Sir Adrian Cedric Boult

(1889—1983) conductor

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British conductor, knighted in 1937 and made CH in 1969.

Born in Chester and educated at Westminster School, Oxford, and Leipzig, Boult obtained his DMus degree in 1914 and joined the Covent Garden music staff. He taught at the Royal College of Music (1919–30; 1962–66), at the same time conducting opera, ballet, and choral and orchestral concerts in London and the provinces, including an experimental series of the now famous Robert Mayer concerts for children (1922). He was director of BBC music (1930–42) and trained and conducted the newly formed BBC Symphony Orchestra (1931–50). Other appointments included directorships of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1950–57) and of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1924–30; 1959–60).

A staunch advocate of contemporary music, British and European, Boult was revered as a considerate and unsensational conductor. He wrote an autobiography, My Own Trumpet (1973), and two textbooks on conducting.

Subjects: Music.

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