Antony Hopkins CBE was an English composer, pianist,
He was born in London under the name Ernest William Antony Reynolds.
His surname was changed to Hopkins when, after his father's early death
he was adopted by a master at Berkhamsted School who had been his
His works include the operas Lady
Rohesia (1947) (based on the Ingoldsby Legends of
sixteenth-century England), The Man
from Tuscany, and Three's
Company (1953); the ballet Café
des Sports; and Scena for soprano and strings (which was later
arranged for three solo voices and full orchestra).
Hopkins wrote extensively for films, including Here Come the Huggetts (1948), The Pickwick Papers (1952), Cast a Dark Shadow (1955), and Billy Budd (1962).
However, he was perhaps best known for his books of
and, particularly, for his radio programmes Talking About Music
broadcast for many years by the BBC.
Antony Hopkins was appointed a CBE in 1976.