Jonathan Dove

Born in 1959, Dove’s early musical experience came from playing the piano, organ and viola. Later he studied composition with Robin Holloway at Cambridge and, after graduation, worked as a freelance accompanist, repetiteur, animateur and arranger. His early professional experience gave him a deep understanding of singers and the complex mechanics of the opera house. Opera and the voice have been the central priorities in Dove’s output throughout his subsequent career.

Starting with his breakthrough opera Flight, commissioned by Glyndebourne in 1998, Dove has gone on to write over twenty operatic works. In 2010 A Song of Joys for chorus and orchestra opened the festivities at the Last Night of the Proms. Throughout his career Dove has made a serious commitment to community development through innovative musical projects. His 2012 opera Life is a Dream, was performed by professionals and community choruses in a disused Birmingham warehouse, and a church opera involving community singers The Walk from the Garden was premiered at Salisbury Cathedral.

2015 brought the World Premieres of The Day After, commissioned and produced by Holland Opera with a libretto by April de Angelis, a post-Apocalyptic setting of the myth of Phaeton written specifically to be performed outside; and The Monster in the Maze, a new opera for children, young people and adults, with a libretto by Alasdair Middleton, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, and Festival d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence, and led by Sir Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey.

Website

Songs

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Song Length Difficulty Sheet Music Performance Track Backing Track
Three Birds 2'05" 2 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
The Little Girl of Rain 2'30" 1 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Laura 2'06" 2 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Fast Car 2'06" 1 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Mad Moon 2'03" 2 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
This is the Bird 1'58" 2 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Fire! 2'23" 2 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Legend 2'40" 1 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Music on the Waters 2'46" 3 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Summer 1'49" 2 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Slowly 3'23" 1 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Snow 1'54" 1 of 5 Tick Tick Tick

Resources

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Resource Author / Ambassador Category Description
Braille Resources - Fast Car
Score

Scores for the visually impaired including large print and braille.

Braille Resources - Laura
Score

Scores for the visually impaired including large print and braille.

Braille Resources - Mad Moon
Score

Scores for the visually impaired including large print and braille.

Braille Resources - The Little Girl of Rain
Score

Scores for the visually impaired including large print and braille.

Braille Resources - This is the Bird
Score

Scores for the visually impaired including large print and braille.

Braille Resources - Three Birds
Score

Scores for the visually impaired including large print and braille.

Figurenotes - Fast Car
Score

Figurenotes is a way of notating music, using colour and shape to show pitch and rhythm. Work through 3 simple stages to quickly progress to standard notation. Our partners at Drake Music Scotland have created resources for Friday Afternoons to make the songs accessible and quick to learn.

Figurenotes - Mad Moon
Score

Figurenotes is a way of notating music, using colour and shape to show pitch and rhythm. Work through 3 simple stages to quickly progress to standard notation. Our partners at Drake Music Scotland have created resources for Friday Afternoons to make the songs accessible and quick to learn. To find out more about Figurenotes, visit their website.

Figurenotes - Snow
Score

Figurenotes is a way of notating music, using colour and shape to show pitch and rhythm. Work through 3 simple stages to quickly progress to standard notation. Our partners at Drake Music Scotland have created resources for Friday Afternoons to make the songs accessible and quick to learn. To find out more about Figurenotes, visit their website.

Figurenotes - The Little Girl of Rain
Score

Figurenotes is a way of notating music, using colour and shape to show pitch and rhythm. Work through 3 simple stages to quickly progress to standard notation. Our partners at Drake Music Scotland have created resources for Friday Afternoons to make the songs accessible and quick to learn. To find out more about Figurenotes, visit their website.

Figurenotes - This is the Bird
Score

Figurenotes is a way of notating music, using colour and shape to show pitch and rhythm. Work through 3 simple stages to quickly progress to standard notation. Our partners at Drake Music Scotland have created resources for Friday Afternoons to make the songs accessible and quick to learn. To find out more about Figurenotes, visit their website.