Sir Herbert Hamilton Harty hailed from the north of Ireland and in 1895 moved to Bray, Co. Wicklow, where he was influenced by Michele Esposito. He soon made a name for himself as an accompanist and went to England in 1901 to pursue a career as pianist and conductor. He developed to become one of the best conductors of his time, especially after he took over the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester (1920-33). Conducting left him little time for composing after 1920. He also conducted in Dublin, London, the United States and Australia. His music is broadly romantic and often speaks with a clear Irish traditional voice. Harty was knighted in 1925.