Mrs Janet Canetty-Clarke

Lecturer in Music

JANET CANETTY-CLARKE was educated in Folkestone, Kent, and won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she obtained her B.Mus. degree before she was twenty-one. Musical engagements in Surrey led to a happy marriage, with a son and daughter, and to a move to Sussex where she soon became involved in the musical life of South-East England. Appointed Conductor and Musical Director of the Ditchling Choral Society (now called Sussex Chorus) for over thirty-seven years, together they performed most of the major choral works, with prestigious soloists and orchestras. A highlight was their performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Josephine Barstow soprano and Anthony Rolfe-Johnson tenor.

Janet has been made Conductor Emeritus of the Choir, and joined them to celebrate their 90th season in July 2011 in the Dome, Brighton.

Up to the unexpected closure of Sussex University’s Centre for Community Engagement in 2012, Janet has tutored 20-week courses and Day Schools for over 30 years, together with popular classes for the WEA, U3A and individual lectures for London University (Birkbeck College), study weekends for Cambridge University held at Madingley Hall, and classes for Aspire (Sussex) Ltd today. In 1984 she was appointed as a lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies which she continues to enjoy today, visiting centres at home and abroad and touring Australia in 1994 and 2001, and South Africa in 1997. In 1984 Janet was appointed Guest Conductor of the First All-Women Chamber Orchestra of Austria, and gave concerts in Vienna and Sussex for over fifteen years. She maintains links with the Orchestra today, especially through her role as Deputy Secretary General of “Femmes Maestros”, an organisation to support women conductors, based in Brussels.

Courses Taught


  • ARAM, Royal Academy of Music
  • BMus, London University
  • GRSM- Music, Royal Schools of Music
  • LRAM - Piano, Royal Academy of Music
  • ARCM - Performers, Royal College of Music

Associations and memberships

The Incorporated Society of Musicians

Research Topics

Research conducted at the Britten-Pears Library, Aldeburgh, Summer 2011, in preparation for a study day on "Pipers and Tune: John and My fanwy Piper and the music of Bejamin Britten" held at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, Sussex on Saturday, 24 September 2011.

Intensive research during 2013, resulted in a printed leaflet issued in 2014 entitled ‘Music linked to Painting’ lectures by Janet Canetty-Clarke. This contains information on 13 lectures all presented in digital format, to be illustrated on a piano or keyboard, if available, together with recorded music.

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