Jennifer Whyte: West End Musical Director (Les Mis, Avenue Q, Sunset Boulevard, Phantom, Cabaret)

Five Minute Call

13-03-2024 • 1 hr 5 mins

This is Jen's story. 00:00:00 - Trailer 00:01:02 - Introduction 00:01:29 - Jennifer White's Early Life and Musical Background 00:02:23 - The Importance of Breadth in Musical Knowledge 00:04:10 - Developing Musical Accompaniment Skills 00:05:16 - Working Men's Club Band Experience 00:06:26 - Musical Theatre Beginnings at Age 17 00:08:55 - Auditioning for Music Schools and University 00:12:05 - First Musical Theatre Project: Calamity Jane 00:13:21 - Family Musical Connections 00:15:11 - Difficulty Connecting with Classical Music Interpretation 00:18:30 - Connecting Storytelling with Music 00:20:16 - The Origins of Jennifer's Storytelling Through Music 00:22:29 - Underworld Musical Project 00:28:39 - Blurring the Lines Between Audience and Performance 00:30:03 - Underworld's Challenges and Inspirations 00:35:55 - Developing Emotional Intelligence in Music 00:38:19 - The Importance of Reconstituting Written Music 00:39:12 - Feeling Authentic in Different Musical Styles 00:41:15 - Recreating Musical Styles Authentically 00:44:03 - Imposter Syndrome and Self-Doubt 00:48:00 - The Advantages of a Multifaceted Skillset 00:51:33 - Accepting One's Unique Strengths 00:54:20 - Aspirations Beyond Musical Theatre 00:55:32 - The Origin Story: Getting to London 01:02:07 - Addressing Snobbery Towards Musical Theatre 01:04:00 - Closing Thoughts ---- FOLLOW ► https://www.instagram.com/fmcpod Oren: https://www.instagram.com/OrenBoder https://www.linkedin.com/in/orenboder Claire: https://www.instagram.com/showminds Jennifer: https://www.instagram.com/msjenwhyte https://www.jenniferwhyte.co.uk LISTEN ► Amazon Podcasts: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/8fb3a694-7799-4062-8607-16a120d5db12/five-minute-call Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2xNC5y4sno1FSsTp8bjyd3 ---- If you have been or are currently affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, here are some resources you might find useful. In the first instance, helplines: Samaritans - 116 123 (24/7 phone service) Shout - 85258 (all ages 24/7 texting service) Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858 (5pm - midnight) Papyrus HOPELINEUK - 0800 068 4141 (for under 35 year olds) If you work in the theatre industry here are some organisations who can help you to find the right help: BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) 020 7404 5888 Music Minds Matter UK 0808 802 8008 https://www.applauseforthought.com https://www.industryminds.co.uk https://www.bapam.org https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk https://www.artsandminds.org.uk https://www.artsminds.co.uk https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk https://www.mind.org.uk

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