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Boughton, William

He is an English orchestral conductor and cellist who studied at the Guildhall School of Music, the Prague Academy of Music and in the United States with Maurice Eisenberg.

His career as a cellist saw him performing with orchestras that include the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic . He founded the English Symphony Orchestra (aka English String Orchestra ) in Malvern, Worcester, England, in 1980.

He has been a guest conductor with many acclaimed orchestras and was also the Music Director of the Jyvaskyla Sinfonia in Finland, whose audiences grew by 60% during his tenure. His work with the ESO has seen him tour all over the world and allowed him to work with many soloists including Nigel Kennedy, Emmanuel Ax and Rada Lupu. He is the Artistic Director of the Malvern Festival and in 1985 he worked in collaboration with Sir Michael Tippet to celebrate his eightieth birthday.

In 1995 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Coventry University. In 2000 he became the Artistic Director of the Nimbus Foundation and created the Summer Series at Wyastone Estate concert hall and in 2004 he launched the ESO Elgar Festival. As a guest he has appeared on several radio programmes and television including a BBC’s Omnibus, a broadcast on Elgar which was heard in several major cities in the United Stated and the series The 1st Eleven which was aired during the World Cup.

He has been the conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra since 2007.

English String Orchestra recordings
Adagio in G ( Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni )
Nimbus NI 7019 (CD: Orchestral Favourites Vol. 1: Pachelbel’s Canon)
Conductor – William Boughton

Here he conducts the English String Orchestra on “Dives and Lazarus” by Ralph Vaughn Williams…