Biography

Dr Jonathan Clinch
MA(Oxon) MA PhD (Dunelm) FTCL LRSM FHEA
 The Royal College of Music


I’m a musician and academic, and this page gives a brief outline of my present and past activities. 

My current research falls into two interdisciplinary areas: the digital humanities (particularly interfaces between scholarly research and artistic practice) and death studies (the musical aesthetics of death and the rhetoric of funeral rites within music, working with Professor Douglas Davies). Having completed my PhD on the music of Herbert Howells, I have continued to focus predominantly on English music (including Elgar, Britten, Dyson, Rubbra and Bridge). Details of my recent project completing the Cello Concerto of Herbert Howells can be found here.

In April 2017, I took up my present post as Frank Bridge Fellow at The Royal College of Music, having previously held posts at Cambridge, Oxford and Birmingham Universities. 

I received my early musical education at Bradford Grammar School and Blackburn Cathedral, reading music at Oxford University, where I was Organ Scholar of Keble College and studied with Colm Carey, Nicolas Kynaston, David Sanger and Nigel Allcoat. Upon graduating I took up the position of Assistant Organist at Perth Cathedral, Western Australia, where I also performed in the Perth International Festival and taught students at the University of Western Australia. I returned to England to take up the position of College Organist and Music Teacher at Bradfield College. I continued my performance studies with Dame Gillian Weir at Durham University, graduating with distinction in 2009. Between 2009-2015 I completed my PhD (part-time) in Historical Musicology and Analysis  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.