Jon Halton read music at King’s College, Cambridge University, and subsequently obtained a Ph.D. degree in music theory and analysis. He stayed on in Cambridge to build up a busy career as a musician: as instrumental and theory tutor, as music notation and preparation service, and as performer: on clarinet and baritone sax with Simply Reeds, and as freelance piano accompanist, jazz pianist and bass player.
He has written for Faber Music, Alfred Music, Music Sales Group, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO – Stanza Music), the National, Yorkshire and London Saxophone Choirs, the Perse Schools in Cambridge, the Elgar Society, Oakham School, Cambridge Youth Wind Orchestra, Cambridge Wind Band, and for many saxophone and clarinet ensembles and symphonic wind bands across the U.K. and in several other countries.
Jon composes and arranges mainly for sax and clarinet ensembles and wind bands, but he has also composed music for choir and for symphony orchestra, and has orchestrated music for film and television. His Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra (opus 29) was recently performed in Cambridge by Simply Reeds and the K.239 Chamber Orchestra.