Jonathan Schranz is a freelance conductor based in London. He studied choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded a Distinction along with numerous prizes. Prior to this he read music at Churchill College, Cambridge, graduating with first class honours in 2015.
Jonathan enjoys a diverse career ranging from leading choral workshops in high security prisons to performing at private functions with his funk band, The Handlers. He is currently Organist & Musical Director at the Church of St John at Hackney, Associate Conductor of the Purcell Singers, Office Choir Leader at Grant Thornton London and a Section Leader and Assistant Conductor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. He is also the Founder and Director of a number of his own choirs including the professional Gregorian schola Graduale and the chamber choir The Fisher Consort. Jonathan has led choral workshops for the Royal School of Church Music, South West Camerata and Libricini, and is in demand as a guest conductor. Previous conducting positions include Cambridge University Catholic Chaplaincy, Brentwood Choral Society, the Cappella Singers of Upminster, Churchill Chorus and Selwyn Jazz Band.
A firm believer in the impact of choral music on people’s lives, Jonathan has worked extensively in prisons and hospitals to bring music to vulnerable people. He is Music Coordinator for Sing Inside, a charity which facilitates group singing in UK prisons, and from September 2018 he launches Sing Inside Greenwich, bringing these opportunities to current university students. His Master’s thesis, exploring the benefits of choral music within a prison chaplaincy, has been presented at the Universities of Leicester and Oxford.
From January 2019 Jonathan will be Director of Music at St George’s RC Cathedral, Southwark.