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Organist

After many years of interest in the organ and its repertoire, Jonathan began serious study of this instrument in 2000. Between 2000-2008 he worked as a freelance organist in London churches, also retaining regular positions in South Mimms (2000-4) and later (2004-6) at the historic organ of St Benet Fink in Tottenham. Between 2008 and 2012 he performed many recitals in Casa da Música, Portugal; also in Karlsruhe, Germany and Santiago da Compostela, Spain. In 2010 he was awarded an Associateship of the Royal College of Organists for which he also received the Sawyer and Durrant prizes; in 2012 he achieved the Fellowship diploma from the same institution. His interest in improvisation increased during this time, particularly the challenges of organ improvisation. Two projects emerged from this preoccupation: one was the founding of an improvisation course for young musicians in Espinho, Portugal (2008-10); the other was the beginning of a detailed cultural, cognitive and emotional study of classical improvisation at Sheffield University. This now forms the subject of his PhD thesis at Sheffield University, for which he was awarded the Charles Alan Bryars scholarship. Details of this research are available on a separate website: www.classical-improvisation.org

He is currently studying Baroque improvisation with Jürgen Essl at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart as an external student.