Jacob Thompson-Bell is a British composer and creative producer, and Principal Lecturer at Leeds College of Music. Jacob gained his PhD from the Royal Northern College of Music and recently completed a residency as Sound and Music’s Embedded Artist in Residence with Somerset House in London (2013-15). Jacob also holds an MMus (Distinction, supported by a RVW Trust Postgraduate Award) from King’s College London and a BA (Hons) (First Class) from the University of Oxford.
Jacob's work draws on contemporary classical and experimental arts practices, through a wide range of techniques, including notated composition, graphic scores, site-specific art, installations, field recording, electronic music and devised work. He has worked with ensembles including 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 such as the Purcell Room (London), LSO St Luke’s (London), Howard Assembly Rooms (Leeds), RNCM Concert Hall (Manchester), British Museum (London), and BFI Southbank (London). Jacob’s work has been supported by Sound and Music (Embedded), LSO Discovery (Soundhub), Blank Media (Manchester), and DARE Composers’ Forum (Leeds).
As a producer, Jacob has led independent projects ranging from exhibitions and concerts of graphic scores around Yorkshire (as part of Fresh Yorkshire Aires), to installation performances at Somerset House (Embedded Artist in Residence, 2013 – 2015) and LSO St Luke’s (2013). Jacob is also a co-founder/director of Collectives and Curiosities, alongside composer Michael Betteridge, developing work across artistic disciplines. Projects include installations for the London Symphony Orchestra and Colourscape Festival (Clapham Common).
Jacob has also developed educational resources for schools with Sound and Music (written content for Minute of Listening 2014, 2015, 2016), and Britten-Pears Foundation (composition games for Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra iPad app, 2013).