Jonathan Lilley

A performing musician since chorister days at parish church and cathedral in Salisbury, Jonathan trained in organ and church music at the Royal Academy of Music, and whilst still a first-year undergraduate held the organ scholarship at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle and passed the notorious exam for Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists. His first permanent appointment was as Sub-Organist of Leeds Parish Church with its illustrious musical tradition going back to Samuel Sebastian Wesley's time as Organist. He served also as choral director, opera repetiteur and piano accompanist at Leeds College of Music, and accompanied several choirs including the renowned Halifax Choral Society. 

Jonathan later moved to Ely Cathedral as full-time Assistant Organist. He accompanied the choir on BBC broadcasts, on CD and on overseas tours as well as in the course of daily worship, played recitals and a concerto in the cathedral, accompanied choirs and instrumentalists at King's School, Ely, accompanied Ely Choral Society and Ely Consort from time to time - and did all those things on piano as well as organ. Artistic highlights included Poulenc's organ concerto with City of London Sinfonia live on BBC Radio 3, and a number of acclaimed, improvised organ accompaniments to classic silent films.

In due course Jonathan succeeded our former MD Stephen Bullamore as Director of Music at Waltham Abbey, Essex, where he leads the fine all-volunteer adult choir and the Waltham Abbey Choristers. His recitals in the Abbey and elsewhere are as likely to feature piano as organ, and the Abbey's proximity to London ensures he is in demand for all manner of keyboard accompaniment. He is resident accompanist and assistant director to the Reigate-based English Arts Chorale and to the Waltham Singers of Chelmsford.