Jack Pepper is a composer, broadcaster and writer. He is one of the country’s youngest commissioned composers, and one of the youngest ever national radio presenters in the UK; he is a vocal champion of music education, and is determined to bring classical music to as wide and diverse an audience as possible.
In his teenage years, Jack composed for the Royal Opera House, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Society and Classic FM. He has recorded his work with acclaimed international conductors including Sir Antonio Pappano, Vasily Petrenko and Kirill Karabits, and his music has appeared on the BBC and Classic FM.
Alongside classical composition, Jack enjoys writing theatre songs and popular music. His work has been played at events ranging from the official Canada 150 celebrations in Trafalgar Square, to the final ever beating retreat ceremony at the iconic UK military hospital DMRC Headley Court.
As part of his efforts to bring classical music to a wider audience, Jack is a presenter on Scala Radio, the UK’s new national classical music station; he joins a line-up that includes Simon Mayo, Angellica Bell, Mark Kermode and Penny Smith. Just nineteen when the station launched in March 2019, Jack became one of the youngest ever national radio presenters in the UK. Jack’s show, The Culture Bunker, explores stories of the people behind great music every Saturday 3-5pm; his guests have included soprano Renee Fleming, conductor Sir Simon Rattle, violinist Nicola Benedetti, and a TONYs Special from New York.
As a writer, Jack has contributed articles to The Telegraph, The Daily Mirror, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, Opera Magazine and RadioToday, and is a regular columnist for the industry-standard publication Classical Music Magazine. His work has been profiled in The I and the Radio Times.
Jack is a vocal champion of the importance of a strong and rounded arts provision in schools, and is an Ambassador for national UK charity Music For Youth.