in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's
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.
Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1401464985683 accessed: 28 November, 2021 (Southbank Centre Archive, http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/about-us/history-and-archive/southbank-centre-archive)
Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Fri, 30 May 2014 16:49:46 +0100