Jonathan Hanley

Born in Suffolk, Jonathan was a chorister and choral scholar at St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich under the direction of Dr Michael Nicholas, before reading History at the University of York, where he was a choral scholar at York Minster. During his time at university, he also performed with a number of ensembles including the Yorkshire Bach Choir and the Ebor Singers, with whom he recorded two CDs of seventeenth-century English music. After graduating, he spent three years as a lay clerk at Peterborough Cathedral under the direction of Steven Grahl and has been a member of the 'Genesis Sixteen’ programme for young singers (2016/2017). He is now a freelance singer and currently studies with tenor, Richard Edgar-Wilson. Jonathan was also a Monteverdi Choir Apprentice for 2018/2019 and has gone on to work regularly for the group.

Jonathan has performed as a soloist in the UK and Europe, including at the Trame Sonore Chamber Music Festival in Mantua, the York Early Music Festival, the Anghiari Festival, and the Malcolm Arnold Festival. He has appeared as a soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Nevill Holt Opera, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and the Instruments of Time and Truth. Jonathan also enjoys performing English song and lieder, most recently performing Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin, Beethoven An die Ferne Geliebte, and Schumann Liederkreis (op. 24) with pianist Nicky Losseff.

As an ensemble singer, Jonathan works regularly with some of the finest vocal ensembles in the UK, most notably the Monteverdi Choir, Stile Antico, Tenebrae, the Sixteen and SANSARA, the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and the Oxford Consort of Voices, with whom he recorded Pelham Humfrey Symphony Anthems, released in 2018. He has also recorded with the Monteverdi Choir, SANSARA, The Sixteen and the choirs of York Minster and Peterborough Cathedral.

This year, Jonathan has performed Benjamin Britten’s cantata St Nicolas in York Minster, JS Bach St John Passion (Evangelist) and joined the Monteverdi Choir for tours of Handel Semele and Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini in his role as a Monteverdi Apprentice. He will go on to join the Monteverdi Choir for a tour of Italian seventeenth-century music in Europe and South America this autumn. He has also appeared in a contemporary opera performance and recording of Margaret Catchpole - Two Worlds Apart by Stephen Dodgson at Snape Maltings. For more information on upcoming performances, view Jonathan’s diary.

For a selection of past performances, click here.