Critics


CONCERTINO FOR TRUMPET
"..a wonderfully tuneful work.." Alasdair MacNaughton - Evening Herald

FIVE PIECES FOR CLARINET
"These artful little pieces are a constant delight. The central one has a light dusting of Faure at the outset, and has taken on a life of its own. Originally written as an orchestral entr'acte it was for years the signature tune of a BBC Radio Devon programme. Rightly so: it's a memorable theme. To add to the pleasure there's a witty fugue and a whirling waltz to conclude." Jonathan Woolf MusicWeb-International

"This was a very interesting work, full of contrasts of style. Colin Parr, clarinet soloist, on a welcome return visit to Taunton, was busy, clearly enjoying the ensemble element as much as the soloist's one. It is to be hoped that this piece will stay in the ensemble's current repertoire for future use. It gave us moods-a-plenty from the angular, through the sad warmth of the minor cadence, to the rapturous clarinet 'tranquillo' sounds of the Adagio, concluding with some spectacular cheeky short melodic fragments in the finale. " Mary Trewin Taunton Gazette

MAJESTY

"I programmed Majesty by Clive Jenkins for the Garter Lunch in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle. It was the first piece we performed at this annual event as the stately feel of the music made it an ideal processional piece to be played as Her Majesty The Queen entered the room followed by members of the Royal Family and the Knights of the Garter." - Major Philip Stredwick, Corps of Army Music, Director of Music with The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra.

PASTORALE & ALLEGRO
“The Pastorale and Allegro is quite definitely in the English string tradition of the 20th Century. Both parts of this work are well balanced and creatively exploit the character of the string ensemble. The Pastorale in particular is a thoughtful and reflective miniature masterpiece.” John France (Music Web review)


ROMANCE FOR HORN AND ORCHESTRA
"Clive Jenkins' eminently melodic and highly eloquent Romance for Horn and Orchestra has some glorious moments for soloist and ensemble alike..." Philip R Buttall - Evening Herald

SINFONIETTA FOR STRINGS
"...has much in common, notably in its scherzo, with the swagger and joie de vivre of Holst's St Paul's Suite." - Jeremy Dibble - Gramophone

THAMES REFLECTIONS
"The three pieces I particularly enjoyed were all by Clive Jenkins.(...) Thames Reflections was written in a jazz genre and was very entertaining. The themes bounced back and forth between the first violin and cello in a most amusing manner, the violin portraying the river bank's skyline and the cello the reflection in the water." Helma Marlow - Henley Standard

THREE PASTORALES (ORGAN PIECES FOR ODD TIMES)

"These modest pieces contain more substance than a quick glance might suggest. (...) while the individual harmonies tend toward the conservative, there are passages of unusual chord progressions and individual dissonant chords that bring to mind a composer such as Langlais or Mathias. Although this might sound like an odd combination, Jenkins’ musical language is logical in and of itself—traditional but with a bit of spice thrown in." - The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians

WHITE BIRD
"I have always liked music by Clive Jenkins, which might be described as 'modern but accessible'. His latest offering, White Bird, an imaginary ballet for strings and wordless voice, based on an old Dartmoor tale, received a well-deserved acclamation. I trust we shall hear it again and again." Mike Hasshill -
Western Morning News