Leo Black's twenty-eight years as a radio producer at the BBC came at a time of intense change for the organisation, while William Glock was Controller of Music. In this interview Leo gives us his personal account of how he was recruited to the BBC and subsequently how he honed his skills as a producer. Through his work Leo came into contact with many emigres, and he therefore gives us a unique insight into his experiences working with musicians such as Leo Wurmser, Paul Hamburger and Hans Keller.
Leo Black was born London in 1932. He was educated at grammar schools in Amersham and Cheltenham and at Wadham College Oxford from 1950 – 55. Leo worked for Universal Edition Vienna from 1958-9, before joining the BBC Radio Music Programmes Department & Radio 3 Music Department from1960 – 1988; successively as music assistant, Chief Producer and Executive Producer. He is now a freelance writer on music.