Performing in Australia
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Sir Malcolm Sargent: 15 facts about the great conductor
11. Performing in Australia
Sargent made three lengthy tours of Australia and New Zealand. He was on the verge of accepting a permanent appointment with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation when, at the outbreak of World War II, he felt it his duty to return home. During the war, he directed the Hallé and the Liverpool Philharmonic and became a popular radio broadcaster. He helped boost public morale during the war with extensive concert tours around the country, conducting for nominal fees.