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About

Jacob Fitzgerald is a British composer of experimental, classical and electronic based in Cambridge and Hereford.

Starting his musical life as a chorister at Jesus College, Cambridge, since then Jacob has gone on to study composition and violin at Aldeburgh Young Musicians in Suffolk and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.

  

Writing for a wide variety of settings, Jacob has had his work performed and commissioned by ensembles including the Ligeti Quartet, the Brodsky Quartet, the Phaedra EnsembleDr K Sextet, and Prime Brass in venues ranging from St John’s Smith Square, London, to a disused pump station in Suffolk. Recent and upcoming performances include a multimedia graphic score Letter of Request for Reconnection of Service, performed by The Hermes Experiment and Gesualdo Six as part of the London Sound Gallery, and murmuration which is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 21st November at 2pm, performed by the Palisander recorder quartet. This score is also in the process of being prepared for publication with Peacock Press

 

Jacob currently studies with renowned pianist and composer Huw Watkins, having previously been taught by with Dr Jeremy PikeIan StephensDr James Olsen, and Douglas Mason. He has received masterclasses from composers including Charlotte BrayJohn Woolrich, and Simone Fontanelli.

 

As a performer, Jacob plays violin and viola, and as a singer holds the bass choral scholarship at Hereford Cathedral where he enjoys a busy schedule singing eight services a week.

Current projects of Jacob’s include a commission for tenor James Gilchrist, and a multimedia music and dance project with dancer, choreographer, and singer Emily Pahlawan-Collinson, titled Much Ado: Recomposed, which has secured funding from Arts Council England.

Art and Graphic Scores

As well composing using traditional forms of notation, Jacob also creates graphic pieces and aims to create at least one miniature graphic work every few days.

Creating art and experimenting with multimedia notation has proven a welcome escape from the Coronavirus lockdowns.

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postcard pieces
postcard pieces

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à deux
à deux

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Journalism

As well as writing music, Jacob writes articles and other pieces of music journalism.

Find out more at https://olsenverlag.com/team/jacob-fitzgerald where Jacob writes articles alongside working as a typesetter for Olsen Verlag.