About

Upon graduating from Royal College of Music, I joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as a violinist.

I realised that balancing young children and an orchestral life was too challenging, so I swapped sides.

Following roles in both the concerts department of the London Symphony Orchestra and in artist management with the former Van Walsum Management, I  joined HarrisonParrott initially as an Artist Manager and latterly as a Director.

The most enjoyable part of my time at HP was spent developing the careers of young conductors.  During my time there, I worked for, amongst others, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Iván Fischer, Andrey Boreyko, Paavo Järvi, Kirill Karabits, Krzysztof Urbanski, Xian Zhang and Elim Chan.   I also worked for some really inspirational instrumentalists including Jerusalem Quartet, Martin Fröst and Ksenija Sidorova.

After 20 years at HP, I decided that I wanted some new musical challenges and left HP at the end of the 2015/16 season.  Iván Fischer immediately invited me to work alongside him and Stefan Englert on the artistic planning and the touring sales for Budapest Festival Orchestra….. this was an irresistible offer and one which gives me huge artistic satisfaction.

In October 2017, following a serendipitous lunch with Kathryn Enticott, I realised that I could no longer resist the lure of artist management and here I am!

Jennifer Spencer and conductor Manoj Kamps

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Mentoring

Since June 2016, I have intentionally gravitated towards mentoring conductors….. some of them have still been studying and need to know what a professional orchestra expects from them, some have long graduated and needed some strategic guidance as to their next steps.
“Jennifer Spencer has her finger on the pulse of the industry in a way only a seasoned professional of the highest level can.  Her mentoring sessions have been both highly inspiring and keenly informative.  Packed with valuable information, upbeat energy, and concrete “outside the box” solutions, her guidance has been key to developing TOA-Transylvanian Opera Academy during its incubation period and first season.”

 

Elizabeth Askren

Co-Founder and Artistic Director, TOA – Transylvanian Opera Academy

“I am honoured to have received guidance from Jennifer Spencer. She draws upon her wealth of knowledge and experience to answer all of my questions or to share an opinion. Not only does Ms Spencer always formulate her ideas in a clear-cut manner, but she always remembers the significance of music-making, combining the managerial and artistic sides of conducting in a way that is truly admirable. Thanks to Ms Spencer, new opportunities have presented themselves, and my career has had a chance to develop in new and exciting ways.”

Pawel Kapula

Assistant Conductor, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

“I have been very fortunate to know Jenny for almost ten years now and she has been a wonderful source of advice and guidance in navigating the world of conducting. She knows everything there is to know about the business and is always full of good ideas and inspiration. I am very grateful for her support and recommend her unreservedly!”

Benjamin Bayl

Associate Director, The Hannover Band

“Jennifer has a rare kind of supercharge that rubs off and inspires. She was instrumental in my transition from assistant conductor to finding a good agency and always gave guidance with a huge enthusiasm and obviously deep knowledge. I’m forever grateful for the energetic support and creative ideas that flow so naturally from Jenny.”

Vladimir Fanshil

“Jennifer’s years of experience, knowledge and musicianship is incredibly useful.   She really knows how to guide conductors in the right direction for their professional development. Her generous-hearted honesty and wisdom in a professional world that is so often very tough, is worth its weight in gold.”

Alice Farnham