English-born violinist and musical conductor who conducted the West Australian Symphony Orchestra from 1974 to 1981.
He was born in Nottingham, England to a pianist mother and an opera singer father. He began studying violin at age seven and conducting at age thirteen. He later attended London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama and took a violinist position with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
He replaced Neville Marriner in 1967 as principal second violinist with the London Symphony Orchestra.
He married soprano Susan Shoemaker and the couple became parents to a daughter and a son prior to their divorce.
He was mentored and given instruction in orchestral conducting by the world-famous conductor and composer, Leonard Bernstein.