Jack McNeill is a clarinettist, composer and cross-discipline musician interested in exploring the points where different traditions and sound worlds meet. He directs Propellor, a 12-piece ensemble developed at Snape Maltings and currently touring its first work, Loom. Jack has premiered solo and chamber works by Richard Ayres, Karin Rehnqvist, Michael Finnissy, Joe Cutler, Ed Bennett and Howard Skempton amongst others. He performs regularly with the Gildas Quartet, David Le Page, Clare O’Connell and Viv McLean. His work as a freelance musician includes being an on-stage musician/actor with Sebastian Mathias's Danserye and Thom Luz's When I Die, performing and improvising for the Royal Shakespeare Company, recording for Gecko Theatre and Trish Clowes’s Emulsion Sinfonietta, orchestral and chamber work with the LSO, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Ensemble 360, Britten Sinfonia, CBSO, BBC Singers, the Hilliard Ensemble and BCMG. He is a member of Decibel, Loki, Drawlight quartet and a guest musician with Joe Acheson’s Hidden Orchestra. Passionate about music education, Jack’s teaching work includes University of Birmingham and he is currently director of the chamber music strand of Aldeburgh Young Musicians. Improviser and passionate contemporary musician, Jack has given complete performances of Henze's Le Miracle de la Rose and Stockhausen’s Harlekin; a substantial work performed from memory where the clarinettist is required to dance and mime while playing! Jack was bass clarinet soloist for a BBC broadcast of David Lang’s The Passing Measures. He also performed Der Kleine Harlekin and In Freundschaft in the opening concert of the Stockhausen Festival of Light. Jack is currently working on a Sound and Music New Voices project with composer Liz Johnson and James Dooley, to create a new touring work for clarinettist, live electronics and dancer based on the poetry of David Hart with choreography by Dane Hurst. He is also the clarinettist for Tao of Glass at Manchester International Festival 2019, a world premiere from composer Philip Glass and performer-director Phelim McDermott (Improbable).


I’ve worked with Jack on a range of creative projects and he always brings enormous generosity, fun, energy, and thoughtfulness into our collaborations, whether working with fellow professionals or with young players. In Jack’s playing and improvising he is able to take risks, able to plummet the depths and then easily take flight and soar.
— Liz Johnson, composer