Hamilton Harty was first introduced to music at a young age by his father. He learned to play the viola, piano, and would often play organ at church. Later on, he moved to London where he became better known as a conductor and accompanist. Harty conducted for many prominent orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra’s 1912-1913 season. In 1920 he began his role as conductor of the Hallé Orchestra where he remained until 1933. During this time, he introduced the orchestra to many new works.