Jamie began playing cornett while reading Music at Oxford University in the mid-1990s and continued his studies with Jeremy West at the Royal College of Music, London, and with Bruce Dickey at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. He holds a doctorate in performance practice from Birmingham University, and since 2010 has combined his professional interests in historically informed performance and academic research, first as Lecturer and Head of Performance at Newcastle University, and (since 2016) as Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of Research at Birmingham Conservatoire.
He has been a member of His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts since 2005 and has researched and directed a number of innovative concert programmes and recording projects for the group, with a focus on the lesser-known contemporaries of Giovanni Gabrieli, including Giovanni Battista Grillo and Gioseffo Guami. He is also the founder-director of the Gonzaga Band and the principal cornettist of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists, and has performed with many other leading period instrument ensembles on the European scene. He is interested in exploring the full range of musical possibilities on his instrument, from Renaissance improvisation practices through baroque sonatas and classical concertos to different forms of contemporary music, including collaborations with jazz and folk musicians.