Parry, Sir Hubert (1848-1918). English composer and music administrator. Instrumental in revitalizing British music during the late Victorian period. Director of the Royal College of Music, London (1894-1918) and Professor of Music, Oxford University (1900-08). Prolific, uneven output, but includes Blest Pair of Sirens and Jerusalem.
Pears, Sir Peter (1910-86). English tenor, pupil of Elena Gerhardt. Life-long partnership with Britten began in 1937.
Philharmonic String Quartet. English quartet, founded in 1915, with the original personnel, Arthur Beckwith, Eugene Goossens, Raymond Jeremy and Cecil Sharpe.
Pro Arte Quartet. Belgian string quartet founded by Alphonse Onnou in 1912. Enthusiastic advocates of contemporary music during the 1920s and 1930s.
Prunières, Henry (1886-1942). French musicologist responsible for rediscovering Lully. Founded the Revue musicale in 1920 and promoted contemporary music at the concerts associated with it.
Rachmaninov, Sergey (1873-1943). Russian composer, pianist and conductor. His Second Symphony displays his ardently lyrical style, imbued with melancholy, at its most glorious.
Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937). French composer born in the Basque region, pupil of Fauré. His music, revealing at times a similar sound-world to Debussy's, is neatly crafted and continuously innovative.
Respighi, Ottorino (1879-1936). Italian composer, whose reputation centres on his brightly-coloured symphonic poems, evocative musical portraits of Rome.
Richards, Bernard. English cellist, who met Britten at the Royal College of Music in 1930. In 1932, Richards and Lauricella formed a piano trio with Britten.
Rogers, Bernard (1893-1968). American composer, chief critic of Musical America, 1913-24, and teacher at Eastman School of Music, Rochester University, 1929-67.
Ronald, Sir Landon (1873-1938). English conductor and music administrator. Conductor of New Symphony Orchestra, 1909-14, and guest conductor for other leading British orchestras. Principal of the Guildhall School of Music, 1910-38.