Jacob Fifer was born in Birmingham and began singing with his family as a child. As a flautist, he attended college to train as a music teacher. He began taking voice lessons in the baritone range, and during this time he sang with the Midlands Chorale.
After taking up full time teaching work, he stopped singing, but began again in the early 90’s, taking private lessons. Entering music festivals he won a number of prizes, including the prestigious Blackpool Rosebowl. Since then Jacob has performed at music events around the Midlands, both for charity and professionally, performing works such as King Arthur by Purcell, Messiah, Alexander’s Feast and Acis and Galatea by Handel and Pilgrim’s Journey by Vaughan Williams.
In 2007 he gave up teaching as a full time primary teacher to study as a post-graduate at The Birmingham Conservatoire, training with Julian Pike. He was awarded the Post-Graduate Certificate Prize for ‘overall excellence’. He was also a finalist in the Recital, Post Graduate Opera and Mario Lanza Opera prize classes. He has undertaken a wide range of performances including two roles in Monteverdi’s Poppea, Doc in West Side Story, Jupiter in Semele, Monostatos in the Magic Flute, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd and solos in the St. George’s Day concert at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. He also has an interest in Jewish music, giving concerts of folk, Cantorial, Yiddish and Ladino songs.
In 2010 he trained as a vocal animateur and, as well as preparing massed voices for the premier of ‘Voice Thief’, took a solo role in the performance at Symphony Hall. As well as performing, Jacob currently works as a voice teacher for Solihull Music Service, as a tutor and conducts several choirs.