Since Jonathan was a child, he has always enjoyed performing music and, in particular, singing. He was a boy soloist in several choirs: at school; in the synagogue choir at Lauderdale Road Spanish & Portuguese Jews Congregation and the New London Children’s Choir. His passion for music blossomed at secondary school, where he joined the choirs and Close Harmony Group. One particular highlight was being awarded the treble solo in a performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. During his time in Sixth Form, he was given the opportunity to sing the baritone solo in Durufle’s ‘Requiem’. He was selected to participate in a master class with Marilyn Rees in which he worked on ‘It Was a Lover and His Lass’ by Gerald Finzi. He performed this song in a concert with the school Chamber Orchestra.
Whilst at school, he received the Transitus Prize for Music and the Hayden Coffin Prize for Academic Music in his sixth form. Subsequently, in 2013, he competed in the North London Music Festival, winning the Pearl Butcher Cup for British Art Song and in his second year at university, he was awarded the Imperial College Music Bursary. In summer 2014, he was awarded the Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Music Performance – Singing.
Jonathan has recently completed studying for a Mathematics degree at Imperial College. Alongside his degree, he has been involved in various musical activities both in and outside college: These include establishing the Old Gower’s Music Group; being a member of Imperial College Choir, where he served as the Treasurer during his second year at university; and singing bass solo in Mozart’s ‘Requiem’, Beethoven’s ‘Choral Fantasia’ and Handel’s ‘Messiah’ for the Centenary Choir. During the summer of 2013, he sang the role of Antonio in a production of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ by Mozart at the Bedford Park Music Festival.
Jonathan’s current music projects include An Die Ferne Geliebte, a song cycle by Beethoven.
For several years, Jonathan has acted as a lay cantor in synagogues in London. In December 2013, he was appointed the cantor at the New West End Synagogue in Notting Hill, where he continued to lead services till December 2017 including a ceremony for the Centenary of the Balfour Declaration.