HARTY, Sir (Herbert) Hamilton
b Hillsborough, Co Down, 4 December 1879
d Brighton, 19 February 1941, aged sixty-one
He was taught viola, piano and counterpoint by his father, and at the age of twelve was organist at a local church. In 1900 he went to London, where he soon became known as a composer and accompanist, and as conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed conductor of the Halle Orchestra in Manchester in 1920, making it into one of the best orchestras in England. He was knighted in 1925 and received the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 1934.
Ode to a Nightingale, for soprano and orchestra
With the Wild Geese, tone poem
The Mystic Trumpeter, cantata
The Children of Lir - tone poem for orchestra with vocalising soprano