Antony Hopkins (born 21 March 1921) was a composer, pianist, conductor, broadcaster, author and lecturer. He was educated at Berkhamsted School during the headmastership of Charles Greene, father of writer Graham Greene. He then studied at the Royal College of Music, winning the most prestigious prizes for composition as well as piano. His compositions included much incidental music for radio plays, film music (especially Billy Budd and The Pickwick Papers), several operas and an enormous amount of instrumental, vocal and choral music. Antony's radio broadcasts Talking about Music ran for 36 years and were responsible for countless listeners' deeper appreciation and love of music. His numerous books on musical analysis are widely read, largely because of the down-to-earth style of writing; they are unpretentious, highly informative and engaging. For his services to music Antony received a CBE, a couple of honorary university doctorates and an honorary membership of the Women’s Institute!
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