Born in Cardiff in 1975 and trained in piano and flute at school. Studied composition as an undergraduate at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama from 1997-2000 and recently completed an MMus gaining a distinction in Composition in 2004.
At college Jayson received three scholarship prizes for composing where his Wind Quintet was a featured work at the ISCMs World Music Days Inter-Collegiate Composer Showcase in 1998. In 2000 he received a joint commission from the Welsh Arts Council and National Lottery to write the music for a children’s theatre piece : The Big Stink, a cautionary tale demonstrating to children the importance of recycling and looking after our planet.
Currently Jayson is a founder member of a newly formed group: Cardiff New Music Collective, comprising graduate composers from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and their own musicians who perform newly-composed chamber music at venues throughout South Wales.
As well as being an active composer, Jayson is also a learning support and music assistant in a primary school and private music tutor.
A full list of works and additional information can be obtained from the website of the Composers of Wales organisation: www.cc-cw.org/jayson_mackie_english.htm