Known for such compositions as Cloudcatcher Fells (for brass), Pilgrim (for strings), and Notturni ed Alba (for soprano voice and orchestra), this prominent English composer also had a career as a concert pianist, becoming particularly notable for his performances of works by Haydn and 20th-century British composers.
By the age of eleven, he had composed over a dozen symphonies. In his late twenties, he was the resident pianist at University College, Cardiff.
Perhaps most famous for his concerti, he wrote four such compositions for piano and numerous others for violin, viola, harpsichord, clarinet, oboe, flute, and trumpet.
He was born and raised in Huyton, Merseyside, England (near the city of Liverpool).
His Symphony No. 4, Of Time and the River, takes its name from the 1935 Thomas Wolfe novel of the same title.