Clive Jenkins (b. 1938 in Plymouth) shows his West Country roots in many of his compositions. The concert overture Heart of Dartmoor, the imaginary ballet White Bird based on a Dartmoor legend and the widely-performed cantata The Mayflower Pilgrims are just three examples.
Choral compositions include Psalm settings and Christmas music which featured in three short series for ITV in the South West.
He has received many commissions – chiefly from Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, the University of Plymouth Choral Society and Plymouth Arts.
He has worked as associate composer with the South West Sinfonietta. The Ten Tors Orchestra and the Chamber Ensemble of London (his present post).
His works have been performed from Edinburgh to Izmir.
As pianist, he has partnered some well-known names including the clarinetist Peter Cigleris and the soprano Suzanne Manuell. On the lighter side, he has played duets with composer and music critic Philip R Buttall.
He wrote and presented many programmes about West Country composers in the series Music Sou’ west for BBC Radio Devon and Cornwall.
For nineteen years he was director of music at Plymouth College.
He is currently sponsorship secretary for Plymouth Music Accord, raising money to help young people get their first professional dates as recitalists and children to experience live orchestral music for the first time.