(b Walsall, 1947).
Eng. conductor. Began cond. at Oxford; dir. mus. Merton Coll. and research into perf. practice of 16th‐ and 17th‐cent. mus. Founded Taverner Choir 1973 and later Taverner Consort and Players. Prom. début 1977 with Monteverdi Vespers, RFH 1979. Gave f.p. in London of Bach's Mass in B minor with period instr.; also perfs. of St Matthew Passion and Brandenburg concs. with authentic instr. Has cond. ECO, London Bach Orch., and Concerto Amsterdam. Assoc. with Tippett and recorded his mus. for The Tempest, 1983. Salzburg Fest. début 1987. Cond. f.p. Weir's A Night at the Chinese Opera, Cheltenham 1987. Art. dir. Kent Opera 1989. CG début 1993. Mus. dir. London Mozart Players from 2000. Wrote New Oxford Book of Carols (co‐ed., 1992); The Essential Bach Choir (2000, trans. Ger. 2003).