Community and Education
“Bridie is joyful, thorough, and compassionate, and is committed to delivering her practice at the highest quality. She is an excellent facilitator, creating a safe and well held space in which the participants felt comfortable to share often deep and introspective material and support each other" - Jack Burton, Creative Director at Jack Drum Arts, social enterprise providing cultural opportunities for communities in County Durham
Whether leading a mixed ability choir of 70+ singers, facilitating large scale musical projects, creative workshops or teaching song writing in a school setting, Bridie brings an ethos of inclusivity, joy and collaboration to all her socially engaged work.
Bridie is a skilled and passionate creative practitioner and facilitator, highly experienced in delivering music projects and workshops with a diverse range of adults and children and in this capacity has worked for many organisations including Jack Drum Arts, New Writing North and Streetwise Opera, an music organisation that work with people who have experienced homelessness.
Alongside her career as a musician, Bridie also works as a creative producer for Northumberland bait, part of Creative People and Places, an Arts Council initiated national scheme that is about more people choosing and taking part in the creativity and culture available on their doorstep. Working for bait has had a profound impact on Bridie’s approach and instilled a deep passion for socially engaged work that is co-created and empowering for those involved.
Original music co-created, written and performed by Bridie Jackson and project collaborators
As part of Summer Streets Festival 2020, Bridie Jackson collaborated with the music collective Aukestra to write an original anthem to close the festival called ‘Together: Apart’ about the importance of connection and what kept people and communities together during the pandemic The song was created by Bridie and the group together via Zoom, and these contributions were then compiled to create a special music video, released on the final day of the festival.
Commissioned by Queens Hall through the Here and Now Programme 2020, in celebration of 25 years of The National Lottery. In this, Bridie Jackson wrote songs about local people in Northumberland who have done incredible, unrecognised work for their communities. These people were nominated by local who knew them, and then local musicians created their own arrangements of these songs which became part of an augmented reality gig.
The River Keeper
Commissioned by Streetwise Opera Company in 2016 to compose ‘The River Keeper’, the first of three 30 minute operas created in collaboration with performers who have experienced homelessness.