Jonathan Kilhams BMus (Hons) ABRSMdip MISM
Jonathan started his music career as a Chorister in Chichester Cathedral where, from an early age, he realised his love of choral singing. This continued to flourish at his secondary school, Lancing College, and resulted in him gaining a choral scholarship to Royal Holloway University of London where he was a member of the prestigious Chapel Choir. Through this choir Jonathan recorded nearly ten discs on the world renowned Hyperion record label and toured this music around Europe, America and China. Being a soloist on several of these albums has resulted in him performing live on American, British and Estonian radio. Jonathan has also performed to people such as Charles, Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge as well as performing in prestigious venues such as The Barbican Centre, Royal Festival Hall and The Royal Albert Hall.
Since graduating from Royal Holloway University in 2012, with the highest mark ever given to a choral conducting student, his conducting career has flourished and he is in high demand in London and Surrey. His belief that choral singing is a universal language which has the power to bring people together in times of need, is infectious. Jonathan conducts five choirs ranging from male voice choirs and boys choirs to mixed voice and school choirs. In 2015 he founded Weybridge Boys Choir, which has provided a free choir for boys across Elmbridge from any background. Jonathan has also doubled the size of his mixed voice choir over three years. His encouraging and ambitious approach has led to many singers of any age being inspired to take singing seriously and recognise their true potential.
Jonathan is currently working on creating a school choirs festival to encourage school choirs in Elmbridge to perform and showcase their talent. This project is in its first year and has already got over three hundred school children involved. Jonathan also hopes to set up an auditioned semi-professional mixed voice choir in Surrey over the next year.