To lovers of vocal music it was Jeremy Jackman's face that was known around the world as a member of the King's Singers. Now it is his back ('much my best side') that is more familiar to audiences in the United Kingdom and abroad, as he pursues an increasingly busy international career as a conductor and choral director.
Jeremy started his career as a singer, performing throughout Europe as a soloist, as a member of fledgling versions of the Tallis Scholars and The Sixteen, and in opera. In 1980 he became a member of the King's Singers, and for a decade shared their demanding international schedule, performing in the world's most prestigious concert halls and making countless recordings and broadcasts.
In 1990 he decided to concentrate on musical direction. He has been Chorus Master of the London Philharmonic Choir and the Belfast 'Phil' and is now Director of Music for the English Baroque Choir, Chorus Master of OSJ Voices and also conducts the Cecilian Singers in Leicester.
Jeremy has conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brandenburg Sinfinia, the Orchestra of St John's and the English Sinfonia in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall; Royal Albert Hall; St Paul's Cathedral; Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; St John's, Smith Square and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. At Alexandra Palace he may well have broken the world record for conducting several zoos-worth of children in Britten's Noye's Fludde. Large royalty cheques (with very small figures printed on them) occasionally land on Jeremy's mat in recognition of his services as the singer of the theme music for Blackadder II.
A beautiful and mood-filled programme of modern English, French and American art songs, this CD includes song cycles from Roger Quilter, Gerald Finzi, Francis Poulenc and Michael Tippett, as well as Herbert Howells' masterpiece King David. Also featured is the world première recording of White Bee, a song by the award-winning contemporary British composer Cecilia McDowall.