Jake read music at the University of Liverpool, and is soon to begin a masters degree in composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, generously supported by a tuition fee scholarship. He currently works as a professional composer, MD, lyricist, and jazz double bassist.
He has recently been commissioned by Youth Music Theatre UK to composer a new musical adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, which will be performed in late July 2016. Other theatrical commissions include The Time Machine (YMTUK, April 2015) and Degenerate (Oldham Theatre Workshop, March 2015).
Jake is also active as a music director; recent theatre credits include the London workshop of Stanley Silverman and Patrick Kennedy’s Fantastic Medicine (Wanderlust Productions), Miss Interpreted (YMTUK, assistant MD) and the UK premiere of Arthur Miller and Stanley Silverman’s Up From Paradise at the New Wimbledon Theatre (PK productions, MD). He was also the MD for all of his original productions listed above.
Outside of the theatre, Jake is a composer and conductor of classical music. He has recently worked as the music director of Keele University Concert Band, where he focused on British music composed after 1900. He has composed numerous pieces for a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles, which earned him a scholarship to the prestigious Guildhall School.
Whether he is writing for theatre or otherwise, Jake is equally inspired by the western classical tradition as he is by the great broadway composers. Scott Alan once described his music as “kinda like Sondheim dumbed down,” a description that Jake is immensely proud of.