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Professor Timothy James Blinko M Mus (London), B Mus (Hons), Dip. RCM          

Professor of Music and Head of Music

School of Creative Arts

Tel: 01707 284441

Email: t.blinko@herts.ac.uk


Academic Roles:


2006 (Oct)       Professor of Music

2006 (Jan)       Head of Music • Head of the Music Research Group

2001-2005       Associate Head of Department

1995-2000       Programme Leader/Head of Academic Studies




1988                M Mus, Composition and Analysis, London [RCM]

1987                Dip.RCM, Composition and Musicianship, Royal College of Music

1986                B Mus (Hons), Music, London [RCM]




2006 (Oct)+    Professor of Music, University of Hertfordshire

2006 (Jan)+     Head of Music, University of Hertfordshire

2003-2006       Director, Ealing Abbey Choir

2001-2006       Associate Head of Music, Principal Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire

1999-2003       Layclerk, Ealing Abbey

1994-01                Head of Composition and Musicianship Studies Royal College of Music, Junior Department

1999-2009       Director of Choral Conducting Masterclasses, Cambridge University

1995-01           Programme Leader/Head of Academic Studies,University of Hertfordshire

1987-94           Junior Professor – composition, Royal College of Music, Junior Department

1992-97           Visiting Professor, State University of New York, International Summer School

1994-5             Layclerk (under Barry Rose), St Albans Cathedral

1989-95           Senior Lecturer, Birkbeck College, London University

1989-95           Musical Director and Singing Teacher, Mountview Academy of Theatre



Membership of Professional Bodies:


2014+              Governor, The Purcell School

2010-2014       Director, Trustee and Corporate Representative for the Incorporated Society of Musicians

2014-2014       Trustee – Benslow Music Trust

2010+              Trustee – The St Albans Abbey Music Trust

2002-2007       Subject specialist, Quality Assurance Agency [5 reviews to date]

1992+              Member, Mechanical Copyright Protection Society

1989+              Member, Society for the Promotion of New Music

1988+              Member, Performing Right Society


Teaching Areas:


PhD supervision

MSc Composition


Vocal Studies


External Examinerships/Validations/Adjudications:


2014/15           Judge for five music competitions

2012/13           Judge for British Composer Awards (BBC; British Academy; PRS)

2011/12           Chair of validation: Singapore

2009/10           Chair of validations: Athens, Malaysia (various institutions)

2008                Chair of validations: Kula Lumpa, Singapore, Malta (various institutions)

2007-11           Judge for British Composer Awards (BBC; British Academy; PRS) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011

2007                Validations: DMU, Bournemouth Media School, ARU

2005-09           External Examiner BA, Musical Theatre, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts [Subject and Principal]

2005                Validation – Anglia Ruskin University

2003                Consultant for MA Music Theatre validation – Central School of Speech and Drama

2001-2             BA, Music and Arts Administration, Middlesex University [Subject         Examiner]

2001-2006       BA, Music, Middlesex University [Subject and Principal Examiner]

2001-2             Music Diploma, London University, Birkbeck College[Subject Examiner]

2000-1             Diploma, History of Music, London University, Birkbeck College [Subject Examiner]

1998-03           Diploma, Harmony and Counterpoint, London University, Birkbeck College [Subject Examiner]


Research Activity:


2015    • 13 broadcasts in Germany of various compositions, and broadcasts in Norway, Radio Luxembourg and 2 on French TV

            • International release of Neon Noir – a new commercially recorded album of songs

            • UK premiere of Cartographies

2014    Commercial recording of Cartographies for Saxophone Quartet, Spektral Classics Label, Berlin. Second broadcast by Studio Neue Musik for Berlin and Brandenburg Radio. Multiple perfomances

2013    Commission by leading international saxophone quartet, Clair-Obscur, of work Cartographies. Numerous performances including the Lucerne Festival, Watergate – one of Berlin’s biggest clubs, with vast interactive light display.

2012    Commission for Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, of A New Song. Two performances December 2012

2011    Publication of 3 organ works (Kevin Mayhew Ltd). Multiple broadcasts, USA, Germany, France and UK (BBC).  

2010    Three commissions for publication, Kevin Mayhew Ltd. Multiple BBC broadcasts of choral work in UK and USA.  Broadcasts on BBC Radio 4, German radio and French TV.

08-10   Performance of Memorare by Christ Church Cathedral Choir, conducted Stephen Darlington (Dec) in Christ Church Cathedral; research project with leading UK psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman – responding to a psychology literature review – music composed for The World’s Most Relaxing Room. Massive international press and TV coverage.

2006/7 Arts Council Commission; 8 publications; CD Reflections released for international sale and download; various broadcasts           

2005    5 choral publications; BBC1 broadcast (2 works); Channel 4 broadcast; international performances; CD Love Divine released – Ealing Abbey Choir

2004    Commission Musica Deo Sacra; Sounds Positive commission – performance, The Warehouse, London; Orchestral Commission: Making Music; 5 choral publications

2003    2 Piano Concerto commissioned by the Cann Twins – Arts Council Award, numerous performances; 8 choral publications

2002/3 3 Commissions St Benedict's Abbey, Ealing

2002    Publishing agreement with Kevin Mayhew Ltd; publication of Cantus 1 and Cantus 2 by R.Smith and Co. Ltd/Music Sales


Professor Timothy Blinko is Professor of Music at the University of Hertfordshire where he coordinates music research activity and research degree supervision.

Professor Blinko was Bliss Composition Scholar at the Royal College of Music, becoming a Junior Professor there while still a student, then Head of the Musicianship Faculty soon after. He was also a Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck College, London, before joining the Music Department at Hertfordshire in the role of Associate Head of Music – created for him – becoming Head of Music, then Professor of Music. He was also a Visiting Professor for the State University of New York and taught conducting at the University of Cambridge for ten years.

Tim has many published works, CD/digitally available recordings and has received broadcasts in the UK on BBC 1, Channel 4, Radio 3 and Radio 4, alongside many international performances, recordings and broadcasts.  His three-movement saxophone quartet, Sculptures, has been played by most leading quartets in the world and recorded by six and his Album, Reflection receives frequent BBC broadcasts in the UK and US.  He has been invited to judge the British Composer Awards (BBC Radio 3) six times. His collaboration with celebrity Professor, Richard Wiseman, writing the music for the World’s Most Relaxing Room, was a top global news story of the week, covered by all the key international press and media and by BBC TV News, the Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Mail etc. in the UK, and the Times said ‘The Music was euphoric.’


Education/Academic qualification

BMus, Royal College of Music

Award Date: 7 Jul 1997

Dip RCM, Royal College of Music

Award Date: 18 Jul 1988

M Mus, Royal College of Music

Award Date: 11 Jul 1988

External positions

Governor, Purcell School

4 Oct 2014 → …

Trustee, St Albans Cathedral Music Trust

1 Sep 2010 → …


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