I have been involved in audio recording since a teenager. At that time, and since, I have designed and built my own audio equipment, including loudspeakers, microphones, amplifiers, and an analog tape recorder. I have been active in professional audio since 1969, when I joined EMI’s Abbey Road Studios as a recording engineer and was engaged in recording music of all genres. Since leaving Abbey Road in 1979, I have concentrated on producing recordings of classical music.

EMI Abbey Road

Pilgrim's Progress recording session

Listening to takes at an EMI recording session for Vaughan Williams' Pilgrim's Progress in Kingsway Hall, December 1970. L to R, foreground: Ursula Vaughan Williams, John Noble, John Alldis, Sheila Armstrong; background: Christopher Bishop, Sir Adrian Boult, Ian Partridge, Gloria Jennings, Christopher Parker, David Pickett. (Photo credit: Godfrey McDominic/EMI).

During my 10 years at Abbey Road I worked in England and Italy with EMI house producers and engineers, including:


Christopher Bishop

Bryan Crimp

Anthony Griffith

Suvi Raj Grubb

Ronald Kinloch-Anderson

Walter Legge

George Martin

John Mordler

Mickie Most

David Mottley

Norman Newell

Walter Ridley

Balance Engineers

Martin Benge

Neville Boyling

Robert (Bob) Gooch

Michael Gray

Christopher Parker

Alan Parsons

Transfer Engineers

Chris Blair

Harry Moss

Hazel Yarwood

Technical Engineers

Mike Batchelor

Bill Livy

Len Page

Ken Townsend

and with:

George Korngold (RCA)

Bill Leader (Leader Records)

John McClure (CBS)

Paul Myers (CBS)

Alan Warner (United Artists)

Michael Williamson (London Records and Westminster Records)

Musicians with whom I worked included:

Dame Janet Baker (Beethoven, Mass in C)

Sir John Barbirolli (Vaughan Williams and Sibelius Symphonies)

Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline Du Pré, Pinchas Zukerman (Beethoven, Piano Trios)

Leonard Bernstein (Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps, Symphony of Psalms)

Pierre Boulez (Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande)

Sir Adrian Boult (Vaughan Williams: A Pilgrim's Progress, Brahms, Symphonies)

Montserrat Caballé (Bellini, Il Pirata; Puccini, Manon Lescaut; Verdi, Don Carlos)

Placido Domingo (Puccini, Manon Lescaut; Puccini, Manon Lescaut; Verdi, Don Carlos)

Carlo Maria Giulini (Verdi: Don Carlos; Beethoven, Mass in C)

Otto Klemperer (Bruckner, Symphonies 8 & 9; Wagner, Die Walküre)

Leopold Stokowski (Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade)

Sir David Willcocks (Handel, Messiah, LPs of Christmas carols and psalms)

I was also responsible for audio restorations, and compilations, including:

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen (1953 RAI Ring Cycle)

Maria Callas, La Scala recordings

Sir Thomas Beecham, Puccini: La Bohème (stereo)

The Beatles: "1962/1966" (Red Album) & "1967/1970" (Blue Album)

The Golden Age of Hollywood: a series of albums of film music and dialog (Warner Bros/United Artists)

Laurel & Hardy film soundtracks (UA)

Extracts from the Bing Crosby Radio Shows (UA)

Rev. 29. Nov 2018