Birtwistle, Sir Harrison (opera)
- Andrew Clements
(b Accrington, July 15, 1934). English composer . He studied at the RMCM from 1952 to 1955, where his first study was the clarinet rather than composition; in 1953 he was a founder-member of the New Music Manchester Group with his fellow-students Alexander Goehr, Peter Maxwell Davies, John Ogdon and Elgar Howarth. Their performances of music of the Second Viennese School and the post-Webern avant garde gave Birtwistle a first grounding in modernism. After National Service he continued his clarinet studies at the RAM, but the impact of hearing recent scores by Boulez and Stockhausen in ...