Join the British Library,
home of the RPS collections, for a study day exploring the life and legacy of the conductor and RPS Gold Medallist
Sir Malcolm Sargent. Sargent’s name is indissolubly linked with the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, where he was Chief Conductor from 1947 until his death in 1967. He became a household name for presiding at the Last Night of the Proms with his trademark élan and for his frequent appearances on the BBC Home Service, notably the popular programme The Brains Trust.
This event draws on unpublished recordings of Sir Malcolm Sargent’s performances held in the Library’s Sound Archive as well as documentary material in the extensive Sargent Collection, including his voluminous correspondence. Speakers include broadcaster Tom Service, record producer Andrew Keener, conductors David Lloyd-Jones and Sian Edwards, music historians Donald Burrows and David Kidger, timpanist Pat Brady, clarinettist Colin Bradbury, Sargent’s biographer Richard Aldous, and Sargent’s secretary, Sylvia Darley OBE. The event coincides with the Last Night of the Proms which will feature a rare performance of Sargent’s orchestral work ‘An Impression on a Windy Day’.
10:00 Introduction by Tom Service (BBC)
10:15 A sketch of the life of Sir Malcolm Sargent (Andrew Keener, record producer)
10:45 The Sir Malcolm Sargent archive at the British Library (Edward Small, Music Cataloguer)
11:00 The Courtauld-Sargent and Robert Mayer children’s concerts (David Kidger, Professor of Musicology, Oakland University, Michigan)
11:40 Sir Malcolm Sargent as conductor of Handel’s music (Donald Burrows, Professor of Music, Open University/
13:10 Filmed interview with Sir Malcolm Sargent’s secretary, Sylvia Darley OBE
13:40 ‘Tunes of Glory’: Richard Aldous (Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature, Bard College, New York) interviewed by Tom Service.
14:25 Sargent in the British Library’s Sound & Vision collections (Jonathan Summers, Curator of Classical Music Recordings, British Library).
15:30 Interview with Colin Bradbury and Pat Brady, members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sargent.
16:15 The Sargent Recordings: an illustrated survey of Sargent’s recordings, with David Lloyd-Jones and Sian Edwards in conversation with Andrew Keener.
17:15 ‘The Last Night’: Andrew Keener introduces Sargent's televised final public appearance and surprise speech at the Last Night of the Proms 16 September 1967, two weeks before his death.