Jonathan Gregory studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at Clare College Cambridge, where he was an Organ Scholar. He was appointed as the Master of Music at Leicester Cathedral in 1994 having previously been Organist and Director of Music at Belfast Cathedral, St.George’s Church Belfast, Great St.Mary’s, the University Church Cambridge.
Jonathan has given many performances in the UK of oratorios, orchestral music, including Bach’s St Matthew Passion, St John Passion, Mass in B Minor, Christmas Oratorio, Elgar’s Apostles, Handel’s Messiah and Britain’s War Requiem. He has made recordings and broadcasts for the BBC and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and Examiner for the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
In 1992 Jonathan founded the UK-Japan Music Society and UK-Japan Choir. Their performances of western and Japanese choral music have attracted popular interest in London, Cambridge and Leicester. He conducted Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Handel’s Messiah, Bach’sMagnificat and other works at St John’s Smith Square, Moteverdi’s Vespers at Leicester Cathedral, S Yagisawa’s work at Tohoku Memorial Ceremony at the Japanese Embassy, Bach’s St John Passion at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church. Since 2003 he directs Christmas Concert at St John’s Wood Church in London.
As an organist and harpsichordist, Jonathan has given recitals in the British Isles, Europe and Japan, and at St John’s College, Cambridge, Christ Church Nara and the Embassy of Japan in London. He has recently played with the London Mozart Players, PhilharmoniaOrchestra at De Montfort Hall in Leicester, and in Pontrieux, Brittany in France.
In 2011, Jonathan was decorated with the Order of Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in the autumn honours conferment from the Japanese Ambassador in London on behalf of His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor of Japan.
11 March 2012
Ceremony of Remembrance to mark one year after the Great East Japan Earthquake at Embassy of Japan in the U.K.