Dr Jacob Thompson-Bell

Principal Lecturer: MA Music

Biography

Jake Thompson-Bell

Job title: Principal Lecturer: Postgraduate Studies

Courses taught: MA Music

Specialisms: Notated composition, graphic scores, site-specific art, installations, field recording, electronic music and devised work, production

Jacob Thompson-Bell is a composer and creative producer, and Principal Lecturer at Leeds College of Music. Jacob gained his PhD from the Royal Northern College of Music (fully funded, 2014), and holds a MMus (supported by a RVW Trust Postgraduate Award) from King’s College London and a BA (Hons) from the University of Oxford.

Jacob’s work draws on contemporary classical and experimental arts practices, incorporating a wide range of techniques, including notated composition, graphic scores, site-specific art, installations, field recording, electronic music and devised work. He has held residencies at Somerset House (Sound and Music Embedded Artist in Residence), LSO St Luke’s (Soundhub), and worked with ensembles including London Sinfonietta, Nonclassical, London Symphony Orchestra, the Debussy Trio, Orchestra of Opera North, Ligeti Quartet, Lontano and CoMA; as well as soloists such as Matthew Bourne, Philip Thomas, Joely Koos and Joel Bell. His music has been performed in venues including 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 Creative Scotland (Open Project Fund), Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts), Sound and Music (Embedded), LSO Discovery (Soundhub), Blank Media (Manchester), and DARE Composers’ Forum (Leeds).

As a producer, Jacob has led independent projects including participatory work centred on communities in Scotland (Postcards from Eyemouth, 2017), artist networks, exhibitions and performances at galleries around Yorkshire (Fresh Yorkshire Aires, 2016), installation performances at Somerset House (2013 – 2015) and LSO St Luke’s (2013), and collaborative exhibitions at Blankspace Gallery (Manchester, 2012). 

Jacob has also developed educational resources for schools with Sound and Music (Minute of Listening 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017), and Britten-Pears Foundation (Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra iPad app, 2013).

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