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Boult, Adrian, Sir

Born: 1889 AD
Died: 1983 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Conductors

1889 – Born on the 8th of April in Chester, England, United Kingdom.

1913 – He sang in choral festivals and at the Leeds Festival, where he went to watch Nikisch conduct, and made the acquaintance of George Butterworth and other British composers.

1920 – He was appointed to the conductorship of the City of Birmingham Orchestra.

1930 – He was made Director of Music at the BBC.

1933 – Boult married Ann Wilson, the ex-wife of Steuart Wilson, tenor singer and administrator.

1948 – Steuart Wilson was appointed Director of Music at the BBC.

1960 – He acquired the status of a revered figure in British music, and despite advancing years continued to conduct new works, being valued for his impartiality and reliability.

         – He conduct seven of the nine Mahler symphonies well before the Mahler revival.

1966 – He resumed conducting for EMI and until his retirement enjoyed an ‘Indian Summer’, recording or re-recording his repertory in interpretations which have remained in the catalogues for thirty or forty years.

1970 – He was encouraged to record the orchestral music of Brahms, Wagner, and Schubert.

1978 – His last public performance was conducting Elgar’s ballet The Sanguine Fan for London Festival Ballet at the Coliseum, in London on the 24th of June.

1978 – His final record, completed in December was of music by Hubert Parry.

1983 – Died on the 22nd of February.