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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.

Professor Blinko 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.’


Research interests

Timothy Blinko's research interests critically investigate novel applications of internal diegetic music in film composition, such as the 2023 feature film Mates screened on Prime Movies, written and directed by South African-British director Arno Crous. Likewise in his music for the feature film Euphony, directed by Indian-British director Sunny Seth, the entire score is heard in the head of the lead actor, Olivia. It therefore demanded a unique and innovative research process closely integrated to Olivia’s changing mental states, together with a critical interrogation of and extrapolation from existing approaches to film music theory.

The novel conceptualisation is that all of the music exists in Olivia’s imagination and it is this internal music that the audience is hearing:

'Timothy Blinko's approach in scoring all of the music from an internal diegetic viewpoint chimed exactly with my vision of the film. It is the first film to be scored in this way and this innovative approach has made the music transformatively intimate and personal throughout the narrative arc.

The impact of this together with the synaesthetic elements Tim deploys has had a big impact on audiences so far, moving them to tears and providing a deep sense of engagement.' – Sunny Seth, Director of Euphony.

Education/Academic qualification

Mindfulness, Diploma with Distinction, Continuing Professional Development Certification, Centre of Excellence

1 May 202028 May 2022

Award Date: 28 May 2022

M Mus, M Mus Royal College of Music, Royal College of Music

Award Date: 11 Jul 1988

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

Award Date: 18 Jul 1987

BMus, BMus (Hons) Royal College of Music, London University, Royal College of Music

Award Date: 7 Jul 1986

External positions

Governor, Purcell School

4 Oct 20141 Jun 2020

Trustee, St Albans Cathedral Music Trust

1 Sept 20101 Jun 2020


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