools. A songwriting, composing, movements and art project for Primary and Secondary children based on local history around the River Rea.

September 2012 – December 2014

Creative workshops with the Elgar Birthplace Museum in Worcester. You can read about them here.

August 2012 – March 2013

Resolution project with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) and scientists from the Rheumatology Research Group at the University of Birmingham. Exploring the research of Immunologists through music with young people from local secondary schools. Included a commission for young musicians to perform:

 

September 2012 – April 2014

Imagine Compose project with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) and Birmingham Music Service beginner instrumental ensembles. Embedding creativity right from the start of musical lives. Included being shadow composer/workshop leader on the the project as well as being commissioned to write a piece for beginner ensemble.

Jan-March 2012

Mechanics. Project with Old Park Primary School and Phoenix School. Commissioned to write a piece called Mechanics for 40 year 5 & 6 students and 10 year 7 students. For percussion (tuned and untuned), vocals and electronics (including Soundbeam).

Premiered at the Telford and Wrekin Music Showcase on March 14 2012.

October 2011

Make an Aria project – with Welsh National OperaMusic Theatre WalesBirmingham Contemporary Music Group. My aria, Y Gollyngdod was performed in a masterclass with Nigel Osborne at the Barber Institute in Birmingham. A recording is available to listen to here.

September 2011

The Selfish Giant. Commissioned to compose the soundtrack for a piece of family theatre for Springs Dance Company. It is based on a story by Oscar Wilde called The Selfish Giant and is a blend of choreography, story-telling and puppetry. It is being toured with funding from Arts Council England. Previously I was commissioned to write the soundtrack for Springs Dance Company’s production of The Wemmick Story.

Te Selfish Giant
Springs Dance Company

Listen

My most recent work has been a collaboration with choreographer Suzannah McCreight on a piece entitled The Reason I Jump.

Player

Tracklist

For Amber (2012)
for High Voice and Pianoforte
Recorded live May 2013 at Guildhall School of Music & Drama by soprano Sarah Leonard
This piece was a prizewinner in the Association of English Singers & Speakers Composition Competition 2012.

That Terrible Silence (2012)
for Chamber Ensemble
Recorded live at The Forge, Camden by Thumb Contemporary Music Ensemble conducted by Dan Watson

Y Gollyngdod (2011)
Mezzo-soprano aria with Piano reduction
Composer: Jeremy Clay
Librettist: David Roberts
Mezzo-soprano: Amanda Baldwin (Welsh National Opera)
Accompanist: Nicola Rose
Conductor: Michael Rafferty (Music Theatre Wales)
Director: Michael McCarthy (Music Theatre Wales)
Performed at the Barber Institute, Birmingham, October 2011

A Little Character (2011)
for Trumpet in C and Pianoforte
Recorded at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Trumpet in C – Ed Carpenter; Pianoforte – Jeremy Clay

Until the Middle (2011)
for Pianoforte Solo
Recorded at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham by Jeremy Clay

Dancing with Girls by the Cemetery (2011)
for Chamber Ensemble
Recorded live at Birmingham Conservatoire by Thumb Contemporary Music Ensemble, conducted by Dan Watson

Music with gaps in… (2011)
for String Quartet
Recorded live at We Are Birmingham shop by futuresonic
an open event, hence the noise (including road traffic & chatting!)
Limited rehearsal time means it is not quite as polished as I would like…

Watch My Flight: Parts IV & V (2009)
for Chamber Ensemble
Recorded during rehearsal by Thumb Contemporary Music Ensemble

Contraction (2009) [work in progress]
for Chamber Ensemble
Recorded during workshop by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Video
Sorting the Nation (2011)
for Chamber Ensemble
Recorded live at ArtsFest 2011 in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery by futuresonic

The Selfish Giant (2011)
Dance production for families
Promo reel

Education Work

I am passionate about music education and believe it has amazing potential to enrich the lives of both children and adults. I lead creative workshops in various primary and secondary schools across the midlands, specialising in teaching composition and creativity.

Clients include: In Harmony Telford & Stoke, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, various schools (primary and secondary).

Below are some examples of work that has been produced by participants:

Alice in Wonderland: Composed by me and performed by Year 2 of Old Park Primary as part of In Harmony Telford and Stoke.
Under the Trees: Song composed and performed by secondary school students on a residential course.
Reggae Sunshine: Song composed and performed by secondary school students on a residential course.
A River Through History, performed by CBSO: Piece composed by secondary school students, arranged for professional symphony orchestra by me.
A River Through History: Piece composed and performed by secondary school students
Kings of Smelt – Geo-Song, Telford: Song written by young people based on the history of the Ironbridge Gorge.
The Mystery Behind the Wall, BCMG Imagine Compose Project: Primary school beginner instrumentalists composed this piece and performed it at the Adrian Boult Hall
Churchill Academy: I wrote this piece for the advanced wind ensemble at Churchill Academy. It was great to workshop this with them and help them to perform it extremely well.

Comments on my work:

“Jeremy had an excellent calm manner with the children, had planned his session well, and there was lots of active stuff/games to keep the children focused/interested.” Teacher

“The activities were well thought-out and very suitable – accessible but also challenging.” Teacher

“I absolutely loved it and I wish I could do it all again.” Participant

[I enjoyed working with Jeremy] because he had patience and didn’t rush all the time.” Participant

If you would like to find out more please get in touch – details are on the contact page.