Ongar Music Club
Essex Young Musician of the Year
President: John Lill CBE
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with JV Live from the Steinway Room 


Jonathan has had an outstanding career as an opera singer. He has spent over 34 years on the international operatic stage singing leading roles in over 20 international houses.
Jonathan has had an outstanding career as an opera singer. He has spent over 34 years on the international operatic stage singing leading roles in over 20 international houses – including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival as well as Lyons, Aix en Provence, Copenhagen & Stockholm.  Being a natural comedian, it is no surprise that he specializes in comic roles. A clear demonstration of his quality was seen when he performed his highly acclaimed leading roles of Falstaff in ‘Falstaff’ , as the wicked stepfather Don Magnifico in‘La Cenerentola’ (Cinderella) and Don Pasquale in ‘Don Pasquale’ – in successive years on the prestigious Glyndebourne Tour. He delighted audiences as Don Magnifico – the wicked stepfather - in ‘La Cenerentola’ (Cinderella) for Opera Holland Park. As the review said ...’ the kind of role he does better than anyone else in the UK.’ The Stage

However, Jonathan is so much more than just a wonderful bass-baritone with a voice like melted chocolate. His ability as a musical chameleon - singing songs of great diversity to an incredibly high standard – engages everyone.  Not just a great singer, Jonathan is an excellent all-round musician and he accompanies himself with ease and skill on both piano and guitar.

In addition to his operatic roles, Jonathan regularly broadcasts on BBC radio and television. He has recorded numerous CDs and television programs in many genres -including light entertainment and religious broadcasting, particularly with Songs of Praise.  Tracks from his CDs are often featured on radio programs across the globe.

He was recently awarded a BBC Radio ‘Make a Difference’ Award in Music and Arts for his weekly, two-hour, streamed concert called ‘JV Live from the Steinway Room’. Throughout Lockdown he has performed music of all genres, interviewed guests and chatted to his unseen audience. Like the audiences that attend his remarkable & varied live One Man Show- An Audience with Jonathan Veira – they say it is not just a concert, it feels more like time spent with a good friend. We hope to welcome Jonathan to Budworth Hall in the future.

Ongar Music Club is very grateful for the generous sponsorship of Lucky ticket prizes for this event:

Gorgeous handmade chocolates from Essex Bespoke Chocolates

Incredible Award-Winning Box of Cheeses from



It was with great regret that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the guidance available from HM Government, the Committee of Ongar Music Club had to cancel last year’s Essex Young Musician of the Year Competition. However, we are delighted to announce the next Competition will be held in 2021. (The age limit will be raised to twenty-six for this one occasion, so that no entrants will miss the opportunity of entering the competition due to last year's cancellation). More details can be found here

Chairman Jane Webster and
Committee Members of Ongar Music Club

This website is devoted to the activities of Ongar Music Club
and the Essex Young Musician of the Year Competition
which has been administered by the Club since its inception in 1984.

Ongar Music Club is a Registered Charity No. 273185