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Dr Jonathan Tobutt

Areas of expertise
oboe soundworld, water, landscapes, performance practice, twentieth century British music renaissance,
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Culture
School of Music

Jonathan is an oboist. He has a MMus and PhD in early twentieth century British Oboe Music performance practice from the University of Leeds.

Jonathan uncovered a considerable amount of unpublished material by the Scottish composer Alan Richardson in 2014, significantly works for oboe believed lost. Jonathan has been presenting the first known public performances of the works for oboe since 2015. He will perform Richardson’s Quartet for oboe and strings this October as part of the lunchtime concert series at the University.

Jonathan’s research interests include exploring the soundworld of the oboe interacting with the elements, specifically water, rather than reflecting landscape, to consider the viability of striking presentation alternatives to established traditional performance concepts within a broader environmental context. He is planning to work with Ben Ayes (School of Music, University of York) on a water-based and sound manipulated performance installation project this summer.