Jonathan Ainscough

Jonathan AinscoughOriginally from Darlington in Co. Durham, Jonathan received a First Class Honours degree in Music from Manchester University, before completing a Masters in Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music.

For Re:Sound: Emcee in The Mask behind the Face; Bass 3/accordion/harpsichord in Battles Within and Without; Narrator/piano/accordion/saxophone in Into the Woods; Politician in Emily; Director of Mrs Lazarus.

Directing credits include: The Game of Love and Chance (Marivaux), Hay Fever (Coward) and Cigarettes and Chocolate (Minghella) for the RNCM; Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for Opera Hesperia in the cathedrals of Manchester and Chester; adaptations of Gaskell and Dickens short stories for Tea Break Theatre and the Manchester Literature Festival; and scenes from Hansel and Gretel, Eugene Onegin, Le nozze di Figaro and The Magic Flute for Manchester University. Jonathan also regularly devises and leads workshops for organisations including Welsh National Opera Youth and Community, Opera North Education, Streetwise Opera, MusicLeader, SingUp! and the RNCM.

Recent stage appearances include: Iolo Price in Welsh National Opera’s Nine Stories High; Nicholas in Barber’s Vanessa for RNCM Opera; Louis in the UK premiere of Tim Benjamin’s Le Gateau d’Anniversaire at the Purcell Room; Prospero in James Redwood’s new chamber opera The Tempest for Opera North Education; and the Owl in Stephen McNeff’s Tarka the Otter at the Buxton Festival.