Friday, 12 October 2012


100th anniversary


In the distant days of high-profile public enthusiasm for Conductive Education in the United Kingdom, one of the Patrons of the Foundation for Conductive Education was the conductor Gyögyi (Sir Georg) Solti.

Another patron at that time was the English conductor, Simon (later Sir Simon) Rattle, symbolising how the Foundation was working towards a day when there would be British conductors as well as Hungarian. Sights were set high.

A hundred years

Sir Georg Solti died in 1998. He is buried in Fakasréti Cemetery in Budapest (where András Pető's ashes also reside). This year marks the centenary of his birth:

'Never give up'

Who else said that?

Another Hungarian twentieth-century great

Incidentally, this has also been also the 100th-anniversary year of another notable Hungarian – János Szentágothai:

Gyögyi Solti, one of the world's leading conductors or the twentieth century and János Szentágothai, one of its leading neuroscientists, were jointly honoured last month by UNESCO.

I met János Szentágothai a couple of times in Budapest when he was President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in my early days of trying to winkle Conductive Education out of Hungary, and what an extraordinary gentleman he was. I should dearly appreciate any information towards disentangling his complex links with the story of Conductive Education.



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