British pianist, broadcaster and composer Joseph Cooper was born at Westbury-on-Trym on 7 October 1912. He studied at Clifton College, Bristol, and at Oxford, where he was an organ scholar at Keble and a friend of Britain's musical ex-prime minister Edward Heath. Cooper studied with Egon Petri and built an international career as a soloist.
He wrote music for film documentaries, working with W H Auden and Benjamin Britten, and later became well-known amongst British radio and TV audiences as the compere of the quiz show Face the Music.
Joseph Cooper died on 4 August 2001, aged eighty-eight.