Bach & Saxton: Organ Works

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.

Here are a couple of clips…

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Howells Research wins Presto Award

Full details here: https://www.prestomusic.com/sheet-music/articles/4423–awards-sheet-music-publications-of-the-year-winners-2021

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Howells – Clarinet Sonata Revisited

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.

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Cambridge Talk & Recital – Saturday 20th November

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.

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Ludlow – Saturday 30th October

Jonathan is looking forward to speaking at this year’s Ludlow English Song Weekend. Further details at http://ludlowenglishsongweekend.com/whats-on-2021/

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Sweelinck 400

The 400th anniversary of the death of the Dutch organist and composer, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, falls this weekend and so I’m sharing two live performances.

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Herbert Howells – 129th Birthday – Piano News!

To mark Howells’ 129th birthday today, Matthew Schellhorn and I got together to discuss the next piano volume of the Naxos / British Music Society series.

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Herbert Howells Society Event

Herbert Howells Window, Gloucester Cathedral (taken in October 2021 by JC)

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.

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Stanford Festival Weekend 2021

Jonathan will be giving a lecture entitled ‘The Howells-Stanford Relationship Reconsidered’ in Gloucester Cathedral on October 2nd as part of the Stanford Festival 2021.

What did Herbert Howells learn from Charles Stanford, and why does it matter?

Full details at https://www.thestanfordsociety.org/annual-festival/

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Herbert Howells at Worcester Three Choirs 2021

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.

Concerto soloist, Guy Johnston. Photo by David Johnston.
Guy Johnston during the Howells performance – (c) M. Whitefoot
Before my talk on Herbert Howells ‘Adventures in the Archives’.
Worcester Cathedral during 2021 Three Choirs (Jonathan Clinch)
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