Jennyfer Brickenden

Jennyfer Brickenden divides her time and energy between vegetable gardening in Cape Breton, her interests in ecology and chief administrator of Scojen Music Productions. She is the creative confidante to the multi-dimensional and accomplished Canadian composer, Scott Macmillan, to whom she is married. Throughout her career Brickenden has sought creative opportunities for Macmillan, bringing them to reality thus enabling Scott to work with a vast array of musical talent from diverse cultural backgrounds.

In 1988 she co-created with Scott Macmillan their acclaimed Choral Celtic Classical composition ‘Celtic Mass for the Sea’ leading to multiple performances of their much loved ode to our world’s oceans across Canada, the US, the UK, Germany including 2 performances at Carnegie Hall in New York. Jennyfer was the librettist, researching and adapting the text drawing from ancient Celtic incantation and prayers that underlie environmental concerns as well as contributing to Scott’s musical thematic direction.

Working behind the scenes Brickenden plays an integral part in the creative process, performance and recordings of Scott’s compositions. In 2015 Jennyfer worked with the Wagmatcook Arts and Cultural festival to bring to fruition a Gala presentation of the celebrated Mi’kmaw poet Rita Joe, with Elders and Youth of Eskasoni, and Waycobah in collaboration with visual artist Alan Syliboy and musician Scott Macmillan. Jennyfer coordinated in 2014 an international collaboration between Scottish composer/harpist Mary Ann Kennedy and Scott Macmillan culminating in performances at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Brickenden is the producer/creative consultant on Scott Macmillan’s composition, and double ECMA winning Classical recording of the Year and DVD of the Year; ‘Within Sight of Shore’, executive producing Ian Macmillan’s documentary of the same name.

Through the years Jennyfer has sat on number of cultural boards. She was a founding director of the Halifax JazzEast Festival, was a board member of Music NS in its pivotal years and other organizations such as The Halifax Camerata Singers and Cape Breton West Wind.