Hugh Allen (conductor)

Sir Hugh Allen ( born December 23, 1869 in Reading, Berkshire, † February 24, 1946 in Oxford, Oxfordshire ) was an English conductor, organist and music teacher.

Allen studied at Christ's College, Cambridge and the University of Oxford ( until 1898 ). At the age of eleven years he worked as an organist in his hometown. From 1901 to 1918 he was organist at New College, Oxford, from 1908 to 1918 next music director of the University College in Reading. In 1908 he followed Henry Walford Davies as conductor of the Bach Choir, which belonged at that time Ralph Vaughan Williams and Adrian Boult. After he became in 1918 professor of music at Oxford and also the director of the Royal College of Music, he handed over 1922 choral conducting at Vaughan Williams.

He led the Royal College of Music until 1937. 1920 Allen was knighted in 1935, the highest stage of the Royal Victorian Order ( Knight of the Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order ), he was awarded.

  • Composer
  • Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  • Born in 1869
  • Died in 1946