Jonathan Wood (baritone) has been singing since he joined the choir of Holy Trinity Church, Cookham, at the age of six. In July, 2003, he will be taking his Associated Board LRSM examination to build on the Dip. ABRSM gained in 1998. Currently studying singing with Edward Brooks at the Royal Academy of Music, he still sings in the Cookham Church choir today, helping to coach the trebles on a regular basis. Opportunities for solo work arise from this association and already Jonathan is accredited with performances in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Fauré’s Requiem as well as the standard church choir repertoire of Stainer’s Crucifixion and Maunder’s Olivet to Calvary.
Further afield, he has sung the baritone solos in Finzi’s In Terra Pax, Purcell’s O Sing Unto the Lord and Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D – ali with the Camden Choir under the direction of Julian Williams. A success – as Runner-up – in the Thames Valley Young Musicians’ Platform in Oxford led to numerous recitals including one for the Ivor Gurney Society in Gloucester in May, 2002, when he premièred works by Ivor Gurney and Richard Carder. On a lighter note, Jonathan has recorded a CD for the British Music Hall Society!