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biography

Jonathan Melling was born in Wigan, Lancashire, and during his early years was much involved with music-making in the area. He held appointments as organist in local churches and eventually at Chorley Parish Church.

Following this, he studied the organ in London with Gordon Phillips during which time he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

Whilst still a student, Jonathan was director of music at the Church of the Annunciation, Marble Arch, London, and afterwards at St. Michael and All Angels, Barnes. Subsequently he was assistant organist at Wimborne Minster in Dorset. He has given recitals in churches throughout England, in Douglas, Isle of Man, the state of Baden Wurttemberg in southern Germany and in Bavaria. In addition he has performed at Oxford Town Hall, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow and the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore. In 2008 Jonathan visited the United States of America and performed recitals in Boston (Trinity Church, Copley Square), Reno, Nevada and San Mateo, California.

At the invitation of the then director, Dr. W. S. Lloyd Webber, Jonathan served on the professorial staff of the London College of Music where for many years he taught a range of theoretical work and became an examiner. In due course he took on administrative work there as registrar of the Junior Music School and director of Part-Time Studies. Later he was responsible for the teaching of organ at the College.

He now concentrates on his free-lance work - performing and private teaching - and is organist and director of music at the church of All Hallows by the Tower in the City of London where he gives regular lunchtime recitals.

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