Born in Lincoln, Vinter was one of the finest conductors in the radio field during his day, and one of the foremost composers of contemporary brass music. A chorister at Lincoln Cathedral, he studied bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music, later becoming a Professor and Fellow of the Academy. He joined the BBC’s military band in 1930 and after war service conducted the RAF Coastal Command Band. He conducted the Midland Light Orchestra from 1946 until his death. A prolific composer of brass music, he also wrote orchestral and choral works, ballet music and an opera. His cantata The Trumpets, scored for the rare combination of choir and brass band, is still performed today.