Born in Hull, Yorkshire, Joyce Bourne has lived in Manchester since 1952. Married to the critic and writer Michael Kennedy, she has for over 25 years, acted as his researcher, typist and, on the Oxford Dictionary of Music, as his associate editor. She has a lifelong interest in music generally and opera in particular. She is the author of Whos Who in Opera, which was published by Oxford University Press in 1998 and analyses 2,500 roles from 280 operas. From 1958 until her retirement in 1990 she practised as an anaesthetist and general practitioner. Her other interests include photography, embroidery, entertaining, reading, and cricket.