(b Liverpool, 19 Jan 1955). English conductor. After displaying early musical talents, he played percussion with the National Youth Orchestra and Royal Liverpool PO before studying the piano, percussion and conducting at the RAM (1971–4). In 1974 he won the John Player International Conductors’ Award, as a result of which he was appointed assistant conductor of the Bournemouth SO and Bournemouth Sinfonietta. He made his professional début conducting the Nash Ensemble
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