Jonathan Lucas Wood
Jonathan is increasingly in demand as a dynamic conductor, vocal coach and tenor soloist. He was instrumental in the creation and regeneration of numerous music ensembles at the University of Exeter as conductor of the Exeter University Singers, Musical Director of the Exeter University Gilbert & Sullivan Society and as a founding member of Semi-Toned – the award-winning a cappella group. Jonathan is also a Tenor Lay Clerk at Buckfast Abbey, Deputy Lay Clerk at Exeter Cathedral and is regularly a soloist with choral societies around the South West.
Away from the South West, Jonathan is often engaged with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and has recently performed as part of their Fellowship Octet. This included working 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 as both a performer and Musical Director winning rave 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 soloist in 2014 and in June 2016, was invited to take up the role of guest conductor for the choir’s tour to Finland. 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.