Trinity Laban is delighted to announce JONATHAN MANN as the newest recipient of The Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellowship in Conducting.

The Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellowship in Conducting offers a yearlong placement at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. It is designed to facilitate a successful leap from full-time, conservatoire-based study to excellence in the music profession. The fellowship allows an exceptional young conductor to cultivate their contacts and develop their professional skills, supported by a Trinity Laban mentor, whilst also contributing to the TL community through working with students.

Trinity Laban is delighted to welcome the 2017/18 Fellowship recipient, Welsh conductor Jonathan Mann, whoss conducting has been described by the great Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink as having an ‘infectious joy’, and who won the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Prize at the Jeunesses Musicales International Conducting Competition 2015.

Jonathan comments – ‘I am honoured to have received the Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellowship. I know how much Sir Charles wanted to help young conductors, and this opportunity to learn and grow in such a supportive environment will prove invaluable for my development. During the projects I will be involved in this year, I aim to soak up as much knowledge as I can particularly from the visiting conductors, Trinity Laban professors, professional mentors, and students who will be collaborating with me.’

This year signals a return to Europe for Jonathan after three years living in Thailand, working as Artistic Director with the Music for Life Project in the slum community in Bangkok, which mentors young musicians. Jonathan is also Artistic Director and founder of young professional orchestra the Cardiff Sinfonietta, overseeing the orchestra’s expansion over eleven years. The talented young conductor is passionate about musical education and outreach and will be continuing to navigate professional engagements across two continents in his Fellowship year.

Jonathan’s first engagement as Junior Fellow was conducting Sibelius Symphony No.2 in D major as part of Trinity Laban’s orchestral Side by Side project, a concert series in which students perform alongside professional mentors. Next, he is leading projects in Hong Kong, Phuket and Bangkok, whilst finding time to fit in work with Cardiff Sinfonietta, as well as the Hertford Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas concert before the year is out. He will also be co-ordinating The Cardiff International Academy of Conducting, whose next intensive course is in January 2018.

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