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Jonathan Bates

Jonathan Bates is a tenor horn player with the world famous Black Dyke Band. He currently studies at Leeds College of Music, and dedicates a large amount of time to writing new music for brass band.

Jonathan took a keen interest in composition from an early age and has already made a mark within the brass band world.

In 2010 he received his first real taste of success when a tenor horn solo he composed was premiered as part of the Black Dyke Brass Arts Festival. From this, Jonathan came into contact with Black Dykes Musical Associate, Professor Philip Wilby who took a keen interest in Jonathan's composing and continues to guide him through his developing compositional career.

In addition to working with Philip Wilby, Jonathan has also had the opportunity to work with leading figures in the musical world including Edward Gregson and Bramwell Tovey. In April 2011, Jonathan's extended test-piece Within The Paths of Righteousness received its world premiere, performed by the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain with Bram Tovey at the helm.

In January of 2012, Jonathan enjoyed further success as a composer with two new works being premiered.

The Flowers Band performed Romani Fire Dance, Jonathan's winning entry for the band's 2011 composers competition, at the Butlins Mineworkers Championships where they were placed first; and the Royal North College of Music brass band performed Tortuguero 6, a short funk based concert work, as part of the final round concert for the 2012 BBC "Young Brass Musician of the Year" competition.


Published Works