John Clinton (1810-1864)
1810. Died: London, 1864.
of John Clinton’s early career are obscure to say the least, but he probably
came to London
at an early age and may have attended the Royal Academy
studying under Nicholson. At the age of 24 (1834) he was publishing his first
the Boehm system flute in c.1841, Clinton
taught it to his pupils at the Royal Academy of Music (1842-1855) and wrote
what was probably the first instruction book for the Boehm flute.
his time as principal flute teacher at the Royal Academy he continued a
performing career which included Philharmonic Society concerts (pre.1846), a
very successful season as principal flute at Her Majesty’s Theatre (1847) and
held a position at the Royal Italian Opera for 15 years (1847-1862).
about 1845 Clinton
started a flute making business producing instruments with a key system which
was an adaptation of Boehm’s but maintained a close relationship to an old
eight-key system. Clinton
model flutes were still produced by Rudall Carte until about 1911.
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