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George Hurst (born 20 May 1926, Edinburghmarker, Scotlandmarker) is a British conductor.


Born in Edimburgh in 1926, Hurst studied at Bishops College School in Lennoxville, Quebec and the Royal Conservatory in Torontomarker Canada.

He was the chief conductor of the BBC Northern Orchestra (later the BBC Philharmonic) from 1958 to 1968. His conducting work with the BBC Northern included the first Manchestermarker performance of Arnold Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder in February 1966, and also the premiere of Thomas Pitfield's Concerto lirico for violin and orchestra.

Hurst formed the Bournemouth Sinfonietta in 1968 and was their artistic advisor through 1974. With the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, he led the first London performance of the Second Symphony of Malcolm Williamson on 31 October 1969. He has also been the principal guest conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Since 1960, Hurst has been affiliated as a teacher with the Canford Summer School of Music. He is also a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Musicmarker in Londonmarker.


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  2. Turner, John, "In Memoriam Thomas Pitfield: Master of Arts" (Spring 2000). The Musical Times, 141 (1870): pp. 9-14.
  3. Cole, Hugo, "Music in London: Orchestral - BSO/Hurst" (December 1969). The Musical Times, 110 (1522): pp. 1261-1271.

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