Philip comes from Stoke-on-Trent, when he was at junior school he had a few lessons on the violin, but deep down he knew it was not the instrument for him. One day when a local senior school band visited his school he decided that he wanted to be part of that band.
When he went to see about joining he was told that there was a waiting list and that he would have to audition to even get on that list. Eventually he got his chance and in Philips words "I was given something called a Baritone. Unfortunately three days later I had to go into hospital, when I returned to school someone else had got the baritone and the only instrument left was the Eb Bass. Undeterred I took it home - much to the disappointment of my parents and neighbours"
While Philip was taking his ‘A' levels he had a chance meeting with Nev Roberts, bass trombone with the Halle Orchestra, who suggested that Philip should go up to Manchester to meet his mate Stuart Roebuck. Stuart was the tuba player with the Halle and tutor at the Royal Manchester College of Music. Philip auditioned for the college, passed and moved to Manchester.
At the same time , a brass teacher in Stoke knew Tommy White, bandmaster of the CWS (Manchester) Band and wrote to him suggesting that they might want to listen to Philip, who says "Next thing I have a phone call from Derek Garside ( celebrated cornetist and Principal at Manchester CWS) asking me along for an audition. We duly met and I endured probably the most uncomfortable two hours of my life as Derek put me through my rather limited paces At the end he said that I was not good enough, but as I had been accepted at Music College they obviously thought that they could teach me something, so the band would take a chance and might get a year out of me. That was 1972 and I stayed until 1985"
Philip has been at Black Dyke Band for some twentynine years, he has also appeared with many orchestras including the Halle, BBC Northern, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Welsh National Opera and others.
Upon leaving college Philip took up the teaching profession, progressing over the years to Director of Music at the William Hulme Grammar School in Manchester. It is fair to say that music is Philip's life. He has a huge commitment to the musical education of young people, both in his local community and as a tutor with the National Youth Brass Band.
Jonathan's early musical career started on the electronic organ. He had many opportunities to perform, including school concerts, at Sheffield Theatre Organ Society and at Symphony Hall in Birmingham as part of the National Yamaha Showcase.
In 1998 he started playing the cornet and joined the local village band of Woodhouse. After a couple of years he progressed to Chapeltown where he played until leaving for Music College. In 2006 his studies continued at the Royal Northern College of Music under Dr Roger Webster. The experiences and opportunities were invaluable to where he is today, allowing him to develop not only as a player but as a conductor under the leadership of Dr Nicholas Childs. One highlight was to play at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms concerts with the college wind band.
It is however as a conductor where his passion lies. His first experience in conducting was with Chapeltown and Woodhouse band. Both these bands gave him his first steps in conducting before going to college. In the summer of 2006 he was fortunate enough to meet Richard Evans who became his conducting mentor. Mr Evans’ wealth of experience, musicianship and band management has allowed Jonathan to progress over the last few years and he is incredibly grateful for this.
Since joining Delph Brass Band in 2009 as assistant conductor, Jonathan has benefited from the invaluable expertise and guidance of the bands principal conductor, Phillip Goodwin. Philip has been very influential and supportive in the development of Jonathans’ style and technique as a musical director. During his association with the band, not only as a conductor but player as well, they have reached the national finals and won, achieved the Butlins championship and most recently achieved second place at the Brass at the Guild competition (2014).
Alongside Delph, Jonathan has had conducting experience in the North West Area as musical director of Denton Brass Band during one of their most successful periods. He is enjoying other work as a freelance conductor which has included visits to Norway to work with Floro Skoles Muisikkorps guiding them to their local championship.
Upon leaving full time education, Jonathan embarked on the teaching profession, and is currently teacher of music at a secondary school near Preston. Away from music Jonathan enjoys fine dining, sport and catching up with friends.