Composer Gabriel Jackson has become an important presence in the revitalized English choral scene in the 21st century, with an accessible yet utterly distinctive style that incorporates such diverse influences as Renaissance choral music, the music of Michael Tippett and Igor Stravinsky, and American soul and R&B. Jackson was born in Hamilton, in the British colony of Bermuda, in 1962. He grew up mostly in England, serving as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and then taking up the study of composition at the Royal College of Music. Among his teachers were Richard Blackford and John Lambert. Jackson's choral works began to appear and be performed shortly after his graduation in 1983; among his earlier mature pieces was Ah, mine heart (1987). It was after the year 2000, though, that his music gained traction. Jackson earned a British ...
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