Sir John Barbirolli

Barbirolli, Sir John

(bär'bərō`lē), 1899–1970, English conductor and cellist, b. London. After being cellist (1920–24) in the International String Quartet, he organized the Barbirolli String Orchestra. Barbirolli held positions as conductor of the British National Opera Company (1926), the Covent Garden Opera Company (1930–33), the Scottish Orchestra, and the Leeds Symphony (1933–36). In 1937 he succeeded Toscanini as conductor of the New York Philharmonic (1937–42). After 1943, Barbirolli conducted the Halle Orchestra, Manchester, and was knighted in 1949. He became conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 1961. Barbirolli was noted for sensitive musical interpretation and for his transcriptions of early music for the modern orchestra.

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See biographies by C. Reid and M. Kennedy (both 1971).

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I remember my first experience of going to the town hall, sitting behind the percussion section when Sir John Barbirolli was conducting - and it was amazing.
When I searched for him in the school log books, I discovered the Mr Smith was very active in organising musical trips for his pupils, often going to the Little Theatre and the Town Hall to either participate as a choir or listen to musical performances - for example, Marriage of Figaro, Ballet Rambert, Northern Symphonia, and the Halle Orchestra conducted by Sir John Barbirolli.
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English Tone Pictures: Bax, Delius, and Ireland: Sir John Barbirolli, London Symphony Orchestra and Halle Orchestra.
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She is best remembered for her performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto with Sir John Barbirolli, and Wallfisch chose this piece for his tribute to the player he so much admired, but who died in 1987 at the age of 42.
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Sir Colin Davis and his younger compatriot Sir Simon Rattle represent the latest generation of a long tradition of Sibelius advocates within the United Kingdom which began early in the century with the efforts of Sir Granville Bantock, to be quickly followed by Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Basil Cameron, and Anthony Collins.