Jacqueline du Pré in Purley - 1950

from A genius in the family / Hilary Du Pré, page 37:

One day Jackie was in the kitchen at home with Mum who was ironing. The wireless was on and Children’s Hour was presenting a programme about the instruments of the orchestra. Mum was moving the iron in time to the music and Jackie was swaying from side to side in time with Mum’s strokes. The flute, oboe and clarinet all had their turn, followed by the violins. As the sound of a cello filled the room, Jackie became completely still and attentive. She listened transfixed until the end, leapt up, clutched Mum’s leg and said, ‘Mummy, I want to make that sound.’
cite as

Du Pré, Hilary, 1942-, and Du Pré, Piers, 1948- (ed.), A genius in the family / Hilary Du Pré (:London, 1998), p. 37. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1406024527377 accessed: 1 March, 2024

location of experience: Purley


Jacqueline du Pré

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Jacqueline du Pré listens to a radio broadcast of 'Children's Hour'
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Experience Information

Date/Time 1950
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


'Children's Hour', BBC Radio Broadcast

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:22:07 +0100
Approved on Wed, 24 Feb 2016 17:11:08 +0000