Jonathan started playing trombone at junior school and soon joined his local band, Meltham. He went on to join Hade Edge Band, then Sellers and subsequently became the principal trombone player with Grimethorpe when he was twenty one. He studied at Huddersfield University, the Royal Northern College of Music and Salford University.
Jonathan has worked as a professional musician for over twenty years. During this time he has played with many of the country’s major orchestras including the Orchestra of Opera North, the London Concert Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Ballet,the English National Ballet, Liverpool Philharmonic and the English Northern Philharmonic.
He has appeared both in film and on television on numerous occasions. These include the film Brassed Off, a live transmission of the Eurovision Song Contest with an audience of two-hundred million, BBC Proms in the Park, Songs of Praise and, most recently, the Paul O’Grady Show with members of Grimethorpe Colliery Band. He has performed in the backing orchestras of many eminent musicians, including Julian Lloyd Weber, Evelyn Glenny, Leslie Garret, Nigel Kennedy, Topol, Hayley Westenra,Willard White and Kate Rusby.
As a soloist of international repute, Jonathan has performed in iconic venues around the world including Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. He has given master classes in many places including the Cite de la Musique and the Paris Conservatoire, working many times in this role for the British Trombone Society. In addition to being a lecturer in trombone at the University of Huddersfield, Jonathan is also currently a tutor in Lower Brass at Sheffield’s Birkdale School and teacher of Brass in schools including Nook Lane Junior School, Sheffield, where he is also a Governor.
Jonathan’s fifteen year association with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band included winning many major contests as well as being in the film Brassed Off. He has toured Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Japan with them and his solos are part of their extensive CD recordings. Jonathan is a popular guest of all the major brass bands in England.
2010 saw Jonathan take up conducting and he was appointed conductor for Philharmonic Brass, an orchestral brass group. In October of that year, Jonathan was delighted to become the musical director of Dinnington Colliery Band. This encompassed rebuilding the band, involving and bringing on many from the training band. The band since then has qualified twice at the areas and has gained promotion to the third section. In the last twelve months of competitions he has conducted the band to first or second place six times and has never been out of the top six. This included competitions against first section bands some of which were awarded lower places in the prizes. Other conducting roles this year have included work for the Carlton Main Frickley Band (Yorkshire Championship section winners) and The Reg Vardy Band preparing them for the British Open and National contests. At the start of 2013 Jonathan directed the Huddersfield University Brass Band to a win at the UniBrass contest, repeating last year’s result.
At the start of 2014 Jonathan was delighted to accept the position of Musical Director of Hade Edge Band. He looks forward to success with the aim of the band ultimately returning to the Championship Section and having a thriving concert schedule.
Jonathan’s wife is also a musician and conductor, and shares a home in Holmfirth with three of their four children, a rabbit, the dog Pumpkin, a cat and eight classic cars.