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BOULT, Sir Adrian Cedric (1889-1983)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 MS 6905
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: BOULT, Sir Adrian Cedric (1889-1983)
Date(s): 1920-1954
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Boult | Sir | Adrian Cedric | 1889-1983 | Knight | conductor


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1889; educated at Westminster School, Leipzig Conservatory and Christ Church, Oxford; DMus, 1914, joined the music staff at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1914; conducted first performance of Holst's The Planets, 1918; taught at the Royal College of Music, 1919-1930; assistant musical director, Covent Garden, 1926; musical director of the Bach Choir, 1928-1931; musical director of the City of Birmingham Orchestra, 1924-1930; appointed music director for the BBC, 1930; formed the BBC Symphony Orchestra and toured Europe and the USA; associate conductor of the Proms, 1942-1950; retired from the BBC, 1950; music director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1950-1957; musical director of the CBSO, 1959-60; taught at the RCM, 1962-1966; undertook recordings of Elgar and Vaughan Williams for EMI; made his final public appearance and his final recording, 1978; died 1983.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Adrian Boult, comprising letters (9), 1920-1954, including from Sir Hugh Allen, thanking for Boult's conducting of rehearsals; from Sir Edward Elgar, in regard to his arrival at Boult's rehearsal; from Ethel Smyth on the possible performance of her works; from Adam Carse, sending score of his latest composition. Typescript programme and repertoire lists, mainly 1920s-1930s.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In two sections in chronological order: A) Letters. B) Programmes and repertoire lists.

Conditions governing access:

Usual conditions of the Library of the Royal College of Music apply. See the RCM website or contact the RCM Library for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted at the discretion of the Archivist for research purposes only.

Finding aids:

There is a manuscript detailed list with the papers. The collection is catalogued in the 'Provisional catalogue of letters in the RCM library' by J Kersey, 1997, vol 1. There is also an entry in the supplement to volume 3 of the Manuscripts catalogue in the library of the Royal College of Music.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Sir Adrian Boult, 1976.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Boult papers are also held by British Library Manuscript Collections; BBC Written Archives Centre; Bodleian Library, University of Oxford; Cumbria Record Office, Carlisle: Gloucestershire Record Office. See National Register of Archives for details.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Source: Grove Dictionary of Music.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Nov 2001

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