Although Jonathan Wikeley was photographed playing the piano aged just one, he only started having lessons aged nine, when his hands were large enough to stretch an octave. Having studied both piano and violin during his schooldays at Liverpool College, from 1997 he read music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he also took harpsichord lessons with Virginia Pleasants.
Jonathan spent a year as a choral scholar at Truro Cathedral, before coming up to Exeter College, Oxford, where he studied under Reinhard Strohm, although he spent most of his time singing in and directing many choirs. It was during this time that he rather misguidedly agreed to play the organ for a friend’s wedding, reignited a love for the instrument, and became director of music at St Peter’s, Wolvercote.
In 2004 Jonathan moved to London, where he became organ scholar and then director of music at St Mary’s, Battersea. He currently studies under Anne Marsden Thomas and recently took his ARCO, winning all the major prizes. As well as conducting several vocal ensembles, he is also editor of Early Music Today and a freelance journalist, reviewing concerts and festivals from the Faroe Islands and Norway to Tuscany and Toulouse, and interviewing artists including Paul Hillier, John Holloway, John Rutter and Sting. In his spare time Jonathan likes going for long walks and is an enthusiastic – though rather bad – jazz pianist.