John Barbirolli

Sir John Barbirolli


Byron Howard



About the work

Sir John Barbirolli was conductor of the Halle Orchestra from 1943 to 1970. He resurrected the orchestra, which had dwindled because of the war, and made it into a household name.

There are two sculptures of Barbirolli in Manchester. One is a large bust outside the Bridgewater Hall and the other, by the same artist, is in the Town Hall sculpture hall and is a study of a vibrant man.

The larger than life-size bronze bust on a red sandstone pedestal was Installed 2000.


On front of pedestal: BARBIROLLI

Rear of pedestal: SIR JOHN BARBIROLLI CH / 1899-1970 / CONDUCTOR LAUREATE / HALLE ORCHESTRA / "Or walk with Kings ~ / nor lose the common touch" / THIS MEMORIAL WAS PROMOTED / BY / IVAN SAXTON

In the collection

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Location & Map

This bust is located outside the Bridgewater Hall.
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