Jon Payne is a professional musician with a wide experience in arts and events management and consultancy, and business development. 
In December 2017, he directed Bradford Cathedral Choir in a carol service for broadcast on Premier Christian Radio. He co-directed a performance involving 1,200 children at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014. He has led music for the RSCM International Summer School at York Minster in 2013, and was part of the directing team for the inaugural courses of the Norfolk and Essex Youth Choirs. He has undertaken development work for the National Foundation for Youth Music, Making Music, Worcestershire Singworks, the British Federation of Young Choirs, Armonico Consort, and many other organisations. He was Chief Executive of Throckmorton Estates, planning and delivering the successful Throckmorton Literary Festivals; was Assistant Director and Project Manager for Birmingham Youth Music Action Zone; and worked as Event Logistics Manager for the RNLI. Alongside his freelance work, Jon is a founder of, and adviser to, Church Music Future.
Bradford Cathedral: Sub-Organist & Assistant Director of Music (2016-2018)
Royal National Lifeboat Institution: Event Logistics Manager (2015-2016)
Royal School of Church Music: Regional Music Adviser, Central & East of England (2010-2014)
Throckmorton Estates: Chief Executive & Literary Festival Director (2008-2010)
Birmingham Youth Music Action Zone: Assistant Director & Project Manager (2006-2008)
Solihull Music Service: Choral Animateur (2004-2006)
Norfolk Music Service: Choral & Vocal Animateur (2001-2004)
Norwich Cathedral: Organ Scholar (1999-2001)

- Church Music Future: Adviser (2015-)
Bradford Chorale: Musical Director (2016-)
Armonico Consort: Director of Academy Choirs (2012-2015)
St Thomas' Church, Stourbridge: Director of Music (2009-2015)
St Alphege's Church, Solihull: Assistant Organist (2005-2008)
Broadside Parishes, Norfolk: Director of Music (2001-2004)
Mid-Norfolk Singers: Director (2000-2002)
Beccles Choral Society: Director (1997-2000)
- Wenhaston Boys' Choir & Scholars: Director (1997-1999)
St Mary's Church, Halesworth: Director of Music (1997-1999)
St Edmund's Church, Southwold: Assistant Organist (1997-1999)

- BMus(Hons) in Academic & Practical Applications of Music - Surrey University
- DipChD Diploma in Choral Directing - Royal College of Organists
- ACertCM Archbishops' Certificate in Church Music - Guild of Church Musicians
- Further qualifications in music and psychology

- Coaching Skills
- Communication Skills
- Honest/Challenging Conversations
- Mentoring & Development Skills
- Data Protection and GDPR
- Identifying & Managing Stress
- Working Safely
- Time Management
- Driving and Vehicle Safety at Work
- Managing Performance Anxiety for Musicians

- 'Going the Extra Mile' (Royal National Lifeboat Institution, 2016)
- Gerald H Knight Memorial Prize Winner (Royal College of Organists, 1998)
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