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Dr Jonathan Clinch

Dr Jonathan Clinch combines work as a professional organist with academic interests within British music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

He read music at Keble College, Oxford. After a period as Assistant Organist of Perth Cathedral (Western Australia), he continued his performance studies with Dame Gillian Weir at University College, Durham, graduating with distinction in his MA and then a PhD in Historical Musicology and Analysis. His thesis was on the music of Herbert Howells (under the supervision of Professor Jeremy Dibble), written whilst also working for the university on the development of its extra-curricular music programme. He subsequently held postdoctoral posts at Birmingham and Cambridge Universities.

Recent projects have included an essay on the aesthetics of death in British music, a book chapter on the criticism of modern music during the interwar years and a completion of Herbert Howells’ unfinished Cello Concerto (premiered by Guy Johnston and the RCM Symphony Orchestra at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival). He is currently working on an edited volume on the music of Frank Bridge.

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Faculties / departments: Research


Research areas

Historical and Source Studies


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Dr Jonathan Clinch

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