Bath Recitals is celebrating the success of one its conductors, Jonathan Bloxham following the announcement of his appointment as Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Jonathan has performed twice in Bath Recitals’ last season. In 2015 he conducted the London Firebird Orchestra in September Surprise at the city’s prestigious Pump Room. Jonathan is also a successful cellist and his performance with the Northern Chords Ensemble later in the year grew out of the Northern Chords Chamber Music Festival which he founded in 2009.
Bath Recital’s chairman David Gregory was delighted with the news:
“Providing opportunities for young performers such as Jonathan is at the heart of our work at Bath Recitals. We wish him the very best with this prestigious new appointment.”
For the CBSO auditions Jonathan was one of eight conductors shortlisted from nearly 200 applicants to conduct two pianos in their first round. Those successful in this round completed a second round conducting the full CBSO. Jonathan commented:
“I’m thrilled and honoured to be joining the CBSO next season. It’s a very exciting step for me and my career as a conductor. Having opportunities provided by organisations such as Bath Recitals has been invaluable in my career path.”
At the CBSO Jonathan will work closely with music director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and visiting conductors as well as the CBSO’s Michael Seal and Simon Halsey.
In June 2017 Jonathan will appear with the CBSO and pianist Peter Donohoe in addition to working with CBSO Youth Orchestra and conducting one of the CBSO’s events in the next season of family concerts.