JONATHAN ALLSOPP IS THE ORGAN SCHOLAR HERE AT DURHAM CATHEDRAL
where he accompanies the Cathedral Choir in the daily services and trains the Choristers and Probationers. In 2015 he was also acting assistant organist for a term. Alongside this, he is Director of Music at Hatfield College, Durham, conducting the chapel choir in their weekly services, and is reading for a degree in music at the university, where he received the Thomas Beecham scholarship in his first year.
Born in Surrey, he was organ scholar at both St Mary’s Ewell and King’s College School Wimbledon during his sixth-form, before spending a year as organ scholar at Hereford Cathedral. While at Hereford, he regularly accompanied and conducted the cathedral choir, toured with them to the USA, and took part in the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester.
Jonathan has performed widely as a soloist, accompanist and continuo player, performing in cathedrals and churches across the country. Recent performances have included recitals at Durham, Hereford, Gloucester, Coventry, Truro and Southwark cathedrals, as well as many parish churches. This year includes recitals in Durham, Hereford and Westminster.
In recent years, Jonathan has developed a particular interest in contemporary organ music, and enjoys working with composers. He commissioned and premiered David Loxley-Blount’s Liberate te ex inferis in 2015 at Durham, and in May 2016 he premiered Francis Jackson’s contribution to the Orgelbüchlein Project.
Jonathan began the organ with Ronny Krippner while at school, and subsequently studies with Tom Bell in London, from whom he has developed his interest in contemporary organ music. He became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists in 2014, winning the top prize for paperwork. Aside from playing the organ he enjoys a curry when possible.