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Jon Openshaw

West Sussex Music
Horsham Music Centre
Oriel High School
Thomas Bennett Community College
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Education & training

Having originally trained as a secondary school English teacher, and holding QTS, Jon now works as a vocal teacher, having taught privately for almost ten years before joining West Sussex Music.

Jon trained with English National Opera on their performance skills course ‘The Knack’ and also holds the ATCL diploma (distinction) in classical singing performance, as well as Grade 8 singing with ABRSM (distinction).

Jon has studied singing privately with some high profile singing teacher, including Susan McCulloch, former vocal Professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Neil Baker, Professor of voice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

Skills & experience

Jon is a highly skilled vocal teacher, with over ten years of experience of helping students of all ages to discover and develop their voices. He has successfully taught students up to Grade 8, and many of his students have achieved high marks in Grade examinations.

Jon’s professional concert engagements as a soloist have so far included Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, Brahms’ Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Samson (Harapha), Haydn’s Creation, Nelson Mass and Harmoniemesse, Mozart’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Stainer’s Crucifixion and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Fantasia on Christmas Carols.

On the operatic stage, Jon has performed with a number of professional opera companies including Garsington Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, and Opera Up Close, and with semi-professional companies such as Opera South, Surrey Opera and Hampstead Garden Opera.

Jon currently directs two community choirs for adults, ‘The Pleasure Singers’ in Horsham and ‘The North Singers’ in Loxwood, and is assistant director of West Sussex Youth Choirs.

Although Jon is a specialist in classical singing, he enjoys a broad range of music including musical theatre, rock and pop, and is equally happy teaching singing in contemporary styles, having spent his sixth-form years singing and playing guitar in an indie rock band.


We first met Jon a couple of years ago. We wanted our bright, but somewhat shy, seven year old to benefit from singing lessons. We hoped this would not only to help her project her voice, overcome her not uncommon nervousness of strangers, but also to learn to enjoy and appreciate the technical merits of singing.

Our daughter is nine now, and in the last two years has gained distinctions at Grade One and Grade Two singing. We would have been happy with a pass. Jon’s quiet and unassuming approach really bolstered confidence and more importantly made achieving such high marks consistently enjoyable for our girl. We trust his gentle but informed tutoring. I can’t thank and praise Jon highly enough for his help.

Father of Francesca


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