Jacob is a freelance cellist and viola da gamba player with an interest and specialism in music of the 16th to 18th Centuries. His chamber group FIGO have had a busy and rewarding summer, highlights including the commencement of its 3 year residency at the Clifton International Festival of Music, playing for the Exon Singers Festival in Tavistock (including a live broadcast on BBC radio 4) and orchestral performances of Bach, Handel and Haydn. He has an interest in the academics of historical performance and has enjoyed putting together a programme of Muffat and his self-proclaimed influencer’s Lully and Corelli for a concert as part of this years Brighton Early Music Festival of which his group is partaking in the BREMF LIVE! Scheme 2018. He is looking forward to an upcoming recording with the Chorus of the Clifton International Festival of Music and working on collaborations with groups Sansara, Colla Voce Singers and Collective31. He is co-principal cellist of the Zeitgeist Chamber Orchestra and Bellot Ensemble. Jacob regularly plays with Newcastle Baroque, The 18th Century Sinfonia, Durham Singers, Epiphoni Consort, The Bishop’s Consort, Erebus Ensemble and very much enjoyed playing the Gamba Solos of the St John Passion with The Royal Northern Sinfonia, last Easter. Jacob grew up in Washington, Tyne & Wear where he started playing cello aged twelve. He attended the Centre for Advanced Training at Sage Gateshead, studying under past and present members of the Royal Northern Sinfonia prior to reading Music at the University of Bristol. During his time at Bristol, he took cello lessons with Ioan Davies of the Fitzwilliam Quartet, conducted the University Baroque Ensemble and String Orchestra and was principal cellist for the Festival Orchestra, Opera and Musical Theatre societies’ productions. Jacob was very involved in the University’s New Music Ensemble and also led projects with the Contemporary Music Venture, focusing on new music written for period instruments. He studied Cello and Viola da Gamba with Jonathan Manson in the Historical Performance Department of the Royal Academy of Music, assisted by a generous scholarship from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, also taking lessons with Caroline Ritchie. During his time there, Jacob played in masterclasses with Phillipe Herreweghe, Rachel Podger, Maggie Faultless and was directed by Ton Koopman, Laurence Cummings, Lisa Beznosiuk, Pavlo Beznosiuk and Johannes Pramsohler among others. Jacob is an enthusiastic teacher and workshop leader, he was recently an assistant tutor at Theresa Caudle’s Baroque Week and is in the process of planning a tour of educational performances in the North East with his chamber group FIGO.