Jacob Thompson-Bell is a composer and creative producer, based in Leeds in the United Kingdom. His work is broadly concerned with creating spaces for reflection and the contemplation of everyday experience. His eclectic output spans concert works, graphic scores, installations, exhibitions and touring productions.
Jacob frequently works in close collaboration with other musicians and artists, often playing on cross-modalities between music and other media. Jacob has written for and worked with The Vegetable Orchestra (Vienna), London Sinfonietta, Nonclassical, London Symphony Orchestra, the Debussy Trio, the 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 including the Purcell Room, LSO St Luke’s, Iklectik, Howard Assembly Rooms, British Museum and BFI Southbank.
Previous projects include ONE, a site-responsive UK-tour of new music and visuals, featuring a newly commissioned work from Claudia Molitor; and Fresh Yorkshire Aires, commissioning, exhibiting and performing new graphic-musical work by Yorkshire-based artists Jez riley French, Katie English (a.k.a. Isnaj Dui) and Nigel Morgan.
Grants and awards include Arts Council England: Artists’ International Development Fund (2018) and Grants for the Arts (2017, 2016); Creative Scotland Open Project Fund (2017); Sound and Music Composer-Curator (2017), Compose-Create-Engage (2017) and Embedded (2013).
Jacob has held residencies hosted by Eyemouth Hippodrome, Scotland, (Creative Scotland, Leeds College of Music 2017); Somerset House, London (Sound and Music Embedded Artist in Residence, 2013-15); and LSO St Luke’s, London (LSO Soundhub 2012-14).
Education forms a core part of Jacob’s work as a composer. He is the Principal Lecturer for Postgraduate Studies at Leeds College of Music, and has also lectured and delivered workshops for students around the UK and internationally.