The sudden death has been announced of the generous publisher Barrie Pettman, founder of Emerald Group Publishing and ex-president of Burke’s Peerage. He was 73.
A major donor to the UK Conservative Party, Professor Pettman also founded the Dare Foundation which supports opera studies at Leeds University in conjunction with Opera North.
Richard Mantle, general director, called him ‘a much-loved member of the Opera North family’.
He also supported musical and academic causes in New Zealand.