Current / upcoming:
Manor (National Theatre, Lyttleton, dir. Fiona Buffini)
Henry IV Part 1 (Drama on 3, BBC Radio 3, dir. Sally Avens)
The Ballad Of The Fix (Composed feature for BBC Radio 4, prod. Monica Whitlock)
The Ballad Of The Blade (Composed feature for BBC Radio 4, prod. Monica Whitlock)
The Turning Forest Award-winning VR experience (BBC / VRTOV / Google Daydream) Currently on the festival circuit)
Scotland From The Sky (BBC Scotland)
Breaking The Waves (Scottish Opera / Edinburgh International Festival: currently internationally touring, dir. Tom Morris)
Jon’s work is featured in the V&A Museum’s current Transformation & Revelation exhibition of the work of leading stage designers.
Theatre: Recent work includes April de Angelis’ epic two-part adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend in the Olivier at the National Theatre directed by Melly Still, collaborating with John Malkovich on Good Canary at the Rose and collaborating with Jamiroquai’s Sola Akingbola on the score for the RSC’s smash-hit production of Hamlet. He composed / sound-designed the world stage premiere of David Greig’s hugely acclaimed adaptation of Joe Simpson’s survival classicTouching The Void which recently finished a sell-out West-End run, and created music / sound-design for Theatre Royal Bath’s production of Florian Zeller’s The Mother, starring Gina McKee, nominated for Best New Play in the WhatsOnStage Awards. Other theatre highlights includes Owen Sheers’ devastating Pink Mist at Bristol Old Vic and the Bush (nominated for best sound design, Off-West End Awards), Idomeneus and Dear Elizabeth at the Gate, and the National Theatre’s smash-hit European premiere productions of Tennessee Williams’s Spring Storm and Eugene O’Neill’s Beyond the Horizon, which had sell-out extended runs in the Cottesloe – ‘a triumph on so many levels I would need at least twice the space to do them justice’ (Independent – 5 stars); ‘you won’t find much anywhere in Britain to top Laurie Sansom’s superlative productions’ (Guardian – four stars); ‘thrilling, illuminating and deeply affecting’ (Telegraph – five stars). Both productions received national acclaim and rave reviews from, amongst others, the Times, Telegraph – ‘one of the most thrilling theatre offerings of the decade’ – and the Guardian.
Audio drama & composed features: Jon has worked extensively with BBC audio drama as both composer and sound designer, most recently collaborating with Tony Harrison on his new adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris for Radio 3. Highlights of his other work include the serialisation of Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea novels, a new dramatisation of Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer-winning novel Beloved, Peter Flannery’s adaptation of Robert Pirsig’s cult 70’s classic Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for BBC Radio 4, Erebus, Jo Shapcott’s poetic retelling of the doomed 19th-century Franklin expedition to the Arctic, serialisations of H P Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth and At The Mountains of Madness), and Radio 3’s acclaimed adaptation of H G Wells’ The Time Machine, starring Robert Glenister, reviewed by the Guardian and the Stage. He’s currently working on several new projects with BBC audio drama and leading independent Almost Tangible.
He has also collaborated on numerous composed features bringing factual storytelling together with music and intricately detailed and expressive sound design. These include Ballad Of The Blade, Ballad Of The Fix, Water Towers Of New York and What I Heard About Iraq which received a Jury Special Mention at the Prix Italia.
Screen: Jon’s recently been working with Al Jazeera on a series of new documentaries, and also worked recently with Firecracker Films’ on their smash-hit documentary Married To The Moonies. Meanwhile The Guitar, a new short from Eye Grab Pictures and director Richard Beecham, recently premiered at the Jewish Film Festival, and he’s currently composing / sound designing for several other film shorts.
He’s also recently worked on music and sound design for films forming part of the promotional package for the rebranding of Gatwick airport.