Renowned for his interpretations of English works, Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983) was a master of the baton and one of Britains leading conductors. He had a great love for and understanding of the music of Vaughan Williams, who was said to be totally in favor of Sir Adrians approach to his music (John Culshaw). Vaughan Williams was a close friend of Boult, to whom he dedicated Job: A Masque for Dancing, a work that has been hailed as one of the English composers greatest achievements. Boult made four commercial recordings of Job, the first in 1946 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, followed by two with the LPO in 1954 and 1958, and the last in 1970 with the LSO. As a champion of English Music, and of Vaughan Williams in particular, Boult was the natural choice to conduct this centenary concert to mark Vaughan Williams birth, which he did in his capacity as president of the LPO fifteen years after he had stepped down as its Music Director, in a period described as his Indian Summer. A conductor who made many recordings, Boults version of Vaughan Williams Symphony No.8 for EMI is hailed as vivid and fresh in the Penguin Guide, whilst his interpretations of other RVW symphonies are described as warm and mature, full-bodied and well focused.