Malcolm Sargent

Sir Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent (29 April 1895 – 3 October 1967) 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 Henry Wood Promenade Concerts ("the Proms") from 1947 to 1967, Sargent was one of the best-known English conductors. When he took over the Proms, 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.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Sargent turned down an offer of a musical directorship in Australia and returned to Britain to bring music to as many people as possible as his contribution to national morale. His fame extended beyond the concert hall: to the British public, he was a familiar broadcaster in BBC radio discussion programmes, and generations of Gilbert and Sullivan devotees have known his recordings of the most popular Savoy Operas. He toured widely throughout the world and was noted for his skill as a conductor, his championship of British composers, and his debonair appearance, which won him the nickname "Flash Harry".

Birth and Death Data: Born April 29, 1895 (Ashford), Died October 3, 1967 (London)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, piano

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 46 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone CR1677 12-in. 2/8/1928 Patrie overture Royal Albert Hall Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent Orchestra, with organ conductor  
Gramophone CR1678 12-in. 2/8/1928 Patrie overture Royal Albert Hall Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent Orchestra, with organ conductor  
Gramophone CR1679 12-in. 2/8/1928 Patrie overture Royal Albert Hall Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent Orchestra, with organ conductor  
Gramophone 0B3437 10-in. 9/22/1932 While shepherds watched their flocks by night Royal Choral Society ; Malcolm Sargent Vocal chorus, with organ conductor  
Gramophone 0B3438 10-in. 9/22/1932 Christians, awake! Royal Choral Society ; Malcolm Sargent Vocal chorus, with organ conductor  
Gramophone Bb13690 10-in. 9/21/1928 Children's overture, part 1 New Light Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Bb13691 10-in. 10/15/1928 Children's overture, part 2 New Light Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Bb13692 10-in. 9/21/1928 Children's overture, part 3 New Light Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Bb13693 10-in. 9/21/1928 Children's overture, part 4 New Light Symphony Orchestra ; Malcolm Sargent Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18636 12-in. 2/4/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Bertha Lewis Female vocal solo, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18637 12-in. 2/4/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore George Baker ; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Bertha Lewis Vocal soloists and chorus, with orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18638 12-in. 2/4/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore George Baker ; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Bertha Lewis Vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18639 12-in. 2/4/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Charles Goulding ; Sydney Granville ; Bertha Lewis Vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18640 12-in. 2/4/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore George Baker ; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Darrell Fancourt ; Charles Goulding ; Sydney Granville ; Elsie Griffin Vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18641 12-in. 2/4/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Charles Goulding ; Sydney Granville ; Elsie Griffin ; Stuart Robertson Vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18642 12-in. 2/5/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18643 12-in. 2/5/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore George Baker ; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Male vocal solo, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18644 12-in. 2/6/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore George Baker ; Nellie Briercliffe ; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Henry A. Lytton Vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18645 12-in. 2/6/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore Nellie Briercliffe ; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Henry A. Lytton Vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18646 12-in. 2/6/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Bertha Lewis ; Henry A. Lytton Vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18647 12-in. 2/6/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore Nellie Briercliffe ; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Darrell Fancourt ; Charles Goulding ; Sydney Granville ; Elsie Griffin ; Bertha Lewis ; Stuart Robertson Vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18648 12-in. 2/6/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore George Baker ; Nellie Briercliffe ; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Darrell Fancourt ; Charles Goulding ; Sydney Granville ; Elsie Griffin ; Bertha Lewis ; Henry A. Lytton ; Stuart Robertson Vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18649 12-in. 2/6/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore Nellie Briercliffe ; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Darrell Fancourt ; Charles Goulding ; Sydney Granville ; Elsie Griffin Vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18698 12-in. 3/14/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Elsie Griffin Vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
Gramophone Cc18704 12-in. 3/14/1930 H.M.S. Pinafore D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Elsie Griffin Vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra conductor  
(Results 1-25 of 46 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sargent, Malcolm," accessed May 26, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103446.

Sargent, Malcolm. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 26, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103446.

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