Born in 1963, Jon was brought up in Yorkshire and began his playing life in some of the brass bands of that region. Form 1981-1984, he studied at the Royal College of Music under David Mason. In his third year at the College he was accepted into the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and has held the position of section leader trumpet since 1987. Jon has also freelanced with most British orchestras, usually as principal trumpet and has appeared abroad with the Ensemble Modern (Germany) and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway). Jon has also appeared numerous times as a soloist with the CBSO including several performances of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Blood on the Floor, also performing this piece with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the South Bank’s Turnage Festival.
Jon has a keen interest in the contemporary repertoire and has played regularly with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group since its foundation in 1987. Amongst the many highlights during this time is his performance of the solo trumpet part in Thea Musgrave’s Lamenting with Ariadne. Since 1986, Jon has worked at the Birmingham Conservatoire as tutor of trumpet and he regularly assists with examining and auditioning there.