Dr Jonathan Clinch is an organist and academic specialising in British music over the last two centuries
He holds the post of Lecturer in Academic Studies at RAM, having previously been Frank Bridge Research Fellow at the Royal College of Music and OCVE Research Associate at Cambridge University. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in British music and culture, and is always interested in hearing from prospective PhD students in this area.
He read music at Keble College, Oxford, and completed his doctorate on the secular music of Herbert Howells under Professor Jeremy Dibble at Durham University. His completion of Howells’ Cello Concerto (2014) has been performed at the Three Choirs and Cheltenham Festivals and has been recorded by cellists Alice Neary (with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on Dutton) and Guy Johnston (with the Britten Sinfonia on the label of King’s College, Cambridge), leading one critic to describe it as ‘the best-kept secret in English classical music’. His most recent editing project for Novello has led to the publication of 28 previously unknown piano manuscripts by Howells which has formed the basis of a new series on Naxos with the pianist Matthew Schellhorn. As an organist, he is currently working with the composer Robert Saxton on a major cycle specifically for online performance. He sits on the committees of Musica Britannica and the British Music Society, and is currently editing a volume of essays on Frank Bridge.