- Richard Toop
(b Coventry, 16 Jan 1943). English composer.
His first formal studies were at the Birmingham School of Music (1961–3); a Prokofiev-like Sonatina for three clarinets, now withdrawn, dates from this period. From 1966 to 1967 he studied at the RAM, where his teachers included Lennox Berkeley; he became musical director of the Academy’s New Music Club, and founded and conducted the Arradon Ensemble, which specialized in contemporary music. During this time he produced his first characteristic works, one of which, the ...