(b Altrincham, 1951).
Eng. music critic, broadcaster, and administrator. Worked for BBC mus. division and as free‐lance critic 1975–9. Mus. critic, the New Yorker 1979–82, The Times 1982–5, The Listener 1982–7, The Observer 1985–92. Ed., Early Music to 1992. Controller Radio 3, BBC, 1992–8; dir., Henry Wood Proms from 1996. Author of The BBC Symphony Orchestra 1930–80 (1981), Simon Rattle: the Making of a Conductor (1987, rev. 2001); The Faber Pocket Guide to Mozart (2005). CBE 2001.