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Distinguished British conductor.
Barbirolli conducted a number of British orchestras, notably the British National Opera Company and the Covent Garden Opera Company and the Scottish Orchestra, before he succeeded Arturo Toscanini as conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1937. He became homesick and worried about his family in England during the Second World War and returned in 1942.
In 1943 Barbirolli became the Permanent Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, virtually rebuilding it from scratch. He effectively stayed with the orchestra for the rest of his life - a period of 27 years. In 1968, he was appointed Conductor Laureate of the Hallé for life. He continued to conduct them in major concerts and he also made many important recordings with them and with other major orchestras.
public concert was with the Hallé Orchestra at the King's Lynn Festival on 25th
July 1970. He died a few days later of a heart attack, in London, on 29th July