(b London, 1923).
Eng. opera administrator, writer, and editor. Enthusiasm for opera intensified when prisoner of war. Assoc. with EOG from its inception. Founded magazine Opera 1950 (ed. 1950–3). Board of dir. CG 1951–3 and 1969–72, controller of opera planning 1953–60. Dir., Leeds Fest. 1958–74; dir., Edinburgh Fest. 1961–5. Man. dir. SW Opera (ENO) 1972–85, chairman 1986–95. Art. dir. Adelaide Fest. 1988. Ed., 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th edns. of Kobbé's Complete Opera Book, 1954, 1976, 1987, and 1997; Kobbé's Illustrated Opera Book (1989); autobiography The Tongs and the Bones (1982). KBE 1986.