Sir John  Barbirolli
This bronze bust of Sir John Barbirolli stands on a pink sandstone plinth outside the entrance to the Bridgewater Hall, the latest home of the Hallé Orchestra.  Barbarolli took over as conductor of the Hallé from Sir Malcome Sergeant in 1943 and continued in that role until 1970, the year of his death.  The Free Trade Hall had been the home of the Hallé prior to World War II but it was heavily damaged during the war.  Barbirolli was on hand to lead the world famous orchestra back into the Hall following its reconstruction.  He received his knighthood in 1949 and was given the Freedom of the city in 1958.  When the orchestra moved to their new home in the Bridgewater Hall it was only appropriate for Sir John to stand in the place of honour outside the entrance.

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