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Gabriel Jackson

‘Prominent among his British contemporaries by reason of a prolific output and engaging style, Gabriel Jackson is now enjoying much attention by some of the nation's finest choirs. Jackson is a master at turning a memorable phrase; a motif or pattern grasps the listener and is immediately appealing.’
Philip Barnes, Choral Journal (US)

‘He knows he has something to say, and he says it with directness and clarity.’
The Times

Gabriel Jackson One of Britain’s foremost and celebrated composers, Gabriel Jackson was born in Bermuda in 1962. After three years as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, Jackson went on to study composition with Richard Blackford and with John Lambert at the Royal College of Music.

Particularly acclaimed for his choral works, his liturgical pieces are in the repertoires of most of Britain’s cathedral and collegiate choirs and he is a frequent collaborator with the leading professional groups of the world. From 2010 to 2013 he was Associate Composer to the BBC Singers.

In April 2014 his hour-long The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, commissioned for the 750th anniversary of Merton College, Oxford, had its first performance in the college chapel. This has been recorded for commercial release in 2019.

May 2015 saw the premiere, at the Latvian National Opera, of his half-hour piece for soprano, choir and orchestra Spring Rounds, commissioned by the Riga-based youth choir Kamēr for their 25th anniversary. He was recently commissioned by The Marian Consort to write a Stabat Mater to mark their 10th anniversary in 2018. This has been commercially recorded and sits alongside a growing number of recordings in the catalogue.

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