Jayson’s work has been published by several international publishing houses…
Spartan Press: 1992-present
Oriana Publications: 2005-present
Deben Music: 2009-present
Peacock Press: 2010-present
Recital Music: 2012-present
Cascade Music Publishing: 2012-present
Warwick Music: 2014-present
About Jayson Mackie MMus(Wales) LWCMD
Conservatoire-quality composition of distinction…
Jayson was born in Cardiff in 1975, learning the piano, recorder, flute, clarinet and guitar as a child. Jayson became interested in composition through GCSE and A-level Music study, resulting in the publication of Jazz Suite for flute quartet (1991) and Holiday Music for flute and piano (1992) both published by Spartan Press, at age 16.
After his A-levels, Jayson took time out to compose and study privately with Gareth Davies which led to entry into Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he was the first person ever to read undergraduate composition as a principal study in 1997.
Highlights of his undergraduate study included scholarship prizes for commendable achievement. Jayson was chosen to represent the college with Wind Quintet (1997) at New Music ’98 ISCM World Music Days Festival, Royal Northern College of Music in 1998.
He received a joint commission from National Lottery and Arts Council, with fellow composer Roshi Nasehi to write the music for a new Swansea schools’ community musical, The Big Stink (libretto Vivian French), a cautionary tale demonstrating the importance of recycling, the scourge of pollution throughout history and the importance of looking after our planet. His work was premiered at Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea in July 2000.
Jayson then graduated with distinction that summer. Jayson later returned to the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2002 to study for an MMus (Composition) under the supervision of Lynne Plowman, graduating again with distinction in 2004.
Jayson represented the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama at Leeds Fuse Festival with Insanity Snapshots written for the Connect Ensemble of the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2004.
He was appointed a tutor of composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2005, where he taught undergraduates for five years. He took up a new post in September 2015 as a music tutor for Cardiff County and Vale of Glamorgan Music Service specialising in piano/ woodwind teaching and classroom music teaching.
Jayson’s work was nominated for Recital Music’s Carol Competition Prize in June 2012 where his prize winning work Shout For The King! (2004) was subsequently published by them. This was followed by Brazilian Boat Song (2011) for double bass and piano selected for Fizz @ 50 commissioned in celebration of the 50th birthday of bassist David Heyes, and manager of Recital Music, bass music specialist.
Jayson was also a founding member of Cardiff New Music Collective formed in 2003 and has been a member of the professional association Composers Of Wales since 2000.
In June 2016 Jayson relocated to Nottingham, England with his fiancé, Chris to concentrate on working as a private music tutor and full-time composer after living in Wales for 41 years.