Dr Jonathan Clinch combines work as a professional organist with academic interests within English music, performance-related issues and the digital humanities.
He read music at Keble College, Oxford, where he was also organ scholar. After a period as Assistant Organist of Perth Cathedral (Western Australia), he returned to England as College Organist of Bradfield College. He continued his performance studies with Dame Gillian Weir at Durham University, graduating with an MA (distinction) in 2009. He completed his 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. Since October 2014 he has been a Teaching Fellow of Birmingham University.
Jonathan is currently Research Associate on the Online Chopin Variorum Edition project, focusing on the development of a digital edition concept for music.
Herbert Howells: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra, completed from the composer's sketches by Jonathan Clinch (Novello 2014). Recorded (2015) on Dutton CDLX 7317, Corp, R. (Conductor), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Neary, A. (Cello Soloist).
''Tunes all the way'? Romantic Modernism and the Piano Concertos of Herbert Howells' in The Music of Herbert Howells (ed. Cooke, P. A. & Maw D). Boydell & Brewer (2013). 170 - 184.
'On Hermeneutics in Howells: Some Thoughts on Interpreting his Cello Concerto' in The Music of Herbert Howells (ed. Cooke, P. A. & Maw D). Boydell & Brewer (2013). 274 - 284.
Herbert Howells's Organ Works? Critical reception, performance practice and the case for reappraisal. Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies (2013) 37: 127-138.
Review of 'English Cathedral Music and Liturgy in the Twentieth Century' by Martin Thomas, Music & Letters (forthcoming 2016).
'On completing Herbert Howells's Cello Concerto'. Blog for The Gramophone (March 2015).
Liner notes for Priory, SOMM and Dutton Epoch.