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Handley, Vernon (conductor)
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Vernon Handley (conductor)

For forty years Vernon Handley’s career was unique amongst front rank conductors in that he has unashamedly championed British repertoire before that of all other countries. Recognised as Sir Adrian Boult’s protégé he held steadfastly to two principles, which might have proved detrimental to a successful career: the undemonstrative technique and the unfashionable repertoire.

Vernon Handley probably recorded, performed and broadcast more British music than any other conductor living or dead. In some 150 discs, over 90 are British, including 87 works which have not been recorded before. He gave over 100 premieres. In his recorded output are all the symphonies of Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Malcolm Arnold and Robert Simpson, all the major works of Elgar and the whole of Moeran’s orchestral music.

He was outright winner twice of the Gramophone Record of the Year, as well as runner up twice and nominated 8 times. He won the BPI Classical award twice and his recording of Walton’s First Symphony was declared “Collectors Choice” in Classic CD. He won a Grand Prix du Disque for a recording of French repertoire with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

In 1983 the London Philharmonic made Vernon Handley their Associate Conductor in recognition of his long relationship with the orchestra. He was Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Ulster Orchestra, Chief Guest Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Chief Guest Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra.

During this time Vernon Handley was Professor of Conducting at the Royal College of Music and was created Hon R.C.M. & F.R.C.M by Her Majesty the Queen Mother. He was also regularly conducting the National Youth Orchestra and the World Youth Orchestra and is widely known for his encouragement of young professional players.

Vernon Handley was appointed Musical Director to the Borough of Guildford in 1962, staying for twenty-one years to establish a new professional orchestra, the Guildford Philharmonic. During his tenure the Guildford Concerts Scheme was one of the most successful in the country, playing an extraordinarily wide repertoire and making several first-ever recordings of unfamiliar British works. In recognition of his great contribution to music in the South East, the University of Surrey awarded him a Doctorate.

Until his death on 9 September 2008 Vernon Handley was Conductor Emeritus of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He was created Honorary Fellow of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 1990 and was elected an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford in 1999.

Albums
'Bantock: Hebridean & Celtic Symphonies' (CDA66450)
Bantock: Hebridean & Celtic Symphonies
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'Bantock: Orchestral Music' (CDS44281/6)
Bantock: Orchestral Music
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'Bantock: Pagan Symphony' (CDA66630)
Bantock: Pagan Symphony
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'Bantock: Sappho & Sapphic Poem' (CDA66899)
Bantock: Sappho & Sapphic Poem
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'Bantock: Thalaba the Destroyer & other orchestral works' (CDA67250)
Bantock: Thalaba the Destroyer & other orchestral works
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'Bantock: The Cyprian Goddess & other orchestral works' (CDA66810)
Bantock: The Cyprian Goddess & other orchestral works
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'Bantock: The Song of Songs' (CDA67395)
Bantock: The Song of Songs
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'Boughton: Symphony No 3 & Oboe Concerto No 1' (CDH55019)
Boughton: Symphony No 3 & Oboe Concerto No 1
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'Elgar: Choral Songs' (CDA67019)
Elgar: Choral Songs
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'Howells: Concertos & Dances' (CDH55205)
Howells: Concertos & Dances
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'Howells: Hymnus Paradisi & An English Mass' (CDA66488)
Howells: Hymnus Paradisi & An English Mass
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'Mackenzie: Violin Concerto & Pibroch' (CDH55343)
Mackenzie: Violin Concerto & Pibroch
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'McCabe: Symphony No. 4 & Flute Concerto' (CDA67089)
McCabe: Symphony No. 4 & Flute Concerto
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'Simpson: Symphonies Nos 1 & 8' (CDA66890)
Simpson: Symphonies Nos 1 & 8
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'Simpson: Symphonies Nos 2 & 4' (CDA66505)
Simpson: Symphonies Nos 2 & 4
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'Simpson: Symphonies Nos 3 & 5' (CDA66728)
Simpson: Symphonies Nos 3 & 5
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'Simpson: Symphonies Nos 6 & 7' (CDA66280)
Simpson: Symphonies Nos 6 & 7
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'Simpson: Symphony No 10' (CDA66510)
Simpson: Symphony No 10
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'Simpson: Symphony No 9' (CDA66299)
Simpson: Symphony No 9
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'Simpson: The Complete Symphonies' (CDS44191/7)
Simpson: The Complete Symphonies
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A Celtic Symphony (Bantock)
A grim old king  First line to The Herald (Elgar)
A Hebridean Symphony (Bantock)
A lady-witch there lived on Atlas mountain  Letter A of The Witch of Atlas (Bantock)
After many a dusty mile  No 3 of Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45 (Elgar)
An English Mass (Howells)
And every nymph of stream and spreading tree  Letter D of The Witch of Atlas (Bantock)
And old Silenus, shaking a green stick  Letter C of The Witch of Atlas (Bantock)
And then she called out of the hollow turrets  Letter G of The Witch of Atlas (Bantock)
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord  First line to Benedictus, Movement 5 of An English Mass (Howells)
Bridal Song  Fragment 8 of Sappho (Bantock)
Camel Caravan  Extract of Omar Khayyám (Bantock)
Caristiona (Bantock)
Christus (Bantock)
Cloud, if as thou dost melt  First line to The Shower, No 1 of Two Choral Songs, Op 71 (Elgar)
Come! give it a lift, our old-time march-song  First line to Zut, zut, zut (Elgar)
Concerto for flute and orchestra (McCabe)
Concerto for oboe and strings No 1 in C (Boughton)
Concerto for string orchestra (Howells)
Cuchullan's Lament  No 1 of Two Heroic Ballads (Bantock)
Dante and Beatrice (Bantock)
Daugher of Zeus  First line to Hymn to Aphrodite, Fragment 1 of Sappho (Bantock)
Death of Oneiza: Appassionato con dolore  Movement 7 of Thalaba the destroyer (Bantock)
Death on the hills, Op 72 (Elgar)
Deep in my soul  No 2 of Four Choral Songs, Op 53 (Elgar)
Dishevelled and in tears, go, song of mine  First line to Go, song of mine, Op 57 (Elgar)
Dreams all too brief  First line to Serenade, No 2 of Two Choral Songs, Op 73 (Elgar)
Evening Scene (Elgar)
Evening Song  Fragment 3 of Sappho (Bantock)
Evening, thou bringest all that bright morning scattered  First line to Evening Song, Fragment 3 of Sappho (Bantock)
Evil lost for ever  Movement 11 of Thalaba the destroyer (Bantock)
Feasting I watch  No 5 of Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45 (Elgar)
Fifine at the fair (Bantock)
Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45 (Elgar)
For she was beautiful  Letter E of The Witch of Atlas (Bantock)
Four Choral Songs, Op 53 (Elgar)
Glory be to God on high  First line to Gloria, Movement 7 of An English Mass (Howells)
Go, song of mine, Op 57 (Elgar)
Hark! I hear the tramp of thousands  First line to The Reveille, Op 54 (Elgar)
Helena Variations (Bantock)
Holy is the true light  Movement 6 of Hymnus Paradisi (Howells)
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts  First line to Sanctus, Movement 4 of An English Mass (Howells)
Hymn to Aphrodite  Fragment 1 of Sappho (Bantock)
Hymnus Paradisi (Howells)
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty  First line to Credo, Movement 2 of An English Mass (Howells)
I heard a voice from heaven  Movement 5 of Hymnus Paradisi (Howells)
I loved thee once, Atthis, long ago  Fragment 2 of Sappho (Bantock)
I met at eve the Prince of Sleep  First line to The Prince of Sleep (Elgar)
I wander through the woodlands  First line to The Wanderer (Elgar)
In a dream, I spake  Fragment 7 of Sappho (Bantock)
Introduction. The powers of evil: Mesto e lugubre  Movement 1 of Thalaba the destroyer (Bantock)
It's oh to be a wild wind  No 4 of Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45 (Elgar)
Kishmul's Galley  No 2 of Two Heroic Ballads (Bantock)
Lift up your hearts  First line to Sursum corda, Movement 3 of An English Mass (Howells)
Love's Tempest  No 1 of Two Choral Songs, Op 73 (Elgar)
Muse of the golden throne  Fragment 9 of Sappho (Bantock)
My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land, Op 18 No 3 (Elgar)
O fair, O lovely, As the sweet apple  First line to Bridal Song, Fragment 8 of Sappho (Bantock)
O lamb of God  First line to Agnus Dei, Movement 6 of An English Mass (Howells)
O Wild West Wind  No 3 of Four Choral Songs, Op 53 (Elgar)
Omar Khayyám (Bantock)
Oneiza's theme: Moderato sostenuto  Movement 4 of Thalaba the destroyer (Bantock)
Overture to a Greek Tragedy (Bantock)
Owls, an Epitaph  No 4 of Four Choral Songs, Op 53 (Elgar)
Pagan Symphony (Bantock)
Peer of gods he seems  Fragment 6 of Sappho (Bantock)
Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor (Howells)
Pierrot of the Minute 'A comedy overture to a dramatic phantasy of Ernest Dowson' (Bantock)
Prelude  Extract of The Song of Songs (Bantock)
Prelude  Extract of Omar Khayyám (Bantock)
Processional (Bantock)
Requiem aeternam  Movement 2 of Hymnus Paradisi (Howells)
Sanctus – I will lift up mine eyes  Movement 4 of Hymnus Paradisi (Howells)
Sapphic Poem (Bantock)
Sappho (Bantock)
Serenade  No 2 of Two Choral Songs, Op 73 (Elgar)
Silent lay the sapphire ocean  First line to Love's Tempest, No 1 of Two Choral Songs, Op 73 (Elgar)
Stand face to face, friend  Fragment 4 of Sappho (Bantock)
Symphony No 1 (Simpson)
Symphony No 10 (Simpson)
Symphony No 2 (Simpson)
Symphony No 3 (Simpson)
Symphony No 3 in B minor (Boughton)
Symphony No 4 (Simpson)
Symphony No 4 'Of Time and the River' (McCabe)
Symphony No 5 (Simpson)
Symphony No 6 (Simpson)
Symphony No 7 (Simpson)
Symphony No 8 (Simpson)
Symphony No 9 (Simpson)
Symphony No 9, illustrated talk by the composer (Simpson)
Thalaba sets out again on his mighty quest: Poco allegro  Movement 9 of Thalaba the destroyer (Bantock)
Thalaba the destroyer (Bantock)
Thalaba wanders desolately amid the tombs: Molto lento  Movement 8 of Thalaba the destroyer (Bantock)
Thalaba's death, and reprise of Oneiza's theme: Poco più lento  Movement 10 of Thalaba the destroyer (Bantock)
Thalaba's fatal languor: Poco lento  Movement 5 of Thalaba the destroyer (Bantock)
Thalaba's theme: Allegro con fuoco  Movement 3 of Thalaba the destroyer (Bantock)
The Cyprian Goddess (Bantock)
The deep recesses of her odorous dwelling  Letter F of The Witch of Atlas (Bantock)
The Fountain  No 2 of Two Choral Songs, Op 71 (Elgar)
The Herald (Elgar)
The last ecstasy of faith and love: Pesante e risoluto  Movement 12 of Thalaba the destroyer (Bantock)
The Lord is my shepherd  Movement 3 of Hymnus Paradisi (Howells)
The moon has set  Fragment 5 of Sappho (Bantock)
The Prince of Sleep (Elgar)
The Reveille, Op 54 (Elgar)
The Sea Reivers (Bantock)
The sheep-bell tolleth curfew-time  First line to Evening Scene (Elgar)
The Shower  No 1 of Two Choral Songs, Op 71 (Elgar)
The Song of Songs (Bantock)
The unthrift sun shot vital gold  First line to The Fountain, No 2 of Two Choral Songs, Op 71 (Elgar)
The Wanderer (Elgar)
The wilderness and the solitary place  No 6 of Christus (Bantock)
The Witch of Atlas (Bantock)
There is sweet music  No 1 of Four Choral Songs, Op 53 (Elgar)
Three Dances for violin and orchestra, Op 7 (Howells)
'Tis said, she was first changed into a vapour  Letter B of The Witch of Atlas (Bantock)
To those she saw most beautiful  Letter H of The Witch of Atlas (Bantock)
Two Choral Songs, Op 71 (Elgar)
Two Choral Songs, Op 73 (Elgar)
Two Heroic Ballads (Bantock)
Violin Concerto in C sharp minor, Op 32 (Mackenzie)
Weary wind of the west (Elgar)
Wedding and brief happiness of love: Meno mosso  Movement 6 of Thalaba the destroyer (Bantock)
What is that? … Nothing  First line to Owls, an Epitaph, No 4 of Four Choral Songs, Op 53 (Elgar)
Whether I find thee  No 2 of Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45 (Elgar)
Why o'er the dark'ning hill-slopes  First line to Death on the hills, Op 72 (Elgar)
Yea, cast me from heights  No 1 of Five Partsongs from the Greek anthology, Op 45 (Elgar)
Zeinab's theme: Molto più lento  Movement 2 of Thalaba the destroyer (Bantock)
Zut, zut, zut (Elgar)
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