Music: New Man for the BBC

Britain's biggest (96 players) and best-known orchestra, the BBC Symphony, last week got its first new conductor in 20 years. The new man, who will replace retiring Sir Adrian Boult this summer: handsome, popular Sir Malcolm Sargent, 55, until 1948 founder-conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic.

The directors of the government-subsidized BBC had searched for more than a year for a conductor who would take the job. They had dangled the £10,000 salary before Sir John Barbirolli, but he preferred to stick with his beloved Halle Orchestra in Manchester for less money. Brilliant young Czech Conductor Rafael Kubelik was tempted, but he turned...

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