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Soprano, Alison Beck, and Pianist, Graeme Stevenson, will give the first British Performance of ‘A Letter To The World: An Emily Dickinson Song Cycle’ on Thursday, 26th July, 2018, at a lunchtime concert (1pm) at St Andrews, Queens Terrace, St Andrews KY16 9, Scotland.

Patrick’s Emily Dickinson Song Cycle: ‘A Letter To The World’ (2017) was given it’s World Premiere Performance at the British High Commissioner’s Residence, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by Alison Beck (Soprano) and Graeme Stevenson (Piano) on 7th May 2018.

Patrick’s a cappella setting of ‘Hodie Christus Natus Est’ for SATB (from the set of Four Motets for Christmas) was premiered by Cantus Musicus at the Council of Churches of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on 3rd December, 2017 as part of their Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, under the direction of Lisa Ho.

Patrick’s a cappella setting of ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ for SATB (from the set of Four Motets for Christmas) was premiered by Cantus Musicus at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kuala Lumpur on 6th December, 2015 as part of their Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols under the direction of their musical director, Lisa Ho.

American vocal prodigy, Matthew Curtis, has recorded four items from Patrick’s ‘Poetic Souvenirs’. These recordings are available to view on YouTube:

Patrick Jonathan’s setting of ‘O Magnum Mysteriurm’ for SATB, Oboe, Fluegelhorn, Piano and String Quartet, is to be premiered by Lisa Ho and Cantus Musicus, who commissioned the setting, at their Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kuala Lumpur in December, 2014.

There are two new arrangements available of Patrick Jonathan’s popular ‘Meditation’, both offering opportunities for flexible instrumentation. The first is for SATB, Oboe, Fluegelhorn, Piano and String Quartet and the second for SSA and the same instrumentation.
Both arrangements can be performed with Clarinet substituting for Oboe; Clarinet, Trumpet, Cor Anglais or French Horn substituting for Fluegelhorn; and a String Quartet that can be boosted by an optional Double Bass part and performed using a full string section if so desired.

Members of Cantus Musicus premiered Patrick Jonathan’s Madrigal, ‘Hark, Happy Lovers, Hark’ at a special concert held at the British High Commissioner’s Residence in K.L. on 20th February, 2014. The choir is now rehearsing the complete set of ‘Five Madrigals’ for a performance in late September/early October, 2014, venue yet to be confirmed.

The virtuoso percussion ensemble, Ensamble de percusión Percanto, are recording Patrick Jonathan’s ‘KLANG!’ for inclusion on their upcoming CD release. They gave a repeat public performance of the piece – that they had premiered in 2012 – in Medellin, Colombia on 7th October, 2013. An excellent video of this performance can be viewed on YouTube: Check it out!

Patrick Jonathan has composed a jazz-inflected song cycle entitled, ‘Swing, Sweet William, Swing’, based on 7 poems from William Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’, for Los Angeles based jazz icons, Corliss Dale and Lou Forestieri. Written for voice and piano, these songs are eminently suited to performance by vocalist and jazz trio.

Russian piano virtuoso, Rustem Hayroudinoff, gives a shout out to Patrick Jonathan’s ’24 Preludes for Piano’ in his interview with Frances Wilson for her ‘Cross-eyed Pianist’ blog. Check out the link here:

In January 2013, Kevin Field, Musical Director of the MYPO, and Principal of the Bentley Academy of Music, formed a new percussion ensemble which has been named after Patrick Jonathan’s composition, ‘KLANG!’. Check out the link here:
Patrick Jonathan’s KLANG now exists in a second scoring for 4 marimbas, 2 pianos and 2 multi-percussionists. This arrangement was made at the request of Kevin Field to match the make-up of the percussion section of the Malaysian Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

A selection of Patrick Jonathan’s Preludes for Piano were used as exam pieces at the Royal Academy of Music in London by students of Rustem Hayroudinoff, the dedicatee of ’24 Preludes for piano’, in May.

April 2012 saw the world premier of Patrick Jonathan’s ‘KLANG!’ for percussion ensemble by ‘Ensamble Percanto’ at Universitad EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia. This represented the composer’s first documented performance in South America.

In November 2011, extracts from Patrick Jonathan’s 2nd Symphony were used as incidental music for a production of ‘Eurydice’ by Sarah Ruhl at Washington University, St. Louis, USA.

Patrick has written a text and orchestrated the Meditation from 2005, and the Malay language version of this piece will be performed twice at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre by the Music Department of UiTM on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July, 2011. This is the second year running that Patrick has had a piece included in the UiTM Malaysian Composers Showcase.

An anonymous pianist has posted a video of himself reading through the opening of Patrick’s Piano Sonata No 2 on YouTube.

If you think you can post a version of yourself playing this movement contact Patrick via this website and he will mail you a pdf of the first movement!

A chamber group from UiTM is showcasing music by Malaysian composers at KLPAC, Pentas 2 in two concerts on Saturday 7th August and Sunday 8th August 2010. These concerts will include performances of the first movement of Patrick’s String Quartet, composed in KL during 2005 and 2006. Details about the concerts can also be found here.
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At the request of Rustem Hayroudinoff, Patrick has revised the 24 Preludes in 3 Movements and produced a version in which all of the preludes are separate, titled – simply – 24 Preludes for Piano. The score of this revised set is available via this website, and individual preludes could be produced for purchase on request. Please contact this website directly with any requests.

Patrick’s most recent composition is a set of 24 preludes for piano in all the major and minor keys, fashioned into an extended concert item by being structured as 3 continuous movements. The preludes were inspired by a conversation with the great pianist, Rustem Hayroudinoff – to whom they are dedicated, who commented that a set of preludes was a good idea as they could be whatever one wants them to be.

Patrick has also recently completed Postcards from K.L., a five-movement, impressionistic portrait of a day in the life of the beautiful city in which he lives. This was commissioned by Bill Perry for a proposed recording project of the Swiss Duo Albek, and, in addition to violin and piano, utilises a battery of exotic Eastern as well as more familiar Western percussion instruments.

Premier of my Suite-Fantasy for Flute and Bassoon – Arpeggio was performed by Lisa Tharp, Flute, and John Friedemann, Bassoon, on 30th January 2008 at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center
6110 N Scottsdale Rd
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Recent CD recording: Musica Nova Orchestra under the steady baton of Warren Cohen, presents two of the most mature symphonies of Richard Arnell, known as Britain’s leading living symphonist. Sleve notes by Patrick Jonathan. Read review by Rob Barnett.

I have recently completed Piano Sonata No 1 for the phenomenal pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff. Please visit On his news page you’ll see the exciting news that his Chandos CD of the complete Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux has been recognised by BBC Music Magazine as being one of the best three instrumental recordings of the year.

July 19, 2018