Jonathan Bligh 

Jonathan Vincent Bligh was born in Adelaide, South Australia. At age 11 he was awarded a two-year scholarship to Exeter Cathedral School, England, as a boy chorister in the Cathedral Choir. He returned to Australia in 1997 and took up another music scholarship at St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney and sang treble in the choir until his voice broke in 1998.

He then returned to Adelaide and completed his secondary school education at Marryatville High School as a Special Interest Music Student. In 2004 he completed his Bachelor of Music at the Elder School of Music (University of Adelaide) for flute and conducting. That year he also obtained the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, London (LRSM). In 2006 he obtained his Graduate Diploma of Education.

Whilst at university he sang in the University Chamber Choir (Adelaide Voices), The Elder Conservatorium Choral, the Conservatorium’s Jazz Choir (Adelaide Connection) and held the position of Bass Scholar in the St Peter’s Cathedral Choir for 2004 and 2005. Prior to being appointed musical director of the Adelaider Liedertafel 1858 he held the positions of Assistant Conductor for the Adelaide Male Voice Choir and the Hahndorf Liedertafel Choir.

In October 2004 Jonathan conducted the choral finale of “A Goodlye Synge IV” featuring the combined university choirs of over 200 voices in Elder Hall. Early in 2005 Jonathan was the relief conductor of the choir at Christ Church North Adelaide. Jonathan was a founding member of the Barbershop Quartet Fourmal Attire. Subsequently he established and tutored another Barbershop Quartet of students from Charles Campbell Secondary School. This quartet was awarded first place in the National Barbershop Schools’ Competition in Sydney in 2007.

The Adelaider Liedertafel 1858 was fortunate to have this talented young musician as its conductor. The disparity of his age relative to that of the average ALT member proved to be no barrier to producing good music. He show
ed an enthusiasm rare in conductors of more mature years, and he left to pursue other interests in late 2010. We wish him well in his future endeavours.

This page was last updated Saturday, 12 August 2017
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