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 Ensemble, Dr K Sextet, and Prime Brass in venues ranging from St John’s Smith Square, London, to a disused pump station in Suffolk. Recent 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 was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in November 2021, 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 Pike, Ian Stephens, Dr James Olsen, and Douglas Mason. He has received masterclasses from composers including Charlotte Bray, John 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 Notes on Loving, Much Ado About Nothing which has secured funding from Arts Council England.
Journalism and Typesetting
As well as writing music, I write articles and other pieces of music journalism.
Find out more at https://olsenverlag.com/team/jacob-fitzgerald where I write articles alongside working as a typesetter for Olsen Verlag.
Other typesetting experience includes work for Hereford Cathedral and for the Three Choirs Festival.