Dove, Jonathan

Jonathan Dove (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]


Productions of Dove's works include:


Swanhunter, premiered in 2009, at the Linbury Studio Theatre (ROH) in April 2015

Dove's works include:


Other works

  • 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[4]
  • 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 (Religious – SATB)
  • Missa Brevis
  • Ecce Beatam Lucem (composed for Ralph Allwood and the 1997 Eton Choral Course[5])
  • 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 for the Sacconi Quartet and performed by the Sacconi Quartet and Mark Padmore.[6]


  1. ^ Faber Music: Profile. Retrieved 23 March 2016
  2. ^ Mynheer, Nicholas (7 October 2011). "Blog – Mynheer-art: the fine art site of painter and sculptor Nicholas Mynheer". Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Monster in the Maze review – Dove’s score is lively and direct", The Guardian, 6 July 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "Programme notes for Ecce Beatam Lucem". Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "In Damascus". 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2017.