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Sir Landon Ronald (1873-1938), Musician and conductor
Sitter in 14 portraits
Educated at the Royal College of Music, Ronald was first Assistant Conductor at Covent Garden and then worked as accompanist for Dame Nellie Melba on a tour of Canada and the USA. He gained his first important symphonic post in 1905, when he was appointed Director of the Birmingham Promenade Concerts. Birmingham was a watershed for the conductor, and thereafter his progress was assured. He spent some time touring Europe before being appointed Conductor of the New Symphony Orchestra, also known as the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra, a post he held for seventeen years. Remembered primarily as a musician, Ronald was also a composer, author, and administrator.