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One of the great conductors of the 20th century, Sir Malcolm Sargent took music to the masses but alienated his orchestral players. Find out more about his life.
Sargent founded the amateur Leicester Symphony Orchestra in 1922, which he continued to conduct until 1939. Under him, the orchestra's reputation grew until it was able to attract A-list soloists including the pianist Benno Moiseiwitsch. Moiseiwitsch gave Sargent free piano lessons, judging him talented enough to make a successful career as a concert pianist.
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