Jon Rawles

Musical Director

Born in Bristol, Jon gained a choral scholarship at St Mary, Redcliffe under the direction of Anthony Pinel with whom he studied piano and organ. After leaving school Jon studied musicology at the University of Durham, whilst musically directing his own college choir (St Cuthbert’s Society), being assistant director of music (St Mary’s College), and bass scholar (St Chad’s College) as well as conductor of several original shows and musicals, including My Fair Lady and Grease. He then moved to Canterbury where he studied for his post-graduate diploma in piano accompaniment. During his time at Canterbury, he assisted at the Folkestone campus with their musical theatre programme, accompanying and musically directing shows and performances. He has played in most cathedrals throughout the UK with the Oriana Singers, and was the guest director of the 1839 consort; both based in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Jon also was the accompanist and musical director of a number of shows in Tunbridge Wells with their local musical theatre group, including The Pyjama Game and the pantomime Aladdin, as well as writing original music for many productions, including Treasure Island and The Madness of King George. He also led the community choir CREATE which specialised in pop songs of the 70’s and 80’s and musicals, helping to support local events and businesses. Jon has also recently been the director of the choir at All Saints Hove, and has enjoyed strengthening and growing the choir both in their number and in the contribution they offer to the liturgy and life of their own church, as well as leading tours to Chichester, Guildford and Rochester cathedrals, as well as St Paul’s cathedral London. Whilst in Brighton & Hove, he also worked with one of the homeless charities in supporting The Choir With No Name in creating a safe space for the most vulnerable to come and sing their favourite pop and rock songs from their childhood and teenage years, support each other, and eat during their rehabilitation back to society, whilst working towards some fun and vibrant concerts held across the city. This was also part of a nationwide project which allowed The Choir With No Name from several cities across the UK to join together in the Royal Albert Hall for a joint concert. In his spare time Jon enjoys spending time outdoors keeping active and travelling, especially on the coast, as well as working in local theatres.