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Herbert Bardgett

(circa 1895-1962), Conductor, chorus master and organist

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Chorus master and conductor for numerous choirs including Leeds Choral Society, Huddersfield Choral Society, Nottingham Harmonic Choir and Hallé Choir.

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Herbert Bardgett with his son, by John Gay - NPG x128657

Herbert Bardgett with his son

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published December 1949
NPG x128657


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Michael Armitage

15 January 2021, 09:21

I was thrilled to see the picture of Herbert Bardget who I last met at Leeds Grammar School in 1942 (the year I left the school) where he taught music then. I remember assisting (by operating a gramophone) in a talk he gave in Leeds before one of the London orchestra visited. I am now 94+ and Herbert Bardget was one of the building blocks in w at became a a great enrichment to my life provided by good music

Margaret Curtis

20 February 2020, 16:32

Herbert Bardgett was a cousin of my maternal grandmother, Catherine Elizabeth Robinson (nee Shaul; born c.1881 in Penrith & died c.1931/2 in Tebay or Penrith). The Bardgett family goes back many generations in Cumbria. I know Herbert Bardgett made a well-regarded recording of Messiah with Sargent - perhaps the performance mentioned by Michael, above? Sadly, that's the extent of my knowledge; but thanks to the other contributors for filling in some details.

Edward Brian Hardgrave

28 August 2018, 10:50

Herbert Bardgett was choirmaster at the Leeds Parish Church during the early 1940s, I was a chorister there at that time, Dr. Melville Cook the official organist and choir master was away on active service with the Army. I eventually went to Leeds Grammar School in 1943, and surprisingly he was teaching history. Again , assisting through the war years.


25 June 2018, 15:06

That’s my great grandfather! My grandpa is his son peter bardgett

Michael Kent

28 April 2018, 13:36

The son was at school with me. I can’t remember his Christian name as only nicknames or surnames were used. The school was St Peter’s School, York. I left in 1954, he a year later l believe, qualifying as a vet at Liverpool University. I understand he has subsequently died.
I was fortunate enough to hear the Huddersfield Choral Society sing the Messiah when Herbert Bardgett was chorus master with Sargent as conductor. Brilliant!!

Keith Senior Organist of All Souls' Leeds

10 March 2016, 21:07

Herbert Bardgett was organist of All Souls' (Hook memorial Church) Leeds until 1924 when he became the organist of Saint Batholemew's Church Armley.

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