B1212. CHARLES RIGBY. Sir Charles Halle, a Portrait for Today. Manchester, The Dolphin Press, 1952. 180pp. Index; Photos.
“In 1857 the pianist and conductor Charles Hallé set up an orchestra to perform at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition. The orchestra's first home was the Free Trade Hall. Hans Richter served as music director from 1899 to 1911. During his tenure, the orchestra gave the first performance of the Symphony #1 of Sir Edward Elgar. In 1920 Hamilton Harty became conductor for the next 13 years, during which he fashioned the Orchestra into a brilliant and versatile body, especially effective in the music of Berlioz and Sibelius. From 1933 to 1943 Thomas Beecham and Malcolm Sargent were the Conductors most often seen in Manchester. From 1943 to 1970, the orchestra's next music director, Sir John Barbirolli, restored the Hallé to national prominence. Together, they made many recordings, including the first recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Symphony #8, of which they also gave the first performance. During Barbirolli's tenure, one of the most notable orchestra members was concertmaster Martin Milner, who served in that capacity from 1958 to 1987. Barbirolli regarded Milner as his ‘right-hand man’ and once wrote in appreciation to him: ‘You are the finest leader I have ever had in my fairly long career.”
- Z. D. Akron