Chissell, Joan (Olive)
- Stanley Sadie
(b Cromer, May 22, 1919). English music critic. She studied at the Royal College of Music from 1936 to 1942 under Kendall Taylor (piano), Herbert Howells (composition) and Frank Howes (history and criticism). Turning away from an intended career as a pianist, she became a teacher at the RCM, lecturer and critic, and from 1949 to 1979 she was on the music staff of The Times. 19th-century music, and particularly the piano, are her central interests, and in this area she has always been a perceptive critic and adjudicator, generous in her encouragement. She has been a frequent broadcaster, and a reviewer of records in Gramophone. Her writings include chapters in several symposia and articles in periodicals; she has written books on Chopin (London, 1965) and Brahms (1977) for younger readers, as well as two books on Schumann, a lucid and sympathetic study in the Master Musicians series (London, ...