Gabriel Jackson was born in Bermuda in 1962. After three years as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral he studied composition at the Royal College of Music with John Lambert. He was awarded the R.O.Morris Prize for Composition in 1981 and 1983 ,and in 1981 he also won the Theodore Holland Award. In 1992 he was awarded an Arts Council Bursary.
His music has been performed and broadcast throughout Europe and the USA and has also been heard, in recent years, in Cape Town, Ho Chi Minh City, Kiev, Kuwait, Sydney, Tokyo and Vancouver. His liturgical pieces are in the repertoires of many of Britain's leading cathedral and collegiate choirs and in 2003 he won the liturgical category at the inaugural British Composer Awards. Recent choral works from 2009 include commissions from the BBC Singers, Wells Cathedral, and Merton College, Oxford, as well as the carol commission for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast live from King's College Chapel, Cambridge on Christmas Eve 2009. Choral works premiered in 2008 include Ave Regina Caelorum for the Sixteen with guitarist Tom Kerstens, performed at the opening of Kings Place in October 2008 and a Requiem performed by The Vasari Singers on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2008 at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Jackson's music has been recorded by NMC, Delphian, Hyperion, Metier, Usk, GFR, Lammas, Priory, Telarc, York Ambisonic and the British Music Label.
From 2010 Gabriel Jackson will be Associate Composer with the BBC Singers.