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Sargent, Sir Malcolm

Sir Malcolm Sargent, 1895–1967, English conductor, whose original name was Harold Malcolm Watts-Sargent. He was a composer and organist prior to his debut as a conductor at Queen's Hall in 1921. He served as conductor with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (1927–30). An orthodox interpreter adhering to 19th-century tradition, Sargent was especially noted as a choral conductor. He served as conductor with the Royal Choral Society (after 1928), the Courtauld-Sargent Concerts (after 1929), and with the NBC Symphony Orchestra in his American debut in 1945. From 1950 to 1957 he was conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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Royal Choral Society

Royal Choral Society. London choir of about 850 vv. which originated in choir formed and cond. by Gounod for opening of Royal Albert Hall, 1871. Taken over by Barnby, 1872. Name at first was Royal Albert Hall Choral Soc., present name adopted 1888. Barnby was succeeded in 1896 by J. F. Bridge. Sir Malcolm Sargent had long assoc. as cond. from 1929.

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Sargent, Sir (Harold) Malcolm

Sargent, Sir (Harold) Malcolm ( Watts) (1895–1967) English conductor. He conducted the Royal Choral Society from 1928, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1950–57). He was chief conductor (1948–67) of the promenade concerts.

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