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Jacob Kingsbury Downs is a doctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield, where his research explores how technologies mediate listeners' experiences of sound.
He has also been a Visiting Tutor at the University of Oxford and the Purcell School.
As well as academic pursuits, Jacob is an accomplished musician, regularly touring as a singer, pianist, viola player, and harpist.
He is also an experienced composer, arranger, engraver, and score consultant.
 

BIOGRAPHY

Jacob was born in December 1993 near to the Devon coastline in south-west England. He began formal musical training at the age of ten, though the thrill of scales and technical exercises never quite outweighed that of writing new music for the army of instruments he collected over his teenage years.
At the age of eighteen, Jacob signed his first record deal with Vox Humana Records, releasing two singles and an EP with them over a five-year period, all of which he wrote, arranged, and produced. He has also toured nationally as a session musician.
After stints in Oxford, Cambridge, and London, he now lives in Brussels, Belgium.
Photograph by Christina Webber
Photograph by Sophie Downs
 

education

ph.d. MUsic

university of sheffield

m.st. MUsic (musicology)

St john's college,

university of oxford

B.A. MUsic

christ church,

university of oxford

2012–2015

First

Recipient of Clifford Smith Prize

2015–2016

Distinction

Funded by Ertegun Graduate Scholarship

2016–present

Funded by AHRC/WRoCAH Studentship

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