Jonathan Allsopp – Accompanist
Jonathan Allsopp is Assistant Director of Music at Southwell Minster, where he is the principal accompanist for the cathedral choir, trains the boy and girl choristers, and directs the Minster Chorale, the cathedral’s adult voluntary choir; he is also accompanist for Nottingham Harmonic Choir, and maintains an active freelance career.
Until recently he was Organ Scholar at Westminster Cathedral, where he accompanied and regularly directed the world-renowned Catholic cathedral choir; in 2018 he was also Acting Assistant Master of Music for a term. In 2017 he graduated with first-class honours in Music from the University of Durham, where he was also Organ Scholar at Durham Cathedral, and held the Thomas Beecham Scholarship. Prior to university he was Organ Scholar at Hereford Cathedral.
For two years he was Director of Music at Hatfield College, Durham, conducting the chapel choir in their weekly services, and taking them on tour to Germany, Canada and the USA. In 2015 he founded the Dunelm Consort and Players, a Durham-based ensemble dedicated to early music. With them he conducted a wide range of music from early English polyphony to Bach’s St John Passion.
Jonathan has performed widely as a soloist, having performed organ recitals at many cathedrals and churches across the country. He regularly accompanies choirs and choral societies, and in recent years has worked with Fulham Camerata, Tiffin School Oratorio Choir, and Pimlico Musical Foundation.
Jonathan began the organ with Ronny Krippner, and currently studies with Tom Bell. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.