Jeremy Jackman’s musical education began as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, and continued at the Royal College of Music and Hull University. He began his career as a freelance countertenor and choral director. He sang throughout Eastern and Western Europe as a soloist, and with ensembles such as the BBC Singers, the BBC Northern Singers, the Alfred Deller Choir, the Tallis Scholars and The Sixteen. In the field of opera he created the part of Fulvio in Banchieri’s La Pazzia Senile and sang the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. He was appointed countertenor Lay Clerk at Westminster Cathedral in 1978, under the direction of Stephen Cleobury. Two years later he was invited to join The King’s Singers, succeeding Nigel Perrin as their highest voice, and for the next decade shared their demanding international schedule, performing in the world’s most celebrated concert halls and making countless broadcasts and recordings.
In 1990 Jeremy resumed work as a choral conductor, directing choirs, courses and workshops all over the world. As Chorus Master to the Belfast Philharmonic Choir (1991-97) and the London Philharmonic Choir (1992-94) he worked with the world’s most renowned conductors in the preparation of a wide variety of music. In 1994 he was invited to form the choir eventually known as OSJ Voices to support the work of the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square. In 2021 he stepped down from his post as conductor of The Cecilian Singers, a Leicester-based chamber choir, with whom he had enjoyed a fruitful partnership lasting 30 years. He has been Musical Director of the English Baroque Choir since the year 2000.
Jeremy has conducted at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, Alexandra Palace, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and St John’s Smith Square (London) as well as at concert halls around the world in Spain, Germany, Belgium, France, Sweden, USA, Singapore and Taiwan. He is frequently invited to give workshops and masterclasses with established choirs in the UK and overseas.
Roger Kneebone, eminent Professor and Engagement Fellow at The Wellcome Trust, has created a series of interviews under the title ‘Countercurrents’. Listen to his extended conversation with Jeremy by clicking here.