Adrian Boult

Michael Kennedy
Faber Members pay only £16.00 for this title. Sign up for free during checkout to get your discount.
Proceed to Checkout
ISBN 9780571242085 Format Paperback
Published 29/05/2008 Length 368 pages

About Book

Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983) was one of the greatest English conductors. He had a long association with the BBC, as director of music, and, more famously, as the permanent conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. When forced to retire from the BBC at sixty (the BBC's retirement age) in 1949, Boult's career entered a long, productive Indian Summer. He was the principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for six years, he conducted the music for the 1953 Coronation and he recorded prolifically, his final recording being in 1978 when he was eighty-nine.

Sir Adrian's conducting and recording repertoire was formidable but he will be forever associated with English music. He conducted the first performance of Holst's suite 'The Planets'. Elgar said to him in 1920, 'I feel that my reputation in the future is safe in your hands'. His recordings of Butterworth, Elgar, Holst, Parry and Vaughan Williams, where not definitive, still provide a benchmark.

It is fitting this biography is written by Michael Kennedy for, through his extensive writings, he has made a comparable contribution to the cause of English music. This biography, for which Michael Kennedy had unrestricted access to Sir Adrian's diaries, notebooks and a large number of letters, was first published in 1987.

  • About Michael Kennedy

    Michael Kennedy is the doyen of writers on English music of the last one hundred and fifty years. His scope is wider than that, as books on Mahler and Strauss testify, but it is his works on Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Walton that accord him this rank.

    For many years he worked for the Daily Telegraph and was its Northern Editor from 1960 to 1986. He became its joint chief music critic in 1986 and in 1989 became chief music critic of the Sunday Telegraph. He retired in 2005. For his services to music he was appointed OBE in 1981 and CBE in 1997. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Music from Manchester University in 2003, in 2004 became the second recipient of the Vaughan Williams Society's Medal of Distinction and was elected an honorary member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2005.

    More Info