Willowhayne Records presents the début solo release from organist Jonathan Hope, Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral. Played on the stunning organ of Gloucester Cathedral, this recording includes the world première recording of John Hosking’s Hommage à Paris, as well as works by John Sanders (Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral from 1967-1994) and the Sonata on the 94th Psalm by Julius Reubke.
Jonathan Hope is quickly gaining a reputation at home and abroad as one of the most dynamic young organists of his generation. Educated at George Abbot School in his hometown of Guildford, he studied initially with Stephen Lacey, John Belcher and David Sanger, and then at the Royal College of Music, London with Margaret Phillips and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin.Jonathan became Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral in March 2014, where he is the principal organist for the cathedral services, accompanist to the Gloucester Choral Society, Musical Director of the Saint Cecilia Singers and Accompanist to the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival Chorus. Choir tours in 2015 include visits to Hannover, Canada and Sweden with the Cathedral choirs, and Bavaria with Gloucester Choral Society.Increasingly in demand as a recitalist, Jonathan's career to date has taken him throughout the UK, as well as France, Germany, Italy, the USA and Australia. Recently, he has performed solo recitals at Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Saint-Sulpice, Paris. In 2015, Jonathan will be embarking on recital tours to Germany and Italy, and a 2-week summer tour of recitals in Milwaukee, Chicago and Philadelphia, USA.Before coming to Gloucester, Jonathan was Organ Scholar of Winchester Cathedral, where he was organist for the funeral of Sir John Tavener.He has played with the Philharmonia Orchestra and worked with soloists including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, John Mark Ainsley and Brindley Sheratt. He has appeared in various capacities at St John's, Smith Square and in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Jonathan has also performed as part of the City of London Festival. As an accompanist, he has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and 4.