Jonathan has recently finished an album of organ music for digital release. The programme alternates works by the contemporary composer Robert Saxton (with whom Jonathan has worked closely), and music by J S Bach that inspired Saxton. There are tributes to John McCabe, Oliver Knussen and Sir Harrison Birtwistle.
The recording will be released on 8th October to coincide with Robert’s birthday.
Herbert Howells wrote his Clarinet Sonata in 1946 for Frederick Thurston, but it wasn’t published until after Thurston’s death, in 1954, by which point Howells had made extensive changes (particularly to the second movement). In a new recording for Orchid Classics, Barnaby Robson has explored the earlier versions of the Sonata. Jonathan Clinch interviewed Barnaby Robson for the Herbert Howells Society.
Jonathan will be speaking on Herbert Howells’ piano music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, on Saturday 20th November at 15:15. This will be followed by a recital to be given by Matthew Schellhorn at 16:00.
As part of the online AGM of the Herbert Howells Society, Jonathan will be discussing recent recording projects with Barnaby Robson (Clarinetist, RCM/ENO), Benjamin Nicholas (Merton College, Oxford) and Matthew Schellhorn (Pianist, Cambridge). Details of how to join the society are available here.
This year’s Three Choirs Festival at Worcester Cathedral featured several major works which have been part of my recent research. A recital of Howells’ piano music that I’ve edited recently was given by Matthew Schellhorn, and the final concert included my completion of Howells’ Cello Concerto, performed superbly by Guy Johnston, Samuel Hudson and the Philharmonia Orchestra.