Sir Malcolm Sargent
Born Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent in Stamford, Lincs 1895, Sir Malcolm started his musical career as an keyboard player, taking his A.R.C.O.at the age of 16 and becoming a church organist. He studied piano under the great Benno Moiseiwitch, but in his late 20s turned to the orchestra. He became director of the Courtauld/Sargent concerts, held from 1929 -1940, and of the famous Robert Mayer Children’s Concerts.
His principal appointments included the Halle Orchestra (1939), the Liverpool Philharmonic (1942), and the BBC Symphony (1950-7). He remained as chief conductor of the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts for many years. Knighted in 1947, he died in London in 1967.
Sargent leaves a rich recorded legacy, the vast majority of recordings made for EMI. We are delighted to name Sir Malcolm, albeit posthumously, a “divine artist”.