Jonathan Lucas Wood
Jonathan is increasingly in demand as a dynamic conductor, vocal coach and tenor soloist. He has been leading student music at the University of Exeter for over six years as a conductor of Exeter University Singers, Musical Director of the Exeter University Gilbert & Sullivan Society and as a founding member of the award winning a capella group Semi-Toned. Jonathan is also a Tenor Lay Clerk at Buckfast Abbey and Deputy Lay Clerk at Exeter Cathedral where he sings under the direction of Philip Arkwright (Buckfast), and Timothy Noon (Exeter).
Away from the South West, Jonathan is often engaged with the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain and has recently performed as part of the Fellowship Octet – the pinnacle of the organisation. This involvement has led him to work and record with esteemed conductors such as Marin Alsop, Daniel Barenboim, and Gustavo Dudamel performing at the BBC Proms on several occasions and collaborating with The King’s Singers in 2016.
Jonathan is also heavily involved with theatre and has won rave reviews for musical direction at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His recent conducting credits include Princess Ida (Gilbert & Sullivan, Exeter Northcott; 2016), The Last Five Years (Jason Robert Brown, Poltimore House; 2015), Iolanthe (Gilbert & Sullivan, Exeter Northcott; 2014), and Merrily We Roll Along (Stephen Sondheim, Edinburgh Fringe Festival; 2013).
Jonathan first worked with Exeter Bach Society as a Tenor soloist in 2014. In June 2016, he was invited to take up the role of guest conductor for the choir’s tour to Finland and following the success of this tour, he was delighted to be appointed Musical Director in September 2016. Since then he has taken the choir from strength to strength, maintaining the Bach tradition but also introducing innovative and exciting challenges into the repertoire..