Conducting

Jonathan is known for his intelligent and passionate music-making across a wide range of choral, orchestral and operatic repertoire. He has performed much of the great choral repertoire from the B minor Mass to Belshazzar’s Feast, and orchestral music from Haydn symphonies to Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé. Having studied with Leon Lovett and Colin Metters, he conducted Eugene Onegin with British Youth Opera and, while still in his twenties, Idomeneo, Magic Flute, Oedipus Rex, La bohème, Tales of Hoffmann and Martinu’s Mariken of Nijmegen. A selected list of works performed since can be seen on the Repertoire page.

But it is with the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau that Jonathan has developed a special affinity. Building on his long association with Rameau, over the past four years Jonathan has conducted five of Rameau’s operas: three with OAE in the Queen Elizabeth Hall (Anacréon, Pigmalion and Zaïs, all semi-staged), Dardanus with English Touring Opera (fully staged), and Les fêtes d’Hébé at the Opéra de Bastille and the RCM’s Britten Theatre (fully staged). More details about Jonathan’s experience with Rameau can be found here. Other recent projects include:

Recent engagements
Beethoven – Missa Solemnis at the Cadogan Hall, London
with Ealing Choral Society and members of the OAE (leader Miles Golding)

And other similar events, all using period instruments, including:
Bach – B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio and various cantatas
Beethoven – Mass in C and Elegischer Gesang
Handel – Dixit dominus, Nisi dominus, Messiah and Te deum in A
Mozart – ‘Coronation’ Mass, Mass in C minor, Missa Solemnis, Requiem, Vesperae de Dominica and Vesperae de Confessore
Haydn – The Creation
Vivaldi – Credo, Dixit dominus, Gloria and Magnificat

English Chamber Orchestra
Vivaldi Credo, Poulenc Organ Concerto, Parry I was glad, Britten St Nicolas at St Barnabas Church, Ealing

London Mozart Players
Vivaldi Credo, Holst Two psalms, Britten St Nicolas at St Mary’s  Church, Hitchin

Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
Queen Elizabeth Hall – Debussy Prèlude de l’après-midi d’un faune, Poulenc Gloria, Walton Belshazzar’s Feast
Cadogan Hall – Brahms Requiem, Julian Philips Sea and Stars (world première)

New Music
Nicola Lefanu – St Hilda of Whitby: A Cantata
University Church, Oxford, with the Choir and Orchestra of St Hilda’s
The world première, commissioned to celebrate the 125th anniversary of St Hilda’s College

BBC Concert Orchestra
Recording the soundtrack for the BBC documentary Filthy Cities at Angel Studios.

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