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Gabriel Jackson

b. 1962

'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.'

Choral Journal

'He knows he has something to say, and he says it with directness and clarity.'

The Times

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Composer News

Jackson's latest large-scale work, The World Imagined, will be premiered at the Three Choirs Festival in July 2021. Other works by Jackson also feature throughout the Festival. The World Imagined work has been jointly commissioned by the Three Choirs Festival, UK and the Elgin Master Chorale in the USA and is written for tenor soloist, SATB chorus, and orchestra.

The premiere recording of Gabriel Jackson's The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ has been awarded the BBC Music Magazine Choral Award 2020. The recording features the Choir of Merton College Oxford and Benjamin Nicholas.

Composer Biography

One of Britain's foremost composers, after three years as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, Gabriel Jackson went on to study composition with Richard Blackford and 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 2010-2013 he was Associate Composer to the BBC Singers. In 2014 his hour-long The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, commissioned for the 750th anniversary of Merton College, Oxford, was premiered in its chapel. May 2015 saw the premiere at the Latvian National Opera of Spring Rounds for soprano, choir and orchestra, commissioned by the Riga-based youth choir Kamer for their 25th anniversary. He was recently commissioned by The Marian Consort to write Stabat Mater to mark their 10th anniversary.

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