Malcolm Sargent

Malcolm Sargent

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An original vintage 1940s autograph book page, clearly signed in crayon by Malcolm Sargent.


From the autograph book of Kenneth Waller of Huddersfield containing many operatic and musical notables of the 1940-50s. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA


16x13cm Sized Autograph Book Page


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About Malcolm Sargent

Malcolm Sargent

SIR MALCOLM SARGENT d1967. English conductor, organist and composer widely regarded as Britain's leading conductor of choral works. He was held in high esteem by choirs and instrumental soloists, but because of his high standards and a statement that he made in a 1936 interview disputing musicians' rights to tenure, his relationship with orchestral players was often uneasy. Despite this, he was co-founder of the London Philharmonic, was the first conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic as a full-time ensemble and played an important part in saving the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from disbandment in the 1960s. As chief conductor of London's internationally famous summer music festival the Proms from 1948 to 1967, he was one of the best-known English conductors. When he took over the Proms from their founder Sir Henry Wood, he and two assistants conducted the two-month season between them. By the time he died, he was assisted by a large international roster of guest conductors. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he turned down an offer of a major musical directorship in Australia and returned to the UK to bring music to as many people as possible as his contribution to national morale. His fame extended beyond the concert hall : to the British public, he was a familiar broadcaster in BBC radio talk shows and generations of Gilbert & Sullivan devotees have known his recordings of the most popular Savoy Operas. He toured widely throughout the world and was noted for his skill as a conductor, his championship of British composers and his debonair appearance which won him the nickname "Flash Harry." He died aged 72 on October 3rd 1967.


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