Jonny studied at the Chethams School of Music and University of London. He's worked in theatre, opera, music and arts festivals in a variety of roles, including periods on staff with National Theatre, RSC, ENO, Royal Opera, Opera North, and Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. He's led a series of festivals as Artistic Director or Executive Producer and is the founding Director of Yorkshire Silent Film Festival. Jonny researches at University of Huddersfield music department where he also teaches improvisation and musicology. Jonny is a Clore Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Royal Musical Association.