Jonathan Vaughn is Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral, and Musical Director of the Somerset Singers. His principal duty at the Cathedral is to the daily round of services and the nurturing of its choristers’ talents. Extra liturgically, he is also heavily involved in the Cathedral Choir’s busy programme of broadcasts, concerts, tours, outreach, commissions, and recordings.
Jonathan moved to Somerset in September 2007 following three years as Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Prior to this he had held organ scholarships at St John’s College, Cambridge, St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and Croydon Parish Church. A particular distinction of his time at Croydon was becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists aged sixteen, while being a major prizewinner in the examination. His organ studies were with Simon Williams and Dame Gillian Weir.
Jonathan has also been Musical Director of the Phoenix Singers, Framlingham, Director of the St Edmundsbury Singers and Assistant Conductor of Cambridge University Musical Society, with responsibility for CUMS 2 and the wind orchestra. He regularly performs recitals across the UK and abroad; in October 2014 a five recital tour marked his US solo debut. He teaches the organ at Wells Cathedral School and in 2013 released his first solo organ CD on the Regent Records label, Wagner at the Organ, recorded at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol.