(b Eggesford, 1882; d Glyndebourne, 1962). Eng. schoolmaster and organ builder. Married sop. Audrey Mildmay 1931, and founded in 1934 annual summer fest. of opera in opera house built at his home Glyndebourne, near Lewes, Sussex. CH 1954. His son George Christie succeeded him as chairman, Glyndebourne Fest., 1958. In John Christie's memory, the Worshipful Company of Musicians has, since 1965, enabled the award of an annual scholarship for a promising member of the Glyndebourne company to study abroad.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.