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Jonathan Willcocks was born in Worcester, England, and after early musical training as a boy chorister at King’s College, Cambridge and an Open Music Scholar at Clifton College, he took an Honours degree in Music from Cambridge University where he held a choral scholarship at Trinity College.
As a composer, Jonathan’s music is published by Oxford University Press, the Lorenz group of companies, MorningStar, and Prime Music (represented in USA/Canada by MorningStar). His published music includes major choral works, works for children’s choir, many shorter pieces (including anthems and secular choral music), and instrumental works. There are now many recordings of Jonathan’s music and his music is frequently performed and broadcast in many parts of the world.
Jonathan is currently conductor and musical director of Guildford Choral Society, the Chichester Singers, and the professional chamber orchestra Southern Pro Musica, and freelance conducting engagements in recent seasons have taken him to many parts of the world including the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, New Zealand, and most of the European countries, as well as the United Kingdom. Throughout his career, Jonathan has maintained a strong interest in music education, most recently as Director of the Junior Academy, Royal Academy of Music in London, who awarded him an Hon RAM degree in recognition of his work in the development of talented young musicians.
His extensive choral and orchestral conducting experience results in many invitations to take choral workshops and adjudicate competitions and festivals and to act as a Consultant to leading Music Education establishments. He is an examiner for professional diplomas and graded music exams for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and also a trainer and moderator for the ABRSM examiner panel.