- Richard Toop
(b Coventry, Jan 16, 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formal studies were at the Birmingham School of Music (1961–3); a Prokofiev-like Sonatina for three clarinets, now withdrawn, dates from this period.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 Sonatas for string quartet, was awarded third prize at the 1968 Gaudeamus Music Week (in the next two years, prizes also went to Epicycle and the Missa brevis). In the same year a Mendelssohn Scholarship enabled him to study with Ton de Leeuw at the Amsterdam Conservatory; the next year he gained a City of Basle stipend to study with Klaus Huber at the Musikakademie, where he stayed until ...