John McCarthy: Charismatic choral conductor and arranger

Kenneth Shenton [The Independent, 22 June 2009]

During the second half of the 20th century, John McCarthy was perhaps the most charismatic choral conductor of his generation. Highly adept at operating on all sides of the musical divide, amid a career of great length, distinction and influence, he became one of the most powerful and potent figures in British musical life.