Jonathan Hennessey-Brown gained his musical education at Guildford Cathedral Choir, The Junior Academy of Music and the National Youth Orchestra. He graduated from the Royal College of Music with Honours in 1997.
Jonny held the second cello chair with Carl Rosa Opera Company for two years, and the principal cello chair in the Yucatan Symphony in Mexico for six. Since returning to the UK, he has worked with many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Oxford Philomusica, Bath Philharmonic and British Philharmonic Orchestra, and has had the privilege of working with musicians such as Placido Domingo, Renée Flemming, Evelyn Glennie. He performs regularly in London’s West End show The Lion King as well as appearing in Kinky Boots. He also played in the Drury Lane production of Oliver and in the 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Miserables.
Jonny was a member of the studio orchestra for live performances on ITV of the show Popstar to Operastar and has played live on Radio 3’s The Verb with Ana Silvera. Solo performances include an appearance with The Wanted on Fern Cotton’s Live Lounge show on BBC Radio 1.
He is the founder of the Santiago Quartet.