in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

Two memories! Two firsts! One, my first ever classical music concert in the early 50s. I went in school uniform with a school friend (Michael Bowen - not seen him since 1958!) to listen to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. I was over-whelmed by sounds of a full orchestra live for the first time. 78 rpm records and MW radio could not compete. Magic! Two, my first ever concert by a US jazz group - the Modern Jazz Quartet - in 1958 or 1959. I bought 7s6d (371/2p) tickets for myself and some friends. We were stunned to find ourselves ushered to seats on the platform, and I was sat 3 or 4 metres …   more >>
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Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 21 February, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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piano concerto no 1
written by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Jazz Quartet performed by Modern Jazz Quartet

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Mon, 26 May 2014 18:18:07 +0100