Jonathan Dove

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Jonathan Dove
Born (1959-07-18) 18 July 1959 (age 63)
London, England
GenresOpera, classical

Jonathan Dove CBE (born 18 July 1959) is an English composer of opera, choral works, plays, films, and orchestral and chamber music. He has arranged a number of operas for English Touring Opera and the City of Birmingham Touring Opera (now Birmingham Opera Company), including in 1990 an 18-player two-evening adaptation of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen for CBTO. He was Artistic Director of the Spitalfields Festival from 2001 to 2006.

Dove was born in London; both his parents were architects. He studied music at the University of Cambridge, under Robin Holloway, and afterwards worked as a freelance arranger and accompanist until 1987, when he was employed by Glyndebourne Opera.[1]

In 1998 Dove was joint winner of the Christopher Whelen Award for his work in the fields of theatre music and opera. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to music.[2]


Productions of Dove's works include:


Dove's works include:


Flight (1998), backstage at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, February 2017
Swanhunter (2009), performed at the Linbury Studio Theatre (ROH) in London, April 2015

Other works[edit]

  • The Passing of the Year (song cycle for double chorus and piano) (2000) 20th-century
  • The Magic Flute Dances (flute concerto) (2000)
  • The Three Kings, written for the service of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College, Cambridge in 2000[5]
  • Stargazer (a trombone concerto written for Ian Bousfield)
  • Köthener Messe, for choir and chamber ensemble
  • Out of Winter (song-cycle)
  • "Seek Him that maketh the Seven Stars" (choral work; setting of Amos 5:8)
  • His Dark Materials Part I & II (incidental music) (2003)
  • On Spital Fields (community cantata) (2005)
  • Hojoki – "An Account of my Hut" (Counter-Tenor and Orchestra)
  • I am the day (Carol – SATB)
  • Vadam et circuibo civitatem
  • Missa Brevis
  • Ecce Beatam Lucem (composed for Ralph Allwood and the 1997 Eton Choral Course[6])
  • There Was a Child (oratorio for soprano, tenor, chorus, and children's choirs) (2009)
  • In Damascus, a song-cycle for tenor and string quartet inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis, commissioned by the Sacconi Quartet and performed by the Sacconi Quartet and Mark Padmore.[7]
  • Unknown Soldier. (Choral and Orchestral Music)
  • Sappho Sings, written for Ralph Woodward and Fairhaven Singers (2019)
  • Between Friends (2019) for 2 Pianos - commissioned for the London Piano Festival and written in memory of Dove's friend Graeme Mitchison[8]
  • Gaspard's Foxtrot (2020) A Musical Tale for Narrator and Orchestra from the book by Zeb Soanes


  1. ^ Faber Music: Profile. Retrieved 23 March 2016
  2. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B8.
  3. ^ Mynheer, Nicholas (7 October 2011). "Blog – Mynheer-art: the fine art site of painter and sculptor Nicholas Mynheer". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  4. ^ "The Monster in the Maze review – Dove’s score is lively and direct", The Guardian, 6 July 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016
  5. ^ "Nine Lessons and Carols 2000". Provost and Fellows of King's College, Cambridge. 2000. Archived from the original on 8 August 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Programme notes for Ecce Beatam Lucem". Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  7. ^ "In Damascus". 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  8. ^ London Piano Festival 2019 Programme Notes p 22

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