Sir Adrian Boult

Boult, Sir Adrian

(bōlt), 1889–1983, English conductor. Boult studied conducting in Leipzig with Arthur Nikisch (1912–13). In 1930 he became conductor of the newly formed BBC Symphony Orchestra, and he was conductor of the London Philharmonic from 1950 to 1957. Boult led the premieres of many works by British composers and is considered an authoritative interpreter of Elgar and Vaughan Williams. He wrote A Handbook on the Technique of Conducting (1968). Boult was knighted in 1937.


See his autobiography, My Own Trumpet (1973).

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Though Edward Gardner begged me not to mention it, the Second Symphony broke down during its broadcast premiere by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Adrian Boult, and there are other Tippett scores (The Vision of St Augustine comes to mind) which are minefields of difficulty.
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The conductor was none other than the charming but very famous Sir Adrian Boult, and we previously had rehearsals with him in theatres and cinemas in Newcastle and Doncaster.
He made his debut as a soloist in 1962 with Sir John Barbirolli and the Halle and went on to appear as a soloist throughout the world with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, George Solti, Sir Adrian Boult and Sir Colin Davis.
Wherever possible, Itter persuaded the composer to conduct his own work, but back-up was always available from Sir Adrian Boult, Vernon Handley, and others sympathetic to the music.
There is the famous footage of The Planets' initial champion, Sir Adrian Boult, conducting the demonic 5/4 beat of the opening movement Mars (bringer of war), with hardly a twitch of the baton.
Sir Adrian Boult, who in 1929 in order to give regular employment to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, organised concerts in Sutton Coldfield and Kidderminster.
This glitters brightly in the case of Schoenberg, Anton Webern, and Alban Berg--the first two even came to London to conduct for the BBC--and especially in the climax of the whole story, the first British performance of Wozzeck (1934), conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
The roll of musical honour J Zeugheer Herrmann, 1843- 1865 Alfred Mellon, 1865- 1867 Sir Julius Benedict, 1867- 1880 Max Bruch, 1880- 1883 Sir Charles Halle, 1883- 1895 Sir Frederick Cowen, 1895- 1913 Sir Malcolm Sargent, 1942- 1948 Hugo Rignold, 1948- 1954 Efrem Kurtz, 1955- 1957 Sir John Pritchard, 1955- 1963 Sir Charles Groves, 1963- 1977 Walter Weller, 1977- 1980 David Atherton, 1980- 1983 Marek Janowski, 1983- 1987 Libor Pesek, 1987- 1997 Petr Altrichter, 1997- 2001 Gerard Schwarz, 2001- 2006 Vasily Petrenko, 2006- * FROM 1913 to 1942, there was no resident conductor, with musical direction coming from Sir Henry Wood, Sir Thomas Beecham and Sir Adrian Boult.