This is an evening with Johnaton James where he explains the history of classical music in an engaging and humous way, making complex music accessible and most of all fun.
Over the past twelve years, he has developed a popular series of stand-alone lectures in the city’s major venues, Colston Hall and St George’s, where he talks on diverse musical topics: see ‘Inside the Music’ and ‘Beyond the Barline’ web-pages for current talks.
As a conductor, Jonathan has worked in London, Europe and the States, including with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic (as a Zander Fellow) and City of Prague Symphony Orchestra. He was principal guest conductor with the Bristol Ensemble for four years and was founder-conductor of the New Bristol Sinfonia. He had training from John Forster, formerly head of conducting at the Royal College of Music and at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Weimar, Germany, as well as attending numerous international masterclasses.
A qualified teacher, he founded and directs the Bristol Pre-Conservatoire, a prestigious evening school for talented young classical and jazz players. Whilst Head of Performing Arts for a Further Education college in Bristol (2007-12), he taught on a Rock and Pop performance course, and continues to teach jazz piano.
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