(b Bexhill-on-Sea, 1921; d Eastbourne, 1999). Eng. composer, conductor, oboist, and pianist. Oboist in professional orchs. and concert pianist until 1952, ch.-master City of Birmingham Choir, 1948–50; cond. London Repertoire Orch. 1955–86; founder and cond. Chanticleer Orch. from 1961. Taught at TCL 1959–66. Prof. at RCM 1967–77. Comps. incl. 5 syms (1942–82); concs. for pf., vn., vn. and va., ob., cl., hn., and double bn; cantata Goblin Market; tone-poem for wind instrs.; Magnificat; and The Cat for 2 soloists, ch., orch. MBE 1981.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.