Jonathan Rea

: Music
Principal Instrument: Piano
Music classes offered: Chamber music, Choral, Orchestral, Piano, Vocal
Qualifications: MA(Cantab),LTCL,PGCE
This Adjudicator is available for international engagements


Jonathan studied music at Cambridge, where he sang in the University Chamber Choir and studied piano with Peter Pettinger. He held choral and instrumental awards and won the Rima Alamuddin prize for piano performance.

After 10 happy years as Director of Music in Bangor Grammar School, he began a broader career in conducting, producing, writing, composing, arranging and piano accompanying. Regular clients include the BBC, Belfast City Council a classical soprano and a jazz violinist. He has conducted many programmes for Songs of Praise and directed the Belfast choir for Children in Need. He is also the Principal Examiner for the performing components of A-level Music in Northern Ireland.

Jonathan is Creative Director and Chief Executive of New Irish Arts, whose choir, orchestra and youth choir perform at over 20 events per year. They have sold out Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on numerous occasions, and often have over 200 participants in their larger concerts. Jonathan is increasingly in demand as a writer and speaker, occasionally contributing to programmes like Radio 4’s Prayer for the Day and Morning Service. He enjoys adjudicating at festivals because he finds it immensely satisfying to play a part in helping people pursue their musical potential