Boughton, William (Paul)

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Boughton, William (Paul)

Boughton, William (Paul), English conductor; b. Birmingham, Dec. 18, 1948. He studied cello at the Guildhall School of Music in London, with Maurice Eisenberg in the U.S., and with Milos Sadlo at the Prague Academy of Music; after a brief career as a cellist with the Royal Phil., the London Sinfonietta, and several BBC orchs., he turned to conducting. In 1980 he founded the English String Orch. in Worcester, which made a major tour of Europe in 1986; he also was artistic director of the Malvern Festival (1983–88) and principal conductor of the Jyvàskylà Sym. Orch. in Finland (1986–93). He appeared as guest conductor with many British orchs. His repertoire ranges from Haydn to Tippett.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire