Recital: St John’s College, Cambridge

Jonathan will be giving a recital in the series at St John’s on Sunday 2nd July at 6pm.

Programme

Robert Saxton (b.1953): Passacaglia ‘On The Name John McCabe’ (2015)

Ian Venables (b.1955): Rhapsody ‘In Memoriam Herbert Howells’ (2009)

Herbert Howells (1892-1983): Psalm Prelude set 2 no.3, ‘Sing unto Him a new song: play skilfully with a loud noise’

 

 

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Shaping the living and the dead.

The Annual Herbert Howells Lecture, given at Westminster Abbey on 8th October 2016 by Dr Jonathan Clinch.

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Howells grave Westminster Abbey

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Trust sponsors Choral Symphony recording — Sir George Dyson Trust: Music Blog

The Trust has just sponsored the first recording of the Choral Symphony (alongside Dyson’s St. Paul’s Voyage to Melita) with The Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, under David Hill. In this blog, Dr Jonathan Clinch introduces the symphony. Although written in 1910, Dyson’s Choral Symphony wasn’t performed during his lifetime and was unearthed in […]

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Recital: St Michael’s Cornhill

St Michael’s Cornhill

Monday 27 March at 1pm

Programme
King’s Herald (4:30)
Herbert Howells arr. Clinch 
 
Allegretto grazioso (3)
Frank Bridge
 
Fantasia (8:30)
Sir George Dyson
 
Passacaglia on the name joHn mcCABE (6)
Robert Saxton  
 
Pari intervallo (4)
Arvo Pärt
 
Sonata on the 94th Psalm (24)
Julius Reubke
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Music, Britain and the First World War

A Great Divide or a Longer Nineteenth Century? 

Music, Britain and the First World War.

Durham University, Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies One-Day Conference

21 January 2017 

Panel: ‘the communication of the dead’: music, mourning, memory and the modern

Dr Jonathan Clinch (Cambridge)

Mr Edward Smyth (Oxford)

Professor Jeremy Dibble (Durham)

Professor Douglas Davies (Durham)

 

DEATH, MEMORY AND CULTURAL DYNAMICS IN AN ENGLISH ELEGY

 Abstract.

 This paper considers a single work as a cultural object and site of memorialisation, Herbert Howells’ Elegy for Viola, String Quartet and String Orchestra. Written in 1917, the score is dedicated to Francis Purcell Warren, a fellow student and close friend of Howells at the Royal College of Music, who was killed in action that year. The first performance was at the Battle of Mons commemoration concert at the Royal Albert Hall in December 1917. 

 Three different theoretical perspectives are presented (from Arnold Whittall within historical musicology; from Douglas Davies within death studies; and Aleida Assmann within memory studies) in order to separate the symbolic minutiae of memory which make up the Elegy’s unique matrix of stylistic and formal elements, all of which define the process of memorialisation, replayed, re-experienced and reinterpreted in the ‘present’ of a performance. Warren, a viola player himself, haunts the work as a ghostly presence, defiantly attending his own memorial and this role is contextualised within psychological discourse on empathy to address questions of subjectivity. The ritualistic nature of performance, the denial of violence, the dynamic nature of cultural memory and the status of ‘neglected works’ which resurface having not accumulated/accrued meaning within a tradition are also considered, as is the framing influence of today’s heritage industry. 

In conclusion, the implications of these readings are then considered within the original performance context and now, during the commemoration of the First World War, in order to address the larger debate on the ‘Great Divide’ and why the dynamic between memory and history make this piece truly modern. 

 

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Westminster Lecture

Shaping the living and the dead.
The Annual Herbert Howells Lecture,

given at Westminster Abbey on 8th October 2016 by Dr Jonathan Clinch

is now available in the December volume of the 

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Organ Recital: Merton College Oxford


Thursday 3rd November – 1:15pm

King’s Herald
Herbert Howells arr. Clinch
Passacaglia on the name joHn mcCABE 
Robert Saxton  
Pari intervallo 
Arvo Pärt
Sonata on the 94th Psalm 
Julius Reubke

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