Malcolm Sargent

Classical music, Musical Artist

1895 – 1967

 Credit »
23

Who was Malcolm Sargent?

Sir Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent was an English conductor, organist and composer widely regarded as Britain's leading conductor of choral works. The musical ensembles with which he was associated included the Ballets Russes, the Huddersfield Choral Society, the Royal Choral Society, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and the London Philharmonic, Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. Sargent 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, Sargent 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.

We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Born
Apr 29, 1895
Ashford
Also known as
  • Sir Malcom Sargent
  • Sir Malcolm Sargent
  • Sargent, Sir Malcolm
Nationality
  • England
Profession
Education
  • Durham University
Lived in
  • Ashford
Died
Oct 3, 1967
Westminster

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

Citation

Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Malcolm Sargent." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 4 Dec. 2022. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/malcolm_sargent>.

Discuss this Malcolm Sargent biography with the community:

0 Comments

    Browse Biographies.net