Orchestral percussionist and Accompanist Bursar at Churchill College, Cambridge.
Jonathan's musical education began at five years of age, when his grandmother began teaching him piano. After just one year, he began entering local competitions and was very successful. Aged seven, Jonathan joined the world famous Southend Boys Choir, where he performed in venues including: the Royal Albert Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Grosvenor Hotel and would later go on to perform a treble solo live on national television. It was in this year that Jonathan also was given his first drum kit. Aged nine, he began tuition with Rebecca Grosvenor (Mother of the famous concert pianist Benjamin Grosvenor) who, two years later, entered him into the European Piano Teachers Association piano competition, where he gained a high commendation in the final despite being up against performers three years his senior. The next few years would prove to be exciting ones for Jonathan. It was aged eleven that Jonathan began formal tuition on orchestral percussion with Katy Elman, and it was soon very clear that this was Jonathan's strong point, despite gaining a distinction in his grade 8 piano aged just thirteen. In 2010, Jonathan won the 'Most Promising Performer' award at the Junior Guildhall National Tuned Percussion competition and two years later, in the same competition, Jonathan gained the runner up prize in the next age bracket and subsequently got the opportunity to attend a masterclass at the Royal Opera House on orchestral playing. After this, Jonathan began playing in local orchestras and very quickly became a sought after guest timpanist and percussionist throughout Essex. Despite playing in orchestras almost every single weekend, Jonathan kept up with his piano playing and started having lessons with Timothy Barratt in London and, in 2013, became the official accompanist of Cantare Ladies Choir in his home town of Southend-on-Sea, but suffered a major set-back in March of that year when he dislocated a finger. Despite this, Jonathan resumed his accompanist post in April of that year(and remained there until resignation in July, 2014). Jonathan's final musical adventure whilst in residence in Southend was when he took part in the BBC Young Musician 2014 competition and gained a place at the category semifinals which took place in Cardiff. It was this same year that Jonathan gained entry to Churchill College, Cambridge, where he now reads music. Since attending the university, Jonathan has taken part in several concerts, and been lucky enough to perform some of his favourite works including: Symphony Fantastique (Berlioz), Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov) and Carmina Burana (Orff), as well as performing the extremely exposed xylophone solo in Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (Bartók). In addition to this, Jonathan was the principal percussionist during CUMS SO's tour of the Netherlands (including a televised performance in Monickendam) in July 2015, and is now the principal percussionist of the orchestra for the 2015/2016 season, where he will be playing Mahler's fifth symphony and Rachmaninov's second piano concerto. He is also the current Accompanist Bursar of Churchill College (2014-2015). In October 2015, Jonathan became the accompanist/deputy conductor at the St. Faith's Singers in Cambridge, a local community choir under direction of Mark Gotham. Perhaps the most exciting opportunity of his life came at a similar time, when he was invited to play alongside The Philharmonia Players, playing Ades's Chamber Symphony in King's College Chapel.
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