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Nathan Jones - Musician

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If you're a bit nosey, here're some highlights of my life...

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My Story

I grew up in Aberdare, a town in the South Wales valleys about 40 minutes north-west of Cardiff. 

After starting piano lessons aged 7 and performing throughout school, I began playing for church services on the organ aged 14, accompanying choirs and joined a band aged 16 and attended a National Youth Jazz Wales summer course aged 18.

Whilst studying an undergrad in Computer Science at Swansea Uni I was also Music Director for the Choral Society. The society had a lot of success, winning a number of awards and gaining many loyal members, many of whom I'm lucky to still call friends today.

After graduating, I decided to persue music as a career and studied a 2 year MA in Composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. At the same time, my choir Rechoir began with a number of former Swansea Uni Choral Society friends as founding members, and we're still going strong today.

Since completing my Master's I have forged a varied portfolio career encompassing roles from rehearsal pianist to MD and copyist to composer. I enjoy the creativity and problem solving that comes with creative jobs such as orchestrating and composing, but I also love being in the room with other creative minds when projects require rehearsing, playing and workshopping.

At present, I'd identify the key aspects of my career to be Music Direction, Conducting, Orchestrating, Keyboard Programming and Playing (piano, organ, accordion and keyboards). These roles allow me a good balance between the often solitary creative side of the business and the more sociable and collaborative side.

Check out my Blog to find out more about what I'm up to or have done in the past.

My Work

As well as freelancing with many ensembles and productions, I also hold/have held a number of perminent positions with institutions and ensembles.

Current

Music Director for The Morriston Orpheus Male Choir, Swansea

April 2024 - Present

www.morristonorpheus.com | @MorristonOrpheus

Music Director for Vale Academy of Performing Arts (VAPA), Cowbridge

June 2023 - Present

Principal: Laura Brind

Music Director for The Stage Centre, Cardiff

September 2022 - Present

Principal: Michelle Richards

Creative Director for The Alternative Orchestra

June 2020 - Present

www.thealternativeorchestra.co.uk | @TheAltOrch

Music Director for Rechoir

July 2013 - Present

www.rechoir.co.uk | @RechoirUK

Previous

Music Director / Assistant MD / Accompanist for Neath Male Choir - 2013-2022

Music Director for Abbey Players - 2019-2022

Music Director for Colstars Theatre Group - 2018-2022

Music Director for Go Theatre Productions - 2018-2019

Music Director for TheatreMask Productions - 2014-2022

Music Director for Hybu 1000 Voices - 2014-2016

Accompanist for Cockett Operatics Society - 2014-2015

Contact

I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities, and to hear from others in the industry.

Drop me an e-mail, fill in the contact form, follow me on socials or DM me - whatever's easiest for you.

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