Jack McNeill is a clarinettist, composer and cross-discipline musician interested in exploring the points where different traditions and sound worlds meet.
Jack directs the ensemble Propellor, developed on Open Space at Snape Maltings and currently on tour with Loom combining recordings across waves, wetlands and water channels with virtuosic instrumental writing, live electronics and video projection to produce an immersive live experience, challenging perceptions of genre and performance space.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Jack has premiered works by Richard Ayers, Karin Rehnqvist, Michael Finnissy, Liz Johnson, Ryan Latimer, Kirsty Devaney, Michael Zev Gordan, Michael Wolters, Joe Cutler, Ed Bennett, Fumiko Miyachi and Howard Skempton. He performs regularly with the Gildas Quartet, members of Le Page Ensemble and CHROMA.
His work as a freelance musician involves diverse musical collaborations ranging from the London Symphony Orchestra with Steve Reich, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, an on-stage musician/actor with Sebastian Mathias's Danserye and Thom Luz's When I Die, Ensemble 360, Royal Shakespeare Company and Gecko Theatre, Britten Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, amplified ensemble Decibel, BBC Singers, the Hilliard Ensemble, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Trish Clowes’s Emulsion Sinfonietta, folk/jazz/improvisatory Drawlight and Joe Acheson’s Hidden Orchestra.
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.
A Britten-Pears Young Artist, he completed the flagship AdvPgDip course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire gaining a distinction and being awarded the Conservatoire Principal’s Prize. Jack has been supported by Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Musician's Benevolent Fund and PRS Foundation as a composer. Winner of the Ludlow Concerto and Leamington Music prizes, Jack has also been awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians' Silver Medal.
A passionate educator, Jack teaches at University of Birmingham and Nottingham University. He mentors on leading education projects with Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Britten Sinfonia Academy and the Young Composers Project. Jack is currently director of the chamber music strand of Aldeburgh Young Musicians.