in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

Sitting in the orchestra seats at the farewell concert of Alfred Cortot when he played an all Chopin programme (his 24 preludes and studies, if I recall correctly). The reception from the audience was ecstatic and Cortot was recalled time and time again. I think he must have played at least 5 encores. Sir Thomas Beecham conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Seated in the orchestra seats his sing-a-long was very audible, but did not diminish the quality of the performance.
cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1401464985683 accessed: 24 November, 2017 (Southbank Centre Archive, http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/about-us/history-and-archive/southbank-centre-archive)

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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Etudes
written by Fryderyk Chopin
performed by Alfred Cortot
performance of 'unknown' performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham
Preludes
written by Fryderyk Chopin
performed by Alfred Cortot

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1950's
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Fri, 30 May 2014 16:49:46 +0100