Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Jonathan Tobutt


Jonathan was born in London in 1955. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Neil Black, Janet Craxton, Richard Morgan and Evelyn Rothwell. Following his debut recital at the Purcell Rooms in 1979 the Daily Telegraph described him as ‘an Oboist of Distinction’. As well as playing in many leading orchestras Jonathan has performed in recitals and concertos throughout the United Kingdom and in 2009 revived Gordon Jacob’s Concerto No.2 for oboe and orchestra, which had not been performed since the 1960s.

Jonathan retired from playing professionally full-time in 1982 to pursue a career in education, including teaching basic literacy and numeracy skills for the Criminal Justice System. He returned to higher education in 2008 for postgraduate study at Leeds University gaining a distinction for a MMus in performance. He is currently writing a PhD thesis on reconciling the British virtuoso oboist, Leon Goossens’ interpretative ideals with contemporary ideologies in the context of the British musical renaissance and the historically-informed performance practices of the early twentieth century, and concurrently presenting a series of recitals of forgotten twentieth century British oboe works written for Goossens.

Jonathan plays for the National Festival Orchestra and Orchestra D’Amico as well as for choral, operatic and theatre companies throughout the Midlands, North East and North West regions; recent musical theatre credits include the G & S Opera Company, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. He is a founder member of the Northern Oboe Trio with fellow oboists Sue Edwards and Zoe Glossop. Outside academia and his concert work commitments, Jonathan’s interests include collecting works by the South African artist, Neville Hickman.

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