Michael Oliver (writer, broadcaster)

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Michael Oliver (20 July 1937 - 1 December 2002) was a BBC broadcaster, writer and journalist on classical music. He presented BBC Radio 3's Music Weekly programme (1975–90), and also was a presenter of BBC Radio 4's Kaleidoscope (1974–87).[1][2] The author of several books, including biographies of Igor Stravinsky and Benjamin Britten, he was also a regular contributor to The Gramophone, Classic CD, Classic Record Collector and BBC Music Magazine. He was also founding editor of International Opera Collector.


  • "Two Welsh Composers: Alun Hoddinott and William Mathias"; "Miscellany: Justin Connolly - Jonathan Harvey - Roger Smalley - Anthony Payne - Tristram Cary - Anthony Milner - Christopher Headington - Robin Holloway - David Ellis" in British Music Now: A Guide to the Work of Younger Composers, ed. Lewis Foreman, 1975. London: Paul Elek. ISBN 0-236-30933-1
  • Igor Stravinsky, 1995. London: Phaidon
  • Benjamin Britten, 1996. London: Phaidon
  • Settling the Score: A Journey through the Music of the 20th Century, 1999. London: Faber & Faber


  1. ^ Author's biographical note Settling The Score, Faber & Faber 1999
  2. ^ Peter Dickinson (2002-12-04). "Obituaries: Michael Oliver". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-03-15.