Jacob Thompson-Bell is a composer and creative producer, based in Leeds in the United Kingdom. His work is broadly concerned with creating spaces for reflection and the contemplation of everyday experience. His eclectic output spans concert works, graphic scores, installations, exhibitions and touring productions.
Jacob frequently works in close collaboration with other musicians and artists, often playing on cross-modalities between music and other media. Current collaborations include Unusual Ingredients, a new production, produced by Third Ear, exploring connections between sound and flavour perception with food artist Caroline Hobkinson and electronic music producer Adam Martin (Nightports).
Jacob has written for and worked with The Vegetable Orchestra (Vienna), London Sinfonietta, Nonclassical, London Symphony Orchestra, the Debussy Trio, the 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, Iklectik, Howard Assembly Rooms, British Museum and BFI Southbank.
Previous projects include ONE, a site-responsive UK-tour of new music and visuals, featuring a newly commissioned work from Claudia Molitor; and Fresh Yorkshire Aires, commissioning, exhibiting and performing new graphic-musical work by Yorkshire-based artists Jez riley French, Katie English (a.k.a. Isnaj Dui) and Nigel Morgan.
Grants and awards include Arts Council England: Artists’ International Development Fund (2018) and Grants for the Arts (2017, 2016); Creative Scotland Open Project Fund (2017); Sound and Music Composer-Curator (2017), Compose-Create-Engage (2017) and Embedded (2013).
Jacob has held residencies hosted by Eyemouth Hippodrome, Scotland, (Creative Scotland, Leeds College of Music 2017); Somerset House, London (Sound and Music Embedded Artist in Residence, 2013-15); and LSO St Luke’s, London (LSO Soundhub 2012-14).
Education forms a core part of Jacob’s work as a composer. He is the Principal Lecturer for Postgraduate Studies 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). In 2017, his project Postcards from Eyemouth, in collaboration with drummer Nick Katuszonek, brought together a team of young musicians from Leeds College of Music to develop a performance and exhibition of site-specific graphic scores at Eyemouth Hippodrome (Creative Scotland, Leeds College of Music).
Jacob has also lectured and delivered workshops for students at the Royal Northern College of Music, the University of Oxford, Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, and Målmo Conservatory of Music in Sweden, as well as talks and masterclasses on graphic scores to groups in primary schools, secondary schools, universities and businesses around the UK and in China.
(Photography: Adam Martin, centre image: Megan Roe)
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)
2020 Unusual Ingredients: connecting food and music, premiering at Kings Place 11 March 2020
2018 Research and development with the Vegetable Orchestra: exploring links between food and music, Vienna, Austria
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
2017 Ben Gaunt – music for one (solo piano), Seven Arts, Leeds
2017 Ben Gaunt – music for one (solo piano), The Rose Hill, Brighton
2017 Ben Gaunt – music for one (solo piano), Iklectik, London
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
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