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Choral Director

Jonathan began his choral experience aged seven, in the cathedral choirs of Truro and Wells, the latter under the direction of Anthony Crossland and David Cooper; it was also his good fortune at this time to study harmony and musical history in addition to choir training with Alan Woodbridge, now Chorus Director at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 1992, he worked extensively with young opera singers both privately as a vocal coach, but also as a repetiteur with Abbey and Beaumont Opera companies. His work as a vocal accompanist during this time brought him into close contact with renowned vocal coaches such as Mary Hill, Anthony Shelley, Robin Bowman and Pamela Faulkner. In 1995 he was awarded a prize by the NFMS (National Federation of Music Societies) for his vocal accompaniment.

In 2009 he was invited as assistant conductor to Errico Fresis (Universität der Künste, Berlin) with Opera Faber in a production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. In the same year he was appointed assistant to Paul Hillier with the Coro Casa da Música in Portugal, working with conductors such as Kaspars Putnins, James Wood, Simon Carrington and Cristoph König.

Between 2011-12 he gave choral conducting classes at the Universidade de Minho, Braga; more recently he has taught choral conducting at the Instituto Politécnico do Porto.

In 2010, Jonathan founded a new vocal ensemble, Capella Duriensis in Porto, Portugal, dedicated to training Portuguese singers in choral technique and the performance of renaissance choral music. In their initial twelve months Capella Duriensis performed over 40 works in public performances. In 2011-12 they received invitations to festivals Música em Leiria, Cistermúsica - Festival de Música de Alcobaça, Festival de Música dos Azores and the festival Música em S Roque, Lisbon, performing diverse programmes of renaissance a cappella works with medieval organum, European folk-songs and contemporary compositions. During a two week tour to the West Country of England in 2012 (an opportunity made possible through an award from the Instituto Camões), Capella Duriensis were described as 'ambassadors of Portuguese music'.

Since then, Capella Duriensis have performed on radio stations throughout the world including BBC Radio 3 and Bayerischer Rundfunk. In 2013 they released their first CD Música Sacra de Portugal  which featured chant associated with the ancient Rite of Braga interspersed with polyphony by composers from the cathedral of Braga (Pero de Gamboa, Miguel da Fonseca and Lourenço Ribeiro). This project was then extended to five other historic medieval rites (Sarum, Old Roman, Byzantine, Gallic, Beneventan/Ambrosian) which, in partnership with Portugal's classical radio station Antena 2 and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) became an international series of concerts called Music of the Medieval Rites broadcast throughout the world in 2014, celebrating the music of early Christian chant performed by selected ensembles from around Europe.

More recently, they have signed a contract for three CDS with the record label Naxos entitled Portuguese Vocal Masterpieces of the 16th and 17th Centuries.