Sir Adrian Boult
Born: 08 Apr, 1889
Died: 22 Feb, 1983
Field: Musician
Location in the Abbey: North choir aisle
Type of memorial: Stone

In the north choir aisle of Westminster Abbey is a small memorial stone to conductor Sir Adrian Boult C.H. This was unveiled on 8 April 1984 by Miss Hester Dickson. The inscription reads:

"1889 Adrian Cedric Boult CH Conductor 1983"

He was born in Chester on 8 April 1889, son of Cedric and his wife Katherine (Barman). He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford and showed early promise as a musician. He then studied in Germany and made his debut as a conductor in 1914. Unfit for military service he worked at the War Office during the First World War. He conducted the first perfomance of Holst's suite The Planets and was conductor of the City of Birmingham orchestra, the Bach Choir and the BBC Symphony orchestra. At the 1937 and 1953 coronations he was conductor of the music, being knighted in 1937. He married Ann Wilson (nee Bowles). In 1969 he was made a Companion of Honour and died on 22 February 1983, leaving his body to medical science.

A photo of the stone can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library.

Further reading:

"My own trumpet" autobiography, 1973

"Adrian Boult" by M.Kennedy, 1987