George Anthony Thomas Weldon (5 June 1908, in Chichester, England
– 17 August 1963, in South Africa) was an English conductor.
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Weldon was the son of Major F H Weldon of the Sherwood Foresters.
He was educated at
Sherborne School and the Royal College of Music. He
studied conducting with Malcolm Sargent and Aylmer Buesst. In
1943, at 36 years of age, he became the conductor of the City of
Birmingham Orchestra in succession to Leslie Heward. He was dismissed
in 1950, following unsubstantiated rumours that he was having an
affair with Ruth Gipps, choirmaster of the Birmingham orchestra's
chorus. It was announced that Weldon would be replaced by Rudolf
Schwarz; according to Gipps, Weldon resigned before he could be
In 1952 Weldon became assistant to Sir
John Barbirolli at the Hallé
Orchestra and remained in that position until his death. In 1955 and
1956 he also conducted the Sadler's Wells Ballet. He became well
known for his love of sports cars. While in Manchester, Weldon took
charge of the Hallé summer seasons of promenade concerts, and many
industrial concerts around the north of England. He frequently
conducted in London and abroad, made broadcasts and many records.
Weldon made a series of recordings for EMI. His stereophonic recording
of Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty with the Philharmonia Orchestra
has been reissued on CD. Numerous other recordings by Weldon were also
available on CD as of 2008.
^ King-Smith, p. 79
^ a b c "Mr. George Weldon", The Times, 9 August 1963, p. 2
^ Halstead, p. 15
^ Halstead, p. 151
^ Halstead, p. 32
^ Chislett W A. Notes to British Concert Pops.
EMI LP, 30123, 1970.
Halstead, Jill (2006). Ruth Gipps: Anti-modernism, Nationalism, and
Difference in English Music. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.
King-Smith, Beresford (1995). Crescendo! 75 years of the City of
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. London: Methuen.
George Weldon - A Life of Music and Very Fast Cars (2007)- Margery Law
& Jean Powrie
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra music directors
Appleby Matthews (1920)
Adrian Boult (1924)
Leslie Heward (1930)
George Weldon (1944)
Rudolf Schwarz (1951)
Andrzej Panufnik (1957)
Adrian Boult (1959)
Hugo Rignold (1960)
Louis Frémaux (1969)
Simon Rattle (1980)
Sakari Oramo (1998)
Andris Nelsons (2008)
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (2016)
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