Adrian Boult and Wagner : What Might Have Been.
The conductor Adrian Brown will be giving a talk entitled “Adrian Boult and Wagner: what might have been”. Adrian Brown comes from a distinguished line of Sir Adrian Boult’s most gifted pupils. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in London, he studied intensively with Sir Adrian for some years. Adrian Brown remains the only British conductor to have reached the finals of the Karajan Conductors’ Competition, and has conducted much Wagner, including Acts One and Three of ‘Die Walküre’ along with other excerpts from The Ring, Tristan and Die Meistersinger. In his talk, Adrian will stress that Sir Adrian Boult (1889 – 1983) wasn’t just a British conductor but was very much a musical midwife to many composers, not least in the classics of his generation – Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Wagner, of whose works he gave many performances. Adrian Brown will illustrate his talks with some Tristan excerpts and will include some personal touches illustrating aspects of Sir Adrian’s character from personal experience.