Our Music Director

Jonathan Crowhurst

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.

In his capacity as Music Director, Jonathan hopes to refresh and reinvigorate the wind orchestra repertoire, making it accessible to as many people as possible, both now and in the future. 

During his tenure, MWS have shown enduring commitment to new music, premiering music by composers such as John Mackey, Frank Ticheli, Andy Scott, Nigel Clarke, Etienne Crausaz, Peter Graham, Peter Meechan, Johan de Meij, Simon Dobson, Jeff Tyzik and Bert Appermont, amongst others. 

He has also had the privilege of collaborating with many musicians of international reputation, including clarinetist Andrew Marriner (London Symphony Orchestra), Huw Morgan (trumpet), Les Neish (tuba), trombonist Brett Baker, euphonium virtuosos Steven Mead, Gary Curtin, Glenn Van Looy and David Thornton, and flautist Andy Findon.

Jonathan was educated at the Kent Academy of Music where his principal study was oboe. Whilst at University, he held the position of principal oboe in Goldsmiths Sinfonia before beginning vocal studies with soprano Nan Christie and later with countertenor Andrew Watts (Guildhall School of Music and Drama).

In addition to his work as a conductor, Jonathan is a professional singer with the Philharmonia Chorus, most recently touring France (Ravel - Daphnis and Chloe) and Germany (Elgar - Dream of Gerontius), as well as performing in concerts at King’s College, Cambridge (Brahms Requiem) and the Royal Festival Hall (Orff – Carmina Burana, Walton - Belshazzar’s Feast).

His driving passion is to perform and teach music to a high standard. He taught at Invicta Grammar School and Maidstone Grammar School, and since 2016 Jonathan has been Head of Music at The Maplesden Noakes School, Maidstone. Alongside MWS, he has established a series of master classes and workshops for local musicians and talented young instrumentalists looking to develop their skills or forge professional careers.

In 2013, Jonathan was appointed Music Director of the BAE SYSTEMS Brass Band, taking them to a National Final in 2015 (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. He also founded the Festival of Wind and Brass, which takes place every February at The Space Performing Arts Centre, Sevenoaks celebrating music for wind, brass and percussion ensembles throughout Kent and beyond. Jonathan is also a contributor of the publication Winds Magazine and Brass Band World Magazine.

musicdirector@maidstonewindsymphony.org

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