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date: 18 May 2021

Boult, Sir Adrian (Cedric)locked

  • Ronald Crichton
  • , revised by José A. Bowen



(b Chester, April 8, 1889; d London, Feb 22, 1983). English conductor. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he took the DMus degree in 1914, and where the main influence on him was Hugh Allen. He studied at the Leipzig Conservatory, 1912–13, and had the opportunity to observe Nikisch at work. In 1914 he joined the music staff at Covent Garden, and during the war he gave concerts at Liverpool. In 1918 Holst asked him to conduct the first performance of The Planets, at a privately organized concert in Queen's Hall, London. In 1919 he joined the teaching staff of the RCM (where he remained until 1930), and was chief conductor for the autumn season of Diaghilev's Ballet Russe. Operatic experience embraced performances with the British National Opera Company (including Parsifal), a further spell in 1926 at Covent Garden as assistant musical director, and chamber opera in Bristol, Birmingham and London. From ...

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