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Conductor    JonathanTrim

JONATHAN TRIM has been a member of the SSO since 1984  playing both violin and viola. During his degree studies at  Birmingham University he conducted the University Chamber Orchestra and has attended the conductors' course at Canford under the tutorship of George Hurst and has conducted the SSO since 1993. He attended the Birmingham School of Music for instrumental tuition where he studied the violin under Jeremy Ballard and piano under Piers Lane.

While at Birmingham he
was awarded a singing bursary at St. Alban's Birmingham and has sung with the Gloucester Cathedral choir as a deputy. He was orchestral director of the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra which had five very successful concerts under his direction.  Jonathan also conducted the Cotswold String Ensemble which boasted as its members some of the best amateur string players in the county. He conducted the Swindon Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2002 . He is director of the Gloucester Area Youth Orchestra.

Jonathan has composed a number of works, several of which were performed while he was at           university. His String Quartet was premiered at the St. Alban's Festival in Birmingham. His symphonic poem, which was first played at the SSO concert in November 1993, is his largest work to date. His Rhapsody for piano and orchestra was performed by the SSO in November 1996. His work, ‘Beneath the angel strain’ was premiered by the combined Stroud and Swindon Symphony orchestras in July 2000 while the SSO premiered his Wind Sinfonietta in November 2001. He was commissioned by  Stroud Town Council to compose a piece commemorating Stroud 700. This was premiered in July 2004.

He has worked with autistic people and teaches the violin and viola in Gloucestershire. He has a high involvement with young people, coaching musicians in schools in the county.