Simpson, Adrienne (Marie )
- Peter Walls
(b Wellington, Nov 26, 1943; d Wellington, New Zealand, December 4, 2010). New Zealand musicologist . She studied music history at Victoria University of Wellington (MA 1965) and King’s College, London, under Thurston Dart (MMus 1966). Research into lute music led to her becoming editor of the Lute Society Journal during 1971–2 and a close association with Gerald Abraham encouraged an interest in 19th-century Czech music. On returning to New Zealand in 1983 she became founder-editor of Early Music New Zealand (1985–8) and undertook work on the history of opera there, which led to three books. She was president of the New Zealand Opera Society from 1988 to 1990 and an advisor to Australasian Music Research. She broadcasted regularly for the BBC and Radio New Zealand. Simpson had shown, in her writings, criticism and broadcasts, an innate ability to communicate with a wide musical audience....