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Jonathan Atkinson

Jonathan Atkinson - Alternate Mode Artist
Jonathan Atkinson - Alternate Mode Artist

As a freelance drummer and programmer based in London, Jonathan has toured with many artists, including:

Paul Young, Peter André, Kim Wilde, Howard Jones, Jamelia, Boy George, Alexander O'Neal, Midge Ure, Rick Astley, Gloria Gaynor, Belinda Carlisle, The Supremes, Nik Kershaw, The Pointer Sisters, Kajagoogoo, The Three Degrees, Michael Ball, Bananarama,Tony Hadley, Errol Brown, Tavares, Odyssey, Go West, ABC, Five Star, Cutting Crew, Johnny Hates Jazz, Nick Heyward, The Weather Girls, Curiosity Killed The Cat, China Crisis, The Emotions, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Jimmy Sommerville, Marc Almond, The Real Thing, Sinitta, Shalamar, Chesney Hawkes, Hazel O’Connor, Boney M, Altered Images, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Toyah, Limahl, Bucks Fizz, and Sony artist The Alice Band.


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, BBC’s Doctor Who (Album, Concerts and TV series), Howard Jones (Ordinary Heroes Album ’09, numerous live recordings and DVD’s), Kim Wilde (Come Out And Play album 2011, Wilde Winter Songbook 2013), Japanese Megastar Kaela Kimura (Japanese #1 Album Feb’07), Universal artist Hayley Westenra (fastest selling UK debut artist), Sir Willard White (top 20 classical album), Kim Ritchie (US #1 singer-songwriter), The Alice Band (top 5 UK radio hit), Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kajagoogoo (Gone To The Moon Album ‘09), Music For The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (2012), Music for the Millennium Dome, Music for Millennium Remembrance Day, cult rock band Velvet Jones, tracks for Toyah, T'Pau, Swing Out Sister…….and Keith Harris and Orville.


Recent movie sessions include Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong biopic "The Program" (2015), "Eddie The Eagle" (2016), "Song For Marion" (2015)


As well as hundreds of commercial jingles, Jonathan has also played on many primetime TV series, including BBC1‘s Doctor Who & I Love My Country, ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent and Sing If You Can, and Sky TV’s Hairspray the Highschool Musical.


His West End theatre credits include Bombay Dreams (where Jonathan wrote  and programmed the drum parts used in the West End and on Broadway),and Dirty Dancing. He has also worked on Beautiful, Billy Elliot, Legally Blonde, Shrek, Sister Act, Mama Mia, Spamalot, Whistle Down the Wind, The Producers, Book of Mormon, Hairspray, Joseph, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Saturday Night Fever, The Witches of Eastwick, Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar and Tell Me On A Sunday.



He has also appeared on TV backing many artists including Bette Midler, Kim Wilde, UB40, The Alice Band, T’Pau, Ute Lemper, and country star Billy Gilman.