Jon is at the vanguard of a new generation of artists specialising in contemporary repertoire, and revitalising the relationship of ensembles and audiences, with a professional portfolio spanning seasons with his own Music Directorships in London, Birmingham and Scotland, and as a guest conductor for projects including LSO Soundhub, RSNO and Youth orchestras at national and local levels.
As Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of London’s Octandre Ensemble, he has been at the helm of seven critically-lauded seasons. A highlight of 2019/20 will be the World Premiere of Frank Denyer's singular epic 'The Fish the became the Sun' at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, as well as the release of the work on Another Timbre records. This follows a year of landmark composer portrait curations at the Coronet Theatre, in 2018/19. The Ensemble has earned a strong reputation for its performances of new music exploring timbre and ritual, with BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, and numerous premieres under Jon’s directorship, notably including Sinan Savaskan's BASCA Award-winning Many Stares… (Module 30), and the UK Premieres of Christian Mason’s Layers of Love and of Claude Vivier’s Samarkand.
Jon co-directs the award-winning Nevis Ensemble, a chamber orchestra working from the foundational belief in "music for everyone, everywhere”. The 40-piece orchestra plays to the very young, the very old, and those who face challenges in their lives, in settings as diverse as the summit of Ben Nevis, the Glasgow Night Shelter, psychiatric and dementia care settings, community gardens, children’s playgrounds and swimming pools . Only in its second year, the orchestra has played over 150 performances to nearly 25,000 people. In AUgust 2020, Nevis tour Europe, supported by the Scottish government.
Jon serves as Music Director for South Birmingham Sinfonia, and has held posts at the London Medical Orchestra and Online Orchestra.