NHSO Music Director William Boughton to Speak on "The Dream of Gerontius"

Maestro William Boughton

News Story: March 5, 2013

Maestro William Boughton will share his insights about the New Haven Symphony Orchestra concert, Angels and Demons, featuring Edward Elgar’s masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. in music room 102. The event is free and open to the public.

Born into a musical family, Boughton developed a love of music at a young age. He studied at the New England Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music and Prague Academy as a cellist. At the start of his career, he worked in London with the Royal Philharmonic, BBC and London Sinfonietta. In 1980, he formed the English Symphony Orchestra and rearranged its repertoire from the Baroque and Viennese classics into contemporary music. During his time with the orchestra, he commissioned more than 20 works from composers such as Peter Sculthorpe, John Joubert, Anthony Powers, Michael Berkeley, John Metcalf, Stephen Roberts and Adrian Williams.

In October 1993, Boughton was awarded an honorary doctorate from Coventry University for services to British music. Since 2007, he has served as the 10th music director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO). In that role, he instituted a composer-in-residence program and started a major Walton Project. He currently resides in Connecticut where he hosts a monthly program on WMNR and acts as a guest speaker. While with the NHSO, he has received an ASCAP Award for adventurous programming and a critical acclaim for the Walton Project after Gramophones Edward Greenfield nominated it for “Record of the Year” in 2010. He has also created the New Haven Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra.

This event is sponsored by the Sacred Heart University Choir program and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Music room 102 is located in the main academic building on SHU's Fairfield campus.

This lecture is free and open to the public.