Described as being “impressive” and an “excellent performer” possessed of a “very fine instrument” and “remarkable gift”, countertenor Jake Barlow was born and educated in Stockport, and read for a degree in Literae Humaniores as a Choral Scholar at Worcester College, Oxford, where he also sang with groups including the renowned Schola Cantorum of Oxford, and the choirs of Merton College and Magdalen College. Following this he took up a Choral Scholarship at Truro Cathedral.
A committed recitalist, he has performed in the Jacqueline du Pré concert hall in Oxford, as well as for various prestigious recital series including those of the New Chamber Opera and the Christ Church Arts Festival as a guest artist, in addition to successful solo tours in the UK. He has also made recital appearances in Belgium and Hungary.
His concert and opera repertoire continues to expand, and appearances include J.S.Bach’s Johannes-Passion, Matthäus-Passion, Magnificat and Mass in B-Minor, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem (at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford), Buxtehüde’s Membra Jesu Nostri, and Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and The Fairy Queen. As a soloist, he has worked alongside groups such as the Amadeus Orchestra, Duchy Opera, Hieronymus, Isleworth Baroque, and the BBC Philharmonic.
He studied with Nicholas Clapton and Carys Lane, and has participated in masterclasses with James Bowman, Mark Rowlinson, and John Treleaven.
In addition to performing, Jake works as a conductor and choir trainer, as well as maintaining his own private teaching practice.