Assistant Director of Music, Jonathan Hope

Jonathan Hope is quickly gaining a reputation at home and abroad as one of the most dynamic young organists of his generation

Jonathan HopeEducated at George Abbot School in his hometown of Guildford, he studied initially with Stephen Lacey, John Belcher and David Sanger, and then at the Royal College of Music, London with Margaret Phillips and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin.

Jonathan became Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral in March 2014, where he is the principal organist for the cathedral services, joint conductor of the Cathedral Youth Choir, accompanist to the Gloucester Choral Society, Musical Director of the Saint Cecilia Singers and Accompanist to the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival Chorus. 

Increasingly in demand as a recitalist, Jonathan’s career to date has taken him throughout the UK, as well as France, Germany, Italy, the USA and Australia. Recently, he has performed solo recitals at Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Saint-Sulpice, Paris. In 2015, Jonathan embarked on recital tours to Germany and Italy and a 2-week summer tour of recitals in Milwaukee, Chicago and Philadelphia, USA. In January 2015 he recorded his first solo CD, at Gloucester Cathedral, featuring a new work, Hommage à Paris, by the organist John Hosking, works by former Gloucester Cathedral organist John Sanders and Reubke’s mighty Sonata on the 94th Psalm. In June 2016, Jonathan released a DVD ("The Grand Organ of Gloucester Cathedral") on Priory Records.

Before coming to Gloucester, Jonathan was Organ Scholar of Winchester Cathedral (under Andrew Lumsden) where he worked with the choir, played for the daily services, was responsible for training the chorister probationers, and was accompanist to the cathedral’s two voluntary choirs. At Winchester, Jonathan also played for the funeral of the composer Sir John Tavener, and in a concert featuring Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Previously, Jonathan was Organ Scholar of Southwark Cathedral (under Peter Wright), where his duties involved accompanying and directing the cathedral choirs in daily services, and serving as Acting Sub-Organist & Director of the Girls’ Choir in his final term, a term which included prestigious services for the 2012 London Olympics and HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

He has played with the Philharmonia Orchestra and worked with soloists including John Mark Ainsley and Brindley Sherratt. He has appeared in various capacities at St. John’s, Smith Square and in the Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre, London). Jonathan has also performed as part of the City of London Festival. Recently, he has played in performances of Bach’s St. John Passion, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Elgar’s The Apostles, Duruflé's Requiem and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. As an accompanist, he has broadcast live on both BBC Radio 3 and 4. An increasingly influential organ teacher, Jonathan has taught at the City of London School and Sevenoaks School, and teaches a fast-growing number of private pupils.

Jonathan’s website can be found at

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