Originally from Oldham, Jill studied cello with Joan Dickson, a professor at the Royal College of Music, before becoming a Choral Scholar at Girton College, Cambridge, where she read music. After graduation, she won a two-year scholarship from the Swiss Government to study choral and orchestral conducting with Michel Corboz and Arpad Gerecz at the Conservatoire of Geneva and was awarded ‘Le Prix du Conseil de l’Etat’ with her diploma.
Following this, she went to Lisbon as Chorus Master to the Gulbenkian Foundation Choir and then worked as Development Officer, and subsequently Music Director for ‘Sing for Pleasure' for several years. She continued as Head of Conductor Training for SfP for several years and continues to tutor at events for both adults and children organised by them and by other choral organisations, in Britain and abroad.
Jill currently works as the Vocal Animateur for Stockport LEA, supporting and promoting singing within all the borough’s schools, as well as delivering INSET training for teachers. Until recently, she was Chorus Master to the Leeds Philharmonic Society and continues to undertake freelance conducting, vocal training and adjudicating engagements.