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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.

Jonathan Dove
Born (1959-07-18) 18 July 1959 (age 60)
London, England
GenresOpera, classical

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]

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:


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

Dove's works include:


Other worksEdit

  • 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 (Religious – SATB)
  • 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)
  • Between Friends (2019) for 2 Pianos - commissioned for the London Piano Festival and written in memory of his friend Graeme Mitchison[8]


  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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