Du Pré, Hilary, 1942- in Coulsdon and Purley Urban District - 23 July, 1953, 12:00 AM

from A genius in the family / Hilary Du Pré, page 51:

Shortly after my turn, it was Jackie’s. She was to perform the set piece, Purcell’s Air in D minor. Mum climbed onto the platform with her and played an ‘A’ on the piano for Jackie to tune. Silence descended, and Jackie began. Her concentration was so intense that it seemed as though the whole hall had stopped breathing while she was performing for them. I loved her playing and had already heard this piece while I was on the swing, but now there was an electric feeling in the air. As the final notes died away, the audience burst into spontaneous cheering.
cite as

Du Pré, Hilary, 1942-, and Du Pré, Piers, 1948- (ed.), A genius in the family / Hilary Du Pré (:London, 1998), p. 51. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1406025743762 accessed: 19 July, 2024

location of experience: Coulsdon and Purley Urban District


Du Pré, Hilary, 1942-

Listening to

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Purcell Air in D Minor
written by Henry Purcell
performed by Jacqueline du Pré

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 July, 1953, 12:00 AM
Listening Environment indoors, in public


Coulsdon & Purley Music Festival, 1953

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:42:24 +0100
Approved on Wed, 24 Feb 2016 17:09:20 +0000