Jonathan Bates

Jonathan Bates

Jonathan Bates is a composer and arranger hailing from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. He first took an interest in composition in 2009 whilst studying music at secondary school. In 2011, The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain under the direction of artistic director Bramwell Tovey gave Jonathan's debut work for brass band, Within the Paths of Righteousness, its first public performance.

Jonathan has since gone on to compose for many of the world’s leading bands including Black Dyke, Foden’s, Carlton Main, Grimethorpe, GUS, Leyland, and Tredegar. He has also composed a Cornet Concerto for Lode Violet and a Euphonium Concerto, Stratos, for David Childs. The latter lent its name to an album of Jonathan's music, recorded by the Flowers Band.

Jonathan’s music has been used at the UK Regional and National Championships, the Dutch, New Zealand, North American, Norwegian, Swedish and Norwegian National Championships and the French Open Championships. His works have been performed at many prestigious venues, including London's Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Sage Gateshead, Bergen Grieghallen and the KKL Luzern.

Jonathan graduated with First Class Honours after four years studying Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Gary Carpenter, Paul Patterson, Emily Howard, Tom Scott and Adam Gorb. During that time he had the opportunity to work alongside composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Oliver Knussen, Mark Simpson and Simon Bainbridge. Whilst at the RNCM, Jonathan wrote for the BBC Singers and also won the college's prize for Big Band Composition in his second year.

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