Full Bio
(April 2023)

Jonah Raes began composing soon after starting piano lessons at the age of 7. Following his Music and Music Technology A levels, he went on to study composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under Dr Andrew Toovey and Howard Skempton, before finishing his undergraduate degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire under Stephen Montague.

These studies have allowed him to hone fundamental skills in composition: both acoustic and electronic, as well as developing stylistic versatility.

His interest in scoring for screen started at school, where he collaborated with classmates scoring both their films and his own. His continued passion for writing for screen has led him to engage in projects in this field whenever the opportunity has arisen, both as part of his studies and further afield.

Collaborations over the last 4 years include: a one hour radio series on Robinson Crusoe by Media Studies Faculty students at Birmingham City University in 2019; music/sound design for a first person space shooter PC game by the Game Development department of Greenwich University (2021); two animated short films created by students from Supinfocom University in France (2022); and most recently scoring for graduate films at the London Film School (2023).

Outside of media, Jonah has a love of writing choral music, having composed numerous pieces over the course of his degree. He was privileged to have his work conducted by renowned choral conductor Dominic Ellis Peckham and performed in several venues across London, e.g. Saint Alfeges Church, Greenwich and Saint Bartholomews in The City of London.
Jonah has cultivated a strong working relationship with choirs at Trinity, finding the collaborative process both motivating and uplifting. He is often inspired by poetry in his choral works and has set poems by Kathleen Jamie and Carol Anne Duffy.

50 word bio
(April 2023)

Jonah Raes is a Dutch/British composer born in Amsterdam (1999) in his final year of undergraduate study at Trinity Laban in London. At the forefront of Jonah’s work is the goal of evoking an emotional response in the listener, and he aims to strike a balance between accessibility and complexity in his music.