Jonathan Clinch read music at Oxford University where he was Organ Scholar of Keble College and studied with Nicolas Kynaston, David Sanger and Nigel Allcoat
Upon graduating he took up the position of Assistant Organist at Perth Cathedral, Western Australia, where he also broadcast from the Perth International Festival and taught students at the University of Western Australia. Returning to England, he took up the position of College Organist and Music Teacher at Bradfield College and continued performance studies with Dame Gillian Weir, graduating with an MA in Organ Performance (Distinction) from Durham University in 2009. In 2015 he completed a PhD in Historical Musicology and Analysis on the music of Herbert Howells under the supervision of Professor Jeremy Dibble, whilst also working for the university on the development of its extra-curricular music programme and as organist of Durham School.
Jonathan held postdoctoral positions at Cambridge University, Birmingham University and the Royal College of Music, working predominantly on English music (including Elgar, Parry, Stanford, Britten, Howells, Dyson, Rubbra and Bridge). In 2015, his completed edition of Herbert Howells’ unfinished Cello Concerto was premiered at the Cheltenham Festival by Guy Johnston and released on CD with Alice Neary and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He is currently writing a biography of Howells, editing a volume of essays on Frank Bridge and preparing a volume of unpublished Howells piano music for Musica Britannica.