Jon Regan - Deputy Head of Service

Jonathan grew up in Croydon and from the age of 7 played in many of the Croydon Music Service ensembles. He studied Music at Exeter University, where as a violinist he led the Symphony Orchestra and conducted the Chamber Orchestra. He went on to gain an MMus in conducting from Trinity College of Music, studying with Peter Stark and taking part in a mentor scheme with Sir Colin Davis, before completing a PGCE in Secondary Music teaching at the Institute of Education, University of London.

As a freelance musician he has undertaken a myriad of unusual jobs but the main one (and oddest of them all) was as the viola player in the comedy string trio Pluck. Pluck won numerous awards performing at festivals in Edinburgh, Adelaide and Dubai and subsequently toured across Europe, America, Australia and Asia with a variety of theatrical shows. TV appearances included Big Brother’s Little Brother, CBBC’s The Slammer, and a Channel 4 documentary about the Duke of Wellington (who played the violin!).

In 1999 he helped establish the Dorking Philharmonia orchestra, one of Surrey’s leading amateur orchestras, which he conducted for 14 years, including a joint concert with the Maastricht University Orchestra in the Netherlands.

In 2011 he returned to teaching to cover his wife’s maternity leave at Trinity School in Croydon and hasn’t looked back. Later that year he joined the Croydon Music and Arts team, reuniting with old friends and former teachers, and liked it so much he stayed. His eldest child has now joined the CMA ensembles, aged 7.