THE ACADEMY of ST OLAVE’S  Clive Goodhead

Clive Goodhead has been narrator for several of our concerts, in works such as ‘Peter and the Wolf’ by Prokofiev.

Clive Goodhead


Clive was for 25 years an Inspector of Schools, where his main subject specialisms were drama and performing arts. He is a well known baritone recitalist.

Clive Goodhead played his previous role as a musical storyteller in Tubby the Tuba, with the City of York Guildhall Orchestra under Simon Wright at the Barbican. Clive retired after 25 years as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools, where his main subject specialisms were drama and the other performing arts. He is now a full-time doctoral student in drama at the University of Manchester, researching the Citizens Theatre at York’s Theatre Royal since 1934.

Clive is proud to be a former chairman and now president of York Opera. His many principal roles with that company include the title roles in Verdi’s Nabucco and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Poor Claus in the world premiere of Hans Gal’s Rich Claus, Poor Claus, Ping in Puccini’s Turandot, the Grand Inquisitor in Verdi’s Don Carlos and most recently Morales in Bizet’s Carmen, Pish Tush in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and Doctor Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore.

Clive also has an extensive concert and recital repertoire, specializing in English song and German Lieder. He sang in Schleswig Holstein recently to give his second charity recital for a local fund for the Children of Chernobyl, which is fast becoming an annual event. Brought up in the old West Riding tradition, Clive also knows most of the classic bass and baritone solos in oratorio, including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, which he sang recently to great acclaim in Wheldrake. He also enjoys performing regularly as a soloist in the Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé here at St Olave’s Church, but would gladly accept any offers – anytime, anywhere! – to sing again the baritone solos in Brahms’s German Requiem.

June 2009

Clive Goodhead
Performances with the Academy of St Olave’s

Saturday 20 June 2009

MENDELSSOHN: Midsummer Night’s Dream
Narrated by Ian Small and Clive Goodhead

Saturday 16 June 2007

GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Narrated by Clive Goodhead

Saturday 10 June 2006

PROKOFIEV: Peter and the Wolf Opus 67
Narrated by Clive Goodhead