Jon Atkinson

As a freelance drummer and programmer based in London, Jonathan has toured with many artists, including: Paul Young, Alexander O’Neal, Midge Ure, Gloria Gaynor, Belinda Carlisle, The Supremes, Nik Kershaw, The Pointer Sisters, Kim Wilde, The Three Degrees, Errol Brown, Tavares, Go West, ABC, Five Star, Nick Heyward, Curiosity Killed The Cat, China Crisis, The Emotions, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, The Real Thing, Shalamar, Boney M Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Toyah, Limahl, Bucks Fizz, and Sony artist The Alice Band for whom he was musical director.

His recording credits include several projects for Beatles’ producer Sir George Martin (including tracks for Celine Dion, and Phil Collins). He has also recorded tracks for Grammy nominated producer Chris Sheldon, Universal artist Hayley Westenra (fastest selling UK debut artist), Sir Willard White (top 20 classical album), Kim Ritchie (twice US #1 singer songwriter), The Alice Band (top 5 UK radio hit), Music for the Millennium Dome, Music for Millennium Remembrance Day, cult rock band Velvet Jones, and Keith Harris and Orville. Jonathan has also played on many soundtrack recordings, including ads for McDonalds, Marks and Spencer, and Argos, and the movie Lucky Star.

Jonathan was commissioned to composed and produce the new title music and underscore for the Channel 5 TV series Roobarb and Custard Too, and is currently working on a further children’s animation for ITV called Fluffy Gardens.

West End credits include Bombay Dreams (where Jonathan wrote and programmed the drum parts used in the West End and on Broadway), Billy Elliot, Mama Mia, Whistle Down the Wind, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Saturday Night Fever, The Witches of Eastwick, and Tell Me On A Sunday.

He has also appeared on TV backing many artists including Bette Midler, Kim Wilde, The Alice Band, Ute Lemper, and Billy Gilman.

He designed and recorded the RealDrums series of drum samples for Apple Logic’s EXS24 sampler, and runs a ProTools powered studio geared towards recording music session via internet.