Tony Scotland was born in Buckinghamshire in 1945. Brought up in the West Indies and West Africa he was sent to boarding school in England at the age of six, spending the holidays at a children’s home in Devon. At fifteen he left school and became a reporter in Harwich. After serving out his indentures on the East Essex Gazette, he emigrated to Australia, aged 19, and found work first on the Sydney Morning Herald and then as a television reporter with the ABC in Hobart, Tasmania.
Returning to England in 1968, he joined BBC Television as a reporter and presenter on the Norwich-based news programme Look East, before moving to London as a sub-editor in the radio newsroom. In 1972 he became an announcer on Radio Three. Simultaneously he and the writer Nigel Lewis created, wrote and produced a new radio programme called The Arts Worldwide.
Tony left Radio Three in 1992 and joined the new Classic FM to advise on pronunciation. He was soon heard across its airwaves, presenting operas, a sponsored sonnet programme, and reading his way through the Old Testament on Sunday mornings.
Since resigning from Classic FM in 1998, Tony has worked as a freelance writer. His articles have been published in The Spectator, Harpers & Queen, Sunday Telegraph, The Independent, House & Garden, the BBC History Magazine, the Catholic Herald, and Erotic Review.
As well as music, his interests include letterpress printing, gardening, history and foreign travel – particularly in Eastern Europe and the Far East. It was while visiting China with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1981 that he first became fascinated by the decline of the Manchu dynasty, and the startling transformation from feudal imperialism to Communism. This led to his first book, The Empty Throne – the Quest for an Imperial Heir in the People’s Republic of China. In 1989 he undertook an extensive journey through Central and Eastern Europe to learn about the realities of Soviet Communism.
In the year in which he joined Radio Three Tony met Julian Berkeley, who was then working as a music journalist, and for ten years they lived with Julian’s family in Little Venice. As early as 1975 Tony began researching the history of the Berkeley and Bernstein families, and in 2010 he published his biography, Lennox & Freda.
Julian Berkeley, second son of the composer Lennox Berkeley, began his education as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, singing Gregorian chant and polyphony under the directorship of George Malcolm. He went on to the Oratory School, and then continued his musical education at the Royal College of Music, studying the organ with Ralph Downes and Nicholas Danby, flute with John Francis and piano with Bernard Roberts.
In addition to playing, Julian has a practical interest in the construction of early keyboard instruments and has restored early chamber organs, a harpsichord and a clavichord.
On leaving the RCM he worked in concert promotion for Westminster Cathedral and for the conductor Richard Hickox, and in music journalism for IPC Magazines and the BBC.
In 1982 his career took a new direction when he founded Berkeley Guard, an electronics and security company. More recently, having appointed his business partner as Managing Director, Julian has been able to return to organ playing, singing and directing chant, and writing about music.
He collaborated with Tony Scotland in the Shelf Lives venture, and the two joined forces to write the second book in the series, Gradual, which explores the first great publication of Gregorian Chant in Northern Europe, at the remarkable Plantin Moretus publishing enterprise in Antwerp in the 1590s.
Steeped in Catholic tradition from his earliest years, Julian has been actively involved in many initiatives to re-establish the use of Latin and Gregorian Chant in the liturgy. The Second Vatican Council of the 1960s precipitated an iconoclastic revolution in the Church, and the movement to restore the liturgy to its ancient traditions has echoes of the struggles of the recusants following the state proscription of Catholicism in the wake of the Reformation. Julian plans to chronicle aspects of the late twentieth-century revival of the Old Rite in a future title for Shelf Lives.