Biography

Described as possessing "natural poise and ease" and a “very fine instrument”, Jake is a freelance singer, teacher, and choir trainer. Born and raised in the North West of England, he read for a degree in Literae Humaniores as a Choral Scholar at the University of Oxford. After postgraduate scholarships at Truro and Norwich Cathedrals, he sang as a Lay Vicar in Chichester Cathedral Choir.

A Fellow of the London College of Music and Licentiate of Trinity College London his solo concert credits include, J.S Bach's Matthäus-Passion, Johannes-Passion, Mass in B Minor and Magnificat, Buxtehüde’s Membra Jesu Nostri, Handel’s Messiah, Dixit Dominus, and Theodora, Vivaldi's Gloria and Stabat Mater, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Mozart’s Requiem to name but a few. He has worked with ensembles such as the BBC Philharmonic, Norwich Baroque, the Amadeus Orchestra, Hastings Philharmonic, the East Anglian Academy of Early Music, the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, and the Brook Street Band. He also has a portfolio of international work, and has made appearances in Belgium, Germany, Hungary and the USA, including at the International Liszt Festival in Esztergom and headlining a concert at the Handel Week Festival in Illinois.

As a conductor, he has worked with a variety of vocal and instrumental groups including the Worcester College Chorus, the Affinity Show Choir, Cornwall Returners' Orchestra, and as Musical Director of Truro City Band. He has also conducted in concerts at Truro Cathedral as part of their acclaimed Choral Outreach Scheme. He was the Director of Music for the St Richard Singers, a reputable chamber choir based in Chichester, as well as the founder of their in-house chamber orchestra, the Noviomagus Ensemble. He was also the Associate Conductor of Worthing Choral Society.

 

Now based in Crewe, Cheshire, Jake is the Musical Director-elect of the the Nantwich Singers, one of the finest chamber choirs in the North West of England, and will make his debut with them in March 2020. He is also the Director of Music of the Chester St.Cecilia Singers, with whom he is set to appear in concert around the North West and Wales.

A concert biography suitable for print is available on request.

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