About

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Photograph by Megan Roe 2017.

Jacob Thompson-Bell is a composer and creative producer with a particular focus on multi-media connections and site-responsive work.

Recent projects include ONE, a site-responsive UK tour of new music and visuals (Arts Council England, and part of Sound and Music Composer-Curator 2017).

Other projects include Postcards from Eyemouth (Creative Scotland 2017), an exhibition and musical performance featuring contributions from community groups and schools in Eyemouth, Scotland; Fresh Yorkshire Aires (Arts Council England 2016) presenting exhibitions and performances of work by Yorkshire-based artists; a position as Artist-in-Residence at Somerset House, London (Sound and Music Embedded 2013 – 2015); and a collaborative residency at LSO St Luke’s, London (LSO Soundhub 2012-14).

Jacob has worked with London Sinfonietta, Nonclassical, London Symphony Orchestra, the Debussy Trio, Orchestra of Opera North, Ligeti Quartet, Lontano and CoMA; and soloists including Matthew Bourne, Philip Thomas, Joely Koos and Joel Bell. His music has been performed in venues including the Purcell Room, LSO St Luke’s, Howard Assembly Rooms, British Museum and BFI Southbank. He has commissioned work from artists including Jez riley French, Katie English (a.k.a. Isnaj Dui) and Claudia Molitor.

Jacob is a Principal Lecturer at Leeds College of Music, and has developed education resources with Sound and Music (Minute of Listening), and Britten-Pears Foundation (Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra iPad app 2013).


Artist residencies:
2013-15 Somerset House: Sound and Music Embedded Composer in Residence (UK)
2013-14 Lancaster Artists Platform: Artist in Residence (UK)
2012-14 LSO St. Luke’s Concert Hall: LSO Soundhub Residency (UK)

Projects:
2017 ONE: a site-responsive UK tour of new music for piano with visuals
2017 Postcards from Eyemouth: site-specific graphic scores, performed and exhibited, Eyemouth, Scotland
2016 Fresh Yorkshire Aires: new graphic score commissions, exhibitions and performances, Yorkshire
2015 Listen/Here: site-wide live installation and tour, Somerset House
2014 In Memory: live installation, Somerset House
2013 Mixed Media: multi-media event,  LSO Soundhub, St Luke’s
2012 figure refraction ground: audio-visual installation, Blankspace, Manchester
2012 Brodsky: bar room concert of co-authored chamber music, Manchester

Selected performances/commissions:
2016 Matthew Bourne/Philip Thomas – Bramley Forge Lock (graphic score) for Fresh Yorkshire Aires, The Gallery at Munro House, Leeds
2016 Joely Koos – A lot like this… (solo cello), Nonclassical, Key Club, Leeds
2014 London Sinfonietta – Hymns to a Fading Planet (solo cello), BFI Southbank, London
2014 Jane’s Minstrels – Serenade (collaborative, graphic score), Colourscape, Clapham
2014 London Symphony Orchestra – Serenade (collaborative, graphic score), LSO Soundhub, St Luke’s, London
2013 Orchestra of Opera North – Ludwig in the Room, Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds
2013 Aomori Quartet – Meeresstille: A Recollection (string quartet), Wigton Methodist Church, Carlisle
2013 Incidental music (acousmatic) for LEAPing Out (with Jose Guillermo Puello), Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster
2013 Paul Beckett – Songmaking (solo viola), British Museum, London
2013 Jing Ouyang – Verbatim (solo piano), RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester
2013 Paul Beckett – Viola Fragments (solo viola), LSO St Luke’s, London
2013 Ghost in the Machine (keyboards) performed by the composer, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester
2013 RNCM Symphony Orchestra – Ludwig in the Room (symphony orchestra), RNCM Concert Hall
2012 VISTA Trio – Three Cubist Portraits (wind trio), Night and Day Cafe, Manchester
2010 Lontano – Movements Through The Town (mixed ensemble), South London Gallery
2010 Debussy Trio – Two Triptychs (flute, harp, viola), Purcell Room, London

To request a full CV, please contact me.