Esther Jones studied music at Oxford University, where she was organ scholar of University College
She then studied choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was the first Open Academy Fellow and now teaches part-time. Alongside this role, she is currently Acting Artistic Director of London Youth Choir and Deputy Musical Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. She is also a collaborator on the ‘Created out of mind’ project: a two-year residency in the Hub at the Wellcome Collection which draws together scientists, artists and broadcasters to produce research and artwork related to dementia.
Other recent engagements include leading a workshop day for visually-impaired conductors at the Wigmore Hall; directing massed primary school children and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment in Vivaldi’s Gloria; working as a tutor alongside Gareth Malone on BBC TV’s The Choir: Sing While You Work 2 programme; directing music for A World I Loved starring Vanessa Redgrave in the Brighton International Festival 2012; directing music for BBC Radio 4's Sunday Worship and appearing as Guest Reviewer on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review programme.
Esther has also worked as Chorus Master for conductors including Marin Alsop, John Rutter, Simon Halsey and Eric Whitacre. She has directed music on numerous CD recordings and digital downloads, as well as on live broadcasts for BBC Radio. Film credits include directing Brighton Festival Youth Choir on the soundtrack of Brighton Rock starring Helen Mirren and produced in association with BBC films.