Jonathan Mann

Jonathan Mann studied the organ in Launceston with the late Royland Jordan, with whom he gained his ARCM and entry to the Royal College of Music. Whilst there, he studied choral training under Sir David Willcocks, and the organ with John Birch (Chichester Cathedral) gaining his LRAM and ARCO diplomas, and being awarded the Parratt and Haigh prizes for organ playing in his third year. This led to a further year of study, after graduating, specialising in organ playing (with John Birch) and theory and composition with Dr William Lloyd Webber.

Returning to Cornwall, he resumed studies with Royland Jordan, leading to Fellowship of Trinity College of Music, and was for many years Organist and Choirmaster of St Mary Magdalene's Parish Church, Launceston. He has broadcast on both radio and television. He directs the Launceston Choral Society, and shares the musical direction of the Launceston Male Voice Choir, as well as being Chairman of the Truro Diocesan Choral Union, and Diocesan Organ Advisor. 

He is also accompanist to the well-known choirs at St Joseph’s School, Launceston, and is an enthusiast for the Cinema Organ, having given a number of concerts in Tywyn, on the only Wurlitzer organ in Wales.  In 1982 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and he is also a Fellow of the Guild of St Cecilia.

Having spent some twenty-five years teaching music in a large school, he now works full time at the Launceston Steam Railway. In his spare time, he is a regular driver on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales, and he also enjoys driving on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

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