Trevor Jones

Music is the product of the inner Sacred Spirit acting as inspiration for each composition. The spiritual is what lies at the heart of my compositions.

Trevor Jones was born in Poole, and gained early musical experiences in youth choirs and as a violinist in orchestras. He then attended Dartington College of Arts where he was a first study singer, and also studied composition, organ and percussion. Composition was influenced at the time by the avant gard and new music movements of the 1960s and 70s. After completing an education course in Exmouth, Trevor then taught music in schools around the country for around twelve years before becoming a freelance singing teacher, choral conductor and singer soloist in the West Country, continuing some limited composing that had started during his teaching period. He holds a Certificate in Education, Batchelor of Education degree, Licentiate diploma in orchestration and choral composition from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a Diploma of Music in Education from Dartington.

Having started a small vocal ensemble called Choro Baroque in the West Country, he directed performances of his part-songs and a Requiem. He also sang in Plymouth RC Cathedral Choir as a tenor cantor and soloist, having sung in an Anglican Cathedral Choir some thirty years before that. He is keen to see more progress made with choirs committing to regular performances of contemporary music by their regional composers alongside the older music.

Trevor has seen his orchestral compositions played by Stroud Symphony Orchestra, Capriol Chamber Orchestra, Thornbury Orchestra and Cheltenham Philharmonic Orchestra. His string quartets have been performed and recorded to CD by Voller Quartet with mezzo-soprano Zarah Hible. Song cycles have been performed by sopranos Sarah Leonard and Charlotte Newstead variously in Bristol and Stroud, and have been recorded to CD by soprano Louise Wayman accompanied by Sarah Gard. At Ganina Yama for violin and piano has been performed by Madeleine Mitchell accompanied by Geoffrey Poole. Some Christmas carols were included in a special event in 2007 called A Cavalcade of Contemporary Christmas Carols in St Mary's Church, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. Trevor has also conducted his Variations on Mr Isaac's Maggot for strings with Severnside Sinfonia and his opera Maria Marten with Phoenix Community Touring Opera.

Outside of musical composition, Trevor has an interest in various other topics such as Russia, UAE, Qatar, Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan as well as Islam on which he has researched and written, and also makes links between music and theology in a discipline called theomusicology. He publishes this work, together with two volumes of poetry under the Expression publishing imprint. Trevor has given talks connected to his writing, including a lecture entitled 'Music as Beauty, Inspiration, Hope and Promise' at Regents Park College, University of Oxford, and has also given a talk on Iran. He is an oblate of Prinknash Abbey in Gloucestershire. Both CDs of the string quartets and song cycles have been uploaded to his website at;

The first movement of Sinfonietta can be heard on YouTube at; 



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