The Nevis Ensemble is Scotland's first and only street orchestra. For its inaugural tour in August 2018 it played 72 performances in just ten days, in all manner of places across Scotland. The 40-piece orchestra's maxim is 'Music for everyone, everywhere', and the first tour saw them playing in train stations, airports, shopping centres, day care units, homeless shelters, swimming pools, and workplaces as well as more conventional venues such as sculpture park Jupiter Artland or the Charles Rennie Mackintosh 'House for an Art Lover'.
Jon is Co-Musical Director, with his wife, the conductor Holly Mathieson.
The Online Orchestra uses the internet to connect remote communities in real-time music making. Currently, the team is partnering with the Bournemouth Sympony Orchestra to develop the technology.
In July 2015, the project presented the first ever real-time networked orchestral performance, with musicians in the Isles of Scilly, Truro Cathedral, Mullion, and at the University of Falmouth.
ARRANGING AND COMPOSING
Jon often works on recording projects with the Ligeti Quartet. Recent clients include Shed Seven, The Yards, Chris Helme, Andy Ruddy and Sam Forrest. You can see examples of Jon's work in each of these places.
Jon has prepared scores for the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras. In 2016-17 he edited live performance materials for Martin Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver', having previously worked on 'Brief Encounter'. In 2018 he orchestrated Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's 'Expanding' for its acclaimed premiere at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIP
Jon is a Senior Research Fellow at Falmouth University, and has taught composition for the Aldeburgh Young Musicians' Scheme, worked as an Associate Lecturer at University of Kent, and taught composition and led the Music Discussion Forum in the Junior Department at Trinity Laban.
His doctorate, 'Music as Communication', is from the University of York, and was examined by Profs. Nicholas Cook (U. of Cambridge) and Bill Brooks. Jon has published articles on topics ranging from music theory and analysis to music psychology, systematic musicology and music education.