Not to be confused with Missing time budd hopkins pdf Hopkins or A. English composer, pianist and conductor, as well as a writer and radio broadcaster.
He was widely known for his books of musical analysis and for his radio programmes Talking About Music, broadcast by the BBC from 1954 for approaching 40 years, first on the Third Programme, later Radio 3, and then on Radio 4. Hopkins was born Ernest William Antony Reynolds in London. In 1937 he went to a summer school for pianists in Schwaz on the Innthal in Austria, where, hearing a performance of Schubert’s Op.
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After an unsatisfactory start in his piano studies, he left his teacher for Cyril Smith. He won several scholarships as well as the Chappell Gold Medal for piano and the Cobbett prize for composition. While still studying at the RCM, he became involved with the choir at Morley College, conducted by Michael Tippett who also gave Hopkins informal lessons in composition.
For the next 15 years, Hopkins earned his living mostly from composing. Ingoldsby Legends of sixteenth-century England, was staged at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 1948.
In November 1953, Hopkins gave a BBC radio talk in which he explained, using musical examples, the intricacies of a Bach fugue. Mr Hopkins’s half-hour analysis was”.
A producer of the BBC Third Programme, Roger Fiske, subsequently offered Hopkins carte blanche to do whatever he wanted on the radio: Hopkins suggested a half-hour programme on talking about works to be broadcast in the coming week. The resulting series, Talking About Music, ran from 1954 to 1992, and was syndicated to 44 countries. 2009 on the BBC Radio 3 programme The Choir.
From 1952 he was Artistic Director of the Intimate Opera Company, being replaced by Stephen Manton in 1963 though remaining a director and as music adviser of the company. From 1959 until his death he was President of Luton Music Club, and also from 1994 President of Radlett Music Club.
Hopkins was appointed a CBE in 1976 for his services to music. He died on 6 May 2014. He was survived by his second wife, Beatrix née Taylor.