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Jonathan Bridcut

Jonathan Bridcut began his musical career as a Quirister at Winchester College, where he was a treble from 1993 to 1998, before moving on to Radley College, where he gained grade eight piano with distinction and led the school orchestra.

Jonathan developed his interest in composition at Oxford University, while a choral scholar at Exeter College. His first set of canticles for evensong was premiered in May 2004, and a year later his second set was performed in St Paul’s Cathedral. In 2005 Jonathan wrote a commemorative setting of Psalm 10 (dedicated to the victims of the 7/7 bombings in London that summer), entitled Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?, which has since been sung around the UK and in Europe, by choirs including Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Commotio and the Bosnian National Youth Choir, and was recorded by the Exeter College Choir in 2006.

In November 2007 Jonathan’s first orchestral work, Sonnet for Soprano and Orchestra, was premiered by the Oxford Spezzati at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, and has since been performed as part of the Lausanne Summer Festival in 2008. That November also saw the first performance of Jonathan’s setting for unaccompanied 8-part choir of John Donne’s A Hymn to God the Father, which was commissioned by Tewkesbury Abbey and has since been performed in both Oxford and London.

After graduating from Oxford in 2006 with a BA degree in Modern History, Jonathan is now an associate solicitor in Allen & Overy’s Corporate department.