Jonathan Hope: Elgar - Organ Sonata (1st mvmt) at Southwark Cathedral, London





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Published on Aug 25, 2011

Sir Edward Elgar: Organ Sonata, op. 28 (1st mvmt. - Allegro maestoso). Played by Jonathan Hope at Southwark Cathedral, London.

Jonathan Hope is Organ Scholar of Southwark Cathedral, London.
Born in 1988 and brought up in Guildford, Surrey, Jonathan initially studied with Stephen Lacey at Farnham Parish Church, and John Belcher at Godalming Parish Church. From 2007-2011, he studied the Royal College of Music, London (RCM) with Margaret Phillips and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, graduating with honours. As Organ Scholar of Southwark Cathedral, Jonathan accompanies and conducts the cathedral's four choirs, and plays the cathedral's 4-manual 1897 T. C. Lewis organ, arguably one of the finest instruments in the world. His work at Southwark has recently involved playing in a live broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3, playing for the Dean of Southwark's funeral and for the enthronement of the Bishop of Southwark. He also features as accompanist on a CD of the cathedral boys' choir, due to be released around Christmas 2011 on the Regent label. In March 2011 he accompanied the cathedral's Merbecke Choir on a tour of Paris and Normandy, involving a performance on the organ of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Rouen. In October 2011, Jonathan will be accompanying the cathedral girls' choir on a tour of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

As a solo recitalist, Jonathan has performed throughout the UK, and in France, Germany, the United States and Australia. Recent performances have included recitals in Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford, Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral, and an upcoming performance is scheduled in the great church of Saint-Sulpice, Paris in August 2011.

As an ensemble player and accompanist, Jonathan has appeared with many groups including the RCM Baroque Orchestra, the RCM Symphony Orchestra, the Uxbridge Choral Society and the Colchester Chamber Choir. In 2008, he appeared in London's Southbank Centre in 'KLANG', a festival to mark the 80th anniversary of the birth of the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, when he performed Stockhausen's 'Trans' with the RCM Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Diego Masson.

As a teacher, Jonathan teaches the organ privately in and around London, and is also accompanist and organ tutor at Sevenoaks School, Kent.

Jonathan lives in south-east London with his fiancée, the Italian-Australian soprano Allegra Giagu.

For more information, please visit Jonathan's website at http://www.jonathanhope.webs.com/ .

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