(photo: Bertie Watson)

Jake Muffett (baritone) was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire where he attended The King’s School Grantham. He graduated from the University of York with a BA(Hons) in Music and received an MMus in vocal performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Jake is currently continuing his postgraduate studies on the second year of the opera course at the GSMD where he receives vocal tuition from John Evans. His studies are generously supported by Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund, the Behrens Foundation, the Sidney Perry Foundation, the Grantham Choral Society and the Grantham Music Club.

Alongside his postgraduate studies, Jake was one of the eight Monteverdi Choir apprentices for the academic year 2014/15. During this time he worked closely with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and performed with the choir in concerts across Europe and the United States. Since completing the apprenticeship he has continued to sing with the group on a regular basis including various step-out solos in works by Monteverdi, Bach and Mendelssohn, and he features as a soloist on a recently released CD of works by Bach.

Jake was a member of the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus for the 2016 season, covering the solo role of Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia and taking a principle role in Glyndebourne Youth Opera’s production of Lewis Murphy’s A Garden Dream. His most recent operatic engagement was the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera, and he is currently rehearsing the role of John Sorrell in Gian-Carlo Menotti’s The Consul for GSM Opera.

Jake made his major London solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall in Orff’s Carmina Burana with The Really Big Chorus conducted by Bob Chilcott, and is delighted to return for Handel’s Messiah in November 2017 with Brian Kay.

A keen semi-professional clarinettist, Jake still plays with orchestras and chamber groups when the opportunity arises. He has even occasionally been known to appear in musical pit bands playing clarinets and saxes, and even flutes and oboes.