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Gordon Jacob (1895-1984), Composer

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Composer and teacher. Jacob studied at the Royal College of Music and joined the teaching staff there on graduation, where he remained until his retirement in 1966. He was a composer across different musical genres and was a popular choice for festival commissions. Jacob became known to a wider audience during World War II through his humorous arrangement of popular tunes for Tommy Handley's weekly radio comedy show ITMA. In the increasingly avant-garde cultural landscape of the 1960s, Jacob's work found popularity abroad and with the growing number of British school orchestras, springing up in response to the new emphasis on music in education.

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Gordon Jacob

by Juliet Pannett
chalk, 1960s?
NPG 5760