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Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983)

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Royal College of Music

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One of the leading conductors of his time, Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983) was a constant champion of British composers and gave first performances of many important works. He was particularly admired for his live and recorded interpretations of Vaughan Williams. In 1930 he was asked by the BBC to found a new orchestra: the result was the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which quickly impressed visiting conductors such as Arturo Toscanini and Bruno Walter and remains one of the country's leading ensembles.

Royal College of Music





oil on fibreboard


H 152.5 x W 101.5 cm

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purchased from the artist, 1978

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