MUSIC DIRECTOR | JONATHAN CROWHURST

 

Jonathan Crowhurst was educated at the Kent Academy of Music where his principal study was oboe. He sang with the Kent Youth Choirs during his formative years, but only began voice lessons at Goldsmiths College, University of London where his teachers included Nan Christie, Rosalind Plowright, Adrian Thompson and Andrew Watts (Guildhall School of Music and Drama).

 

Jonathan's reputation as one of the UK’s leading wind orchestra directors is rooted in his work as Music Director with Maidstone Wind Symphony (MWS), a position he has held since 2010.

 

His driving passion is to perform and teach music to a high standard. As a teacher, he has taught at Invicta Grammar School and Maidstone Grammar School, excelling in extra curricular activities, as well as achieving excellent academic results - as of September 2016 Jonathan will take up the post of Head of Music at Maplesden Noakes. During 2008-2010, Jonathan was also a music teacher for Kent Music and Medway Schools Music Association, leading workshops and teaching vocal studies to students of all ages and abilities. Jonathan currently teaches children with special needs for Andrew Parry Music at Grange Park School in Wrotham.

 

In his capacity as Music Director of MWS, Jonathan hopes to refresh and reinvigorate the wind orchestra repertoire and to make it as accessible to as many people as possible, both now and in the future. During his tenure, MWS have shown enduring commitment to music education through a series of masterclasses and workshops for local musicians and talented young instrumentalists looking to develop their skills or forge professional careers. The ensemble has developed in to one of the finest of its kind in the UK and was crowned National Champions in 2015.

 

Jonathan looks to perform exciting and engaging music, and have premiered music by composers such as, Frank Ticheli, Andy Scott, Nigel Clarke, Peter Graham, Philip Sparke, Peter Meechan, Johan de Meij, Simon Dobson, Jeff Tyzik and Rob Wiffin. He has also had the privilege of collaborating with many musicians of international reputation, including clarinettist Andrew Marriner (London Symphony Orchestra), Philip Cobb (London Symphony Orchestra), David Campbell (clarinet), Les Neish (tuba), trombonist Brett Baker, euphonium virtuosos Steven Mead, Gary Curtin, Glenn Van Looy and David Thornton, percussionist Simone Rebello, horn Anthony Halstead and Andy Findon. Jonathan is also a contributor of the publication Winds Magazine and Brass Band World Magazine.

In addition to his work as a conductor, Jonathan is also a professional singer with the Philharmonia Chorus. He has been a member of the Holst Singers, London Philharmonic Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus and Londinium Voices, performing in a number of acclaimed performances in many of the UK’s leading venues, including the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Jonathan has also performed a variety of roles in a number of opera productions for amateur companies across London, including OperaGold (Magic Flute, Carmen, Peter Grimes, The Marriage of Figaro) Hampstead Garden Opera (Venus & Adonis, Dido & Aeneas), Greenwich Park Opera (Tosca) and Mean Time Opera (Carmen).

In 2013, Jonathan was appointed Music Director of the BAE SYSTEMS Brass Band (leaving in 2016) and founded the National Concert Band Symposium, an organisation dedicated to the development and promotion of concert bands and wind orchestras across the UK. The inaugural event took place on Saturday 5 July 2014 to great acclaim and included performances from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

 

In 2014, Jonathan founded the Kent Festival of Wind and Brass, which featured guest horn Owen Farr; the festival enjoyed its second edition at Pamoja in Sevenoaks at the end of February this year. In addition, Jonathan most recently adjudicated at the Irish Concert Band and Brass Band Championships.

 

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